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2020 Virtual Conferences, Webinars, & Workshops For Geospatial & Technology Professionals

Updated: May 12, 2020

In the light of current health measures, many conferences and networking events in our industries have scrambled to readjust their approach to bringing communities together from a distance. Events have either been postponed (like the Esri Petroleum GIS Conference), cancelled altogether, or moved online.

To help you find resources for learning something new and connecting with others in your field, we have rounded up conferences, webinars, and workshops that are going virtual over the next few months. These in particular may be of benefit to those in the Geographic Information System (GIS), geospatial, and technology fields.

Want to scour webinars and workshops in your own time? Explore the On-Demand and pre-recorded options further down the board.

Upcoming Virtual Conferences & Workshops

virtual conferences, webinars, and workshops for geospatial, geographic information systems (gis), programming, and surveying technology professionals

IBM Think Digital

May 5 - 6, 2020


In the face of the global devastation for society and business brought about by COVID-19, the agility and resilience of the developer community is more vital than ever. Attend Think Digital to deepen the technical training you need now. Gain credentials via virtual labs and certifications, and learn how to best advance your company — and your career. Find out more here.

Google Maps Platform: Visualize Insights to Influence Outcomes

May 7, 2020 (2:00 PM ET)


Is your team working with the Google Maps platform? Check out this upcoming webinar on visualization, real-time updates, etc. within this technology. Register here.

APSG 43: The Impact Of Automation On The Geodetic Workflow

May 8, 2020

Virtual Webinar

The APSG 43 Spring Meeting will be held as an online webinar. Attendance is free for both APSG members and non-members. This meeting's theme is The Impact of Automation on the Geodetic Workflow with talks focused on how automation technology has affected the workflows and results of our businesses. Register here.*

*Following the close of the event, presentations will be made available here.

OCP Summit

May 12 - 15, 2020


The Open Compute Project (OPC) Summit incorporates all the key components of the organization's Global Summit, including keynote sessions, executive tracks, an Expo Hall with Expo Hall talks, Engineering Workshops, the OCP Experience Center and the OCP Future Technologies Symposium. This virtual format helps to facilitate the reach of a larger audience, with increased functionality for Q&A, panel discussions, live chat, and one-on-one connections with key constituencies. Find out more here.

Microsoft Build

May 19 - 21, 2020


Experience the latest technologies and learn new ways to solve your development challenges. At Microsoft Build, hear from the engineers behind the products you use every day and connect with your peers in a digital event experience. Bring your questions and curiosity and leave with inspiration and new skills to use and share. Learn more now.

Apple WWDC20

Summer 2020


This June, WWDC20 brings a completely new online experience to millions of talented and creative developers around the world. The event includes a fully packed program — including Keynote and sessions — to gain early access to the future of Apple platforms and engage with Apple engineers. Dive into an exciting learning experience and discover how to create your most innovative apps yet using the latest Apple technologies. Learn more now.

Agile + DevOps

June 8 - 11, 2020


Agile + DevOps Virtual will be streaming over 90+ talks—including 5 keynotes, 25 tutorials, 50+ sessions, and 14+ Industry Technical Presentations as part of this year's virtual conference. Find out more here.


June 16 - 17, 2020


DeveloperWeek Global 2020 is the world’s largest virtual developer & engineering conference, where thousands of participants from across the globe converge online to discover, learn, and support each other. Find out more here.

International Esri User Conference

July 13 - 15, 2020


This year, the 2020 Esri User Conference is a completely virtual event designed to give you an interactive, online experience with Esri and the GIS community. Participate in sessions and view presentations that offer geospatial solutions, browse the Online Map Gallery, watch the Plenary Session, and much more. Registration is complimentary for all Esri customers who are current on their maintenance plan or subscription. Register here.


July 19 - 23, 2020


While not inherently a conference centered around geospatial technology, industry, or programming, SIGGRAPH offers a broad range of presentations on interests like Research & Education, New Technologies, and more in the areas of Software, Hardware, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, etc. They have decided to move to a virtual platform for this year's event rather than host sessions in-person. Learn more about this event here.

Microsoft Ignite

September 2020


Microsoft Ignite will be launched as a complimentary digital event experience this September. Join this event to learn innovative ways to build solutions, migrate and manage your infrastructure, and connect with Microsoft experts and other technology professionals from around the globe. Sign up here.


On-Demand Webinars & Resources

ondemand and virtual conferences, webinars, and workshops for geospatial, geographic information systems (gis), programming, and surveying technology professionals

AAG Annual Meeting

April 6 - 10, 2020

Virtual (OnDemand)

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) held their annual meeting April 6 - 10, moving to a virtual format to better accommodate the current landscape. The virtual conference offered 180 sessions and panels on topics that included climate change, political and social geographies, the role of geographers as actors in public policy and advocacy, trends in geoethics and human rights, race, ethnocentrism’s impacts worldwide, as well as a breaking news theme based around sessions sharing how geographers are responding to COVID-19. Numerous sessions also addressed the work prospects and special challenges of young geographers entering the field. These sessions were recorded by AAG and are now available on the event's website until May 10, 2020. Register now to gain access.

FME World Tour

April 6 - 14, 2020

Virtual (OnDemand)

Safe Software and its partners strive to connect local FME user communities and bring high-quality content to their users through their Virtual Roadshow portion of the FME World Tour. With events spanning from March to October 2020, the fate of in-person events is currently unknown. However, the sessions covered in the Roadshow are available to users in the organization's OnDemand resources. Find out more.

Geo Week

Online Pre-Recorded Workshops

The American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) has adjusted the scheduling of this year's Geo Week conference to accommodate distancing guidelines. While face-to-face sessions have been postponed, those workshops in the program were recorded and are now available to professionals to conduct online. Find out more about this conference and available workshops here.

ODSC Virtual Conference & Expo

April 14 - 17, 2020


ODSC East 2020 is one of the largest applied data science conferences in the world. Its speakers include core contributors to many open source libraries and languages, leading talks on the latest AI & data science topics, tools, and languages. OnDemand passes to the recorded content are now available here.

PyCon US 2020

April 2020


PyCon US is an opportunity for the Python Community to come together every year to learn, network, and discuss great ideas. This year's event was held online in April 2020. Recordings are now available on the event's website here.

Spatial Data: Esri Webinar Series


The Spatial Data webinar series created by Esri highlights subjects relevant to the organization's missions, workflows, and operations. This series covers latest trends, technical advancements, and best practices. Find the full series here.

Topcon Talks


In an effort to provide professionals with valuable educational resources that they can make use of at home, Topcon Talks offers a variety of webinars on industry-specific topics, surveying, geomatics, Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, and more. Webinars are available OnDemand as well as upcoming scheduled virtual event. Learn more here.

UCGIS Webinars


The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) hosts a series of webinars as a service to our members and the larger GIScience community. All sessions are recorded and are available for later viewing by registrants. Find out more.


Are you and your company in the process of going remote? Need help in better managing your current business practices through Knowledge Management, Custom Software Development, Geographic Information System (GIS) Technology, and more? Contact our team now.


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