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Every year, many organizations celebrate GIS Day around the world. This year, ESRI Lebanon sal started early by hosting an event March 24, 2011, in Beirut, Lebanon. The day included several presentations of newly implemented GIS applications and a map gallery contest where prizes were awarded to the three best maps as voted on by the audience. The prizes included one ArcGIS Desktop single use license, two Esri instructor-led training courses, and one seat to the 2011 Esri Middle East and Africa User Conference, to be held from November 1 to November 3 at the Habtoor Grand Convention Center. The first-prize winner was given the chance to choose from among the three prizes. The day concluded with a discussion on building a more sustainable planet empowered by GIS solutions. The event had more than 200 attendees and received coverage from local newspapers and television stations.
GIS Day 2011 will be held November 16, during Geography Awareness Week, a geographic literacy initiative sponsored by the National Geographic Society (www.mywonderfulworld.org/gaw). Start planning your event early (gisday.com). Organizations are always welcome to host GIS Day celebrations anytime throughout the year.
There are many more event examples and success stories available at gisday.com/success. The success stories are great ways to get ideas for your next GIS Day event, including hands-on GIS workshops, training seminars, special presentations and talks, map galleries, treasure hunts, and field trips. Once an idea is in the works, users are encouraged to access the resources and support provided online, including sample agendas, proposal letters, white papers, how to do a GIS Day proclamation in your area, and how to create a GIS Day cake.