Geographic Information Systems Day 2016
Throughout the week of November 14th, the GeoHIVE team contributed their time and talents to multiple GIS Day activities at accredited GIS Day event sites- Texas A&M, Northeastern University and Pennsylvania State University. During the trips, the GeoHIVE Team focused on spreading awareness about DigitalGlobe, GeoHIVE, and all of the capabilities we have to offer. GIS Day provided us with an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.
During the events, we got an inside view of how universities are evolving and advancing their GIS Programs. All of the perks, such as these events, that they offer students and faculty provide ways to network, engage in thought-provoking conversations, and find ways to help each other. The GeoHIVE team had the chance to speak with students, answer their questions, and tell them how their college coursework can translate into real-world experience. The events we attended ranged from drone and data planning workshops, to industry panels, to happy hours. All of these events provided a unique approach to GIS and its applications.
"GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society."
Natalie went to Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. The TAMU GIS Day events lasted three days and is considered one of the largest GIS events worldwide. The event is tailored to introduce and attract students to GIS and remote sensing that have not heard of it as a field and provide further information and learning opportunities to students enrolled in geospatial-related programs. There were career-related workshops and opportunities, such as resume writing, an industry information panel, GIS Industry Exhibition, and the Career Fair. At the Industry Expo and a Career Fair, students’ questions were answered about each of the respective companies and the types of skillsets and qualifications needed to succeed in geospatial fields. All of the administrators for the TAMU GIS Day encouraged us to continue being a huge presence within the GIS Community and they hope to see us next year!
Bobby went to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Bobby spent the majority of his time discussing GeoHIVE with students who were enrolled in the online GIS graduate program. Northeastern University is USGIF accredited by the Master of Professional Studies in Geographic Information Technology program.
Pennsylvania State University
James went to Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. On Monday, Nov. 14, James set up Information Fair and met with small groups of students, faculty, and visitors to discuss internships and career opportunities with DigitalGlobe in its various locations. Following the Information Fair, James participated in a Career Panel which consisted of a 6-person panel talked about their experiences and careers in GIS which was a great opportunity to showcase our capabilities in a small environment. After the Career Panel, James participated in a networking reception where they met with the career panel participants, students that were in attendance, and were led on a tour of the Penn State map room with knowledgeable faculty. The next day, a 30-minute talk was given about GeoHIVE crowdsourcing and its capabilities and strengths.
GIS Day was a great opportunity to meet other professionals in the GIS industry, foster relationships with professors, and spark interested in students’ minds about GeoHIVE and DigitalGlobe. We’re looking forward to continuing to attend events in the future!