Category Archives: Conferences and Seminars

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:

10th Annual Loudoun County GIS Forum (Wed, May 6, 2015)

This is a great event each year.  And a super opportunity to network with folks who “do GIS” for a living.  AND, you can enter your favorite map (maybe your term project?) in the mapping contest.  I hope to see you there!

Click the link below for more info and registration materials.

Tenth Annual Loudoun GIS Forum Registration Documents 2015 FINALS

Women Mapping the World Conference

Explore the role of women in the evolution of mapping and use of maps by women both in the past and today through a series of illustrated presentations by some of the leading experts in the field including Tanya Atwater, Annette Krygiel, Roberta Lenczowski, Letitia Long, Janice Monk, Kathleen Smith, and Judith Tyner. On Saturday, March 28, attendees may also enjoy a special tour of the extraordinary collections of the Geography and Map Division at The Library of Congress.


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International Drone Day 3/14/15

The International Drone Day is celebrated on the 2nd Saturday of March and this year will be more geek because 3/14 is also the Pi Day  🙂

If you are interested to attend, the DC Area Drone User Group is organizing a cool festival in Warrenton, VA to show the positive use of Drone technology

More info in the links below:

Young Professionals Unite

Join fellow young professionals in the federal government and Washington DC area for a special program at the Esri Federal GIS Conference, February 9-10, 2015. This is an opportunity to learn about the latest technology your peers use to create a more resilient nation. You’ll hear success stories, tips, and trends. Geospatial innovators will be available to answer your pressing questions.

The program for the Young Professionals Group includes a focused lunch, workshop, career development panel/social and networking happy hour. Close out the conference at the Young Professionals Lounge during the Networking Reception at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Registration is complimentary for federal employees, contractors and tribes; non-profit organizations; and International Organizations. Other members of the Young Professionals Program will  get a registration discount on the conference and the Esri DevSummit DC, which follows a day later.

Register now and sign up for the Young Professionals Group.

Learn the Fundamentals of ArcGIS Pro, New from Esri


January 29, 2015

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. (PST)

Jan 21, 2015 — Esri’s new release of ArcGIS 10.3 includes ArcGIS Pro, a desktop application that will help geographic information system (GIS) professionals complete their GIS projects faster and more easily than ever.

ArcGIS Pro provides all the tools you need to author and edit both 2D and 3D maps, perform analysis, view maps side by side, create multiple layouts from one or more 2D and 3D maps, and then share your work with others. You can use data from either your network or online sources in the application.

To familiarize yourself with ArcGIS Pro, tune in to the Esri live training seminar Streamline GIS Workflows with ArcGIS Pro on January 29, 2015. The presenters will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of the application along with the workflows you need to understand to start using it.

After viewing the seminar, you will understand how to

·        Build a project with ArcGIS Pro that will organize all your work in one place.

·        Import documents into ArcGIS Pro from ArcGIS for Desktop’s ArcMap and ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension’s ArcScene applications.

·        Connect to geodatabases and other data sources from within the ArcGIS Pro application.

·        Manage, edit, and analyze GIS data quickly and efficiently.

·        Author 2D and 3D maps and layouts.

·        Share content as web layers to your ArcGIS Online organizational or internal portal.

ArcGIS Pro is a 64-bit multithreaded application that, combined with an intuitive ribbon-based interface, is a strong addition to the ArcGIS platform. If you are a GIS professional, attending this seminar will give you a jump-start on how to get the most out of this exciting new technology.

Commercial UAV EXPO


Commercial UAV Expo is a conference and exhibition exclusively focused on the commercial UAV market in North America covering industries including Surveying & Mapping; Civil Engineering & Infrastructure;  Mining; Construction; Process, Power & Utilities; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Security, Emergency Response, and more. It is organized by SPAR Point Group. It will take place October 5-7, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. For more information, visit  Read the full article here.