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On behalf of MAGIP Conference Committee, we invite you to join us at the 2022 Big Sky GeoCon "Better Together" Conference! This year's conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Downtown, Missoula, MT April 4-7, 2022.

We hope to see you in Missoula!

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Conference Registration

 Registration Type

On/before March 18

After March 18  

 MAGIP Member



 MAGIP Student Member






 One Day Only: MAGIP Member 



 One Day Only: Non-Member



Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended to March 18!

NOTE: Registration Fees include sessions, events, coffee breaks and lunches on Wednesday and Thursday. Pre-conference workshops are in addition to conference registration. Select workshops and pricing during the registration process.

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Conference Registration Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to Cancellations made by March 15th will 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.

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Keynote Speaker

Wednesday Lunch

Chris Hamilton is Vice President of Product at onXmaps, an outdoor recreation focused mobile app company based in Montana.  A 20-year veteran of the technology industry, Mr. Hamilton previously led product management for the Oracle Service Cloud.  He originally came to Oracle as part of the RightNow Technologies acquisition in 2012, where he was responsible for delivering industry-leading customer service cloud solutions since 2004.  Prior to joining RightNow, he was Group Manager for Analytics Solutions at Siebel Systems. Outside of the office, he is an avid climber and mountaineer having climbed significant peaks around the world and is also an accomplished photographer. Mr. Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Better Together:  

Unlocking the Power of Location 

w/ Montana-born Technology and Design

The onX mission is to Awaken the Adventurer Inside Everyone.  OnX is a Montana based company, founded in 2009, with a focus on creating magical experiences for customers in the backcountry through our Hunt, Offroad and Backcountry mobile apps.  We are bringing together geospatial content and data within easy-to-use map-based recreation and navigation apps.  This presentation will weave the theme of Better Together through various threads of onX products, philosophy, and advocacy. We’ll explore the ways in which public data is amplified by private business for greater reach and usability. Collaborative in-app tools that have been designed for both individuals and organizations will be highlighted for their utility in adventure planning and sharing, as well as discussion of facilitating strengthened and significantly extended foundational data. Lastly, we’ll showcase our public land access initiatives and advocacy with a focus on how geospatial data and visualization can serve to bring people together, with the right information, to effect change.


Monday, April 4 - Tuesday, April 5

Click Here to View Detailed Workshop Information including descriptions, requirements and presenter bios

* PLEASE NOTE - Attendees must bring own devices *

Workshops At-A-Glance

 Workshop Title Instructor   Day
 Advanced ArcGIS Pro Concepts  Geospatial Training Services
 (Eric Pimpler)
 Getting Started with ArcGIS Arcade  Geospatial Training Services 
 (Eric Pimpler)
 Introduction to Experience Builder  Geospatial Training Services
 (Kara Utter)
 UAS and GIS: Enabling Drone Technology
 for the Geospatial Professional
 Frontier Precision
 (Sean Muldoon/Mel Philbrook)


 Using ArcGIS Online and Esri ArcGIS Field
 Maps to Capture GIS Data
 Frontier Precision
 (Mel Philbrook/Kyle Engel)
 Exploring Montana Property Information
 with SQL Queries
 Christian Hinderman  1/2
 Intro to ArcGIS Online  Brian Klapstein/Mike Eidum  1/2
 Intro to LiDAR  Spatial Analysis Lab
 University of Montana
 Python Automation: Focus on Reusable Code  John Hogland  1/2
 Complex Spatial & Machine Learning
 John Hogland  1/2
 American Community Survey and
 New 2020 Statistical Geography
 (Jim Castagneri/Lacey Loftin)
 Processing the 2020 Census PL 94-171
 Data Release

 (Jim Castagneri/Lacey Loftin)

 Intro to ArcGIS Pro  Esri
 (TJ Abbenhaus)
 Field Data Collection with Survey 123  Esri 
 (Chris Marsh)

Call for Presentations

The 2022 Big Sky GeoCon Planning Committee and the Montana Association of Geographic Professionals (MAGIP) invite you to participate in the presentation of papers, electronic demonstrations and/or panel discussions during the 2022 Big Sky GeoCon, April 4-7, at the Holiday Inn Downtown, Missoula, Montana.

Below are the proposed categories for presentation:

  • GIS in Health
  • Conservation/Natural Resources
  • Emergency Services
  • Government
  • Asset Management
  • UAS/Remote Sensing
  • Utilities
  • AEC Engineering Design

Deadline for submission ended February 15, 2022. You will receive notification of acceptance on or before February 28, 2022. Accepted presenters will be expected to register for at least one day of the conference unless only attending to present and then immediately signing off.

Call for Posters/Maps and Web Applications

The 2022 Big Sky GeoCon Committee and the Montana Association of Geographic Professionals (MAGIP) invite you to participate in the Map/Poster Gallery at the 2022 Big Sky GeoCon .

Through the use of maps the MAGIP Community has demonstrated many creative and insightful ways to share their message with their audience.  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

Submissions deadline was Tuesday, March 25

Notification of acceptance will be made on or before March 29, 2022.  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/Guidelines.

Poster/Maps and Web Application Contest Results

The posters were judged at this conference on Wednesday, April 6 by three individual judges. The web application presentations took place during Exhibitor Showcase event on the evening of Tuesday, April 5.

Map Title

1st Place Effective

Cartography - Professional

Liz Juers
Montana Memorial Highways and Other Special Designations

2nd Place Effective

Cartography - Professional

Tanner Tompkins The Smith River, Montana
1st Place Effective Cartography - Student Madeline Grubb Wasatch Backcountry Winter Map
2nd Place Effective Cartography - Student Shira Ellenson
Conservation Cartography

1st Place Information

Usage - Professional

Mike Eidum
An Overview of Roadway Functional Classification

2nd Place Information

Usage - Professional

Katie Shank
Montana High Hazard Dams
People’s Choice
Madeline Grubb
Wasatch Backcountry Winter Map
1st Place Web Map/App
Montana State Library
Relative Elevation Models Story Map

2nd Place Web Map/App

Ryan Rock
Persistent Snow and Ice Mapping - Glacier National Park

2nd Place Web Map/App

Martin Zobel
Flathead Nation Area COVID Dashboard

Student Scholarships

The Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP) is pleased to offer ten (10) student registrations to the Big Sky GeoCon being held in Missoula, from April 4-7, 2022. The free registrations are awarded in a first-come-first-served manner, and cover the full registration fee for the conference. Please be aware that registrations are only available to students and grad students enrolled in a higher learning institution (state, private, or tribal). In return for the registrations, students may be asked to assist organizers with conference activities. A coordinator will assist and schedule student assistance. Assistance may be for things like moderating sessions, etc. Any additional costs, such as workshop fees, will remain the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.

Applications were due by 5 p.m. on March 1, 2022

Preference will be given to those students who are presenting. MAGIP does award cash prizes to winners of the presentation categories. Presentation submissions may be digitized and submitted as a .pdf, online web map, or mobile application. Registrations will then be awarded based on the order in which the applications are received. Additionally, the review panel will strive for a good geographic distribution of applicants.

Hotel Info

Holiday Inn Downtown

To reserve your hotel room at the Holiday Inn Downtown Missoula:

Make your Room Reservation through the Holiday Inn website

Or call the Front Desk at:


Group Name:

MAGIP Big Sky GeoCon 2022

Group Booking Code:  MG5

  • Rates start at $96/plus tax
  • Reservations must be made by March 4, 2022 to be guaranteed a room and rate
  • The group rate is available 04/03/22-04/08/22

Additional Hotel Options

Comfort Inn A courtesy block of rooms is being held until March 19th at the government per diem rate of $96/plus tax. Call (406) 549-7600 and reference Big Sky GeoCon. The Comfort Inn is 0.8 miles from the Holiday Inn and offers a free hot breakfast. Make reservations online here

Residence Inn Missoula Downtown currently has rooms available during the conference dates and will honor the government per diem rate with proof of government ID. Make reservations online and select the Government Rate option. The Residence Inn is a newer hotel located kitty corner from the Holiday Inn. No block being held, first come-first served.

Campus Inn Downtown currently has rooms available during the conference dates and will offer a rate of $79/plus tax. Make reservations by calling (406) 549-5134 and reference Big Sky GeoCon. The Campus Inn is 0.6 miles from the Holiday Inn and offers a free continental breakfast. No block being held, first come-first served.


All conference participants will be offered complimentary parking in the Holiday Inn parking lot during the conference regardless of where you are staying. You will receive a parking voucher when you check in at the conference registration desk. You must park in the Holiday Inn parking lot to receive complimentary parking. If you park on the street or in a different parking lot by the Holiday Inn, you will be responsible for parking.

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

Past Big Sky GeoCon Events

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