I’m available on a limited basis for speaking engagements worldwide, including presenting at conferences and holding workshops.
I’m an experienced public speaker, and my primary topics of focus are Spatial IT, GIS technology and usability, and open data.
Who is James Fee?
I’m an GIS Professional specialising in Spatial IT. I work for Spatial Networks as VP Professional Services, and I’m an invited speaker at industry conferences worldwide.
I’ve written hundreds of articles on development, user experience, interface design and technology here at spatiallyadjusted.com, and my clients include everyone from independent GIS professionals to Fortune 500 companies.
You can find out more about me below, and on my About page (which also contains my full contact details).
I most enjoy speaking about Spatial IT aspects of Geospatial workflows, including everything from determining needs of the tasks to pragmatic software/hardware choices and even designing and developing custom spatial scripting workflows. I try to pitch my sessions such that they will be enjoyed and understood by technical and non-technical audiences alike. I particularly enjoy delivering opening or closing keynote presentations.
For workshops, I enjoy collaborative sessions talking about difficulties faced by the workshop’s attendees, with implementation details taking second place to best principles.
Past topics covered include: Future of GIS, Staying Relevant with GIS and Technology, Crowdsourcing and Professional GIS, Data Sharing, GIS in the Cloud, Scripting GIS and others. Most of my talks are posted on Speaker Deck.
Speaking at your event
I’d be pleased to speak at your event or your company, anywhere in the world. I can deliver any length of session, and I recommend allowing at least 45 mintues, and ideally an hour. Please contact me as far in advance as possible, because my speaking calendar can fill up quickly!
To attend your event, I have a few standard conditions:
I ask that you pay for travel (including between airport and hotel), accommodations at the event as well as complimentary entry to the event.
My speaking rate is $1,500, to cover the time and effort involved in preparing and rehearsing a presentation, and attending your event. If no speaker is receiving a fee, I’ll usually waive mine too.
I’ll be happy to discuss your specific needs; please do get in touch.
You can videos view past keynotes below. Unfortunately this list changes very often as video hosting for conferences can change at any moment. I try and link to YouTube and Vimeo where possible.
- 2009 FME UC (Whistler, BC) – Slide Deck
- 2009 Where 2.0 (San Jose, CA) – Slide Deck
- 2010 SHRUG Keynote (Tallahassee, FL) – Slide Deck
- 2012 Esri UC Lightning Talk (San Diego, CA) – Slide Deck
- 2013 GISITR Keynote (Denver, CO) – Slide Deck
Below is a selection of representative feedback from audience members of my past presentations and attendees of my workshops.
James Fee gave an enthralling keynote targeted at GIS professionals on the topic of how to remain relevant in the age of change (or What GIS Pros Can Do to Keep Their Skills in Demand). – Geoff Zeiss
James Fee was very impressive…he is one of the more vendor agnostic speakers I’ve ever seen present – incredible breadth of knowledge on a wide array of spatial technologies. – Tom Lewis – Salt River Project
No one gives as a good GIS keynote as James. I’ve seen more than one and each one is better than the last. – Danny Smart (link dead)
James Fee is as good a speaker as he is a blogger! – Jason Birch
He gave a great blow by blow review of his FOIL battle with the city of Tempe, AZ. It was a hilarious description of dealing with a local government that apparently just doesn’t get open data — but painful in that this is still all too often the reality at the local level. But he also noted some shining spots in the open data arena – Steven Romalewski