The 30th annual Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) will take place July 12–16, 2010, at the San Diego Convention Center in California. While planning for the world's premier geospatial conference gets under way, Esri users have a few things they can do to prepare to attend and get involved in the event.
Attendee Action Items and Deadlines
- Conference registration is now available online.
- January 11—Hotel rooms can also be booked online for a special rate starting January 11. Staying in downtown San Diego at a participating conference hotel offers the most value and convenience when it comes to travel, amenities, and attending event sessions and activities. (Special rates are not guaranteed after June 10.)
- March 19—Lightning talks were new to the Esri UC in 2009. These are clear, quick, informal user presentations given in five minutes or less. The submission deadline is March 19.
- March 19—Visitors can also host Special Interest Group (SIG) and Regional User Group (RUG) meetings, which are ideal for collaborating with peers of the same interest, industry, or region. The request deadline is March 19.
- March 26—The Academic GIS Program Fair is an opportunity for representatives from higher education GIS programs to discuss their offerings with attendees, touch base with alumni, and meet students from the Student Assistantship Program. The application deadline is March 26.
- May 28—Attendees can also play an important part in the conference in a variety of ways. Users can have their GIS work showcased during the Plenary Session. Videos, screen shots, and images from the user community will be woven into Esri president Jack Dangermond's opening presentation. The deadline for submissions is May 28.
- June 14—The conference Map Gallery and Virtual Map Gallery are a collection of paper and digital maps that illustrate how GIS adds value to organizations worldwide. The submission deadline is June 14.
Online Conference Community
Users can also be part of the online conference community. The event conversation can be followed on Twitter: @EsriUC and with the hashtag #esriuc. Attendees can connect on the Official Esri UC Facebook page. The UC Insider blog offers event news, tips, and reviews, and photos can be shared by searching Flickr for the esriuc tag. Also, notes from all the online community forums can be viewed by looking at or subscribing to any of the RSS feeds.
This conference is for all Esri GIS users. To learn more about the 2010 Esri UC, visit www.esri.com/uc. Registration, room reservations, and participation information can also be found at www.esri.com/uc.