Spirit Square Center for the Arts & Education345 N. College St., Charlotte, NC Get Directions
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Free Admission
is a grassroots event that formalizes the practice of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
users and vendors of opening their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications of this important technology.
Internationally, the event is principally sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the USGS, the Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and the Environmental Systems Research Institute.
Join industry professionals and the public to see how GIS technology affects you every day and is helping to make better business decisions, educate our children and improve the overall quality of life in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.
GIS Day 2013 Expo Events and Venues
- Complimentary Breakfast Café for Attendees - (Early & Late Morning Session)
- GIS Exhibitors Hall – Spirit Square Atrium (All Day)
- K-12 School and College GIS Project Presentations - McGlohon Theater (Morning Session)
- National Geographic's Giant Traveling Map Exhibit! – All Day on the 2nd Floor Spirit Square
- GIS Internet Applications Workshop- Middleton Gallery (Morning Session)
- ESRI ArcGIS Online Showcase – Middleton Gallery (Morning Session)
- Hackathon Event – Middleton Gallery (Afternoon Session)
- Go Geocaching Uptown! – 2nd Floor Spirit Square (Morning and Afternoon Sessions)
- 3D Map Gallery – BB&T Room
- Survey Seminar – McGlohon Theater (Afternoon Session) Continuing Education for Surveyors
GIS DAY 2013 Expo Materials for Organizing Your Day at the Event.
GIS Day 2013 Expo Welcome (10:00am Morning Opening Session – McGlohon Theater)
John Ahrens, Meteorologist EYEWITNESS News
John Ahrens joined the Eyewitness News weather team in September of 2006.
John, an AMS certified broadcast meteorologist (CBM), is in his element in the center of a storm. During his years as a Meteorologist for WCBD-TV in Charleston, SC, John covered several hurricanes that plowed into the Carolinas including Isabel and Ophelia. He also went down to Mississippi to witness Katrina’s wrath.
Prior to coming to the Carolinas, John also served viewers as a Meteorologist at KTVO-TV in Kirksville, Missouri, right in the heart of “tornado alley.” He has taken viewers through numerous tornadoes, baseball size hail events and ice storms.
In 2002, John received the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society. In 2009, he earned the American Meteorological Society's Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation, a professional recognition of the quality of his weather broadcasts. John also carries a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Kent State University.
When he is not at work, John enjoys running, sports, singing and the theater. He’s an avid Frank Sinatra fan and you may just catch him singing a few standards from time to time.
GIS in the Schools Project Showcase (9:30 AM Morning Session in McGlohon Theater)
Many schools and education groups in our community are adopting GIS Technology into their curriculum. GIS is helping our students to become better thinkers and more creative in solving both community and environmental problems. It is a technology tool that they can learn from and grow their knowledge academically for future professions.
The Morning Session of the GIS Day Expo will highlight local education groups and their GIS Projects that they have worked on.
ESRI ArcGIS Online Technology Showcase (11:00 AM Morning Session - Middleton Gallery)
Example Presentations: ArcGIS Online. Learn how to create a map that can be viewed in a browser, desktop or mobile device. Share it on a blog, via email, or embed it in a website.
National Geographic's Giant Traveling Map On-Site Exhibit(Europe)
National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps tour the country's schools, bringing hands and feet-on geography education to tens of thousands of students each year. Designed to combat geographic illiteracy by igniting students' interest in geography, the maps and accompanying activities incorporate physical movement and games to teach students place name geography, physical geography, and cultural geography as well as map reading skills. National Geographic is loaning its map of South America to Mecklenburg County GIS. The map will tour Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, after-school programs and will be on display during GIS Day. For more information, please contact 704-336-4442
Technology Workshops at the GIS Day Expo 2013
“GIS Internet Applications” Workshop (Morning Session in Middleton Gallery)
Come to the Middleton Gallery at Spirit Square and learn how the County’s Geographic Internet application Polaris 3G, Geoportal, Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Quality of Life Dashboard, and ESRI’s ArcGIS Online Web too can help you do a better job in finding answers to your business questions!
Geocaching Workshops (Morning and Afternoon Sessions)
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. A group will venture out on the streets of Charlotte to look for some map caches.
GIS Day 2013 Sponsors
GIS Day 2013 Expo Program Committee
Day 2013 Expo Exhibitors
Professionals showing how they use GIS Technology to do their business
Mecklenburg County GIS Services
CPCC - GeoTech Center
City of Charlotte Enterprise GIS
Catawba Lands Conservancy
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Charlotte Engineering & Property Management
Charlotte Landscape Management
Charlotte Storm Water
Charlotte Fire Department
Cars and Vans:
- 7th St. Parking Deck - Before 9am is $6 for the day. After 9am is $16 max per day.
- Discovery Place Parking Deck - $8 for the day.
- Spirit Square Parking Lot - $5 for the day.
- 700 N. Tryon St. Free. Park and walk.
- Ride LYNX or the Gold Rush.
Bus Parking Options:
Drivers may let students off in front of Spirit Square at either the Tryon St. entrance or College St. entrance. Drivers may park buses at one at one of following locations:
Drivers that intend to stay with the bus may park at one of the following locations:
- Bob Walton Plaza, 700 E. Stonewall St.
- Grady Cole Center circular drive, 310 N. King’s Dr. Max 10 buses.
Questions, please call 704-336-4442