Immersion Summits

Monday, February 10 1:30–5:00 p.m.

New in 2014, we’re introducing half-day Immersion Summits that are engineered to address the unique needs, objectives, and challenges of different federal agencies. These summits take a deep dive into an operational area of the government and detail geospatial best practices, policy considerations, and case studies. Esri staff with years of experience in each of these domains will lead a series of focused sessions and discussions  that will help you learn how to meet your agency’s goals with GIS. Selected federal users will also present at these summits to share their success stories.

Immersion Summit Focus Areas

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National Security

The Esri National Security Immersion Summit will outline how the ArcGIS platform enables shared situational awareness in national security missions, protecting critical infrastructure in accordance with the presidential executive order to include the cyber infrastructure.

Presentations and topics will include

  • Multi-jurisdictional Situational Awareness and Collaboration–A presentation and demonstration of critical infrastructure protection
  • Multi-intelligence Fusion and Activity-Based Intelligence Analysis to Inform National Security Activities–a presentation and demonstration of intelligence gathering and analysis.
  • A Multi-department Approach to Extending CIP to the Cyber Infrastructure for Ensuring Unity of Action in Securing Critical Devices for On-going Missions–A presentation and demonstration of cybersecurity based on the concept of the cyber supply line.

The National Security Immersion Summit will conclude with an open panel discussion and audience participation.

Natural Resources Management

Supporting the Shared Mission of Natural Resources Agencies

Natural resource professionals face a set of complex, interrelated challenges in their continued efforts to meet the long-term vision of their respective agency missions. Each agency is challenged with balancing the current and future needs of a changing nation in a period of constrained budgets, and with a need to adapt management approaches to maintain the health of our communities and natural environment. In response to current fiscal challenges and the national commitment to manage resources dramatically influenced by the effects of a growing urban population, climate change, and shifting demographics, executive priorities and initiatives are embracing a more comprehensive landscape management approach.

This dynamic, focused session is intended to inspire and inform natural resource professionals across multiple agencies and bring them together for a greater common purpose:

  • Be inspired by executive leadership regarding a common landscape management vision and location strategy across multiple resource agencies.
  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of how a sample set of mission/project work contributes to a long-term view.
  • Share with your peers knowledge and skills that you may leverage to accelerate and increase the value of your own work.

This Natural Resource Immersion Summit will explore how a landscape-level management approach, combined with improved science and technology, can create a greater level of understanding than we have ever had. Session participants will come away with a renewed geospatial vision, a better appreciation of inter-agency mission/project value, and an enhanced understanding of the geospatial technology platform through broad discussion about these topics.

Health and Social Services

Geography Is the Link between Science and Service

Join us at the Health and Social Services Immersion Summit as we lead you through a geographic approach to analyzing data, program planning, evaluating program effectiveness, and sharing impactful stories and results. This summit is designed to highlight a place-based platform to explore and analyze data that informs evidence-based policy and decision making. Learn how geography is key to planning innovative programs and interventions, and how those programs and outcomes can be evaluated. See how storytelling with maps is an effective tool for public (and internal) outreach and collaboration.

You’ll hear from Esri customers and partners, and see examples of how Esri GIS software is being used to drive real value for analysis, planning, evaluation, and outreach. Esri solution engineers will also be demonstrating the latest technology targeted at addressing the needs and interests of the health and social services sector. The final 30 minutes of the session will include a panel discussion of the session speakers to address your questions and provide more detailed information. This is an opportunity to get immersed in the topics that matter to health and social services, and to meet people (audience and summit participants) that have similar missions, interests, and needs.

Transportation and Economic Development

Transportation, infrastructure, and economic development are inextricably connected. These sessions will explore how GIS can help us build and better manage our transportation systems; make them safer; and in so doing, improve our economic competitiveness. With an emphasis on the changing requirements contained in MAP-21, individual presentations will highlight how GIS can help transportation professionals make better decisions, and monitor the health and effectiveness of our transportation systems. These systems are one part of the necessary infrastructure to help propel economic development and lay the foundation for future growth.

Global Aid, Development, and Conservation

Join nongovernmental organizations, nonprofits, and international organizations working around the world on aid, development, and conservation initiatives in this immersion summit. Esri experts and GIS users from this community will provide an in-depth look at how organizations are using GIS to develop effective programs, monitor and evaluate their activities, target the needs for aid and development intervention, and collaborate with other organizations.