Call for Papers

2014 Esri Education GIS Conference

Education's Grand Challenges—GIS Opportunities

You're invited to submit an abstract for a Lightning Talk or presentation at the 2014 Esri Education GIS Conference in San Diego, California, to be held July 12–15. The conference, with the theme "Education's Grand Challenges—GIS Opportunities," will explore the big issues currently confronting K–12 schools, higher education, and informal education and the relevance of GIS to those challenges.

Being part of this premier education event will provide outstanding opportunities for professional development and connect you with thought leaders who share your professional interests. Participants will include educators in formal and informal settings, administrators, researchers, learning designers, and students.

Deadline for submissions: November 15, 2013

Submit Your Abstract

Suggested Topics

Education's Grand Challenges

  • Impacts of the Common Core and other standards
  • The uncertain future of higher education
  • Assessment, badging, and alternative credentialing schemes
  • Online learning and the object formerly known as "textbook"
  • Equitable access and affordability

GIS Opportunities

  • Relevance of GIS to new education standards
  • GIS massive open online courses (MOOC) and online programs
  • What works in teacher professional development
  • Successes and challenges in adopting ArcGIS Online
  • Assessing core competencies in GIS
  • Increasing operational efficiency with GIS



Abstracts are now being accepted for Lightning Talks and presentations in moderated sessions for Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13, at the 2014 Esri Education GIS Conference.

Lightning Talks are 5-minute presentations focusing on one key point; this can be an idea, a successful project, a cautionary tale, a collaboration invitation, a quick tip, or a demonstration.

User presentations describe research or innovative projects in 15 minutes. They should include the goals for the work, present the results or lessons learned, and indicate how the audience can use the information being presented.

Abstract Content and Formatting

  • The presenter biography should be 25 words or fewer.
  • The title should be 70 characters or fewer.
  • The abstract should be 500 characters or fewer. Do not include information in your abstract that will not be included in your presentation.
  • Three to five keywords should be submitted. Organizers will use these to assign presentations to sessions.
  • The information you enter will be used for publishing purposes (e.g., website and agenda). Please do not use bullet points, numbering, special symbols, or all capital letters. Submissions must be in English.
  • Presentations must be noncommercial. Esri partners must have a client as the primary presenter.

Presenter Information

This year's review committee will evaluate all abstracts and make selections based on topic, content, originality, and time available.

  • A detailed program of presentations will be provided prior to the conference.
  • A projector with screen and Internet access will be available in each presentation room.