Conferences are unique opportunities for immersion in an area of interest, direct access to experts, contributions to a field, staying current in an industry, and networking.
Generally speaking, the goal of industry conferences is to bring practitioners to problems (generally organized by subject or track) and highlight concepts and solutions.
The Spatial Plexus annual, international conference takes a twist on this paradigm by bringing problems to the practitioner and educator through the reality of intricate and interdependent issues. "Wicked problems" are those difficult to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements. By "inspecting 'wicked problems' with geospatial goggles," complexities and interdependencies can be exposed, better defined, dissected, better managed through the geospatial approach and reassembled for overall improvements.
Spatial Plexus creates an environment for the following:
- Major focus on audience participation
- Panel sessions grouped by topic and moderated; half of each session is for panelists to share, while the other half is for audience engagement
- Takeaways from each session are compiled into a document that everyone shares
- Small enough group that each attendee gets to learn about everyone's work and make valuable connections during and after the event
- Everyone has a bio, contact info, and photo on the event website ... no more scrambling to get business cards
- One- to two-hour group discussions where each table has a question or challenge to discuss and participants arrive at solutions. Table leader presents results to all attendees in a lightening talk so all participants hear what happened at other tables in a nut shell”
"Wicked problems," such as education and business intelligence, require a great number of people to change their mindsets. What better group to tackle such challenges than geospatial educators, technologists and experts who come from every rank and discipline with the ability to relate issues through geospatial thinking, visualization and analyses?
You are invited to contribute to, and/or participate in, this special event.
Danielle Ayan, GISP
Founder and Conference Chair, SpatialPlexus.com