Join or Organize a Monday Night Meetup

On Monday evening after the Happy Hour, we encourage you to choose some companions, pick a restaurant or pub, and enjoy dinner or drinks with your fellow attendees. Then catch up with others during the informal pub crawl or just head back to the Marriott for Late Night at the hotel bar (Iron and Oak on Second Floor).

See all Monday Night Meetups.

Bring a Map or Poster to Display in the Map Gallery


Map Gallery


Bring a Map or Poster to display in the map gallery at the conference

There will also be an area to post announcements for job openings, and resumes of those seeking work.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf to give Welcoming Remarks during Tuesday Morning Keynote Session


Mayor Libby Schaaf Welcoming Remarks


Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will give Welcome to Oakland remarks during the keynote plenary session on the morning of Tuesday, May 23. Make sure you attend to hear Mayor Schaaf promote her hometown as the greatest place to live, work, play and do business. Mayor Schaaf is committed to equitable revitalization that preserves and celebrates Oakland’s diversity and leads to direct prosperity for long-time residents and newcomers.


Announcing Three Keynote Speakers


Announcing Three Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce 3 engaging keynote speakers: Charlie Loyd from Mapbox, Andrew Turner from Esri, and Benjamin T. Tuttle from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

Charlie Loyd [Mapbox]

Charlie works on satellite and aerial imagery at Mapbox’s San Francisco office. He has a special interest in open data, and has been involved in several projects to publish raster data for open access. His day-to-day is in acquiring and processing imagery, including color correction, cloud removal, etc., at terapixel scales.



Andrew Turner [Esri]

Andrew's work focuses on cross-domain collaboration and democratizing the map making process creating open tools for cartography and analysis. In 2006 he published the popular and widely regarded book "Introduction to Neogeography" which led an industry shift of the GIS market. He is a world-renowned speaker, author, advocate, and engineer for crowd-sourced geospatial technology and a successful entrepreneur that has grown and exited two companies through acquisition. Currently, Andrew is the Director and CTO of the Esri Research and Development Center in Washington, DC. His team is developing new technologies for government and citizen collaboration to build communities. This includes the global ArcGIS Open Data network for open access to authoritative data, as well as open-source and interactive tools and applications to build and share insights and solutions. Andrew is an active member in many organizations developing and supporting open standards such as the OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and World Wide Web Consortium. He is also the co-founder of CrisisCommons, a global community of volunteers leveraging technology to assist in building solutions for disaster response, recovery, and rebuilding.



Benjamin T. Tuttle [National Geospatial Intelligence Agency]

Benjamin T. Tuttle is a R&D Technologist at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. He holds a BA in Geography and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MS in GIS and PhD in Geography from the University of Denver. His research interests include human environment interactions and nighttime satellite imagery. Ben is also focused on development of web and mobile geospatial applications to enhance data delivery, analysis, and decision-making. He has authored and co-authored papers in journals including PE&RS, Geography Compass, GeoJournal, Environmental Management, and Remote Sensing of Environment. He is currently leading a team of developers to deliver new capabilities for first responders, search and rescue teams, security personnel, and military users while revolutionizing the underlying infrastructure. The team is building on cloud based environment with a full DevOps pipeline that includes automated security scanning to shorten delivery timelines and fully embrace a secure CI/CD process.


Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended to April 28 for CalGIS LocationCon

Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended to April 28 for CalGIS LocationCon 2017

The CalGIS LocationCon 2017 conference is rapidly approaching. The early bird registration deadline has been extended to April 28. Register here before April 28 to qualify for early bird rates before registration prices increase!



April 23 Early Bird Deadlines for CalGIS LocationCon 2017 Conference

Early Bird Deadlines for CalGIS LocationCon 2017

The CalGIS LocationCon 2017 conference is rapidly approaching. Register here before April 23 to qualify for early bird rates before registration prices increase!

The room block at the Marriott is filling up. Reserve your room today at the discounted conference rate. Any rooms not booked in the room block by April 23 will be released back to the Marriott. Reserve your room here before April 23.

Thank You to Our Current Sponsors!

SILVER: CAD Masters and Esri

BRONZE: Azavea, CycloMedia, GIS Inc, Harris Geospatial Solutions, Hexagon Geospatial, Infogroup, Michael Baker International, Open Spatial, Psomas, Quantum Spatial, and Vestra Resources Inc.
NON-PROFIT/EDUCATIONAL/GOVERNMENT:  California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) and San Francisco State University Institute for Geographic Information Science.
Some additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, go to
We look forward to seeing you in Oakland May 22-24. For all conference details, go to



Call for papers has been extended to February 17, 2017

DEADLINE has been extended to February 17.

CalGIS LocationCon 2017 invites presentations on a wide range of topics to be discussed May 22-25, 2017. This is a unique chance for members of the Open Source GIS community and traditional GIS groups to meet and showcase their tools, solutions and projects. Invitation is open to all. 

Prior to beginning the submission process you will be prompted to create a Login ID and Password.

Submissions will be assessed on their originality, interest to GIS and GIS related fields, and likelihood of advancing the discipline. Submissions may be technical or creative, scientific or experiential, individual or institutional in scope and approach. Submissions and optional papers will be assessed on how well they demonstrate a clear goal of relevance to geospatial technology, use of systematic investigation or methods, completeness of results or recommendations, and significance of conclusions.

Thank you for taking the time to consider presenting at CalGIS LocationCon 2017. Your submissions make up the heart and soul of our conferences, and we look forward to reading your proposals.

Why attend CalGIS/LocationCon 2017

What's Different about CalGIS LocationCon 2017 vs. past CalGIS conferences?

CalGIS LocationCon 2017 will offer a deeper, more rewarding conference experience compared to past CalGIS conferences in many ways:


  • Monday workshop day offering a range of workshops that are included in the conference registration package and not required to be purchased as add-on features

  • More diverse and dynamic mix of conference attendees that is a combination of the typical CalGIS crowd with the Location Tech community

  • Expanded geospatial content showcasing the latest highly innovative research in both commercial and open source solutions

  • Wide range of diverse keynote/plenary sessions

  • Additional social events to encourage more interaction, networking and information sharing

  • Lunch provided daily

  • Vendor/exhibitor area that is centrally located with high traffic during the conference

  • Wifi provided to conference attendees

  • San Francisco Bay Area location with easy public transit access from the 12th Street/City Center BART station adjacent to the Oakland Marriott and Convention Center

Oakland Marriott Room Reservation System is Open!

Oakland Marriott Room Reservation

This year CalGIS/LocationCon 2017 is back in the Bay Area! Take advantage of all the onsite activities and evening social events. We've partnered with the Oakland Marriott to provide our attendees with reduced rate rooms. The hotel has recently remodeled rooms and is connected to the conference facility. 

The Oakland Marriott system for CalGIS LocationCon 2017 attendees to reserve a room at the conference hotel at a discounted rate of $209 (plus taxes/fees) is now open.

Reserve your room before the room block fills up.


Call for Presentations is Open!




Our Sponsors

For information about becoming a sponsor, please visit the LocationCon 2017 sponsor prospectus page.