[OSGeo Africa] Fwd: [SDI-Africa] Press Release: Global Geospatial Conference 2013

Gavin Fleming gavin at afrispatial.co.za
Wed Jul 31 01:20:49 PDT 2013

I have two FOSS GIS -related abstracts accepted at this conference. If I 
actually make it there I plan on organising some FOSS-GIS related 
activities and hopefully workshops. Anyone else on this list planning on 

*Press Release: Global Geospatial Conference 2013 *
The organisers of the Global Geospatial Conference 2013, to be held at 
the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) United Nations Conference 
Centre (UNCC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 4-8 November, are pleased to 
announce that industry leaders Esri, Intergraph, Google and DigitalGlobe 
have all signed on as lead sponsors for this joint GSDI 14 World 
Conference and AfricaGIS 2013 Conference.
Esri, Inc. is the conference Titanium Sponsor while Intergraph 
Corporation (part of Hexagon) and Google, Inc. are Platinum Sponsors. 
DigitalGlobe has signed on as a Bronze Sponsor. Esri and Intergraph are 
also both GSDI Association corporate members. Negotiations are on going 
with a range of other sponsors and exhibitors. The Sponsor and 
Exhibitors Prospectus are available at the conference web site at 
www.gsdi.org/gsdi14/ <http://www.gsdi.org/gsdi14/>.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
·Jack Dangermond, President, Esri, Inc.
·Peter Gilruth, Director, Division of Early Warning and Assessment 
(DEWA), United Nations Environment Programme
·Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission 
for Africa
·Wilbur Khasilwa Ottichilo, Member of Parliament, Emuhaya Constituency, 
·Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
·Lee Schwartz, Director, Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, US 
Department of State
·…and more are forthcoming!
*AfriGEOSS Launch*
AfriGEOSS, the GEO initiative to reinforce Earth observation in Africa, 
will feature a special plenary launch on the second day of the 
conference, followed by a cocktail reception that evening at the UNECA. 
Learn more about this exciting initiative that will expose African 
experts to global collaborations and improve their access to data and 
open-software tools for applications development in order to create new 
benefits for society, help sustain existing capacities, encourage 
knowledge transfer and provide a large return on investment in Earth 
*GSDI Global Citizen Award *
The GSDI Association's Global Citizen Award recognizes globally an 
individual who has provided exemplary thought leadership and substantive 
worldwide contributions in (1) promoting informed and responsible use of 
geographic information and geospatial technologies for the benefit of 
society and/or (2) fostering spatial data infrastructure developments 
that support sustainable social, economic, and environmental systems 
integrated from local to global scales. The recipient receives a 
medallion and certificate to be presented at the global conference, and 
is invited to present a visionary speech. Following appraisal of the 
nominations and final selection by the awards committee, the winner has 
been selected. More news coming soon!
For more information, contact Sives Govender, Executive Director, 
EIS-Africa, SGovender at eis-africa.org or Harlan Onsrud, Executive 
Director, GSDI Association, onsrud at gsdi.org and visit the conference 
website at http://www.gsdi.org/gsdi14 <http://www.gsdi.org/gsdi14>.

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