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1 15 th Annual Mid-South GIS Conference The Utility of GIS Presented by: Memphis Area Geographic Information Council November 12-13, 2015 The Botanic Garden 750 Cherry Rd Memphis, TN


3 Skye Perry Founder & Principal Consultant SSP Innovations Skye is a Principal Consultant for SSP Innovations and has provided technical architecture, development, and management solutions for GIS-centered implementations since Skye s work has focused specifically on Esri and Schneider Electric GIS projects for the electric, gas, water, and telecomunication utility verticals. Skye founded SSP Innovations in 2003 and the company has grown to be recognized throughout the industry for their expertise in core product implementation, gap analysis, product customization, and systems integration. The consulting team at SSP has been praised for their thought leadership within the Esri GIS market as the platform has evolved from a client-server application into the powerful cloud-based solution that it is today. Skye currently sits on the Esri Partnering Advisory Council, a small group of influential partners that contribute to future GIS product direction and industry focus areas. In 2015, Esri awarded SSP Innovations with their partner of the year award for innovative leadership around ArcGIS Online implementations. Skye also publishes monthly articles for SSP on the use of GIS within utilities, speaks regularly at industry conferences, and has contributed to a number of utility and telecom industry publications on GIS best practices. Skye earned a BSBA in Decision and Information Sciences from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and subsequently attained various Microsoft technical certifications. SSP Innovations was recognized by the University of Florida in 2015 as being #45 on the list of the top 100 fastest growing, Gator-led companies in the world. Skye currently lives in Parker, CO with his wife and three children.

4 Call for Presentations 15 th Annual MAGIC Conference The Utility of GIS November 12 13, 2015 Memphis, Tennessee The 15 th Annual Memphis Area Geographic Information Council (MAGIC) Conference will be held at the Memphis Botanic Gardens located at 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, TN in midtown Memphis, Tennessee, on November 12 13, Join us as we celebrate GIS Day in the Mid South region! This year s theme is The Utility of GIS. Our broad topic conference gives you the presenter an opportunity to showcase your work and show how useful GIS can be in any field to professionals and interested individuals throughout the Memphis area. Individuals from the private & public sectors as well as students are invited to submit abstracts for our regional event. Topics related to GIS and its applications are welcome for submission, and you will find the abstract criteria below: Abstract Submission Guidelines Presenter name(s) Presentation title Company name Address, phone, and e mail information Abstract (150 words or less) Brief presenter biography (25 words or less) Presentations should be no longer than 25 minutes with an additional five minutes allowed for questions for a conventional presentation or 5 minutes for a lightning talk. Will this be a conventional talk (25 +5 minutes) or a lighting talk (5 minutes)? Please submit the required information to Deadline for submission is October 16, Please contact Sam Russell at or (662) if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing about the great things happening in your area in GIS!

5 SPONSOR REGISTRATION PACKET The Memphis Area Geographic Information Council (MAGIC) is a nonprofit organization of GIS professionals, users, educators, students and interested individuals in the Memphis region. Our annual two day conference will be held November 12-13, at The Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis TN This event is a great opportunity for professionals in the field of GIS, elected officials, public sector decision makers, nonprofit organizations, consulting companies, educators, students and others in the Memphis region to share knowledge and network. In past years, the Mid-South GIS Conference has seen much success and with quality presentations and direct business opportunities for sponsors, the conference offers many possibilities to brand and market your company. There are 5 levels of sponsor registration, which includes access to one 6-foot table, 2 chairs, power & wireless internet access. PLATINUM LEVEL $1200 Platinum level solidifies your company s leadership position with priority given to attendee list access before, during and after the event, premium signage and exhibit placement.! Designated event sponsor! Logos on all Printed, Website and Materials! Promotional Inserts for Conference Bag! 1 Exhibit Booth! 6 Conference Registrations! Premier Speaking Session on 1 st Day LUNCH SPONSOR $1000 This new sponsorship level includes all of the benefits of the Gold level, plus a 1 hour speaking session during lunch on the second day of the conference. We encourage you to act quickly, as there is only 1 space available for this sponsorship level!! Logos on all Printed, Website and Materials! Promotional Inserts for Conference Bag! 1 Exhibit Booth! 4 Conference Registrations! Premier Lunch Speaking Session on 2 nd Day.

6 GOLD LEVEL $800 Gold level establishes your presence with priority given to attendee list access before, during and after the event, premium signage and exhibit placement.! Logos on all Printed, Website and Materials! Promotional Inserts for Conference Bag! 1 Exhibit Booth! 4 Conference Registrations! 1 Speaking Session SILVER LEVEL $400 Silver level provides great access to attendees with signage.! Logos on all Printed, Website and Materials! 1 Exhibit Booth! 2 Conference Registrations BRONZE LEVEL* $200 Bronze level provides opportunity to showcase your agency and projects with signage.! Logos on all Printed, Website and Materials! 1 Exhibit Booth! 1Conference Registrations *Available to public sector agencies only, including but not limited to, Government and Education organizations

7 REGISTRATION FORM To register for the 15 th Annual Mid-South GIS Conference, please complete this form with your payment submitted to the address below. All booths will have access to one 6-foot table, 2 chairs, power & wireless internet access. Please print your company name exactly as it should appear in all marketing and promotional materials for the event: Product to be displayed: Contact Information NAME: TITLE: ADDRESS: CITY: STATE: ZIP: PHONE: FAX: LEVEL OF SPONSORSHIP: Full payment is due with form or day of Conference. Failure to pay will result in forfeiture of vendor space. Check Payable to: Memphis Area Geographic Information Council PO Box Memphis, TN

8 15 th ANNUAL MAGIC CONFERENCE The Utility of GIS NOVEMBER 12 th & 13 th The Memphis Botanic Gardens 750 Cherry Road Memphis, TN MAP GALLERY COMPETITION The Map Gallery Competition provides a fun opportunity for you to showcase your creative talents in presenting geographic information. Your peers attending the 2015 Conference will be casting votes for their favorite GIS Map Poster. Contest entries will be displayed in the Map Gallery for everyone to see. ENTRY CATEGORIES (One entry per author) Entry Type Categories for the Map Poster Competition will be: Students Government (includes federal, state, local government, & non profit organizations) 1 st, 2 nd, & 3 rd places will be awarded to both categories CASH PRIZES include $50 1 st place, $25 2 nd place, $15 3 rd place SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS Entries to: Zinnia Ron-Ferguson (information below) Entries must include title and author. Entries must include contact information either on the map or a separate sheet of paper (full name, entry category, affiliation, address, , telephone, fax, etc.) Entries must include information depicting the map s development such as hardware, software, plotter, data, methods used, purpose, problems encountered, results, conclusion, etc. Deadline for entries is Friday, November 6th, MAP GALLERY DISPLAY INSTRUCTIONS Map must be mounted on board Size specifications: Minimum 17 x 22 and Maximum 24 x 36 Displayed on easel (Please bring your own) For questions regarding the Map Poster Competition please contact: Zinnia Ron-Ferguson: MAGIC PO Box Memphis, TN

9 Memphis Area Geographic Information Council Academic Scholarship Program Purpose: Education is a central component of the Memphis Area Geographic Information Council s (MAGIC) mission. The purpose of the MAGIC Academic Scholarship program is to encourage and support students education through the completion of commendable GIS projects. MAGIC hopes to award one $2000 scholarship annually, available to any qualifying undergraduate student enrolled in a college or university in the area served by MAGIC. Eligibility and Requirements: The applicant must be an undergraduate student currently enrolled and in good standing at a college or university in the area served by MAGIC. The applicant must be enrolled Full-Time, or at a minimum must have completed at least 12 credit hours in consecutive semesters. Applicants may be from any academic discipline; however, the project undertaken must involve GIS. The applicant must submit a completed application. The applicant must be available to give a minute presentation on his or her work at the MAGIC GIS day conference, held November 12-13, MAGIC will be given permission to use the resulting project materials, copies of the materials, or make reference to the materials, to promote the scholarship program and to advance the mission of MAGIC. Actual ownership of resulting materials will remain with the applicant. MAGIC Board members, Scholarship subcommittee members, and their immediate family members are ineligible to apply. Preference will be given to projects based in the Midsouth area. Deadlines and Evaluation: The deadline for submitting completed written applications is October 23, The MAGIC Scholarship subcommittee will evaluate and score all written applications based on the information provided by the applicant and select the scholarship finalists, who will be notified by October 30, Finalists must give a minute presentation outlining their project/work at the MAGIC GIS Day Conference (November 12-13). Presentations will be evaluated and scored by the Scholarship subcommittee. The

10 MAGIC Board of Directors will award one scholarship, based on the recommendations of the Scholarship subcommittee. The Board reserves the right to withhold scholarships if requirements or eligibility are not met. Announcement of the scholarship award will be made at the closing session of the MAGIC GIS Day Conference (the closing session is typically scheduled at the end of day two of the conference). Disbursement schedule is at the Board s discretion. Applications, as well as scoring criteria for both the written application and presentation, are available at the MAGIC website: Scholarship Application Guidelines Please complete the MAGIC Academic Scholarship Program Application Form and submit it along with a written application including the following: 1. Description of the project limit of 3 pages. A statement of the purpose of the project and its objectives. Include a statement pertaining to the originality of work or whether the research is part of a group project, research with professor, etc. If the project is part of a group effort or ongoing research, please state how your work contributed to the overall effort. A description of the methods that will be or have been used to accomplish the objectives. The significance of the project. 2. Personal Statement limit to 1 page. A statement of your plans as they relate to educational and career objectives and how those plans relate to GIS. 3. One letter of recommendation. Must be from a teacher, faculty member, or administrator. 4. Proof of Enrollment. A copy of your complete unofficial transcript. Applications can be submitted to: Written Application Deadline is October 23, 2015

11 Memphis Area Geographic Information Council Academic Scholarship Application Form Name: (Last) (First) (Middle) Title of Project: Permanent Address: Daytime Telephone Number: Expected Date of Graduation: Letter of Support Please indicate the name and contact information of your supporter below. Name: Position: Address: Phone: =============================================================== I certify that the information given in this application is true and accurate. I also understand that I will be expected to do a presentation on my project at the MAGIC GIS Day Conference, held November 12-13, Signature: Date: