Perfect. Many very interesting and technical talks on GIS

Very much worth the visit as I learned heaps about GIS

We are just starting out in the spatial business and wanted to learn and meet people

I am looking for job opportunities and this is a great place to meet many employers

These were some real comments by real people about the great success of the International Map Industry Association (IMIA) Meetup in Brisbane on the 21st of April 2016. The meetup was second in the series of meetups planned this year and more than 50 spatial professionals, government officials, spatial business owners, and representatives of various organisations participated. The first Meetup in Melbourne in February was a big success and this was an even bigger event. The venue was the Landcentre in Brisbane which is home to the Queensland Government’s mapping and surveying agency.

It was a very fast-paced lightning talk of 10-15 minutes talk from each of the four presenters. The event was kicked off by the past-International President of IMIA, Peter Lennon. Rob Boegheim from Hema Maps, the sponsors of the event, welcomed everyone and all agreed with him that this was an exciting new way to share information and was very encouraged to see such a large turnout of spatial professionals. Many had travelled a long way to get there and many more had found time in their busy schedule to participate in the lively discussions. There were opportunities for socialising and networking both before and after the talks. At the end, the participants thanked the organisers and were keen to attend more such events in the future.

The presenters were swamped with questions both during and after the event. There were quite some requests for the presentations. The presentations for three of them and a short description for all four presentations can be found below. Keep watching this space for more such events. The buzz created by this event was short, sharp and sensational.


Chris Schlebusch

Spatial Thinking – Asking the right questions give better answers
(Blog) (Presentation)

Matt Higgins

Change in Australian Datum – How will it affect your business?
(Blog) (Presentation)

Tony Chadwick

Smart Data Collaboration using Gruntify
(Blog) (Presentation)

Felicia Andrews

Story Maps – How telling a good story helps your business