Be like the cool kids… come to Maps on the Hill 2017.
Where: Capitol Rotunda (350 State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah)
When: Wednesday January 25th, 2017 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Why: Even if you didn’t register a presentation for Maps on the Hill, if you are interested in the Utah geospatial community it is a great event to attend. The focus of the event is the application of geospatial technology. Many Utah GIS folks will be in attendance and it will be a great chance to network and see what others are doing. So please attend, even if you didn’t register a map for display. All the COOL KIDS are doing it!
The UGIC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2017 UGIC conference will be held from May 8th through the 12th, 2017 at the Park City Marriott Hotel in Park City, Utah. The Park City Marriott is a modern, beautiful and comfortable venue that is well equipped to serve the needs of the premiere geospatial conference in Utah. Historically the UGIC conference has been an incredible value for attendees who need to maximize every training dollar, and this year will be no exception. The UGIC Board has negotiated a very reasonable accommodations rate of $118 per night at the Marriott. UGIC Conference registration will be $345.
Okay lets start with the where and when…
Maps on the Hill will be held on January 25th, 2017 at the Capitol Rotunda. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Maps on the Hill let me describe it for you. Maps on the Hill is an event that lets you put your best geospatial work on display in the ‘Times Square‘ of Government in Utah, the Capitol Rotunda. The rotunda is a beautiful and historic setting you will not soon forget. Your work will also be highlighted in a mapbook that is the de facto who’s-who of Utah GIS.
Still not convinced…
Let’s talk about the who…
Do you know who hangs out at the Capitol Rotunda? That’s right, impact players in Utah Government. Have you ever wanted the chance to show your boss how cool your work is? You’d love to sit down and help the geo-challenged see that spatial light? Well how about getting the opportunity to demo your best geospatial efforts face to face with State Senators or Representatives, or maybe someone from the Governors Office, or a high level Department Director.
Government hoity toities don’t do it for you? How about interested citizens, lobbyists, and a whole bunch of really cool geospatial geeks? They will be there too.
Still not convinced…
The people who hang out at the Capitol Rotunda influence resource distribution. Those resources impact your geospatial operations, oh and maybe even your paycheck. This is not an exaggeration. In fact it is one of the driving goals of Maps on the Hill. We want Government leaders to see and appreciate the valuable work we do. We want them to know what GIS is and what it can do. When they know the power of geospatial, they think about how GIS can solve the real world issues they face. And when they feel like GIS is a tool they can trust, they will direct resources toward GIS. And that is a good thing.
“Maps on the Hill is only a thing for State GIS Orginizations“…
Are we still having this conversation? Sigh and eye-roll. Here’s how it works, the State is broken up into legislative districts which constitute local representation. Those Senators and Representatives are interested in helping their local constituents. Furthermore, they live in those districts and care about local matters. And it works the other way as well. Federal organizations benefit from State support.
The basic concept is that “a rising geospatial tide lifts all geospatial boats“.
Maps on the Hill, sponsored by the Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) and AGRC, will be held on January 25, 2017. This event, in its sixth year, is a good opportunity for students and professionals to share maps, mapping tools, and mapping projects with elected officials, fellow practitioners, and the public. This year’s theme is “How to Tell the Story of GIS”. We hope to highlight how GIS improves quality of life, increases our understanding of the world, and helps us make better decisions.
New this year will be a competition, with a five-judge panel awarding honors to the best map displays. Bring your best and leave with bragging rights and some prizes!
Who should participate:
Individuals: Anybody who makes a map through their work or education.
Organizations: An organization that has worked on multiple mapping projects.
Maps on the Hill Event:
The map display event will be held during the 2017 Legislative session, in the Capitol Rotunda, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, with setup time beginning at 9:00 am. We request that at least one participant is present to discuss each map entry throughout the display event.
You can present hardcopy maps, interactive digital maps (you’ll need to provide a means to show it on a computer or monitor), or both. UGIC can provide electrical outlets (extension cords), tables, and easels, although bringing your own easel is encouraged, if possible. These items can be requested on the registration form.
The focus of the event is interesting maps or map technology projects that are applicable to a wide audience. While displays can be on any appropriate topic, presentations that may be of interest to decision makers are strongly encouraged. Marketing of specific products and services is discouraged.
For the past several Maps on the Hill events, Mapbooks were made to showcase all of the map entries. The book has always been a great example of the interesting maps created and used in Utah. More information on the Mapbook will be sent to registrants as the event approaches.
Questions? Contact Joseph Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-294-3639.