Silicon Valley Code Camp: Where Developers Learn From Developers

CodeCamp at FootHill College.

Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, is about to be invaded. No, not by Africanized honey bees or a new strain of flu, but by a unique species of human believed by many to hold the passkey to the future: software developers. More than 2,900 are registered to attend Silicon Valley Code Camp on the college’s campus October 6-7, and Esri staff will be right in the middle of all the action.

I spent a few minutes talking with Esri’s Derrick Burke, Technology Team Lead, and Shawn Ori, Human Resources Generalist, to learn why Esri is at Code Camp and what attendees can expect from our participation.

What will attendees learn from your session on Saturday?

Derrick: They’ll learn how to create beautiful web maps using their own spatial content and mashing up shared maps from ArcGIS Online. I’ll be giving a demo that shows creating a map from a .CSV file, performing spatial analysis on that map, and sharing and consuming that web map across a number of devices. We’ll also walk through several beautiful templates that will help developers communicate a story through maps, including mapping of social media.

In what other ways is Esri engaging with the Code Camp community?

Shawn: We’ll have a booth in the sponsor area where people will find information on our products for developers as well as career opportunities in our Software Development and Engineering Division. Also, Derrick and I are both looking forward to meeting Code Camp attendees through general networking at the event.

This is the first time Esri has been part of Code Camp. Why now?

Derrick: Our products are always evolving and we’re constantly looking at how to meet the needs of our customers. We have a great a SaaS-based mapping platform called ArcGIS Online that allows anyone to take advantage of maps, basemaps, and location services. We’re excited to share this with Code Camp attendees and help them understand how powerful it can be in their work.

Tell us more about ArcGIS Online.

Derrick: It’s a ready to use web-based mapping platform that allows you to create, publish, and share maps across devices. These maps can be easily shared and embedded in blogs, web pages, and social media. Developers can take advantage of this platform by building new experiences of interacting with maps and map galleries on ArcGIS Online or developing web and mobile mapping applications using HTML5/JavaScript, Flex, Silverlight, iOS, Android, Windows.

What types of career opportunities does Esri have for developers?

Shawn: Since GIS can be integrated into multiple applications, we’re always looking to build up our staff of capable professionals who understand web and mobile development. We’re looking for developers who are excited about the application of those technologies and can easily pick up on how GIS can be leveraged. Developers don’t have to know GIS or be familiar with our software to work here—they just need to see the possibilities and understand why it would be beneficial.

There are a lot of places where good developers can work. What sets Esri apart?

Shawn: There are many reasons, but near the top of the list is the fact that we promote a strong entrepreneurial spirit with our employees. In addition, geospatial technology is used worldwide in every industry, from protecting the environment to assisting with disaster response and supporting humanitarian affairs. Our customers really do amazing work with GIS.

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