So You are Inspired by the Plenary…

10 Useful Tips Following an Amazing Day
Who doesn’t like a motivating and informative plenary session? It’s the appetizer that tantalizes your palate for more information on how to use GIS in ways that enable a smarter world. With so much information in such a short time, you may be wondering how you can learn more about what you saw on stage. So let us take you behind the scenes and tell you a little more.
Tip 1 – Explore The Plenary Session Illustrated Quick Guide.
Explore a compact guide of the key messages from users and the product teams and look at the behind the scenes designs. Discover the interconnections between our work and yours so that you can relive the entire day in a simple illustrated guide. If you need to remember what you saw, take notes back home, share information with your boss, or plan your road ahead, then this is a great way to get started.
UC 2016 Plenary Quick Guide

Tip 2 – Listen to a Symphony of Apps.
Make magical music with a Symphony of Apps by checking out all the apps at You can also share our musical melodies with your friends [Music by Ethan Latzke].

Tip 3 – Attend the Monday Night Map Gallery.
Head upstairs to the Map Gallery and Plenary Zone where we have pre-arranged a special meet and greet area with the users you saw on the main stage. Introduce yourself and have a conversation. That’s what it’s for!
Tip 4 – Re-visit the Presentations.
If you missed any of the presentations or need to re-visit them to get more details, check out the videos on E380 (available Monday evening).
Tip 5 Read More about Alexander von Humboldt.
If you want to learn more about Alexander von Humboldt, check out the new Alexander von Humboldt Story Map and buy the book The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf.
Tip 6 Learn More about the Green Infrastructure Project.
Visit Esri’s Green Infrastructure website to learn more about these exciting new capabilities, including:

  • A downloadable booklet on Green Infrastructure Planning by Arancha Munuz Criado.
  • Applications to explore and work with green infrastructure resources in your community.
  • Copies of the Green Infrastructure Center’s GI Model; used to create the national intact habitat core areas database.
  • Story maps, data downloads of both source data, and the derived national habitat cores database.
  • A recommended reading list.
  • Links to the Green Infrastructure section in the Living Atlas.
  • And much more.

Tip 7 – Help the City of New Orleans with their Crowd-Sourced Property Survey:
During the plenary, you saw the City of New Orleans demonstrate a crowd-sourcing web app for property assessment that will help reduce blight in the community. This year’s user conference challenge is to complete 75,000 property surveys in 5 days. Together we can do it. Open the web app and complete just 5 property assessments by Friday. Start now by using the guest login or your own social login at
Tip 8 – Visit the Kalmar County Museum and the Amazing Archeology Site of Sandby Borg.
Start your journey with its web site and don’t forget to follow Fabel, the first officially certified archaeology dog on Twitter: @archaeology_dog
Tip 9 – Remember the Video Game Simulation of a Beautiful Futuristic City?
Download and play Atypical Games Battlefield Supremacy: Evolution.
Tip 10 – Soundtrack of the Plenary
We played a lot of inspirational and exciting music during the plenary session. In case a tune caught your fancy, but you couldn’t open your Songify app in time to identify it, here’s the full list of songs and artists.
Morning Music
Mado Kara Mieru – (Christopher Tin)
Jai Ho – (A.R. Rahman, et al)
Here Comes the Sun – (The Beatles)
Midnight Dance – (Pavlo)
Solsbury Hill – (Peter Gabriel)
The Lake – (Kruger Brothers)
Love is the Seventh Wave – (Sting)
Better Place – (Rachel Platten)
Break Music
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – (The Beatles)
Nothing More – (The Alternate Routes)
Jamma Jenngii – (Baaba Maal)
Forest Hymn – (Deep Forest)
Andalucia – (Pink Martini)
Wiyathul – (Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu)
Drop Me Off in New Orleans – (Kermit Ruffins)
Kia Hora Te Marino – (Christopher Tin)
Unstoppable – (Sia)
Lunch Music
The Nights – (Avicii)
Elevate – (St. Lucia)
I Bet My Life – (Imagine Dragons)
So Alive – (The Goo Goo Dolls)
Nothing Without Love – (Nate Ruess)
Higher Ground – (Stevie Wonder)
Now We Are Free – (Lisa Gerrard)
Home – (Turning Point 5)
Sleepsong – (Secret Garden)
Stand By Me  – (Ben E. King)
Astral Weeks – (Van Morrison)
Why I Farm – (The Henningsens)
Get Together – (The Youngbloods)
Get Out the Map – (Indigo Girls)
Fields of Gold – (Sting)
Counting Stars – (One Republic)
Budapest – (George Ezra)
Stand by You – (Rachel Platten)
Closing Music   
Better Place – (Rachel Platten)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – (Elton John)
The Nights – (Avicii)
Geronimo – (Sheppard)
Here’s to Us – (Halestorm)
Compass – (Lady Antebellum)
Ophelia – (The Lumineers)
Fight Song – (Rachel Platten)
Shut Up and Dance – (Walk the Moon)
I Just Want to Celebrate – (Rare Earth)
Don’t Carry It All – (The Decembrists)

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