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"80% of data is geographic." While the accuracy of this claim may be debatable, there is no doubt that the utility and impact of GIS knows few bounds. Whatever your use case may be, and whether you are a student or experienced professional, we are interested in hearing from you. Each year, we accept a range of topics broadly related to GIS.  If you need a suggestion or idea for your presentation, here are some of the up-voted topics from our recent conference interest survey (but please do not feel limited to this list):

Topic Ideas

  • ArcGIS Pro
  • ArcGIS Enterprise / Portal
  • Arcade
  • Python / Development
  • Analysis / Modeling
  • Utilities
  • Web GIS
  • Mobile Apps and Dashboards
  • There has also been a vocalized interest in work related to drones and imagery, AI, big data, governance, and open source GIS.  The sky's the limit!

Why Present?

  • Share your success stories for others to learn from.
  • Share your failure stories for others to learn from.  These are important, too!
  • Teach others the 'Tips and Tricks' you've learned.
  • Professional development.
  • Practice communication and public speaking skills.
  • Start the discussion around your topic at the conference.


  • Presentations will be held live in Yakima, WA.  We will not be hosting virtual sessions this year.
  • Please limit your presentation to 20 minutes. A 5-minute Q&A session will be moderated directly following.
  • Presenters must register for the conference.

Questions? Or need feedback on your presentation topic? Contact Samantha Nakata at

Map and App Competition

Students and professionals are welcome to submit a map, story map, or application for our competition. Show us what you've got!  Compete for fabulous prizes and bragging rights and impress our peers at NWGIS. 

Competition categories

  • Best Cartographic Design
  • Best Analysis
  • Best Application
  • People's Choice

Questions - Contact Ruth Bunch at


Please see our Vendor page for more information on how to participate.

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