We're evaluating the feasibility of sponsoring a member of the GIS community to speak at a conference in 2011.

Speaking is a relatively big "ask", so this needs to be planned many months in advance. Let's get started!

We'd like the community to establish where ...

What relevant programming conferences are coming up in 2011 that have open speaker slots or calls for papers?

... and then who.

Which members of the GIS community are strongly interested in being sponsored by Stack Exchange, Inc to speak at one of the above conferences in 2011?

To be clear, the speaker is free talk about anything he or she wants so long as it would be roughly on topic for this site -- with a quick acknowledgement of support from Stack Exchange and a mention of the community here.

4 Answers 4


I'll leave the where aside for the moment, but my first nomination for who is Bill Huber (@whuber).

Bill is demonstrably expert, able to communicate well, and has a long history of positive involvement in a number GIS forae. He consistently supports those new to our community with a sensitivity I try to emulate.

  • the sensitivity I have a hope of achieving, the expertise, well, maybe after another decade or so ;-) Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 12:34
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    I strongly support nominating Bill.
    – user681
    Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 14:33
  • +1 I think Bill would do a great job. He's the best at Where types of questions, so if he's game, maybe he should answer the Where part. Commented Apr 18, 2011 at 21:07
  • definitely +1 for Bill.
    – underdark
    Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 18:44

On the academic side, there are a few upcoming conferences that might be relevant:

Many programmer-centric conferences will also have tracks relating to the issues of GIS, but there are surprisingly few conferences targeted directly at geospatial software developers.

  • +1 The interesting thing about the academic conferences is that with a little reading between the lines and extrapolation you often can see what capabilities will be commonplace 5-15 years in the future.
    – whuber
    Commented Apr 18, 2011 at 20:55

I've never attended, but I've always been impressed by the caliber of AutoCarto's proceedings. Anyone know when the next one will be held?

  • +1 That looks interesting, but the Web page is not current :-(.
    – whuber
    Commented Apr 21, 2011 at 18:57

For the German-speaking community, AGIT (biggest Austrian conference with many visitors from Germany) and FOSSGIS (German open source GIS conference with big OSM section) would be of interest. But it's a little late for those two events as FOSSGIS2011 is already over and AGIT call for papers is closed too.

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