101 Ways to Participate
1. Volunteer to give an online presentation at a school, library, or your place of work on GIS Day.
2. Write a blog on the benefits of GIS and share it on social media (don’t forget to include #GISDay).
3. Create a GIS Day poster or print your own here.
4. Offer to lecture at your alma mater on your career and achievements in GIS.
5. Tell your family about GIS and show the ways in which it’s helping to create a better future.
6. Open a conversation about GIS with a child or loved one.
7. Contact a local school, and talk to administrators about ArcGIS for Schools, the free software package for K–12 schools.
8. Forward your favorite geography video or map to a friend.
9. Host a GIS Day event in your organization to celebrate your work, and register your event with us.
10. Set up a poster display of your GIS work in the lobby at your workplace or home office.
11. Petition for your local government to proclaim November 17th as GIS Day (you can use this proclamation letter template).
12. Send a thank-you note to a GIS or geography teacher.
13. Give a shout out to a GIS professional on social media.
14. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about the importance of supporting GIS Day.
15. Write a song about GIS Day.
16. Tell a friend about Esri’s open online courses (MOOCs).
17. Send a note complimenting a coworker on their GIS work.
18. Make a map for a friend to promote geography awareness.
19. Join URISA.
20. Explain the difference between longitude and latitude to a friend and how coordinate systems work.
21. Post local GIS job opportunities to social media.
22. Offer to make a GIS presentation to a community organization.
23. Build a mobile app for a nonprofit.
24. Volunteer to crowdsource data in your community or participate in citizen science.
25. Sign up to volunteer for GISCorp.
26. Submit an abstract on GIS to your local trade group.
27. Submit a story to the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition For Sustainable Development Goals (winners will be announced in December 2021).
28. Donate a personal copy of a GIS book to your local library.
29. Submit an article on your use of GIS to a trade journal.
30. Share a map on the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World site.
31. Tape a map to the company break room refrigerator.
32. Thank your GIS mentor.
33. Host an online map gallery and invite your colleagues.
34. Share your favorite GIS article among your coworkers.
35. Start a virtual GIS meetup group.
36. Talk to a new department about GIS.
37. Submit a GIS image for potential use at Jack's Esri UC Plenary Session.
38. Join Esri’s Community Maps Program and start sharing your community data with others in the ArcGIS Community
39. Share how your neighborhood has changed over time using the Wayback Imagery app.
40. Build a story map for a nonprofit.
41. Offer mentorship to college students who are learning GIS.
42. Start a high school or college GIS club.
43. Search for a GIS job.
44. Experiment with data layers and combine two unlikely data sources to see if there is a correlation.
45. Visit a peer government to learn what it is doing with GIS.
46. Brag about your GIS work in the local news.
47. Use GIS to highlight a community concern at the next city council meeting.
48. Run an ArcGIS Business Analyst report for a local business.
49. Wear an I Love GIS button, then pass it on to a friend.
50. Build a story map to honor local veterans.
51. Attend a GIS Day event.
52. Document your return on investment from using GIS, then share it using the hashtag #GISDay.
53. Use this day to tell your Esri account executive why you should be considered for a Special Achievement in GIS Award.
54. Create a story map of your recent road trip and share it with #GISDay.
55. Share a photo of your GIS team. Share it using #GISDay.
56. Praise an executive that supports GIS on social media.
57. Build a story map to promote local businesses (just in time for the holidays).
58. Livestream your GIS Day event, and share it using the hashtag #GISDay.
59. Make a career move to GIS.
60. Use this day to apply/prepare for a professional association or trade journal award highlighting your GIS work (be ready when the announcement comes out).
61. Wear your Map Man, Map Woman, or favorite GIS shirt.
62. Join the Esri Young Professionals Network (YPN).
63. Invite an elected official to join your virtual GIS Day event.
64. Take a moment to think about your favorite GIS project and then share it.
65. Praise an up-and-comer in GIS.
66. Apply for your GISP certification.
67. Produce a video of A Day in the Life of a GIS Professional, and share it using the hashtag #GISDay.
68. Frame your favorite map and hang it on the wall.
69. Teach yourself a new GIS skill.
70. Build a top 10 list of things you want to do with GIS in 2021 or the next year.
71. Sign up for a GIS training course.
72. Join the GeoNet community.
73. Hold up a “Honk for GIS“ sign for drivers as they pass by.
74. Post an Instagram story on what you're doing on GIS Day, and share it using the hashtag #GISDay.
75. Share your photo with a GIS user who inspires you and include the hashtag #GISDay.
76. Wear an “Ask Me about GIS” button.
77. Give an award to a local GIS hero.
78. Register for a webinar on a new GIS topic you're interested in.
79. Attend Esri's Digital GIS Day experience!
80. Propose a GIS division/department/specialty in your organization.
81. Invite a retired GIS pioneer to present on their path to a career in GIS.
82. Bake a GIS Day-themed cake.
83. Sign up for a subscription to ArcNews.
84. Put a GIS sticker on your laptop.
85. Write a blog on why you started a career in GIS, and share it using the hashtag #GISDay.
86. Maintain your AICP certification by taking GIS courses.
87. Use ArcGIS Hub to set up an open data site.
88. Email a policy maps collection to your elected official.
89. Learn how to say "geographic information system" in another language.
90. Gift a friend with ArcGIS for Personal Use.
91. Join Esri's Early Adopter Community to test a new GIS product.
92. Complete a Learn ArcGIS lesson.
93. Submit a GIS article to be featured in an Esri publication.
94. Host a workshop session at your organization to showcase your team's GIS work.
95. Make plans to attend the Esri User Conference.
96. Get a certificate in GIS.
97. Instead of a traditional presentation, use a story map to present.
98. Publish an authoritative dataset, map, or story map so it can be included in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World and be used by others.
99. Listen to your favorite GIS podcast.
100. Challenge your colleagues to see who can check off the most items from this list.
101. Mark your calendar for GIS Day 2021 (11/17/2021) and GIS Day 2022 (11/16/2022).
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