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Teach the World about the World!

What if you had an awesome idea for how to use GIS, but needed a place to share it? What if you could present your idea to hundreds of people with a passion for GIS in a rapid-fire lightning talk? Well now you can!

Esri’s Federal GIS Conference is coming to Wasington, DC on Feburary 22-24. Esri is looking for presenters to give 5 minute presentations called “lightning talks” that will spark your peers’ creativity and get them motivated about new ways to use GIS technology in their projects.
Interested? Here are some simple steps to take when preparing your presentation:

  • Share one great idea – Tell a story, motivate, and inspire.
  • Make it quick – Presentations must be five minutes or less.
  • No live demos – We want to hear about the idea directly from you.
  • Limit your slides – In the style of Ignite events, your slides are automatically advanced by the moderator to fit within the five-minute timeframe. For example, a 20-slide presentation advances at a rate of 15 seconds per slide; and a 5-slide presentation receives 60 seconds per slide. Please use only non-copyrighted images in presentation slides.
  • Have fun! – This is your chance to share your passion for your great idea. For inspiration, read How to Give a Great Ignite Talkor watch a lightning talk on writing Unix daemons to see how a seemingly dull topic can be made exciting.

Lightning talk proposals (including final presentation slides) are due January 13. Lightning talks will be presented on Wednesday, February 23.

So get your presentation ready and teach the world about the world!

The Esri Federal GIS Conference is taking place February 22-24 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC. Register today!

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Gary M. Morin

Since GovLoop seems to target the Federal government, I’m wondering how this GIS conference addresses the accessibility of such GIS tools for persons with disabilities. Are such tools accessible to, say, someone who uses speech recognition software? Can GIS tools produce maps that are meaningful to persons who are blind or vision impaired? Is Section 508 (of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) a requirement for speakers and vendors to consider?