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Celebrating Summer in Southern California

Southern California has an abundance of events and activities year-round, especially during the summer months. There are festivals galore, all within a short drive from Redlands. We’ve highlighted a few of them for this upcoming weekend.

  • In beautiful downtown Santa Monica, Picnic on the Promenade is home to weekly summer events. On July 10th there will be a street performer showcase. While you are there you can check out the eateries, walk the promenade, and soak in the beautiful rays on the beach.

Aerial View of the Promenade

  • The Lotus Festival in Los Angeles is a celebration focusing on the culture and heritage of different Asian Pacific regions. This two day event from July 11th to 12th has a variety of interesting activities to check out, from Hawaiian and Tahitian dancing to western music of Japan.
 
  • Even if hot sauces aren’t your thing the California Hot Sauce Expo in Long Beach is still a cool attraction to check out. Don’t miss this two day event from July 11th to 12th, where there will be a ton of insane eating challenges at the expo and anyone can enter. The final event at the expo is one for the Guinness book of world records … literally. The challenge is to eat three Carolina Reaper chilis as fast as possible.
 
  • Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series is a great family event. The concert series is supporting the preservation and sustainability of the Mission of San Juan Capistrano. The concerts occur throughout the summer and feature performances by a variety of musicians.

Check back next week to see more festivals and events happening in So Cal.

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More Than Just Co-Workers

Rapport in Esri offices often extends beyond regular working hours, and the Denver office is no exception. They shared a few pictures of recent activities the team participated in.

Staff worked with the City of Broomfield to plantan American Linden Tree in East Park in honor of Earth Day.

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Wearing Two Equally-Important Hats at Esri

One of the things many Esri employees enjoy about working here is the variety in their roles. This is certainly the case with Matt Madigan, who has been with Esri just over two and a half years. His situation is a little unique in that he works out of two offices. His main job is as an account manager in our Washington, DC regional office, but he also works with startups and 1776 out of the Esri R&D Center–DC. I enjoyed getting to know more about Matt and his work, as well as his time as an Olympic rowing coach.

Tell us about your work with Esri.

As an account manager, I’m responsible for a couple of accounts on the intel team. Previously, I was the operations director and director of federal business at GeoIQ. We were working with In-Q-Tel and deployed at many agencies within the intelligence community, so that carried over into my role on Esri’s federal team because I was very familiar with the community.

My work at the R&D center is also really exciting. Last fall we started a relationship with 1776, which is a startup incubator with 240-plus member companies. We want to empower them with the ArcGIS platform and then let them bring their innovation to that platform. So instead of having to build a new GIS out of Open Source, they’re using our tools to actually build out their solutions.

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#EsriJobChat: Your Chance to Talk with Esri Staff From Wherever You Are!

Whether you know all about Esri or are “meeting” us for the first time, join us for #EsriJobChat on Twitter and talk with us about everything careers related … our work environment, our innovative GIS software, current internship and job openings, resumé and interview advice, and more.


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Esri Employees Show Their Skills on the Soccer Field

A typically collaborative spirit got a bit competitive recently when a group of Esri employees met for a friendly soccer tournament known as the Esri Cup—co-ed, cross-departmental teams who compete on three fields in at least four matches. Friends and family members can also play, or just come out to enjoy the action and root teams on.

This was the first year some participated, including a colleague of mine in Human Resources, Megan. She got involved after hearing about Esri Cup from one of the hiring managers she supports. “I was a little worried about playing, because I had just finished recovering from an ankle injury,” she said. The day of the tournament, she was a little nervous, but excited. “It’s a very competitive match, and I knew some had been playing for several years.”

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Life in the Fast Lane for Esri Product Engineer Rohan

One of the great things about my role with Esri is the opportunity to interact with employees around the globe—in this case, some 8,300 miles away. Rohan Ganapathy, a product engineer in the Esri R&D Center–Sharjah, tells us about his work since joining Esri in May 2014 and his passion for Formula 1 racing.

How did you end up at Esri?

I was working for a GIS and mapping company called Fugro MAPS as a Product Support Executive for software called PromptServer. I worked mainly on the client side of this software and helped out with testing during its development in Sharjah. This Esri office was just a floor above MAPS.

After I left MAPS in 2013, I met with the general manager for the Esri R&D Center about a possible position as a product engineer. I was eager to take this, as I had experience with Esri software from the development side.
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Getting to the Finish Line, One Step at a Time

Molly Zurn, a documentation product engineer on the ArcGIS Online (AGOL) team, talks about her life at Esri and on the slopes. She’s been here almost 15 years, the last seven of which have been on the AGOL team.

Before joining the ArcGIS Online team, what was your role?

I’ve always worked on documentation. My degree is in geography, but I was hired because I didn’t have any GIS or technical skills. I came from a teaching background and was brought on to write non-technical documentation to make it friendlier to the non-GIS audience. I started with internet mapping services (ArcIMS), then Geography Network and RouteIMS, and then joined my current team when ArcGIS Online really got going.

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First Day of Summer 2014!

Who can believe tomorrow is the first day of summer already? Well, those of you who live in California don’t see much of a difference in temperature, but where I’m from, we got 132 inches of snow this year. Yikes!

Southern California is a great place to be during the summer months. From beautiful beach days to music festivals and other great events, there is plenty to do to maintain that work-life balance.

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Happy Friday!

TGIF, am I right? From everyone in Esri offices near and far, we hope you have a great, relaxing weekend!

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A New Face on the Marketing Team

One of the most common misconceptions about marketing, in my opinion, is it only encompasses one job function. Through my studies as a marketing major at Syracuse University, I have come to realize a marketing position is not just one singular role, and that’s what has attracted me to the field. What interests me about Esri is GIS is something relatively new in my life, and new is exciting. From what I do understand, I see the incredible power this technology has to map disease, help underprivileged communities, work on disaster relief efforts, and so much more. I am also beginning to see my role will encompass many areas of marketing, especially working on ways to attract students and new grads to the company, something I am excited to do!  

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