Celebrate all things mappy with some of the region’s leading geo-luminaries. This year, we’re bringing the annual GIS Day across the Bay to SF and generally turning things up to 11!

Both events will be free, open to the public, and within 2 blocks of a BART station. Note: each event will require separate RSVPs.


1:00 - Doors Open
4:30 - UnConference Ends > Take BART to Evening Panel
6:00 - Doors Open
6:30 - Keynote Presentation
7:00 - Panel Discussion
7:45 - Social/Networking
9:00 - Doors Close

Daytime UnConference

1:00PM - 4:30PM | 80 TURK ST @ MASON ST - SF, CA

Start with an Afternoon Chat on Maps with Local Geo Leaders

Join the conversation from 1-4:30pm for a free half-day of unconference-style workshops, talks, and discussions spearheaded by our friends at LocationTech, who run the annual FOSS4G-NA conference (the full mouthful is Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial). Expect to explore challenges and brainstorm on new pathways forward with representatives of GeoWing, MapBox, Mapzen, Pix4D and many others!

Seating is limited to 100, so please RSVP. After 1:15p, seating will be on a first come basis. 2 blocks from Powell St. BART

Evening Speakers & Panel

6:00PM - 9:00PM | 2665 MISSION ST @ 22ND ST - SF, CA

Cutting-Edge Geo 4 Social Good @ Gray Area's Grand Theater

The panel will focus on how new technologies can create new industries while also making the world a better place. Our panel will explore the challenges and successes of the people working on the ground in adopting new techniques in ways that truly help their constituents.

Light food and refreshments provided.


Earn a BayGeo t-shirt by volunteering for GIS Day 2016! Did you know that it’s the volunteers that keep our community events, such as GIS Day, both free and fabulous? Contact Jennifer Gorospe to lend a hand.


Share your maps and stories with the community at the GIS Day Map Gallery. We’ll have easels available for print maps and we’ll project digital maps throughout the evening. Please email your submissions to Include your name, Twitter handle, and a JPG or PNG of your map that’s at least 2000 pixels wide.

Event Location

Gray Area Theater

2665 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Get directions

Event Sponsors


Ayori Z. Selassie, Salesforce & Author/Inventor/Creator of Life Model Canvas

The author of the forthcoming book, The Selfpreneur’s Field Guide, Ayori is a passionate speaker and advocate for using technology to address social problems such as poverty, illness, and intolerance. She serves as an advisor to Startups & Enterprise tech companies on engaging the power of diversity of thought, research & experiences by leveraging her huge network of influential women and underrepresented ethnic groups on the convergence of culture, technology and startups. She is a self taught software developer since age 11 and first founder at age 16 and has worked in the Silicon Valley tech sector for over 16 years, including the last 8 years at Salesforce. Read more about Ayori at


Maggi Kelly, faculty director of the UC Berkeley Geospatial Innovation Facility

Maggi Kelly is Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist based at UC Berkeley. Her lab's motto is "mapping for a changing California," and she uses a range of techniques — remote sensing, object-based image analysis, geospatial modeling, LIDAR analysis, participatory webGIS and field methods - to answer applied questions about how and why California landscapes are changing, and what that change means for those who live on and manage our lands. She primarily works in California: on wetland, forest, and urban landscapes. She is Faculty Director of the UCB Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) and Director of UC's ANR Statewide Program in Informatics and Geographic Information Systems (IGIS).


Rachel Inman, Google Maps/Earth Outreach

Rachel Inman leads UX design for Google Project Sunroof and Global Fishing Watch. As part of the Google Earth Outreach team, Rachel looks for opportunities to elevate high-impact datasets atop maps, putting beautifully visualized aggregated information in the hands of scientists, policy makers, advocates, educators, and community members. Google Earth Outreach is dedicated to leveraging Google’s infrastructure to address global environmental, health & humanitarian issues through partnerships with nonprofits, educational institutions, and research groups. Google Project Sunroof maps the solar potential of individual roofs and lets users see the financial impact of going solar, in addition to showing the overall solar potential of geographic areas. Global Fishing Watch was created by Oceana, SkyTruth, and Google and allows anyone to see fishing activity anywhere in the ocean in near real-time, for free. Millions of people depend on the ocean for their livelihoods, but the world's oceans are threatened by global overfishing, illegal fishing, and habitat destruction. Ocean sustainability depends on action by governments, fishery management organizations, citizens, and the fishing industry itself. Using the public beta version of Global Fishing Watch, anyone with an internet connection can monitor when and where commercial fishing is occurring around the world.


Gregor MacLennan, Digital Democracy

Gregor MacLennan, Digital Democracy’s Program Director, has worked with indigenous communities throughout the Amazon Basin on land rights issues, the impacts of extractive industries, and supporting indigenous peoples’ right to self determination. He worked in Peru for 7 years as founder and director of Shinai, a grass-roots non-profit organization, helping communities map their territory and resource use, and set up a community-run environmental monitoring system for Achuar communities affected by contamination from oil drilling. Prior to Digital Democracy he worked for 4 years as Peru Program Coordinator for Amazon Watch, leading a campaign to successfully stop Talisman from drilling for oil in Achuar territory in a remote and biodiverse area of Amazon rainforest in Peru.


Matt Merrifield, The Nature Conservancy

Matt Merrifield is Chief Technology Officer for The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest environmental organizations. He is a technology professional with almost 20 years of experience in geospatial systems and mapping. A California native, he’s devoted the last 15 years to helping conserve some incredible landscapes and seascapes in California and around the world. Matt leads a team that works on creative applications of geospatial technology to nature conservation across a large portfolio of projects in California and internationally.