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July 30th, 2013
Global Geospatial Conference 2013 Sponsors and Keynote Speakers

Esri, Inc. is the conference Titanium Sponsor while Intergraph Corporation (part of Hexagon) and Google, Inc. are Platinum Sponsors. DigitalGlobe has signed on as a Bronze Sponsor. Esri and Intergraph are also both GSDI Association corporate members. Negotiations are on-going with a range of other sponsors and exhibitors. The Sponsor and Exhibitors Prospectus is available at the conference web site at www.gsdi.org/gsdi14/.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Jack Dangermond, President, Esri, Inc.
  • Peter Gilruth, Director, Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), United Nations Environment Programme
  • Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Wilbur Khasilwa Ottichilo, Member of Parliament, Emuhaya Constituency, Kenya
  • Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
  • Lee Schwartz, Director, Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, US Department of State
  • … and more are forthcoming!

AfriGEOSS Launch

AfriGEOSS, the GEO initiative to reinforce Earth observation in Africa, will feature a special plenary launch on the second day of the conference, followed by a cocktail reception that evening at the UNECA. Learn more about this exciting initiative that will expose African experts to global collaborations and improve their access to data and open-software tools for applications development in order to create new benefits for society, help sustain existing capacities, encourage knowledge transfer and provide a large return on investment in Earth Observation.

GSDI Global Citizen Award

The GSDI Association’s Global Citizen Award recognizes globally an individual who has provided exemplary thought leadership and substantive worldwide contributions in (1) promoting informed and responsible use of geographic information and geospatial technologies for the benefit of society and/or (2) fostering spatial data infrastructure developments that support sustainable social, economic, and environmental systems integrated from local to global scales.  The recipient receives a medallion and certificate to be presented at the global conference, and is invited to present a visionary speech. Following appraisal of the nominations and final selection by the awards committee, the winner has been selected. Watch this space for more news!

For more information, contact Sives Govender, Executive Director, EIS-Africa,  SGovender@eis-africa.org or Harlan Onsrud, Executive Director, GSDI Association,  onsrud@gsdi.org and visit the conference website at www.gsdi.org/gsdi14.