Is ESRI to Reschedule the 2016 #esriuc to Avoid Conflict with @MLB All Star Game?

I have to thank Twitter colleague, Craig Williams (@williamscraigm) for some tips and insight on this one! Those of you who are baseball fans may be aware that the 2016 MLB All Star game was recently awarded to the San Diego Padres! WAY COOL you might think, but sit back and think of years past and ask yourself, isn’t the All Star game usually the same week as the Annual ESRIUC which is also in San Diego? Bingo!! Indeed it is.

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Image Credit: UT San Diego

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EDU Resource – ESRIUC Papers and Tech Workshop Presentations now Online

Here’s a great resource from Esri that has come out of the 2014 ESRIUC. the company has now generously made available the technical workshop presentations and papers from the 2014 conference. Browse the vast collections of papers and presentations, more than 1,000 in total, all now available to view as PPT and PDF documents – great stuff!

2014 Esri User Conference Technical Workshops

See the Paper sessions HERE and the Technical Workshops HERE

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

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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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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There was plenty of hype and loads of applause for Dangermond and team during the day – the following are just a few of the hot topics, themes and buzz words that I picked up on during the day: [Read more…]

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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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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