Cool Geo Technology – 10 Awesome Things seen at 2014 ESRIUC

Indeed there’s no shortage of cool and amazing technology to touch, see, and hear about at ESRIUC, actually, its almost overwhelming so creating a list of just 10 awesome things I saw is no simple task. Hopefully I won’t crush any feelings for those not mentioned here and just let it be known that this list could likely easily be rehashed into a “100 Cool things” list if I had the time!

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Seen above: Cedar Tree mini Android smartphone

And so, enjoy these 10 Cool things seen at ESRIUC 2014

Did you see any tech at esriuc that blew your sox off? If so please tell me about it in a comment or tweet me @gletham

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2014 #ESRIUC Message from Jack – become Geo Designers

Once again another International Esri user conference has come and gone. Myself, like about 15,000 others who made the trip to San Diego are now coming down from a big “Geo High” and are organizing our notes and contact information from all the great things we saw and fabulous people we met. The week began much like most other conference week’s did, with loads of excitement and Esri President Jack Dangermond addressing the huge crowd in attendance at the opening plenary. I felt that Dangermond really set the tone for the week with his opening remark that may have come over as rather surprising to many – he expressed how “something is changing, and we’re about to see GIS reach its full potential… there’s something afoot and I encourage you to notice it.” An exciting and bold statement I felt but after the week was done it did indeed seem rather appropriate and most of us at the conference did indeed go out there to notice it.

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Poor Blackberry… Blackphone goes for Blackberry’s throat

Poor Blackberry, they just can’t catch a break it seems! Even with recent reports revealing about 0% US marketshare (Ouch!) they keep on persisting to try and stand up and then they just get knocked down again. In the latest blow to the company  SILENT CIRCLE has hit back regarding the privacy of the Blackphone. It has taken Blackberry’s recent criticism, balled it up and thrown in back in Blackberry’s face. In a note directed at “privacy enthusiasts” but undoubtedly aimed at Blackberry, Silent Circle said that the negative attention is unwarranted.

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Google Maps for Business imagery

Indeed there’s been loads of Esri related news to share this week, however, Google has also been making some noise. This week, via the Google earth blog, the company has shared how they are launching Google Maps for Business imagery. This service is offering businesses the chance to purchase and use Google Earth imagery for the first time. From Google… “This gives organizations access to high-resolution aerial imagery covering the continental U.S. And this will help customers like government agencies get the imagery they need without collecting their own aerial photography.” – Read more on this here.

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Connecting with Developers at GeoDevMeetup and the Startup Zone at #esriuc

It goes without saying that there’s loads of great opportunities for developers at the ESRIUC. Sure they have the dev Summit in the spring, however, the UC is really a great opportunity for the developers to connect with each other and even launch their latest app or startup business. Yesterday at the conference I spent a fair bit of time speaking to a number of developers in the very cool Startup Zone – a dedicated area for Devs to wow us all. Note, for companies meeting the requirements, getting accepted into the Zone is an affordable and very visible option to help kickstart your business. Continue reading

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ESRIUC Day 1 take aways – GIS is reaching its full potential #esriuc

Just one day in to the esriuc and there’s already tons to absorb! Day 1 was all about the plenary session and the state of ArcGIS. Jack Dangermond was the focus of the morning, however, he did share the stage with some of his favorite customers and let them have free run to describe how ArcGIS and Esri technology is helping them solve their problems and better understand the World around them. I was particularly blown away with the GIS crew from the city of Minneapolis who have been whittled down to a skeleton crew of 3 due to the recession, however, that hasn’t stopped them from working harder and smarter and doing some amazing things – obviously ArcGIS is helping them to leverage their enterprise Geo data to the point that they earned an invite to the conference main stage. The team shared details of their solar panel suitability app that enables them to model the city and identify the most suitable locations for solar panels. They also shared details of their tree asset inventory and snow removal management system – both systems saving the city loads of time and money.

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Thousands of Geo Professionals Convene in San Diego for Location Technology Event of the year #esriuc

If location technology is your thing then San Diego CA is the place to be, or watch, this week as about 15,000 developers, geo technologists, modelers, technicians, and other geo professionals convene for the annual Esri user conference.

The week end saw special pre-conference mini conferences, like the survey summit and 3D Summit and many more events are planned, like the EDU summit, business summit and more. Today is the official opening of the conference and as I pen this from the plenary hall, thousands of dedicated mapping professionals are eagerly waiting to hear from Esri commander in Chief, Jack Dangermond, as he as his key team members will take to the stage and educate us all on the ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online ecosystem… you can feel the excitement in the air! Follow all the action on Twitter hashtag #esriuc

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#esriuc Tip – 2014 San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Bars and Restaurant Map

As we do every year for ESRIUC, we’re glad to once again share with you this very handy San Diego Gaslamp Bar and Restaurant map from our friends at GaslampMap.com – this year we have a printed map {PDF} and a webmap to share.

San Diego gaslamp map

San Diego gaslamp map

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Gearing up for Another #ESRIUC and 5 GeoGeeky Things for the Developer to do

The countdown is on… I’m scrambling here to prepare for a busy week at the annual Esri user conference in San Diego. I’m always interested in some of the fun developer meets and events that are planned during UC week – these are always pretty geeky, very interesting, and if lucky there’s usually some beer around as well! And so, the following are just 5 activities of interest that the Geo Developer or wanna-be developer mike consider taking part in while at the UC:

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Verrückt, the Tallest Water Slide in the World shot by Garmin VRB Elite

Hold on tight!! Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, and Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts, today released a video for the highly-anticipated opening of Verrückt, the tallest water slide in the world. Schlitterbahn has completed construction and testing of Verrückt and the ride will open to the public on July 10th. Officially verified by Guinness World Records, the water slide in Kansas City, Kan. stands at a record-breaking height of 168 feet and 7 inches. The video released today shows the complete experience of riding Verrückt, plunging a staggering 17-stories at a 60-degree angle. The video has been shot with VIRB Elite, a unique Garmin action camera that captures data to highlight the intensity of the ride, including speed and heart rate. VIRB Elite is the exclusive action camera of Verrückt. To view the video and more from Garmin click here.

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Maps and Beer – An #esriuc MeetUp via @WRSCNews and @GENInews

Some words from the event planners (http://www.wrsc.org/simcenter-vision)… We host PLAN SAN DIEGO which uses Geographic Information System to engage the Map making community in San Diego. We produce GIS Maps on ARCGIS Online. We Visualize data in our unique  immersive visualization facility.
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WE LOVE BEER!
Its that Simple….

To foster a local and global connection with the ESRI community we invite you to see our maps and drink our beer.  $5 Gets you a sampling from San Diego’s Local Craft Beers Continue reading

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TripAdvisor Serves up America’s Top 10 Burger Joints

There’s nothing better in the summer than a big, juicy burger hot off the grille. So where in America can you score the best burger you might ask? Well, I’m a little biased myself and the results here are likely a little subjective, however, TripAdvisor has put together a list of the Top burger joints according to customer reviews and feedback… enjoy!

From the Midwest farmlands out to the shores of Florida and Hawaii, these 10 outstanding burger joints provide beef that’s a cut above. Top 10 Burger Joints in the U.S:

1. Black Hills Burger and Bun Co., Custer, South Dakota (5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 247 reviews)
Crafted using beef that’s ground daily and served atop house-baked buns, this Black Hills eatery serves up blissful burgers from an inventive menu, including “The Hot Granny” – a perfectly cooked beef or bison patty topped with bacon, cream cheese, and sweet and spicy jalapeno sauce. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “Who would have imagined a burger could take on such an amazing flavor with a great combination of ingredients!”

Top 10 Burger joints in America

Top 10 Burger joints in America

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