On Wednesday November 18, Central Pennsylvania held their seventh annual GIS Day event at Harrisburg Area Community College’s Midtown Campus. Central Pennsylvania GIS day is a partnership between Harrisburg Area Community College, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, The Nature Conservancy, and Esri. The day brought together GIS enthusiasts of all kinds: high school students, college students, GIS professionals, college administrators, and the general public to celebrate and showcase the ways that GIS is leveraged in many different industries and applications. The day featured two engaging and dynamic keynote addresses. The first keynote address was from Michael Hauck of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing who spoke about Geography, Information, and Systems: Past, Present, and Future while the second keynote address was from Vince DiNoto, Director of the National Geospatial Center for Excellence who “looked” into the future of geospatial technology. Both keynote speakers left the audience energized and eager to learn more about the technology.
In addition to the two keynote addresses, Central PA GIS Day had 25 sessions that participants could attend! These sessions were conducted by geospatial professionals and college students and exposed participants to many different facets and applications of geospatial technology. Additionally, there was an exhibit hall that featured approximately 30 companies, state and county agencies, non-profits, and academic institutions. “Lightning Talks” were held in the exhibit hall which gave each exhibitor the opportunity to showcase how they utilize geospatial technology. In the outside parking lot, the Pennsylvania State Police Mobile Command Unit was set up to provide tours to demonstrate how geospatial technology is utilized in emergency management and disaster response.
At the end of this very busy day, a Networking Mixer was held at a local restaurant allowing GIS Day participants to kick back and relax to discuss geospatial matters.
Michael Hauck - "Geography, Information, and Systems: Past, Present, and Future".
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