28 Jul Esri User Conference 2015
Last week, several of MetroTech’s team members, including myself, attended the Esri User’s Conference in San Diego. The conference kicked off on July 20th, concluding the 24th, at the magnificent San Diego Convention Center in the Gaslamp Quarter. Jack Dangermond’s primary address on Monday officially began the 36th annual event where he highlighted the need for not only maps but the innovation of maps and new techniques and uses moving forward. Jack summarized the goal of the conference very eloquently, “The purpose of this meeting is exactly the same as it was 36 years ago which was to get people together and build a network and have some relationships form, teach each other, create understanding, all of those interesting things.” (Click here for Part 1 of Keynote)
I can safely say that the conference accomplished this. The opportunities created by Esri to network were endless. Between breakout sessions, the startup village, the map gallery, the main conference hall, special interest happy hours, and Thursday night party, the amount of knowledge and opportunity to make contacts was astonishing. I only wish we could have been everywhere at once. I suggest that anyone using Esri or works in the mapping industry to attend next year. We would like to give a special thanks to all of the Esri staff who made the extra effort to ensure that we where taken care of and our questions where answered!