Esri User Conference

June 27 – July 1, 2016 | San Diego Convention Center

Call for Maps

Making maps has never been more exciting! Just look what we can do with maps now as mobile, online, and open source technologies have naturally merged with the ancient discipline of cartography. It’s a new mapping age. This is your time to shine!

We invite you to share examples of your work. Together we’ll build an exciting and vibrant display of the very best in current cartography. This exhibit will allow you to demonstrate your work to other conference attendees, and act as a barometer for the current state of mapping.

View the Map Gallery Categories and Judging Criteria.

Map Gallery Submission


Map Gallery entries must be created in Esri software and can be submitted by anyone who registers for and attends the Esri UC.

You or a colleague must be present for at least one hour during the Map Gallery Opening and Evening Reception on Monday, June 27 between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m. to discuss your maps and answer questions.

Opportunities for Map Gallery Exhibitors

Participate in the Map Competition

If you would like your map to be considered for a Map Gallery award, the categories and judging criteria document [PDF] can help you determine where your map fits best and how entries are evaluated.

The top three entries in each category will be recognized during the Esri UC closing session. First place winners receive a plaque.

All map entries are eligible for the People's Choice Award. During the week of the Esri UC, attendees can vote for their favorite entry in the Map Gallery.

New This Year – ArcGIS Pro Interactive Map Wall Powered by NVIDIA

We encourage you to submit your ArcGIS Pro project for this new interactive map wall. We are interested in 2-D and 3-D data, but are especially enthusiastic about projects with dynamic 3-D data with interesting visual appeal. This could include unique projects, local 3D and scientific data. Participants are required to select the ArcGIS Pro category when they submit their map using the button above and submit their ArcGIS Pro project and data files to us with bookmarks that enable us to best highlight your areas of interest. Once you submit your project, we will contact you with more information. If you are a part of this display, you will be able to present your project to other users and other users will be able to interact with your project files. Watch this video to see some examples of 3D data in interactive environments and this video for an example of a 3-D flythrough.

Add Digital Content to Your Map Display

Regardless of the submission type you choose, we encourage you to place a printed QR code in your physical map display space. The QR code will allow Map Gallery visitors to link from your display right to a related website!

IMPORTANT: Each online submission must include a small printed representation and a QR code link to the location of the digital map.

Print submissions may include a QR code which points to your website, ArcGIS Online, Flickr, Instagram, or Facebook, just to name a few. Show everyone the backstory of your project or work, the source data for your map, or any other valuable information you want to share.

For more information about QR codes, please review the frequently asked questions.

Be Considered for Next Year’s Map Book

To have your map considered for publication in the next edition of the Esri Map Book, select the appropriate box in step two of the Map Gallery submission form, and leave your map on display after the conference. If you prefer to retain your map and not be considered for the book, you MUST remove it between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.

More Places to Share Your Application and/or Story Map

We encourage you to share your map that uses an Esri mapping API in the Map Gallery, but we also know that you are developing applications and customizing Esri software products to meet specific business requirements within organizations. To share your map in the Map Gallery, please submit your project using the link above. To share your custom application at the User Software Applications Fair at UC, please visit the User Software Applications Fair page for more information.

We know you’re creating insightful, cool story maps. You can display them in the Map Gallery and you can also enter them in the 2016 Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest. To display your story map in the Map Gallery, please submit it using the link above. To submit your story map to the Storytelling with Maps contest, please visit the Storytelling with Maps Contest page for more information. Note—the Storytelling with Maps contest closes on May 23, so you’ll need to enter soon.

At the Conference

Check In and Set Up

Please pick up your attendee badge on the first floor of the San Diego Convention Center. Then proceed to the upper level via the escalators nearest Hall E. Outside Ballroom 20, check-in with the Map Gallery staff.

If you have not checked in at the Map Gallery by noon on Monday June 27, your display panels will be made available to other participants.

Map Gallery Setup Hours
Sunday, June 26 Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, June 27  8:00 a.m. ‐ Noon

E-mail inquiries or call 909-793-2853, extension 1-3347.