Expanding horizons, pushing boundaries, forging new frontiers… that is what I think of when I think of the GIS community. As the GIS industry continues to grow, users are now taken for granted. The major GIS software organizations are pushing users to the platform and the Cloud, forcing them to migrate their desktop product, and introducing complex and confusing pricing models.

Fortunately for users, there are many more options than just a few years ago. And even better, many of these options will be showcased at the Underground events on Tuesday, July 11th. These Underground events bring alternative views and approaches to GIS. Plus, these events have great drinks and excellent food, as well as a providing a nice break from the Convention Center fare.

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Pitney Bowes

You probably know Pitney Bowes as the provider of MapInfo. What you might not know is that they expanded their technology and data offerings. They unarguably offer the best worldwide geocoder, but they also have one of the first 64 bit Desktop GIS. I highly recommend checking out MapInfo Pro. It is easy-to-use, not credit bound and gives you control of data access. But that is not the only solution they offer. I recommend stopping by their event at the Rustic Root and discover their integrated Business Intelligence solutions, open APIs, big data technology, MapInfo Pro, as well as try a few specialty GIS drinks and chat about geography while enjoying a beautiful view from the rooftop!

The Pitney Bowes party is at the Rustic Root on Tuesday, July 11 from 7 pm – 10 pm. Come by Register here to ensure your ticket.

Boundless & MapBox

Teaming up for the Prohibition Party


The leader in commercially supported open source GIS products, Boundless provided GIS software and services that can extend the value and reach traditional GIS systems. While open source GIS is available for free, Boundless conveniently packages the technology with support and services. This growing community brings energy and excitement back to GIS geeks.


Mapbox is a mapping platform for developers. Their building blocks make it easy to integrate location into any mobile or online application. They will be available at the EsriUC to talk about how you can easily connect the Mapbox and ArcGIS platforms.

The Boundless & MapBox prohibited party is Tuesday from 6 pm – 10 pm at the Prohibition, Havana 1920, and El Chingon. Register here for an open source adventure.