Don’t miss the Esri Startup Zone (SUZ) in Hall D on the expo floor. This is a unique area hosted by the Esri Startup Program, esri.com/startups, featuring the work of 35 up-and-coming businesses who have integrated spatial functionality within their products as well as for their own organizational understanding and optimization.
The Esri UC is happening soon! There are plenty of sessions to attend (over 1000), lots of maps to view (more than 700), tons of training (hundreds of hours), an amazing amount of demos and presentations (we can’t even count that high anymore) and opportunities for experts to help you check your data health, give you tips on your cartographic prowess, provide you with technical assistance and more.
Want some advice? Take a break. We know. You feel like there is so much to do and no time to do it. We get it. But you need some downtime to process all that information. Here are some great activities you can enjoy around the conference events – and even bring your family so they can enjoy the UC with you and catch some of that crazy geolove!
Business Analyst products, an important part of the ArcGIS platform, have been at the forefront of helping many commercial GIS users improve their business processes for years. Understanding the local characteristics of a marketplace is key to making decisions on where to invest in a business. Esri Business Analyst is the go-to software for evaluating sites, creating trade areas, and performing market analysis quickly and accurately.
With Esri Business Analyst, you can get insights about businesses and people and their lifestyles for locations that matter most to you. You can tap into a large collection of datasets including population, income, housing, and consumer behavior for 135+ countries, run site selection analysis, and create beautiful site maps and professional reports in minutes, no matter where you are. The Esri UC is your exclusive opportunity to meet the developers, engineers, and product team behind Esri Business Analyst.
The Esri UC begins NEXT WEEK! What?!?
To celebrate, we thought we’d bug Eddie Christopher, the man in charge of Esri’s massive warehouse. This is where the magic happens. All the amazing displays, computers, books and brochures have to be shipped down to San Diego from Redlands, and Eddie is the man who makes this happen. How much do we ship down to make the EsriUC the amazing event that it is? Fourteen 53’ semi-trailers carrying approximately 125 tons of freight.
Eddie didn’t have a lot of time – as you can imagine – but we wanted to get his perspective on this fun event.
As if viewing more than 900 online and paper maps in the Esri UC Map Gallery from attendees just like yourself isn’t enough, there are several special displays available for you to explore. These displays provide in-depth information on how GIS is used within these organizations. Don’t miss your opportunity to stroll through the displays, meet representatives and learn more about the amazing things GIS can do for the world. The Map Gallery is located in the Sail Area on the second floor of the San Diego Convention Center and is open Monday 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Here’s the quick low-down on the special displays:
Passionate about GIS in education? It’s not too late to make plans to attend the 2015 Esri Education GIS Conference, 18-21 July, in San Diego, California. Whether you are an educator, administrator, researcher, whether you are experienced with GIS or are just beginning to discover all it has to offer, there is something at this event for you. This year, the theme is “learning and leading through service”–featuring efforts to design and produce meaningful place-based projects that benefits communities while developing 21st Century skills.
Casual format drives Showcase talks
Open-air, lightning-talk style presentations have become a popular fixture at the Implementation Center, one of the Esri islands on the UC Showcase floor. This year promises to be no exception as some of the standing-room-only talks are being re-offered along with brand new topics.
The Implementation Center is staffed throughout the Showcase with Esri consultants and technical experts. Users stop by to talk shop and seek advice, no appointments necessary.
An electric manhole is a little room buried in the street or sidewalk, where utility workers access electric cables, switches and other dangerous stuff. (In the old days, the majority of utilities workers were men, so the term manhole stuck.) When a cable fails, workers splice together new and old sections – inside these manholes. You enter the manhole through a round hole, which is usually covered with, you guessed It, those heavy manhole covers. Inside, manholes are hot, dangerous and creepy. If a cable fails, it generates a lot of heat, too, and sometimes fire. Any debris caught in the manhole will worsen the fire. And if things explode, those heavy manhole covers go flying.
Come Curious, Leave Inspired
Among the hundreds of workshops, exhibits, and demonstrations at the 2015 Esri UC, there’s one place where you’re guaranteed to witness the incredible impacts of GIS. The Nonprofit Showcase located in Area 10 will offer you a window into the lifework of 44 organizations from throughout the globe that are applying geography to make the world a better place.
Four Maps from the 2015 Esri User Conference Map Gallery with Transportation Themes
Each year at the annual Esri User Conference, people who use Esri’s GIS software share their best map creations at the Map Gallery. Hundreds of maps are on display at this exciting and vibrant showcase of the very best in current cartography, and awards are given for the best maps in a number of different categories. Selected maps are also considered for publication in the next edition of the Esri Map Book.