Esri Middle East and Africa User Conference

December 11-13, 2018 | Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre


Tuesday 11th December 2018

Time  Session Title
Speaker Location
7:30 - 17:00 Registration   Hall 8
9:00 - 11:00 Intro and Welcome Sohail Elabd, General Manager, Esri
Sheikh Maktoum
HE Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence (Invited)

HE Dr Rouda Saeed Al Saadi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Smart Solutions and Services Authority (Invited)

Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General, Smart Dubai Office

Maryam Obaid Almheiri, Director of Dubai GIS Center, Dubai Municipality

Sheikh Maktoum
Esri Keynote
GIS - Inspiring What's Next 

Jack Dangermond, Founder and President, Esri

Featuring demonstrations from:

Planning Abu Dhabi’s Future with ArcGIS Urban

Yasmeen Al Hashmi, Senior Associate Manager, Abu Dhabi Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, and Brooks Patrick, Account Executive ArcGIS Urban, Esri

The Africa GeoPortal: Enabling Innovation Through GIS

Matthew Pennells, Business Development Manager, Esri, and Yehia Hassan, Senior Solutions Engineer, Esri
Sheikh Maktoum
 Keynote HE Abdulla Lootah, Director General, UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority Sheikh Maktoum
11:30 - 13:00 Keynote
Hossam Sayed, Senior Technical Manager, Esri

Featuring demonstrations from: 

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority: Machine Learning for Smarter Farm Inspections

Jamal Abdul Kareem Ali AlObeidli, ICT Manager, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, Eric Ray, Technical Advisor, Esri, and Rami Alouta, Platform Configuration Engineer, Esri

Kuwait Public Authority for Civil Information: Gaining Insight Using GeoAnalytics

Maher Karim, GIS Project Manager, Kuwait Public Authority for Civil Information, and Yehia Hassan, Senior Solutions Engineer, Esri

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority: Enabling Sustainability with Solar Analysis

Manal Alshamlan
, GIS Manager, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Ahmed ElHussiny, Esri

GeoAI and Blockchain: Reinventing Geography

Mansour Raad, Esri

ArcGIS Pro

Shadab Shaikh, Technical Consultant, Esri, and Zeina Zureikat, Solutions Engineer, Esri

UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority GeoStat Initiative and the SDG Platform 

Marwa Elkabbany
, UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority and Matthew Pennells, Business Development Manager, Esri
Sheikh Maktoum
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch   Hall 6
13:00 - 17:00 GIS Solutions Expo   Hall 8
15:30 - 17:00 GIS Solutions Expo Social   Hall 8

Wednesday 12th December

Time Session Title Description Track Location 
7:30 - 17:00  Registration     Hall 8
8:30 - 10:30  Keynote Session Into and Welcome - Esri

Mohammed Al Beloushi, Chief Executive Officer, EDIC Geospatial

Chahine Hamze, ICT Manager, Hussein Ali Ahmad, ICT Coordinator, Kassem Chaalan, DRR Project Manager, Lebanese Red Cross

Emmanual Nkurunziza, Director General, Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (invited)

HE Dr Wilber Ottichilo, Governor for Vihiga County, Kenya (invited)

Menghestab Haile, Representative and Country Director, World Food Programme (invited)

Ordnance Survey International

Plenary Sheikh Maktoum
10:30 - 18:00 GIS Solutions Expo     Hall 8
10:30 - 11:00  Coffee Break     Hall 8
11:00 - 12:00 

ArcGIS Apps: Selecting the Right Apps for Your Organization    Technology Session  Sheikh Maktoum
ArcGIS Pro: An Introduction   Technology Session Ras Al Khaimah
Web GIS: An Introduction    Technology Session Abu Dhabi B
Utilities and Telecom 

11:00 – 11:30 

What’s Next for Utilities and Telecom Organizations: Strategy and Vision (Chrystelle Ourzik, Esri) 

Utilities around the world are working to re-imagine GIS to meet their organization strategy and vision. Below are the main ideas utilities are implementing, they are

• Modernizing their desktop to use the Utility Network and migrating to ArcGIS Pro to leverage all the new capabilities
• Leveraging Web GIS across all departments
• Modernizing their field work with ArcGIS Apps 

11:40 – 12:00 

DoE's Enterprise GIS (ADWEA, UAE)

Delivering Operational Efficiency in Planning & Forecasting. 

Industry Track Abu Dhabi A
Land Administration 

11:00 – 11:15   
ArcGIS and Land Administration (Carsten Bjornsson, Esri) 

Using Web GIS to support sustainable land administration systems. 

11:15 – 11:35
Land Administration Demonstrations (Carsten Bjornsson, Esri) 

Demonstrations of how Parcel Fabric, Collector for ArcGIS, Survey123, ArcGIS Pro and Drone2Map are used in the land administration process. 

11:35 – 11:50
Managed Land Services  (Ordnance Survey International) 

Customer Presentation: Managed services offering for land administration.

11:50 – 11:55
Land Administration Modernization Program (Carsten Bjornsson, Esri) 

Introduction to Esri's Land Administration Modernization Program.

11:55 – 12:00
Close (Carsten Bjornsson, Esri) 

What's Next? 

Industry Track Dubai C
Smart Cities: Strategy and Vision 

11:00 – 11:15   
Smart Cities: Strategy and Vision (Richard Budden, Esri) 

GIS is a foundational technology for cities aiming to become ‘smarter’.  Learn about Esri’s vision for smart cities and how location is an essential aspect of any smart city strategy.

11:15 – 11:30
BIM/GIS Integration for Smarter Engineering Design and Operations (Tamer Abdelkader, Jacobs) 

The integration of BIM and GIS enables deeper insight for decision support and improved communications. This presentation will look at benefits in the context of smart cities.

11:30 – 11:45
Dubai Municipality: Maskani Application (Ayeda Abdulla, Dubai Municipality) 

Dubai is aiming to be the ‘happiest city on earth’ and is leveraging technology to help achieve this objective.  This presentation will focus on Dubai Municipality’s Maskani smart initiative.

11:45 – 12:00
What’s Next for Smart Cities (Richard Budden, Esri) 

Learn about the latest innovations from Esri and how cities can benefit from these, together with ‘what’s next’ for smart cities. 

Industry Track Ras Al Khaimah 
12:00 - 12:15  Networking Break     Hall 8
12:15 - 13:15

ArcGIS Apps for the Field: Working Together    Technology Session Sheikh Maktoum
ArcGIS Pro: Advanced Analysis and Geoprocessing    Technology Session Ras Al Khaimah
3D Across ArcGIS   Technology Session Abu Dhabi B
Utilities and Telecom

12:15 – 12:35 

National Grid Geospatial Platform (National Grid/SEC, KSA) - National Grid GIS platform as an Enabling Technology for digital transformation. 

12:35 – 12:55 

Improving Telecom Field Operations (GISTEC, UAE) - Communication between the field and the back office using paper work is no longer acceptable. Using mobile GIS, you really start to get a sense of what’s is going on in the field. New install, estimated time of repairs, inspections, etc.. are now digital processes enabled with geospatial aware apps and rich content available at the finger tips of the workers. 

12:55 – 13:00 

Wrap Up (Chrystelle Ourzik, Esri) 

Industry Track Abu Dhabi A
National Statistics and the Sustainable Development Goals 

12:00 – 12:15 

Geospatial and Statistics – Bringing Two Disciplines Together (Matthew Pennells, Esri) 

Statistics and geography are becoming more and more entwined, hear about global trends bringing them together, the benefits of this and frameworks available to help. 

12:30 – 12:45 

The GeoStat Initiative (TBC, FCSA) 

The UAE’s Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA) has transformed the way it works with data. Using digital geography they have made their data more accessible, more interactive and more transparent. Find out how. 

11:30 – 11:45 

National Statistics and the SDGs (TBC, Africa) 

Hear the perspectives of (an Africa Country) tackling the Census 2020 round, SDGs and providing data to government for better decision making. 

11:45 – 12:00 

The Federated System for SDGs, (Matthew Pennells, Esri) 

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) supported by Esri has developed, a global monitoring platform for SDGs. See how countries are contributing their data and how you can be involved. 

Industry Track Dubai C
Smart Cities: Analytics

Cities are generating, monitoring and gathering data on an ever-increasing scale.  Dealing with this data and making sense of it is a challenge for any city.  This session will look at a range of cities leveraging spatial analytics and machine learning to turn this data into actionable and useful information that is essential for city leaders everywhere to achieve their objectives.

Industry Track Ras Al Khaimah 
13:15 - 14:30 Lunch      Hall 8
14:30 - 15:30 

ArcGIS Enterprise: Architecting Your Deployment    Technology Sessions  Sheikh Maktoum
Applying Spatial Analysis Techniques to Make Better Decisions    Technology Sessions  Ras Al Khaimah
Machine Learning Use Cases   Technology Sessions Abu Dhabi B
Public Safety  14:30 - 15:10 
Innovation Driven Solutions for Safer Communities 
Camille Contant, Esri 

Esri has developed its software as an advanced Machine-Learning open platform.

This session will focus on how these developments are empowering public safety organizations, and are contributing to enhancing operational readiness, emergency response-time, drug enforcement, crisis management and many other mission-critical forces.

15:10 - 15:30 
The Role of GIS in the Development of a Smart Civil Defense Platform

Lt. Col. Salem Al Hebshi, Director of Operations  Department

The Gen. Directorate Of  ADCD
How GIS enhances operational readiness and contributes to the Classification Criteria for Civil Defense Stations According to Response Times and CD Station’s Zones.
Industry Track Abu Dhabi A
Oil and Gas

Oil and Gas operators in the region have long realized the strategic value of spatial technologies to improving their operational efficiency, aiding in decision making and reducing business risk. Please join us to discuss practical relevant case studies, of how geospatial technologies are helping to address current industry trends and challenges, in order to maximize your spatial technology related ROI.

Industry Track Dubai C
GIS in the Community: Education

This session will provide details of Esri’s solutions for education, together with an overview of the education programs that are available.  Users from around the region will then present their successes using GIS in education.

Industry Track Umm Al Quwain
15:30 - 16:00  Coffee Break     Hall 8
16:00 - 17:00

Real-Time and Big Data with ArcGIS Enterprise   Technology Session Sheikh Maktoum
Imagery in ArcGIS: What's New   Technology Session Ras Al Khaimah
Enabling Tomorrow's Connected Infrastructure and Urban Development Projects    Technology Session  Abu Dhabi B
Defense and Intelligence 

From Observation to Action: GIS Accelerates Command & Control. When the operational landscape changes frequently, then rapid, accurate, mission-focused applications are key to success. ArcGIS solutions leverage advanced methodologies, innovative tools, and configurable applications to help you integrate data and inform decision making.  

Industry Track Abu Dhabi A

Sustainable development goals dictate that we balance the opportunities presented by future growth, while simultaneously protecting the environment. This balance is hard, involving strategic leadership and decision making, appropriate core research, a genuine commitment to appropriate policies and education, etc. Please join us to discuss active regional case studies, which lead the way in their aspirational and practical goals.     

Industry Track Dubai C
GIS in the Community: Startups and Non-Profit

The presenters will discuss the Esri Startup Program and how emerging businesses can get involved with free access to Esri technology and support.  The newly launched Africa GeoPortal that provides GIS tools, content and training for users working in or for Africa will also be presented, together with details of Esri’s non-profit program and successes from around the region.

Industry Track Umm Al Quwain
17:30 - 19:30  Networking Social      

Thursday 13th December

Time Session Title Description Presenter Track Location
7:30 - 13:30 Registration        Hall 8
8:30 - 10:00  DevSummit Plenary     DevSummit Session  Sheikh Maktoum
10:00 -13:30 GIS Solutions Expo       Hall 8
10:00 - 10:30  Coffee Break       Hall 8
10:30 - 11:15 Getting Started with Web Development and the ArcGIS API for JavaScript Join us for an overview on developing with the ArcGIS API for JavaScript. This session will cover the basics of setting up your development environment, fundamental debugging techniques, and tips for using the online SDK. Learn about patterns and practices for integration with ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, working with data and widgets. 
Javier Guiterraez 
DevSummit Session Dubai C
ArcGIS API for Python: Introduction to Scripting Your Web GIS In this session you will learn how the ArcGIS API for Python can help in scripting and automating your Web GIS. It will start with an introduction of the API, who it’s for and what it can do. The session will walk through the process of getting the API through Conda and writing scripts using Jupyter Notebook. A brief tour of the API will be followed by a show and tell of some of the powerful capabilities of the API. 
David Martinez 
DevSummit Session Dubai D
ArcGIS Runtime: An Introduction ArcGIS Runtime is a powerful, modern, scalable, and forward-looking technology that is designed to make it easy to build great applications that fully leverage ArcGIS and the device your app is running on. This session will present an introduction to the Runtime APIs along with their SDKs, advantages of using them, and an overview of the functionality available to developers. This session is ideal for developers new to the runtime and managers or program managers evaluating the technology. 
Euan Cameron 
DevSummit Session Dubai E+F
11:15 - 11:45 Networking Break       Hall 8
11:45 - 12:30  Getting Started with 3D in the ArcGIS API for JavaScript Discover the 3D capabilities of the ArcGIS API 4.x for JavaScript. Learn how you can leverage the WebGL capabilities of your browser with the JavaScript API to build stunning 3D web applications. This session will focus on the fundamental 3D building blocks of the API: SceneView, 2D and 3D layers, terrain, and symbology. 
Javier Guiterraez 
DevSummit Session Dubai C
ArcGIS API for Python for Analysts and Data Scientists 
Join us in this session to learn how you can use ArcGIS API for Python to tap into the geospatial component of your big data datasets and discern meaningful patterns to analyze and visualize spatial patterns in interactive Jupyter notebooks with other data analysis libraries to solve real world problems. 
Rohit Singh 
DevSummit Session Dubai D
ArcGIS Runtime: Working with Your GIS App While Disconnected      DevSummit Session  Dubai E+F
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
Expo closes at 13:30
      Hall 8
13:30 - 14:15  ArcGIS API for JavaScript: Building Mobile Web Apps This fast paced session explores building 2D and 3D mapping apps using a Mobile First approach with the ArcGIS API for JavaScript. Learn about important design and implementation considerations for building successful mobile JavaScript apps.  By applying Mobile First development patterns you’ll learn how to build highly adaptable and responsive mapping applications that perform seamlessly and fast on a variety of device types and screen sizes. 
Javier Guiterraez 
DevSummit Session  Dubai C

ArcGIS Pro SDK for .NET: Beginning Pro Customization and Extensibility

Learn how to customize and extend ArcGIS Pro with the Pro SDK for .NET. We'll show you how you can get up and running quickly with the Add-in and Configuration customization patterns, declaritive programming with DAML, and asynchronous programming with ArcGIS Pro's QueuedTask. 

DevSummit Session  Dubai D
Developing Cross-Platform Native Apps with AppStudio for ArcGIS Join this session to learn how to build cross-platform native apps with AppStudio for ArcGIS. You will learn the basics for programming with the Qt Creator IDE and QML as well as a complete suite of developer productivity tools for ArcGIS developers. This session targets Javascript and Python developers of all levels who want to learn how to build native mapping applications. 
Euan Cameron, Mary Harvey 
DevSummit Session  Dubai E+F
14:15 - 14:30 Coffee Break      
14:30 - 15:15  Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Customizing and Extending  Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS is a HTML5/JavaScript-based application that is built with the ArcGIS API for JavaScript.  Come to this session to learn how you can create your own custom widgets in Web AppBuilder. In addition, we will also cover how you can completely customize the look and feel of the app by developing your own styles and layouts. Come to this session to learn all about customizing and extending the Web AppBuilder.  David Martinez 
DevSummit Session  Dubai C
Integrating Machine Learning and Deep Learning with ArcGIS  In this session will explore the typical lifecycle of implementing Artifical Intelligence(AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning(DL) with geospatial data using the ArcGIS API for Python.  You will see several examples such as  predicting traffic accidents, applying object detention using satellite imagery, detecting objects in videos and other workflows to incorporate these data sciences. 
Rohit Singh DevSummit Session  Dubai D
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) with ArcGIS  Get an overview of the state of the art in VR/AR and learn how to create VR/AR experiences with Esri technology. First, we will present the ArcGIS 360 VR app, a mobile solution to quickly review design scenarios and 3D layers. Next, we will go through the process of bringing 3D GIS data via CityEngine into Unity, the industry standard to create immersive experiences for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or Microsoft Hololens. Finally, we will present how AR/VR apps can be developed with the ArcGIS Runtime, allowing the streaming of hosted 3D content directly into the AR/VR experiences. 
Euan Cameron, Mark Baird 
DevSummit Session Dubai E+F
15:15 - 15:30  Networking Break        
15:30 - 16:15  DevSummit Road Ahead and Closing Session     Closing Session Sheikh Maktoum
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