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 '13 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:
- Issue connectivity
- Issue interconnectivity (i.e., Educational articulation, sustainable programs and spatial literacy for workforce readiness followed by GIS4WickedProblems, to include Land, Water, Energy, Risk and many other issues)
- Dynamic interaction (i.e., Overview of issues by Keynote speakers and/or panelists, followed by audience discussion and the opportunity to further contribute to issues and issue interdependencies via Ignite sessions)
- Hands-On workshops
- Information from federal agency leads about GIS funding opportunities
"Wicked problems," such as higher education and economic development, 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 geographic visualization and analyses?
You are invited to contribute to, and/or participate in, this special event.
Danielle Ayan, GISP, Spatial Plexus '13 Conference Chair