Conference Map Gallery
The fundamental vision of the Kansas Association of Mappers is to provide opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences, address common problems and concerns, obtain advice and technical help through networking, participate in specialized training and education, and gain recognition as qualified and competent mapping and GIS professionals.
In support of this vision, KAM sponsors a Map Gallery during its annual conference. KAM members are strongly encouraged to submit samples of their best work and be recognized for them. At the end of the conference, two prizes will be awarded based on a popular vote of the membership: one for the best printed map and one for the best web app. In addition to receiving a gift card, the winners will be presented a certificate and recognized during the closing business meeting and have their names added to the Awards Gallery on the KAM website.
To enter the Map Gallery, the participant must submit an abstract through the KAM website. Abstracts will be displayed alongside the product when it is displayed in the Map Gallery. Participants should write a summary that showcases the award-worthiness of the product and its author. Details such as the time and effort expended as well as impact on the end users are encouraged.
All contest entries received by 5 pm on the first day of the month of the conference will be entered in a raffle for a gift card. (For example, contest entries for the October 16-19, 2018 KAM conference are due no later than October 1.) Should the first of the month fall on a weekend, entries will be due by 5 pm on the first business day following the first of the month.
Participants are not limited to one submission, as the primary goal of the Map Gallery is to share ideas and recognize efforts. Multiple products in either category are permitted.
Printed Map Submissions
Anyone entering a printed map into the Map Gallery must provide a printed copy of submission to the Planning Committee no later than the opening gavel of the business meeting of the first day of the conference. Participants who will not be at the conference by this day and time may email the Planning Committee a digital copy of their map no later than the Friday before the conference so that there is adequate time for a committee member to print a copy for the gallery.
Web App Submissions
Participants in the web app contest must supply a URL that is publicly accessible. Should that not be possible due to data security reasons, the participant may submit redacted screenshots of the web app that illustrate the web app’s typical uses. Web links will be compiled on the KAM website, which will be projected on the wall for the duration of the Map Gallery.