GISFest 2023: Call for Speakers

GISfest 2023 is a conference that unites geospatial experts and enthusiasts from Africa and beyond for insightful discussions on the applications of geospatial technologies across various industries. This year's event aims to shine a prominent light on Geoinnovation and its pivotal role in shaping Africa's future. Our goal for GISfest is to curate a diverse range of trending topics that highlight the transformative power of innovation in shaping people, patterns, processes, and places (4Ps) throughout the African continent. By doing so, we aim to inspire participants to gather ideas for their own unique use-cases and potentially identify untapped opportunities to create new business or social solutions.


This two-day physical event will include workshops, presentations, panel discussions, as well as opportunities to connect with community members from across Africa.

Event Details

Date: 10 - 11 November, 2023
Venue: Lagos, Nigeria


We are accepting abstract submission for the following session types and their associated tracks:

Geo-innovation Session
Geoinnovation session would require speakers to share current real-life innovative enterprise use cases of how geospatial technologies are utilized to address complex challenges, explore new possibilities, and create value within business and social environment. For this session, we want to focus on how YOUR innovative solution (either startup or organizations) which integrates geospatial data with other domains, such as data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and Internet of Things (IoT), and how it is continuously utilized to unlock deeper insights and enable more informed decision-making. It fosters creativity, collaboration, and the exploration of new applications, enabling individuals and organizations to push the boundaries of geospatial analysis and unlock the potential of location-based information.
Time frame25 mins, 5 mins Q&A.

Lightning Talk
The lightning talk is a concise and fast-paced presentation format where speakers deliver a short, focused talk on a specific topic within the geospatial industry. The purpose of the lightning talk is to convey key geospatial related research points, business ideas, or insights in a succinct and impactful manner, to serve as a teaser or pitch for a business solutions.
Time frame:  Within a limited time frame, typically ranging from 10 to15 minutes.

An interactive and collaborative learning session where participants actively engage in practical activities, discussions, and hands-on exercises to develop or enhance specific skills, knowledge, or expertise in geospatial domain. Emphasis is on hands-on learning, allowing participants to apply theoretical concepts and techniques in real-world scenarios through practical exercises and activities, collaboration, and providing quick  hacks or best practices.
Time frame: 1 hour

Detailed information about the tracks associated to these session outlined above is included in Section 3. Please make your submission on/by 4th August, 2023.

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