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The MAGIP Conference Committee Co-Chairs would like to welcome you to the 2023 Big Sky GeoCon!

Erich Schreier, Conference Liaison/Local Conference Co-Chair  |  Zac Collins, Local Conference Co-Chair

Detailed Schedule Now Available! 

(View in Sched)

Thank You to all that attended!

Registration | KeynoteSchedule | Presentations / Posters | Workshops | Meetup |Hotel

Thank you to our Sponsors!!!

Platinum Sponsors




Gold Sponsors





Bronze Sponsors

View the Sponsor/Exhibitor Prospectus document (pdf)    

Conference Registration

 Registration Type On/before March 10 After March 10
 MAGIP Member  $245  $295
 MAGIP Student Member  $  75  $  75
 Non-Member  $305  $355
 One Day Only: MAGIP Member   $170  $200
 One Day Only: Non-Member  $200  $230


Registration fees include: Wednesday and Thursday sessions, social/networking events, coffee breaks and lunches, and the awards banquet on Wednesday night.

NOTE: Pre-conference workshops on Monday/Tuesday are in addition to conference registration. Select workshops and pricing during the registration process.

Conference Registration Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to Cancellations made by March 20th may be issued a full refund. Cancellations made after this time will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to a minimum $100 cancellation fee. "No shows" forfeit entire registration fee.

Detailed Conference Schedule (in Sched)

Keynote Speaker


Messages from Medicine Wheel Country

Dr. Shane Doyle (Apsáalooke), will provide insight and contemporary Tribal perspective to the ancient Indigenous way of life in Montana and the surrounding region. As an educator and artist, Dr. Doyle strives to promote Native voices throughout Tribal and public lands across the state and nation. As the leader of the first ever All-Nations Teepee Village in Yellowstone Park, Shane has much to share about the profound Indigenous relationship to the sacred landscape now known as Yellowstone National Park, and the ways in which that beautiful connection continues to buoy and strengthen Native people and Tribal communities.

Dr. Shane Doyle (Apsáalooke), is a Montana-based scholar, writer, performing artist, and community advocate whose work focuses on the deep history and cultural heritage of the Indigenous people of the Northern Great Plains. Doyle holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University and completed a post-doctoral research appointment in genetics with the University of Copenhagen in 2016. Doyle continues to participate in collaborative research projects throughout the Northern Plains and helped lead the Yellowstone Revealed All-Nations Teepee Village in the summer of 2022. Doyle founded Yellowstone Native Nexus, a Native American nonprofit organization, in 2023 and he is currently a full-time cultural consultant who lives in Bozeman.  Learn more about Dr. Shane Doyle 

2023 Monday Night Meetup

Where: SHINE Beer Sanctuary + Bottle Shop

451 E Main St A, Bozeman, MT 59715 

When: April 3, 2023 from 6-8pm

Hosted Upstairs Bar

Thank you to Power Engineers

for Sponsoring this Event!

Please RSVP ASAP to ensure this will be a fun event!         

Call for Presentations - Now Closed

We are looking for presenters to share their ideas, work, research and expertise at the 2023 Big Sky GeoCon, and invite you to participate in the presentation of papers, electronic demonstrations, and/or panel discussions.

Note: You will receive notification of acceptance on or before February 17. Accepted presenters will be expected to register for at least one day of the conference, unless they will only be attending to present.

Call for Posters and Maps - Now Closed

If you have created posters, maps or web applications that you are proud of and would like to put on display for 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 by judges during the conference for possible cash awards totaling $700.

Click here for complete Poster/Map Guidelines and Policy Document

Note: Submit each poster/map separately.  Notification of acceptance will be made on or before March 17, 2023. All persons submitting a poster will be expected to register for the conference upon acceptance.  Early bird registration will be honored.  After notification of acceptance, you will receive the judging categories and guidelines.

Workshop Schedule

Anticipated workshops are available! Please note that workshops are "Bring Your Own Device". 

We will continue to update as we receive abstracts and bios. 

View Workshops

Hotel Information

A conference room block has been secured at the Best Western GranTree Inn1325 N. 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715

Note: Only a limited number of rooms have been contracted, so once the room block is full, the conference rate will only be offered upon availability

  • Room rates start at prevailing government per diem (currently $151/plus tax)
  • Reservations can be made by calling (406) 587-5261 
  • Please reference Big Sky GeoCon to be included in the Group Room Block
  • Or, you can book it online through this booking link

Note: Reservations must be made by March 10, 2023 to be guaranteed room and rate

Big Sky GeoCon, established in 2018, is the largest annual GIS community event in Montana. Usually held in the April, the conference rotates around Montana. Content generally included workshops, presentation and poster tracks, featured speakers, and a public night - all designed to increase your GIS knowledge and provide networking opportunities! 

Past Big Sky GeoCon Events

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