GeoDesign Summit

Call for Papers

The theme of our 2019 summit is Geodesigning the Future. We welcome submissions and encourage conference participants to propose papers that will be of interest to a diverse audience.
Abstract submission is now CLOSED

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Information to Include:
  • Author/Presenter name(s)
  • Presentation title (10 words or less)
  • Company name
  • Complete address, phone, and email information
  • Brief presenter biography (25 words or fewer)
  • Abstract (1200 characters or fewer, including spaces)
  • Keyword set (list only 3-5 keywords)

Questions to be answered

  • What problem or challenge did you solve using geodesign?
  • What makes your geodesign work particularly unique or novel?
  • What technology did you leverage in your geodesign work?
  • What is the potential or observed impact of your geodesign work?
  • How will sharing your work enhance the geodesign community?

Abstract Guidelines

  • Be Clear—Ensure that what you submit is what you’ll present. Nothing upsets attendees more than signing up for a session that’s not as advertised.
  • Be Enthusiastic—Your abstract should generate enthusiasm! Make sure your content is relevant, but also exciting. What invaluable information will you share during the session?
  • Be Concise—Who’s the target audience? What products or topics does this session cover outside the topic? What roles specifically benefit from this session?
  • Be Original—Attendees want to see new presentations that cover the latest innovations in technology. Take the time to create well-written titles and abstracts, outlines, and select the appropriate audience and level.
  • Be Educational—Be sure your proposal doesn’t sound like a sales pitch, but rather an exciting opportunity for attendees to learn something new.
  • All papers and presentations must be noncommercial. At no time is it permissible for presenters to use their time slot to advertise or promote a product, service, or company.
  • Remember, the information you enter will be published on the website and in the agenda. Eliminate bullet points and numbering and avoid using words in all capital letters. Also, submissions must be in English.
  • Keywords are used to organize presentations into appropriate sessions, so please choose words that clearly describe the main idea of your work.
  • Do not include information in your abstract that will not be in your presentation.


  • Advancing Knowledge: showcases advances in theory, methods, and education. The primary focus is on advances being made in the academy.
  • Advancing Practice: highlights exemplary examples from practitioners in government, planning, landscape architecture, architecture, AEC, design and others. The primary focus is on the real-world outcomes of the project work.
  • Advancing Technology: illuminates the current state of technological capabilities and those on the horizon. The primary focus is on the technological advances, tools, and solutions being leveraged.

Presenter Information

Full presentations are typically 20 minutes and Lightning Talks are are 8 minutes. All submitted abstracts will be evaluated and selected based on topic, content, and time available. All authors will be notified in November after the selection process has been completed. Accepted papers will be organized into thematic sessions. A detailed program of presentations and events will be provided prior to the conference. A projector and screen will be provided in the presentation room. Proceedings will be published on the event website.