IGC: Frequently Asked Questions

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Starting the Project/ Project Analysis


Q: Related to the three stages, should we report on all the six stage boxes (2020, 2035, 2050 of scenario A, 2035 of scenario B and 2050 of scenario C) of the three stages?  


A: Yes, please. See the Presentation Formats under Events

Project and Exhibit Format

Q. There is an A and B version for the exhibition format? Which version should we use?


A. Please focus on designing for A.  If your project turns out to be especially large or complex and needs more space we can offer B as an alternative — determined to some degree by the space we have available.   If some projects do not materialize there will be more space to share. 


Assumptions and Innovations

Q. There are one group of global assumptions and 9 systems’ innovations. Should we follow all assumptions and innovations or we can choose those we agree and will use in our project? Is there a limit or minimum number of them we should choose? Or do you mean we need at least 10 assumptions from the macro global scale assumptions, and at least 10 innovations from each of the infrastructure systems?


A. Good question — we could have been clearer.  We are asking teams to consider which of ALL the global assumptions and system innovations were most important in shaping their projects-so the top ten of all of those.  We are interested in making comparisons across projects and sharing results-are some scale dependent, more appropriate to urban vs rural, etc.




Q1. Do all projects have to address all of the 9 systems + the mixed system? If certain project sites have little to do with a certain system, should we include it? Is the mixed system optional?


A. You do not need to design, for example, for Mixed use if there is none in your project.

Q2. The “The Ten IGS Systems and RGB Colour Codes” : What is the second column (with shades of the main colour and lots of numbers?) Do the numbers refer to land use codes?

A. The first column are the selected systems, the second column are distinctions that may be important Locally (e.g., Agriculture vs Forestry) — so they could be substituted if just a swap is called for, or added as System 10 if both are necessary.  The numbers are the RGB values (we took advice on making the color choices more friendly to those with red-green color discrimination issues.)


Q3. Can I make a best guess match to my local data?

A. Yes.

Document and Project Submission


Q1: Possible question: Do we need to submit our final project online before the exhibition?



Q2: Possible question: What digital format should our project be in? (i.e., Word, PDF)


IGC 2019 Meeting -- General Questions

Q1: Why is only team member allowed to attend the IGC Meeting? Are there exceptions to this guideline?


A: This guideline is due to the number of participating schools and no IGC budget. Selection of (one) conference attendee is at the discretion of the team. See below for an in-depth explanation from Carl.  (Insert ‘more’ drop-down to read expanded explanation)


Expanded: There is nothing intentionally “exclusive” about this decision. The reasons are very simple:  and be assured they have been the subject of much thought and many emails among the core group.

We have no budget, and there are around 90 participating schools.



The Esri offer of (specific) financial and facilities support for the meeting was happily accepted, and the decision to link the schedule with the Geodesign Summit was also seen as a good idea. The Esri team and I negotiated the IGC number of 120 to somehow balance the ability of IGC and non-IGC people to attend the Summit (in an auditorium seating 300)…..an important issue for Esri.


I estimate that there are about 1000 people now working on the IGC studies, so we knew from the start that making attendance open or self-determined would be impossible. Even 2/school would be impossible…and this while being fully aware that some schools could not send even one person. Therefore we had to make the meeting by invitation-only for a limited number of places.


Soon after October 1 we will reallocate all places (suggestion: available seats/slots instead of places) that have not been allocated, but even then no school will have access to more than 2 persons, not including those who are Core and Advisers.


Know also that we certainly discussed and are aware that this process and its limitation makes for some hard and likely unfair local decisions,  but that’s how it is.

There is one advantage, a number of attendees small enough so that all who do come can and will be active.


Q2: How should we select team members to attend the IGC meeting?


Q3: Our team isn’t sure who can attend yet. Can we submit one name and change it later on?

A: Yes, names can be changed. NOTE how is this done?


Q4: Can student members of our team attend the IGC meeting? If so, are there any discounted rates?


We’ve instituted a very modest student registration rate to encourage student attendance. It is very good considering all of the catered meals and reception elements over the duration of the Summit. Please see our registration page here: http://www.esri.com/events/geodesign-summit/registration

We also have a limited number of student scholarships available. I’d encourage your students to apply. If selected, they’d receive free registration for the Summit. Information regarding the application process can be found on the registration page above.


You and your team can also consider submitting papers for the full or lightening talk formats. While well received in each of the categories, they are particularly well received in the lightening talk format, and a team of students was actually voted as the best lightening talk two years ago. Please find the call for papers here: http://www.esri.com/events/geodesign-summit/call-for-papers


Q5: If students apply for a free pass to the Geodesign summit, will they see the IGC exhibition?

A: Yes. The exhibit will be available for the entire summit.


Technical Issues

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