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Keynote Speaker Announced!

Innovate to Lead: Anne Dagg's Odyssey in the Wilderness of Knowledge

In 1956, 23-year-old Canadian biologist, Anne Innis Dagg, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to become the first Western scientist to study giraffes in the wild. Upon returning to Canada, armed with her unparalleled knowledge in the field of giraffe study, Anne faced unsurmountable sexism in academia that prevented her from achieving tenure and advancing her career. For three decades, Dagg was absent from the giraffe world until 2010 when she was sought out by a group of female giraffologists and not just brought back into the research community, but finally celebrated for her extraordinary work.

Anne and her daughter Mary will showcase how we can BePrepared when we: challenge our expectations, question our data, revisit our theories, and lead in our own way. 


Early Bird Registration Now Open!

The 2024 Annual General Meeting virtual event BePrepared (May 1st and 2nd, 2024) will provide an opportunity for geospatial and information professionals to showcase their achievements, best practices and discuss challenges in preparing for and adapting to the predicted and unpredicted changes in the future.

Register Here!

The early bird registration deadline is Sunday March 31st; don't wait to register!

Awards

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Data Architecture and Coding Competition

We are excited to announce the launch of the Annual Data Architecture and Coding Competition - a joint initiative by BeSpatial Ontario and Canopy Mapping Co. 

We are seeking groundbreaking solutions - models, scripts, schemes, and applications. Share your problem-solving journey and contribute to our industry's growth.

The winner will be announced at BeSpatial'24 and will take home a $500 cash prize and a prestigious trophy.

Learn More Here!

Canopy Mapping Company


BeSpatial Best Challenge Awards

The Geospatial and Information Community wants to recognize you for your hard work, creativity and dedication by giving you an opportunity to apply for one of our Best Challenge Awards (BCA). The 2024 winners will be announced at our Annual General Meeting online event May 1st, 2024.

Best Challenge Awards Categories

  • Best Public Sector GIS 
  • Best Innovation in GIS
  • Small Organization GIS
  • Open Source GIS or Open Data
Learn More Here!


BeSpatial MApps Awards 

Have you worked hard to create a map or application for your organization? This is your chance to show it off to other GIS professionals and colleagues from around the province at the annual BeSpatial event!

The 2024 submissions are now open until March 15th.

Learn More Here!


BeSpatial Student Bursary

The Nathan Adams Student Bursary is an annual award that recognizes the contributions of students studying at Ontario post-secondary institutions to the geospatial and information community. This is a great opportunity for students to promote themselves and get recognition for their hard work by participating in industry events. Learn more about the bursary here.

BePrepared is the theme for BeSpatial'24. We'd love to hear from YOU on ways that your project is shaping the geospatial future or where the next-generation GIS demonstrates creative ideas in the use of geospatial data and technology. E.g., "Geospatial in Traffic Management" or "Geospatial in Public Health" or "Geospatial and Environmental Concerns".

Share your thoughts on topics you find interesting here.

Ready to submit? Submit your proposal here.


Geospatial has a strong future. Your participation is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase how your organization has been dealing with business challenges by using the location of anything, which is increasingly becoming everything.

The BeSpatial  virtual conference provides an opportunity for geospatial professionals to showcase their achievements, best practices and challenges preparing for and adapting to the predicted and unpredicted changes in future. 

The presentation speakers will help your fellow geospatial community members and other participants to look into the glimpses of the geospatial future including creative strategies, geospatial intelligence, technological trends, legal issues, open data and stewardship.

Our 2-days conference is designed to help geospatial and information professionals to:

  • power their business by turning data into knowledge
  • develop geospatial data and technology mindset
  • determine how to optimize business results by implementing location intelligence
  • prepare for the next wave of geospatial technologies
  • find out what new developments will influence the digital transformation
  • prepare for a new type of jobs which will require new skills and a high degree of adaptability


About us: A geospatial and information-focused association that is recognized as the premier non-profit organization for the community in Ontario promoting information sharing and interoperability with other relevant professional organizations, government organizations, private industry and educational institutions.

            

We would love to hear from you. Please e-mail: BeSpatial with any questions! 

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Participating Geospatial and Information Community organizations are a cross-section of public, private and educational sectors.

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We are recognized as the premier geospatial and information non-profit organization in Ontario. where members share their experiences through networking and program events for the use and integration of spatial data, information, applications and technologies that provide solutions and solve challenges in both the public and private sectors.


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