The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) and 2,754 attendees joined together in Tampa, Fla. to celebrate the 25th anniversary of GITA's annual conference. Held March 17-20, 2002, at the Tampa Convention Center, Annual Conference 25 featured a record-breaking 181 exhibitors, an inspirational keynote address by former U.S. Air Force Captain Scott F. O'Grady, and special recognition of GITA conference founder, Hank A. Emery.
The technical program included 20 preconference seminars and 84 technical sessions. Attendees were motivated by the quality of the program. Herman Abinette, GIS Business Analyst, Affiliated Computer Services, said, "I've been to a lot of conferences and some of the best talks that I've ever been to were here. For the business that I'm involved with now and the new things that we're doing, the talks were exactly on track. I can't wait to bring my ideas back to my clients."
In addition to the high level of interest in the technical program, the product and services exhibition held in conjunction with the conference garnered rave reviews. "This has been a fantastic show. Traffic in our booth has been sensational," said Lenny Melamedas, Executive Vice President, Spatialinfo. "This event has provided us with highest volume demos that we've ever had in our booth. Exhibiting at GITA has been the best investment that we've made all year."
Next year's conference will be held March 2-5, 2003, at the San Antonio Convention Center in San Antonio, Tex. The theme of the 2003 conference is Wide Open Spatial Frontiers: Adding Value to Your Business. More information on the conference can be found at the association's Web site, located at www.gita.org.