Western US Manifold Users Meeting - Phoenix 2008
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This year's conference will be held at the offices of Atwell-Hicks.  We are grateful to them for graciously offering their facilities. The address is 4700 East Southern Avenue Mesa, AZ 85206. 

A link to Google Maps is here.  As you can see, the offices are still under construction in the aerial photos.  The conference will be in the west building.


Friday, January 18th

8:00 - 8:30       Registration
8:30 - 8:40       Welcome/Introductions
8:40 - 10:00     Presentation
10:00 - 10:10   Break
10:10 - 11:00   Presentation
11:00 - 11:10   Break
11:10 - 12:00   Presentation
12:00 - 1:30     Lunch
1:30 - 2:20       Presentation
2:20 - 2:30       Break
2:30 - 3:20       Presentation
3:20 - 3:30       Break
3:30 - 5:00       Integrating Manifold with your existing GIS software.  This will be a roundtable discussion.

5:30 - 8:00       Evening Social  held at the Old Chicago here: 6821 East Superstition Springs Blvd.

Saturday, January 19th

9:00 - 11:00     Creation of Western Manifold User Group
11:00 - 11:10   Break
11:10 - 12:00   Presentation
12:00 - 1:30     Lunch (Provided by Manifold.net)
1:30 - 2:20       Presentation
2:20 - 2:30       Break
2:30 - 3:20       Presentation
3:20 - 3:30       Drawing for door prize

January in Phoenix is a beautiful time of year. The sun is shining and the average high temperature is 66, with average lows of 41. You won’t need a winter coat (unless you plan to go to northern Arizona), but you will probably want a light jacket for the evenings.

The nearest hotels and motels to the meeting location are about 1.5 miles away. There are a number of national chain hotels near the Superstition Springs Shopping Center, about 1.5 miles east of the meeting location. This area also has a number of restaurants. Other hotels and motels can be found north of the meeting location, on Main St/Apache Trail. The hotels in this area tend to be older, non-chain hotels in the midst of a number of RV Parks. There are a number of fast food restaurants along Main Street.

Below are some suggested hotels:

Sleep Inn – Mesa
6347 E Southern Ave, 85206

Best Western – Superstition
1342 S Power Rd, 85206

Country Inn and Suites
6650 E Superstition Springs, 85206

La Quinta Inn – Mesa East
6530 E Superstition Springs Blvd, 85206

Super 8
1550 S. Gilbert Rd, 85204
This hotel is about 3.5 miles away.

Events and Activities


Arizona Science Center

Phoenix Zoo

Desert Botanical Gardens

Barrett-Jackson Antique Auto Auction, January 12th – 20th, Scottsdale AZ

Celebration of Fine Art, January 12th – March 23rd, Scottsdale AZ

Phoenix Coyotes Hockey - Glendale

Thursday, January 17th vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Saturday, January 19th vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Phoenix Suns Basketball – Phoenix

Friday, January 18th vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Sunday, January 20th vs. New Jersey Nets

GOLF! There are a number of golf courses in Phoenix.


Grand Canyon ~ 5 hours drive

Flagstaff/Sedona ~ 3 hours drive. Beautiful red rocks and mystical vortexes in Sedona, skiing near Flagstaff

Kartchner Caverns ~ 2.5 hours away (near Tucson). Buy your tickets online because this is a popular attraction!