NACIS 2020 goes virtual

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Attending the Annual Meeting

The only requirement for attending the 2020 NACIS annual meeting is a current NACIS membership! 

  • If you are a current member, you are automatically registered and will be able to log in to the meeting. Check your membership status by logging in at
  • Not a member? Become a member today! Your membership fee/registration will help cover the costs associated with a virtual conference, such as recording, streaming, and communication platforms.
  • NACIS is using Slack as the main means of communicating during the Annual Meeting. For live discussions and to send questions to moderators and presenters, join the new NACIS Slack. Slack is a text chat tool available as a website and mobile app, where conversations happen in channels. Every NACIS session has a channel, and there are also channels for general conversation and getting help. Here’s a guide to getting started with Slack.

Travel Grants

Every year, NACIS supports student and community member meeting attendance through travel grants. This year, we are providing membership support for students and community members. Apply for a grant here.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are what help NACIS run smoothly and this year is no different! Our immediate need is for Session Moderators (about 12 people) to help field questions and monitor the chat channel for each session. Please email Rosemary Wardley if you are interested.

Other volunteer needs: 

  • Vicky Johnson will be the New Attendee Ambassador so email her to join the welcoming committee. 
  • We’ll be featuring a lot of new technologies at this year’s conference so if that is your field of expertise please email Rosemary to help out. 

Meet our 2020 keynote

Marusia Musacchio is the founder of Tierra, a geographic data analysis platform that maps crime and violence in Mexico. Location intelligence was also the focus of the first company she started, which pioneered interactive travel guides to cities in China. She moved to China in 2005 after finishing a master’s in East Asian Studies at Harvard and ended up living there for a decade, working as a journalist and political commentator while growing and eventually selling her start-up. Marusia took a break from entrepreneurship between 2015 and 2017 to co-coordinate the Seminar on Peace and Violence at El Colegio de México, her alma mater, before moving to San Francisco. She now leads Tierra’s globally distributed team of engineers, cartographers and data scientists in their quest to build a safer Mexico by helping companies and the government make safer, more informed decisions about violence and risk.