Our agenda thieves are at it again to bring you a preview of the latest technical workshops.
If there’s one thing you’re guaranteed to see at UC (aside from thousands of other geogeeks), it’s a map. Covering virtually every topic from every corner of the globe, the Esri UC features thousands of stunning and informative web maps, mobile maps, and printed maps that all beg for your attention.
For some people, it hits them the first time they walk into the Plenary Session and see 15,000 other geogeeks. For others, it comes after a chance meeting in the GeoLounge with someone who knows exactly what they’re going through. It’s that moment when you realize that the Esri UC isn’t just another conference—it’s a celebration of geography and innovation, and you play the leading role.
Even we were amazed by the overwhelming number of you that registered for Esri UC within minutes of the webpages going live last month. As we were en route to our best opening day in the history of UC, Jeff Dickey of Salt Lake City, Utah, managed to sneak in before anyone else. In what has now become an Esri UC tradition, we took some time to speak with Jeff about all things UC and to find out how he is GIS.
Esri: Congrats and thank you for being the first person to register for the 2013 Esri UC. You’re listed as the GIS Manager for Barrick Gold. Can you tell us more about that?
Jeff Dickey: I’ve been with Barrick for two years and I’m the GIS Manager of the North American Regional Land Department. We use GIS to manage all of our cadastral records. We hold title to over 30,000 unpatented mining claims, in addition to thousands of acres of surface and mineral holdings.
At 440,000 total square feet, the GIS Solutions EXPO is truly a sight to behold. Almost all of us can vividly recall our first encounter with the sprawling showcase that features more than 300 geospatial exhibitors interspersed with technical islands and demo theaters staffed by Esri’s experts.
We are thrilled to announce that event and hotel registration are now open for the 2013 Esri International User Conference. We opened registration even earlier this year to give you extra time to start planning and budgeting for your geospatial odyssey to San Diego.
We get it. Public speaking intimidates a lot of people, and when you factor in the more than 15,000 geogeeks who attend UC, the idea of giving a presentation about GIS would give even the most seasoned speaker some pause.
With that in mind, we reached out to some of our most highly rated speakers from last year’s UC. We wanted to share how they approached their presentations and pass along any advice that might resonate with you. Aside from directly encouraging you to submit an abstract (nearly every presenter said you should go for it, even if you’re a first-timer), here are some concrete tips we collected. Continue reading
There are Esri UC veterans, and then there’s Lorri Peltz-Lewis. “I gave my first presentation in 1992!” says Peltz-Lewis. “Except for a few years, I’ve submitted at least one paper annually since then. One year I did three papers, and in another I had four sessions.”
A lineup of plenary speakers including Kohler, General Motors, 3M, and Jones Lang Lasalle kicked off the Esri Business Summit held on Sunday at the Omni Hotel. Bruce Wong, manager of advanced network analytics at General Motors Company, began the morning talking about how important it is for GM to understand their business analytics. The company transformed itself from the bankruptcy it experienced in 2009 to posting $1 billion in Q1 profits this year. “Using location analytics significantly changes the insights into the future – you get an understanding of where you came from and find out where you want to go,” said Wong.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill understood the importance of accurate and timely maps. In Churchill’s World War II bunker in London, visitors can still see a map of the North Atlantic with all the pinholes in it, Esri director of software development Scott Morehouse said during a special presentation at the Esri Defense and Intelligence Executive Track on Tuesday.