The Boundless team participated in the 3rd annual American Geographical Society (AGS) Fall Symposium (also known as Geography 2050), held November 17 & 18, 2016 at Columbia University in New York City. This year’s theme was “Envisioning a Sustainable Planet”. In conjunction with the symposium, Boundless was a proud supporter of the first annual AGS Geography Teacher Fellow Sponsorship, which empowered 51 AP Human Geography teachers to bring the power and knowledge of GIS geography to the future generations. Teachers gathered at the symposium to collaborate with their peers and geography thought leaders from around the globe and were challenged with continuing to spread geo-literacy upon returning to their classrooms.
According to the Geography 2050 website, the focus of this year’s symposium was to “bring the best minds together to map and shape a future where our ecosystems and vital resources are conserved and sustainability managed for the betterment of humankind and the Earth”. The agenda covered a breadth of topics that examined the challenges and opportunities faced by all aspects of our ecosystem. The impressive panel of speakers arrived from around the world to share their expertise and knowledge and drove discussions that forced each attendee to think critically about his and her roles – and the overall roles of GIS geography and mapping – in global conservation, restoration, and sustainability.
The symposium allowed the Boundless team to share ideas and network with teachers, speakers, and attendees from a variety of industries, including the private and public sectors, academia and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Boundless CEO Andy Dearing was in attendance and noted that “Geography 2050 is one of the premiere events during Geography Awareness Week. With the theme being centered around sustainability, it was amazing to see the great work and powerful presentations by geographers, scientists, and educators who are pushing the science around GIS geography to make our planet a better place today, and well into the future”. Boundless remains fully committed to geography education and evangelism. Our GIS Education Program provides access to supported open source GIS software, access to expert staff, and a global community of users to collaborate with all free of charge.
In addition to being a Premium sponsor for the symposium, the Boundless team also employs three AGS fellows, Director, U.S. Federal Programs Brian Monheiser, Chief Evangelist, Anthony Calamito, and CEO, Andrew Dearing. Boundless Board Member Dr. Christopher Tucker is the current AGS Chairman and was the Chairman of this year’s symposium.