Sign Up and Attend an Esri Regional User Conference This Year

GIS professionals have an opportunity to come together with other users and Esri staff.

GIS professionals have an opportunity to come together with other users and Esri staff at Esri regional user conferences.

Whether you are celebrating the start of spring or are in the midst of your autumnal season, this is your last chance to attend an Esri regional user conference (UC) near you. Users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific regions have the opportunity to come together with other users and Esri staff at one of three Esri regional UCs.

"Each regional UC allows users in their home area to unite with their peers, share ideas, and collaborate," says Esri president and cofounder Jack Dangermond. "Whether you are new to GIS or a GIS veteran, we encourage our users to attend the conference in their region, share their experiences, and bring back ideas to implement in their work."

On-site registration for each of the regional UCs is available. Follow the web links for more information on how to register at the venue. We hope to see you in Madrid, Spain; Beirut, Lebanon; or Seoul, South Korea.

2011 European User Conference

Esri's European users are invited and encouraged to attend the 2011 Esri European User Conference (EUC), to take place October 26–28 at the North Convention and Congress Centre, IFEMA, in Madrid, Spain. The EUC is always one of the most anticipated GIS events in Europe. This year, it will include two full days of preconference seminars and the GeoLounge for additional networking. This amounts to almost a full week of GIS with users from all over Europe. The 2011 exhibition promises to become one of the largest ever.

Esri's distributor in Spain, Esri España, will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the EUC with a gastronomic mosaic of dishes from all over the country during a gala. This event is included in the full conference registration price and is something not to be missed.

Madrid is easily accessible from most European cities by air, rail, or bus. The price for on-site conference registration (excluding the party) is €500; full conference registration (including the party) costs €600. Visit for registration information and to view the event agenda. Esri España has also put together special tourism packages for those who would like to extend their stay in Spain after the EUC. Visit the above website for more information.

"We look forward to hosting Esri users from across Europe in one of the most beautiful cities in the world," says Alfonso Rubio, managing director of Esri España. "I hope to see you all in Madrid!" For more information, visit

2011 Middle East and Africa User Conference

The Middle East and Africa User Conference (MEAUC), to be hosted by Esri Lebanon sal, Esri's distributor in Lebanon, and held November 1–3, 2011, will attract 500 to 600 GIS professionals and users from around the region and approximately 45 exhibitors, including hardware vendors, GIS solution providers, and local government agencies, all keen on demonstrating their products and solutions.

Whatever your industry, position, or GIS experience, you'll find that the MEAUC provides an excellent way to build on your GIS knowledge and skills. From GIS and IT users to decision makers, professionals interested in learning more about geospatial technology should be part of this valuable gathering. Esri business and media partners are also encouraged to attend.

"This is the first time that a major event for GIS has been offered here, and it will provide an ideal opportunity for the Lebanese GIS community to highlight its achievements to the rest of the region," says Philip Burden, CEO of Esri Lebanon. "The 2011 MEAUC in Beirut promises to be a special event for all who attend."

This year's conference sets the agenda for discussing issues relevant to the region. The more than 40 paper presentations from users in 20 different countries will provide a forum for attendees to share their experiences, problems, solutions, and methodologies with users who have similar requirements.

The 2011 MEAUC will be held at the Habtoor Grand Hotel in Beirut. On-site registration will be available for US$650 per person. For more information, visit

Seventh Annual Asia Pacific User Conference

Regional users collaborating at the 2011 Asia Pacific User Conference last January

Regional users collaborating at the 2011 Asia Pacific User Conference last January, hosted by Geodata Systems Technologies, Inc., Esri's official distributor in the Philippines.

The season of regional User Conferences will conclude with the seventh annual Asia Pacific User Conference (APUC), to be held November 15–16, 2011, at KINTEX, Gyeonggi, Seoul, Korea.

Cloud computing technology is developing rapidly and becoming a more important tool for GIS users. As the primary focus of the conference, APUC will demonstrate to attendees how GIS has evolved within the cloud environment. ArcGIS Online will be highlighted in the Plenary Session, as well as within the exhibition, where a special Esri showcase will help users better understand Esri's cloud-based technology.

After they've attended the Plenary Session and workshops, users will be able to discuss the cloud and the latest in ArcGIS with their GIS community of peers at several innovative networking opportunities throughout the event.

"Attending APUC will help our Asia-Pacific GIS users unify as a community," says Jay Yoon, president of Esri Korea, Inc., Esri's distibutor in Korea. "We want users in this region to meet, network, and share GIS stories within their own community. Esri is driven by community ideas, which are the foundation of our future."

Attendees of APUC will also be treated to more than 35 papers presented by users from 10 different countries across the Asia-Pacific region. On-site registration will be available for US$540. Visit for more information.

2011 Latin America User Conference

The 2011 Latin America User Conference, hosted by GeoTecnologías S.A., Esri's distributor in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, was held September 28–30 in San Jose, Costa Rica. A recap of this event will be included in the winter 2011/2012 issue of ArcNews.

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