Minneapolis, MN

October 14th–17th, 2015

Love maps, data, visual story, and cartographic design?

Make your plans now to participate in the annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Join with other professionals and enthusiasts from government, commercial, and not-for-profit groups along with academics, scholars, map/GIS librarians, artists, technologists, and students.

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Final Program is now online!

Check out all of the great presentations coming to NACIS 2015 in our online program.

Blockbuster Map Gallery


Don’t miss this year’s opening reception! In celebration of International Map Year (2015-2016; mapyear.org), we’ve got several innovations that will make it worth your while. In addition to printed maps designed by students and professionals, we’ve also got a display of the 2015 maps from the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition from the US and Canada, and a map art exhibition entitled The Tangible Map Exhibit.

This year’s map gallery will also feature a new digital maps component that we’re very excited about. Attendees will need to come armed with a QR code reader app on their phones or tablets. If you don’t have a smartphone, find a friend! You can download a QR code reader app here for the iOS or Android platforms.

Conference Opening Keynote Speaker

Brenda Laurel, Keynote Speaker

Brenda Laurel, Personal Story as Map

Brenda Laurel has worked in interactive media since 1976 as a designer, researcher, writer and teacher.  She currently a principal at Neogaian Interactive. She recently finished a period as an adjunct professor in Computational Media and research associate in the Digital Arts and New Media programs at U. C. Santa Cruz. Her current work focuses on design research and learning tools.  Her books include The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design (1990), Utopian Entrepreneur (2001), and Design Research: Methods and Perspectives (2004), and Computers as Theatre, Second Edition (2014). She earned her BA (1972) from DePauw University and her MFA (1975) and PhD in Theatre (1986) from the Ohio State University.

Conference Site and Hotel

The Depot Renaissance Hotel, Minneapolis
225 Third Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

While the Depot Renaissance is now full, we have secured a discount rate at the nearby Hyatt Place Minneapolis/Downtown. Book online using this link!

Getting from the Minneapolis Airport to Downtown

Getting to the conference venue is easy! Just hop on the light rail at the airport (Blue Line), direction Minneapolis – Target Field, and get off at the Government Plaza Stop. Then walk to Third Ave S, turn right and walk three blocks.

Check out the excellent map that MSP Maptime made of nearby attractions.

If you have specific questions about things to do during your visit to Minneapolis, use the hashtag #askMPLS and ask your question to Meet Minneapolis from any social media platform (Twitter, Facebook, etc). The service is staffed 24/7.

NACIS Night Out Venue

We have a great venue for this year, about four blocks walk from the conference hotel, The Aster Cafe. Have a look at the space and the location. Our menu will be posted soon. We think it will be conducive to relaxed and informal conversations.

Later in the evening, there will be live music at the venue. Check out the group that is playing that night.



A refund of your registration fee will be made minus a $50 processing fee, if cancellation is received in writing at least fourteen days prior to the date of the event. Alternates are encouraged to attend for any pre-registrant who is unable to attend.

Field trips are dependent on minimum attendance, encourage your friends to sign up!