Ignite Spatial Maine 2011


Event Summary: IgniteSpatial Maine was a great success.  We had approximately 40 attendees and 9 speakers for the evening.  Bowdoin College was a wonderful host for the event.  There was broad participation with attendees from the fields of Landscape Architecture, Planning, IT, Environmental Engineering, Sate and Local Governemnt, and GIS consulting.  There were people who have been around the GIS scene in Maine for 20 years and others who were attending their first GIS related meeting or had just moved to the state.

The talks ranged from using a bi-directional GPS units while hiking the Grand Tetons to discussing how to herd the the many players involved in developing a statewide orthophoto program.  There was lots of time built into the event for networking and there was lots of networking taking place.  The slide show Karaoke was a big success.  So much so, that people were asking if they could do it next year.   In the post meeting survey, over 90% of the respondents said they both liked the format and would attend another event of its kind.  All in all, it was a great evening, of learning new and interesting things, catching up with colleagues, meeting new people, and laughter.



Chip Noble, Delorme - Delorme and inReach

Christopher Kroot, MEGIS - Common Operating Picture (COP) for Emergency Management

Judy Colby-George, UMaine, Sustainability Solutions Initiative - GIS on the Urban Fringe

Will Mitchell, NBT Solutions - What I learned in Denver

Benton Yetman, penbay solutions - GIS for Facilities

Michelle Johnson, UMaine, Sustainability Solutins Initiative - Co-Developing Place-based Scenarios of Alternative Futures with Stakeholders

John Hopeck, DEP - GIS Applications for Groundwater Risk Assessment

Michael Smith, MEGIS - Herding Cats in the GIS Community

John Cassidy, Esri - Top 10 Things You Can Do For Free! With ArcGIS Online



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