For a couple of years now, all conferences, and conventions, have either been canceled or moved online. The consequence of this is similar to what we’ve experienced in other parts of our lives, it’s isolating. When this happens with conferences though, that can mean a decline in idea sharing, and cooperative actions. However, 2022 has seen a return to face-to-face gatherings for many of these organizations. This is a bit of a double edge sword of course, as not everyone can safely return to such huge gatherings. Luckily, not all organizers are oblivious to this fact, and some have made sure to continue to offer the virtual option for those of us who, for various reasons, can’t attend in person. A great example of a blended event is actually currently underway in San Diego, the Esri User Conference.
This will be the first time that Esri has met in person in three years, a fact that Esri president Jack Dangermond mentioned in his plenary speech on Monday. The overview that he gave during that speech was inspiring, showing the best of what can happen when we work together, and just what assistance that GIS can lend.
If you thought that maps were only useful for getting around an unfamiliar city, think again. The Esri UC allows a showcase for the true scope for the modern use of maps, and data analysis. From conservation, to finding landmines in Ukraine, this technology is helping to address some of the world’s most urgent needs. Plus, by bringing all those who are working on these problems into the same space, Esri is also helping to facilitate future collaborations, and even more solutions to be worked out.
As the week progresses, and the various sessions play out, I’ll try to share some of that information with you’re here. See you soon.