GeoTec 2008 Conference a Capital Success
The 2008 GeoTec Event was successfully held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, from June 2-5, in the Ottawa Congress Centre.
Themed "People, Policies and Progress," the conference addressed the critical issues facing geospatial practitioners, including emergency and disaster management, data availability, health care, indigenous people, critical infrastructure management and homeland security.
The attending members of GeoTec media included (from left to right) Jo Treadwell, Sutton Annas, Todd Danielson and Kathleen Hastings.
Highlights of the annual Canadian event included more than a half-dozen workshops and 100 sessions. Of special note on the event's first day were the opening keynote delivered by Brian Maloney, director, Geographic Information Branch for the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario, and an opening-day planery session hosted by GeoWorld magazine editor Todd Danielson.
Maloney discussed the "evolving landscape of geomatics" and touched on a litany of subjects that were of special importance to Canadian attendees.
The opening panel featured a variety of GeoWorld's most prominent contributors, who discussed such issues as the effect of the world's current difficult economy on the geotechnology industry, the role of new vs. established "players" in the industry, and the influx of 3-D data and geographic exploration system technologies. A special point was made to take as many questions from the audience as possible.
Additional highlights of GeoTec Event 2008 included a luncheon keynote by former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer (top) and a plenary discussion on data issues and concerns (bottom).
The second-day's panel on data responsiblity provided a wealth of insight from several members that spoke from a variety of viewpoints. Moderated by ISM Purview's, Patrick Wong, the panel included members from Tele Atlas, DMTI Spatial, Google, ERDAS, ESRI Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the legal side of data concerns.
The Vendor Sessions in the exhibit hall floor allowed attendees to see the lastest technology innovations.
The highly successful GeoTec tradeshow featured dozens of vendors as well as the popular Win a Wii contest, which allowed visitors to try their hand at virtual "skee ball." The winner walked away with the (nearly) brand new Nintendo Wii.
An absolute highlight of the event was the conference social event, "James Bond Casino Royale." In addition to a wealth of excellent food, drinks and desserts, the black jack, roulette, craps and poker tables quickly opened up. Although the money wasn't real, the fun certainly was. The "big winners" were later able to parlay their newfound fake fortunes into real prizes available from an auction. Major bids were taken for such items as jump drives, a digital camera and a box set of the Godfather trilogy. The event was also sponsored by TerraGo Technologies
, which raffled off an historic, 150-year-old map of Canada.
The James Bond Casino Royale provided a unique social venue, where players won "money" to bid for prizes auctioned off by GeoWorld Editor Todd Danielson (below).
As successful as this event was, we're sure that next year's conference, GeoTec 2009, will be even better. The host city will be Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, which will be gearing up for its role as host of the Winter Olympics the following winter. The city should be an amazing venue as it warms up with us before welcoming the world to its charms.
So join us June 1-4, 2009, at the Vancouver Convention Centre. We look forward to seeing you there!