Each Esri intern has an incredible story and background, and Max Payson is no different. As a runner Max has excelled in cross country and track at Yale University, so it was no surprise when he signed up to run the 5K at the Esri User Conference. The 5K was a great success with around 600 people coming out. Max won the event with the time of 15:10, which was almost a minute before anyone else got to the finish line. He said his favorite part of the 5K was seeing his coworkers involved and participating in something so important to him. “Glad to see the GIS community likes running.” It was a common connection that sparked interest with him.
Thirteen teams, eight presentations. Three placed, one won. These are the statistics for the first annual “Weekend of Innovation” Esri intern hackathon. With so many interns this year–well over 100–there were more activities for them to participate in than ever before and that includes the hackathon.
All the teams had to turn in their ideas prior to the event, so no one was aware of what others were doing until they arrived. This left the teams with the curiosity of whether or not the other teams had similar ideas. The teams worked non-stop from Friday afternoon until Saturday night, when they presented their ideas. The 13 teams presented in the first round; eight were selected to present in front of the higher management of Esri. That was where the winner was chosen.
Having extracurricular activities for the interns to participate in is a great way to spark creativity and camaraderie. Within that spark the intern photo contest was born, and with 62 entries for the first-ever contest it was a great success. The categories were left up to interpretation of the intern, so the creativity could be shown in their own way. The categories included Life on Campus, Esri in the World, Intern Experience, Most Creative, and All Natural. All the categories were hard to judge because there were so many great entries, but after the final tally the winners were as follows.
The Esri International User Conference (UC) is the largest event of its kind, with 16,000 attendees from all over the world. As you might imagine, it takes a lot of people to make an event of this magnitude go smoothly, and every year UC student assistants are a big part of this endeavor. From helping with set up, registration, and in sessions to working in the conference store, students are versatile in what tasks they take on. Student assistants come from a diverse range of countries and states and many different backgrounds.
Esri staff in our R&D Centers have ongoing collaboration with development teams in Redlands through regular phone calls and video conferences, but they also come here several times a year for meetings and personal interaction with teams. Mabel Ney from the Portland, Maine R&D was in town recently for just such a visit, so I took the opportunity to get to know her and the work she’s doing.
As promised, we have more happenings around Southern California for the weekend of July 24th to 26th. This weekend we have a great assortment of new activities from live jazz, a salsa festival, and the World Games for the Special Olympics!
In the technical industry there are so many serious components throughout a company. It is always nice when you have the opportunity to let loose and have some fun with your peers. With the majority of the interns now working during the summer, we recently got together to have a friendly competition of Mario Kart. We began with three brackets and by the end of the competition we had our bracket winners going for the grand prize.
Whether you are new to the area or are a California native, there is always something new to find that is going on around Redlands and other areas of Southern California. There is something out there for everyone! Here are just a few of the events we found taking place this weekend for all you adventure seekers out there.
Getting to the point and being concise with your responses can sometimes be a nice way to express yourself. Some employees only needed a few words to express how they felt or what they were thinking and answered Why Esri? in under five words. Stay tuned and watch for more Why Esri? posts in the coming weeks!
When Olivia Hollenhorst started her Esri internship in the summer of 2014, she probably never dreamed she would one day be accompanying her colleagues to Geneva, Switzerland, to help map the Ebola outbreak. Upon completion of her internship, she was hired last September full time, and continued working on the health and public safety team in our Professional Services Division. That’s where she received the opportunity to spend a month working with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.