Check out this 2014 Esri UC video. Feel the excitement! In 60 seconds you will understand why Esri UC is the biggest GIS event of the year. United we learn, connect, and solve problems. United We Map!
Every year there can be only one. This year, the one—the first person to register for Esri UC—is Chris Mack of Marana, Arizona. He was ready for opening day. He locked in his low hotel rates and secured his attendance. Why was registering early so important to Chris? And, what can he teach us about Esri UC? Here’s his story:
Will this be your first time attending Esri UC?
As a 26-year user of Esri I have had the pleasure of attending numerous user conferences including six in Palm Springs and eight in San Diego. In the 1990s, when I was employed internationally, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Esri European UC in Athens, Greece and the Esri Asia Pacific UC in Penang, Malaysia.
What do you look forward to at Esri UC?
Coming from Arizona, I like the July San Diego weather! On Monday I like the Plenary, Map Gallery and Lightning Talks. Then, Technical Workshops are where I spend most of my time to keep up with changes in the technology. At the GIS Solutions EXPO I meet hardware and software vendors and learn about the latest products. I also like the Developers Meet-Up and the Thursday Night Party in Balboa Park.
What would you tell someone who has never attended?
If you use Esri software and have never been to Esri UC, I would say you are missing out on the premier GIS event of the year. If you are going for the first time, I would advise you bring more than one pair of comfortable footwear as the San Diego Convention Center is huge and you will do a lot of walking.
What work do you do with Esri technology?
I am involved in the practical application of geospatial technologies in local government. I have been doing this for 14 years and my roles have evolved with the technology. Initially, I was involved in managing data, performing data analysis, and making maps. Lately, the focus of my work has shifted to web development and data management. I also create and manage map applications with ArcGIS Online and the API for Silverlight.
With tight budgets, how did you explain to your manager the importance of attending?
The Esri UC is the most important professional development event of the year for me. This is what I convey to my manager. I always come away from the conference having learned skills that make me more productive, and I gain a better understanding of the Esri technology direction. Most importantly, I come out the Esri UC reinvigorated, with a list of new techniques and ideas that I want to try out when I get back to the office.
What convinced you to register early?
For me it’s all about getting the government rate at the hotel of my choice. I love a bargain. Esri does a great job with hotels for Esri UC. Getting a reduced room rate makes the approval process of my travel authorization much easier.
You can register today at esri.com/uc
Today is your first chance to take advantage of discounted registration for Esri UC. By registering before January 17, you can save up to $400 and secure your top choice of available hotels. If you register before the end of the year, you may be able to invest your organization’s remaining 2013 training/education budget on your 2014 Esri UC experience.
The wait is (almost) over. We’re happy to announce that registration for 2014 Esri UC will officially open December 10.
What can you look forward to in 2014? We can’t reveal all the exciting news just yet, but suffice to say you won’t want to miss it. Esri UC is designed to inspire, teach, and delight you. Esri UC is where you celebrate with the greatest minds in GIS. Esri UC is where we all come together to seek solutions to local, global, and industry problems. Simply put, Esri UC is where we unite. And when we unite, amazing things happen.
United we trade ideas.
Each year, we’re amazed at the stunning number of users that want to tell their stories at UC. Last year’s conference featured more than 900 presentations and we expect to see just as many this year. One of those 900 will likely be Steve Palmer, who was the first person to submit an abstract for a presentation. We recently spoke with Steve to learn more about his project and why he was so motivated to tell his story at UC.
The use of GIS for campus operations and facilities management is growing. This is clear as its presence at 2013 Esri User Conference spanned more than two days of user presentations, special interest meetings and technical workshops, as well as a solid exhibit hall presence. Another manifestation of the growth of facilities GIS is that the number of conference attendees who listed “facilities” as their area of interest was up by 25% over last year!
A couple of underlying themes surfaced at the 2013 Survey Summit. One: Technologies including GIS, lidar, 3D, CAD, and GPS can play well together. Two: Surveyors and engineers and GIS professionals can play well with each other, and with new technology.
Wildfire fighters are finding new GIS solutions in the National Security Showcase at UC.
Propelled by wave motion, the Wave Glider SV3 travels the oceans, collecting sea data used for science, education, surveillance, and defense. In a recent Pacific Ocean crossing, four of these autonomous gliders travelled a combined 34,000 miles and collected 2.25 million discrete data points. More than 150 gliders are currently at sea. At the Esri UC, one of the gliders was docked in the Environment Showcase.
The Environment Showcase has been a central part of the Esri UC for more than 20 years. Located at the heart of the Esri Showcase, 40 organizations are sharing their GIS work for urban planning, environmental planning, climate issues, oceans, and different ocean marine habitats.