Submit a (John) Speed Presentation Proposal

Presentations will be held at SFU’s downtown campus on GIS Day during GeoAwareness Week, 2018 EXTENDED Deadline for submission: October 12, 2018

Image courtesy of Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center

John Speed’s A new and accurat map of the world, courtesy of Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center

Are you working on a project or research involving geographic information systems (GIS), geospatial data, cartography, or maps? Are you interested in sharing your knowledge and work with the larger SFU and UBC geospatial community? We want to hear about it and encourage you to present on GIS Day 2018! This is an opportunity to share your work, network with local colleagues, and soak in a spectrum of geospatial activities.

GIS Day is an annual worldwide celebration of GIS technology and community. SFU Library, UBC Library, and UBC Faculty of Forestry are partnering to provide this year’s celebrations on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at the SFU Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver. More information about the day including the agenda will be available soon and linked to from this page.

Each presentation will follow the same format – 7.5 minute presentation = 15 slides x 30 seconds each. This format allows presenters to focus on essential content and engaging slides while giving the audience a chance to see several presentations on a wide range of topics. And – equally important – this format is fun. These presentations were inspired by John Speed – 16th Century English cartographer who published widely iconic maps and atlases of England and the world. Speed had nothing to do with presentations, but he did make maps and we like his name.

Please submit your expression of interest by filling out the form below by 12 pm noon on Friday, October 12, 2018 (extended). The description of your presentation is the most important piece of your submission, but we ask that you limit it to no more than 500 words. All submitters will be followed up with by Sunday, October 14. If you have any questions about these presentations or GIS Day 2018, please contact Evan Thornberry (evan.thornberry[at]

DEADLINE for submission: October 12, 2018 (extended)