IMIA will bring together industry leaders, business experts, and technology innovators during this annual two-day event to explore the latest trends, advancements, and challenges in the field of mapping and geospatial technology.

Join arriving IMIA members for a field trip to the facilities of the US Geological Survey. This optional trip includes round-trip transportation from downtown Denver to the Federal Center campus in Lakewood, Colorado. Lunch will be provided. Participants will enjoy two 45-minute guided tours:

  • Core Research Center — USGS scientists will lead us through several rooms and labs with rock cores on display and to view the massive USGS warehouse facility.
  • Ice Core Facility — A presentation from the National Science Foundation (NSF) followed by a walk-through of the “Ice Rooms” where core samples from Antarctica are kept. Temperatures dip to -40° F!

Venue: USGS Building 810  |  Denver Federal Center, Lakewood, Colorado

The 2024 IMIA Mapping Leaders Forum will be an immersive and insightful event, featuring the keynote address by esteemed International Cartographic Association (ICA) President, Georg Gartner. Gartner’s expertise and visionary perspectives will set the tone for the forum, inspiring attendees with a focus on building trust across the global mapping community. Educational presentations will focus on cutting-edge mapping methodologies, emerging trends, and innovative applications. Engaging panel discussions will provide a platform for thought leaders and experts to exchange ideas, address challenges, and envision the future of mapping. As the day concludes, attendees will gather for an evening cocktail reception, providing a relaxed atmosphere for further discussions and relationship-building.

Venue: Wright Room  |  535 16th St. Mall #240, Denver, CO 80202
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The Wright Room exterior, Masonic Building

Wright Room Interior

Forum Day 2 will be marked by extended presentations and panel discussions, featuring Premier Sponsor Esri. Industry leaders will provide valuable insights into the latest advancements and applications of GIS. Attendees have the unique opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussions, gaining a deeper understanding of the evolving landscape in the mapping industry. The Trading Post Backyard will provide a stunning atmosphere for the evening cocktail reception. As a special treat, a limited number of tickets will be available for the evening’s Brit Floyd concert, allowing participants to unwind and enjoy a world-class musical performance in the breathtaking surroundings of Red Rocks.

Venue: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater  |  18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465*
*Transportation to be provided from downtown Denver.

Learn more about our presenters here.

Learn more about the presentations here.

IMIA Workshop | Building Trust in the Map Industry

The afternoon will conclude with an active workshop among attendees and presenters. IMIA board and committee leaders will facilitate breakout groups to discuss and prioritize key elements of the Map Industry that deserve and require the highest standard of trust. Key areas of focus will include Branding, Data, Partnerships, and Products. Similar to our workshop and discussions on Ethics in Cartography, we will endeavor to define the hard-to-define and share our observations with the global community. Together we will contribute IMIA’s voice and recommendations to our industry and advance the growing initiatives of the International Cartographic Association (ICA).

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The Rock Room, Red Rock

Trading Post Front, Red Rocks

Trading Post Backyard, Red Rocks

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