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Notice: The 2020 Big Sky GeoCon has been Canceled

MAGIP will issue a full refund for registration and workshop fees

Please contact the Holiday Inn Downtown to cancel your hotel reservation

Letter from Jenny Connelley, MAGIP President

Conference Chairs: Kyle Burke (HDR) and Andrew Stickney (Missoula County)

Conference Liaison to the MAGIP Board: Michael Krueger (HDR)

Big Sky GeoCon will be held at the newly renovated Holiday Inn in historic downtown Missoula, Montana during the week of April 6-9, 2020. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, we have chosen Missoula as a key hub with both geographic and geological distinction in Montana. We anticipate a diverse group of geospatial technology users and professionals to be in attendance, representing: federal, state, tribal, local government, university/educational, nonprofit, and private business sectors. Big Sky GeoCon attendees embody a wide variety of professions including natural resources, agriculture, utilities, geospatial services, mining, and timber. The conference will cover a broader spectrum of content including analytics, data acquisition, data science, and how geospatial technology augments them all.

Keynote Presentation

MAGIP is pleased to announce Dr. John P. Wilson Professor of Spatial Sciences and Sociology at the University of Southern California (USC) as the 2020 Keynote Speaker!  Don't miss it on Wednesday, April 8th during the hosted lunch!

Dr. John P. Wilson is Professor of Spatial Sciences and Sociology in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC) where he directs the Spatial Sciences Institute as well as the Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST) Graduate Programs and GIS Research Laboratory, and also holds adjunct appointments as Professor in the School of Architecture and in the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Departments of Computer Science and Civil & Environmental Engineering.

From 1998 to 2001 and 2007 to 2010 he was Chair of the Department of Geography at USC, and from 1992 to 1997 he was Professor of Geography in the Department of Earth Sciences, Adjunct Professor of Soil Science in the Department of Plant and Soil Science, and Director of the Geographic Information and Analysis Center (GIAC) at Montana State University (MSU). His early career was as Assistant Professor (1984-1990) and then Associate Professor of Geography (1990-1994) with corresponding adjunct appointments in Plant and Soil Science at MSU. He founded GIAC at MSU in 1989 and the GIS Research Laboratory, GIST Graduate Programs, and Spatial Sciences Institute at USC in 1997, 2007 and 2010, respectively. He has held several visiting appointments in environmental studies, geography, and planning at the Australian National University, University of Canterbury, University of Utrecht, University of Waikato, and most recently, in the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

He founded the journal Transactions in GIS (Wiley-Blackwell) in 1996 and has served as Editor-in-Chief since its inception. He has served on the editorial boards of Applied Geography (1992-2001), the Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2006-2009), the Journal of Geo-Spatial Information Science (2011-present), and theAnnals of the Association of American Geographers Review of Books (2013-present). He has chaired the Applied Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (1989-1991) and Research Committee of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) (2002-2005). He also served on the Board of Directors (2003-2006) and as President of UCGIS from 2006 to 2007. He currently leads the UCGIS GIS&T Body of Knowledge 2.0 project and is an active participant in the UNIGIS International Network, a worldwide consortium of 10+ institutions which collaborates on the development and delivery of online geographic information science academic programs.

His research is focused on the modeling of human and environmental systems and makes extensive use of GIS tools, spatial analysis techniques, and computer models. He has published numerous books and articles on these topics, including two edited volumes, Terrain Analysis: Principles and Applications (John Wiley and Sons, 2000) and the Handbook of Geographic Information Science (Blackwell Publishers, 2007). Much of this work is collaborative and cross-disciplinary in character with the general goal of improving our knowledge and understanding of the factors linking people, their environments, and human health. The work of his group can be seen on the website He has received numerous honors for his research and teaching, the most recent being recognized as a Fellow of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (2014), Special Achievement in GIS Awards for Geospatial Teaching (2008) and Leadership with Geospatial Technology (2006), a Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Center for Excellence in Teaching at USC (2005) and the Albert S. Raubenheimer Outstanding Faculty Award for his research, teaching, and service contributions in Dornsife College at USC (2004).


MAGIP Member Pricing

  • Full Conference - $245  ($285 after March 12, 2020)
  • One Day Conference - $170

Non-member Pricing (Join MAGIP and Save!)

  • Full Conference - $305 ($345 after March 12, 2020)
  • One Day Conference - $200

Student Pricing

  • Full Conference - $75


  • Registration is included with Sponsorship

Summary Agenda


The 2020 Workshop Schedule is Now Live! Workshops are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, April 6 - April 7.  View the Full List of Workshops

Call for Presentations

The 2020 Big Sky GeoCon Committee and the Montana Association of Geographic Professionals (MAGIP) invite you to participate in the presentation of papers, electronic demonstrations and/or panel discussions. With information geared to both new and seasoned users of geospatial technology, the conference is a great opportunity to share, connect, collaborate and be inspired. We encourage you to share your expertise, projects, stories or explorations in any GIS-related field. 

Submission is now closed

Call for Posters and Web Maps

The 2020 Big Sky GeoCon Committee and the Montana Association of Geographic Professionals (MAGIP) invite you to participate in the Map/Poster Gallery at the 2020 Big Sky GeoCon.

The MAGIP Community has demonstrated many creative and insightful ways through maps, other graphical forms, and the web for getting their message out to their audience.  If you have created posters or web maps that you are proud of and would like to share with a large group of GIS professionals, the Map Gallery would be a perfect opportunity to show them to the MAGIP community.  We encourage you to enter your maps and web mapping applications to the Map Gallery, for display at this year’s conference!  All entries will be evaluated for possible cash awards totaling $700 by judges during the conference.

Call for MAGIP Awards Nominations

The Montana Association of Geographic Professionals (MAGIP) biannually presents two awards. The Distinguished Service Award is presented for long-term service and leadership to the Montana GIS community and the GIS profession. The GIS Professional Livability Award recognizes an individual's measurable contribution to the application of GIS, thus improving the quality of life within their community. The awards will be presented during the Big Sky GeoCon dinner on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Missoula.

Nominations are now closed

Sponsorship Opportunities

Don't miss your chance to participate in the 2020 Big Sky GeoCon!

View all of the Exhibitor Options in the Exhibitor Prospectus

For more information contact:

Michelle Quinn

Full Scope Association and Event Management

1236 North Ave. W, Missoula, MT  59801 | (406) 625-7060

Hotel Info

Holiday Inn Downtown

200 South Pattee

Missoula, Montana 59802

Reservations: (877) 666-3243

Front Desk: (406) 721-8550

Hotel Website 

Booking Code is: GEO

The Holiday Inn is offering the state per diem rate of $102/plus tax for our attendees.

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