Making Discoveries that Make a Difference

Join us for our annual GIS Day event at George Mason University. Hosted by the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, we will showcase this year’s theme of “The Intersection of GIS and Drones” throughout the day with student work and competitions, employer vendors, and guest speakers.

Vendor Registration

Register your company to have a booth in the career and internship showcase here! Registration is free!

Attendee Registration

Register for free here!

Parking & Directions

Campus maps and driving directions can be found here. Vendors can park in the Mason Pond Parking Deck next to the Center for the Arts. ESRI has created an interactive map application which shows key locations for GIS Day and has some additional functionality, such as baseman selection, routing, measuring, drawing and printing. Additionally, if you access the app on your mobile device, you can pull in your current location.


Schedule of Events

Fenwick Library, 2nd Floor – Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC)

8:00 am – Vendor Exhibitor Area opens for setup

8:30 – 10:00 am – Breakfast for vendors and volunteers

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Exhibitor Area open to attendees

10:00 am – 12:15 pm – Speakers Series (DiSC, Room 2701)

10:00am – Ahmad Aburizaiza, Mapbox

” Mapbox Products for GIS Practitioners”

Mapbox is a platform for designers, cartographers, and developers to build geospatial web and mobile applications. Mapbox provides the building blocks to add location features such as  maps, search, and navigation into any experience you create.  In this presentation former GMU grad, Ahmad Aburizaiza, will give a broad overview of the Mapbox products that enable developers, designers and cartographers to craft beautiful maps and to build custom location solutions. Whether you’re building a fitness app that inspires people to get active, helping drivers navigate a crowded city during rush hour, or visualizing a massive data-set to get insights, Mapbox’s flexible building blocks enable you to build a custom experience that supports your specific use-case.

10:45am – Parker Hornstein, ESRI

“Reaching New Heights with ArcGIS”:

Mr. Hornstein will discuss ingesting data collected via drones with the ArcGIS Platform, and using AI/ML to extract features and feed analysis processes.

11:15am – Diego Torrejon, BlackSky

“Exploiting Rapid Revisit with BlackSky’s Global Constellation”:

The last decade has seen an explosion in the availability and affordability of satellite imagery. Commercial imagery providers such as BlackSky, DigitalGlobe, and Planet are capturing more images of the Earth than ever before. This growth has yielded tremendous improvements in our ability to perform environmental monitoring, commercial development, and defense and intelligence planning. However, the deluge of data has made it difficult for image analysts to prioritize their efforts. This presents an immediate need for novel machine learning and computer vision techniques which can identify and flag significant changes among thousands of images per day. In this presentation, we will discuss how BlackSky builds satellite imagery analytics using modern computer vision techniques and analyzes the results to form an understanding of the pattern-of-life at facilities of interest.

Mapathon Training offered by Mason Mappers (DiSC, Room 2715B)

Student Research Posters and Maps on display (DiSC, Room 2700)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Student Research Poster Presentations (DiSC, Room 2700)

12:00 – 1:00 pm – LUNCH, complimentary for all vendors, volunteers, and attendees

1:30 pm – Awards Ceremony for Student Competitions (DiSC, Room 2700)


A special thank you to this year’s generous sponsors!

Other Geo-awareness Week Events

Thursday, November 7th – Career Panel 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Friday, November 15th – Drone Clinic 11:00 am – 2:00 pm hosted by Mason Mappers

Fall Mapathon 6:00 – 8:00 pm hosted by Mason Mappers

*Be sure to check back regularly for updates. We will post a more detailed schedule of events in the next few weeks, as well as other pertinent information.

See you next year! GIS Day 2020 – November 18, 2020

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