Recently, the San Diego Convention Center - CA held the ESRI Annual User Conference, rated as one of the largest GIS events in the world. After a good break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the brightest minds in the GIS industry came together again. At least 15.000 people from around the world gathered to celebrate the advances, the importance of Géolocalisation intelligente and geospatial data.
First, they promoted the safety of the event in terms of health. All attendees were required to present proof of vaccination, and if they wished they could also wear masks in all areas of the conference, although it was not mandatory.
It encompasses a large number of activities in which attendees can participate. 3 types of access were offered for those who wanted to attend: access to the plenary session only, access to the entire conference, and students. On the other hand, those who had difficulty attending in person could access the conference virtually.
The plenary session is a space where the power of GIS is evidenced, through inspiring stories, presentation of the latest technologies developed by Esri and success stories applying Geographic Information Systems. This session was led by Jack Dangermond – founder and CEO of Esri – focused under the main topic Mapping Common Ground. What was wanted to highlight is how the good management of spatial data and the efficient mapping of land can solve or mitigate problems that arise every day in the countries, in addition to promoting effective communication. Likewise, it is a key point for the fight against climate change, promotes sustainability and sustainability, as well as disaster management.
Featured speakers include representatives from National Geographic, FEMA and the California Natural Resources Agency. FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency, spoke about how to address climate change by creating community resilience with the ideal geographical approach, which helps understand how to respond to the various risks that occur in all possible magnitudes.
The team that is part of Esri should not be left out. They were in charge of presenting the news related to ArcGIS Pro 3.0. ArcGIS online, ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Field Operations, ArcGIS developers, and other GIS-related solutions. The exhibitions were in charge of providers with their most innovative GIS applications and solutions, who through demonstrations connected with the diverse attendees of the conference. Most notably, arguably, many were very excited and pleased with the presentation of ArcGIS Knowledge, used for data visualization on earth and in space.
At the same time, the Esri Scientific Symposium was presented, led by Dr. Este Geraghty, the company's chief medical officer, and presented by Adrian R. Gardner, CEO of Esri. SmarTech Nexus Foundation. In this symposium they explored topics such as adaptation to climate change and the use of GIS technologies to improve the quality of life of communities. On July 13 there was a break to celebrate Developer's Day, who are responsible for making GIS solutions and applications materialize and be a success.
What makes this meeting great is that it provides a space for training, hundreds of exhibitors present their success stories, tools and prototypes. They opened a space exclusively for the GIS Academic Fair, where it was possible to interact with Institutions that manage programs and academic offers with GIS content. And of course, the amount of hands-on learning labs and resources is incredible.
In addition to that, the conference offers multiple alternatives for fun and recreation, such as the Esri 5k Fun Run/Walk or Morning Yoga, andAll those over 18 years of age participated in these activities. They did not leave behind the people who attended the event virtually, they also included them in these activities, they encouraged everyone to walk, run or ride a bike in the place where they are.
The truth, Esri, is always one step ahead, they use ingenuity to choose all the details involved in creating an event like this, providing all the alternatives so that people who are truly committed to understanding, applying and generating GIS content can participate. The family activities involved children, children of the attendees, in fun activities with high geospatial content. And for children under 12 years of age, there was a child care space, KiddieCorp, there the children were kept in a safe environment while the parents participated in the different Sessions or trainings of the conference.
The Esri 2022 awards were also held during the conference, in a total of 8 categories, the efforts of students, organizations, analysts, developers of GIS solutions were praised. The President's Award was presented by Jack Dangermond to the Institute for Planning and Development in Prague. This award is the highest honor conferred on any organization that contributes to positively changing the world.
The award Making a Difference Award, brought home by the Southern California Association of Governments, se awarded to organizations or individuals who have positively impacted the community through the use of GIS. The Special Achievement in GIS Award – SAG Awards, awarded to those who set new standards related to GIS. Map Gallery Award, one of the most important awards, since it contains the most complete collections of works that have been created with GIS around the world. The best maps, which have a great visual impact are the winners.
The Young Scholars Award – Young Scholar Awards, aimed at people who are studying specialized undergraduate and postgraduate careers in the disciplines of geospatial sciences, and who have demonstrated excellence in their research and work. This is one of the oldest compensation that is granted by Esri, 10 years exactly. Esri Innovation Program Student of the Year Award, with which benefits are provided to university programs with a high commitment to geospatial research and education. And finally the Esri community contest – Esri Community MVP Awards, recognizing community members who have supported thousands of users with Esri products.
Many of the attendees also spoke of the event “Party at Balboa, where the whole family could participate in an entertainment area, which included access to first class museums, there was music and food to pass the time. The entire conference itself was an incredible and unrepeatable event, every year Esri goes above and beyond to offer the best to its users and partners. We look forward to 2023, to find out what Esri will bring to the entire GIS user community around the world.