DC Climathon Challege!!!

George Washington University is hosting the DC Climathon where teams can come together over 24 hours to create the best project around the climate change challenge (DC’s challenge is waste). The teams’ ideas are judged and then the winning teams are selected to continue working and potentially present at the UN’s COP21 in Paris. Attached is a flyer for the DC Climathon.

Learn more: http://www.climate-kic.org/climathon/#the-challenge

Feel free to email Meghan Chapple at GW if you are interested in participating.

2015 US Demographic Data Available

2015 U.S. Esri Demographic data is now available!

The 2015/2020 U.S. Esri Updated Demographic data is now available across the ArcGIS platform, and it reveals some very interesting trends about population growth, aging, diversity, housing and more.

  • The 2015 U.S. population is 318,536,439, an increase of 3.2% since 2010.
  • Population growth in the South continues to outpace growth in the rest of the US, 4.6% since 2010, compared to 3.8% in the West, 1.5% in the Northeast and 1.4% in the Midwest.
  • The country is becoming more diverse. The Hispanic population now accounts for 17.6% of the total population and is expected to increase to 19% by 2020. The Diversity Index (the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups) based on counts from Census 2010 for the United States is 60.6. The Diversity Index based on 2015 updates stands at 63, and it is expected to rise to 65.3 in 2020.

For more info:

ESRI 2015 Data

State of the Map Discount!

Here is a letter that the Geospatial Technology Department received about the State of the Map Conference in NYC:

We’d like to invite students and faculty staff of the Geography & Geospatial Technology Program to State of the Map US – the annual OpenStreetMap conference!

Please use the coupon code TEACHOSM to register with a 40 % discount off the regular ticket price of $150.

Please extend this invitation and the coupon code to your students and faculty staff for us.

State of the Map US is the annual conference for OpenStreetMap users. This year the conference is taking place at the UN headquarters in New York and we’re expecting 1,000 OpenStreetMap enthusiasts and professionals from the entire international community. Attend on June 6 and 7 for a series of talks on OpenStreetMap, open source mapping, geospatial tools and innovative mapping techniques. On June 8 we will get hands on with software workshops, mapathons and a workshop track for teachers.


We’re hoping to seeing you in New York City – please get in touch with any questions.

Employment Opportunities: Management Intern-GIS Specialist

Subject: Employment Opportunities :MANAGEMENT INTERN – GIS SPECIALIST


Department of Environmental Services (1 vacancy)

One Year, Full-Time or Part-Time, Paid Internship Program

  • Performs routine and specialized GIS mapping functions to produce, maintain and update a variety of land-based maps and overlays including planimetric, infra-structure, and demographic maps
  • Develops mapping solutions to business problems using a variety of advanced analytical packages such as ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, Network Analyst, Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst
  • Works with clients, under the direction of Mapping Center staff, to determine mapping/analysis approaches to business problems, outlining a project methodology, identifying data requirements and appropriate software, and producing end products to meet clients’ need
  • Performs mapping liaison duties to serve agency clients, maintaining datasets, anticipating future mapping needs, describing the analysis capabilities of GIS, and conceptualizing and creating new mapping projects
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

For more information:


Virginia Young Professionals Summit

Friday May 29th and Saturday May 30th

Hosted by Senator Mark R. Warner and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce with George Mason University, George Washington University, Loudoun County, Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, Loudoun YP, Northern Virginia Community College and Visit Loudoun, in partnership with Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., Coburn Creative, GEICO, McGuire Woods Consulting LLC, Modern Mechanical, The National, Northern Virginia Tech Council, RecLyfe and Wells Fargo.

Celebrating its 5th year, the Virginia Young Professionals Summit invests in the leadership development of young professionals from across the Commonwealth and serves as a platform for the next generation of leaders to connect, build relationships, and exchange ideas around leading topics.

Join us for a Friday night Happy Hour and make new friends while competing in the Blind Draw Cornhole Tournament (hosted by RecLyfe) from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 30th at The National Conference Center in Leesburg. Saturday morning we’ll kick off the summit 8 a.m. with a networking breakfast. Remarks from Senator Warner and our keynote, Aneesh Chopra, will follow. The summit will provide an array of excellent workshops, from leadership to networking to smart money habits, that you will find informative and impactful.

The conference is free to attend but registration is necessary.

To Register:


GMU 3 Day Python Class

GIS 0280: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems


As an introduction to Python and the arcpy geoprocessing module, GIS 0280 covers basic python syntax, control statements, and the arcpy geoprocessing module, using ArcGIS Model Builder to build syntax, definition functions, handling exceptions and Python. Toolboxes will be discussed. During this three day course, students will learn how to create python scripts for automation, through classroom discussion and demonstrations, including guided and practical exercises. Extensive knowledge of ArcGIS is required (with experience working with Model Builder).

Prerequisite is GIS 0110.

May 14-16, 2015 (Thursday-Saturday)

  • Time: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Location: PW     Status: Open




USGIF Hack-a-thon June 12-14

USGIF’s Hack-a-thon June 12-14


USGIF is holding its first-ever GEOINT Hack-a-thon to expose both non-GEOINT and GEOINT-savvy coders to interesting problems that require inventive coding solutions. The goal is to gain participation from the non-GEOINT coding world, while the end result will be a working code base that performs a specifically requested set of functions. The winning team will receive a cash prize!