2019 Esri UC: GIS — The Intelligent Nervous System

2019 Esri User Conference ran successfully from 8-12 July in San Diego. As the largest Geographic Information Systems (GIS) conference in the world, the event attracted over 18,500 professionals and users across industries from many countries to attend and learn about the latest advances in geospatial technology under the theme of GIS — The Intelligent Nervous System. There were more than 1,000 user-presentations and demonstrations, technical workshops, and industry presentations along with more than 770 hours of training by Esri subject matter experts. Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, opened the Plenary Session and emphasized that GIS acts as our brain which can analyze location data collected from the intelligent and inter-connected nervous network to create more understanding, collaboration and systematic action for everyone in the globe.

Jack Dangermond opened 2019 Esri User Conference with the tagline — See What Others Can’t.

New data stream and real-time sensor network are changing how we see and view maps in a lightning speed, GIS has become a critical application for people to understand the relationships and patterns in a number of complex issues such as global warming, natural disasters, diseases, crime, traffic, migration, population growth and social changes. As Esri enters its 50th anniversary, Jack’s vision is to create powerful and useful location analytics tools for better understanding of data and making smarter decision through the use of ArcGIS technology.

Thousands of GIS professionals gathered and attended the Plenary Session.

Young Scholars Award

Established by Jack Dangermond, Esri Young Scholars Award (YSA) recognizes the exemplary work of current undergraduate and graduate students studying geospatial science disciplines at universities around the world. Winning entries from Hong Kong this year can be found at our webpage here. The champion of YSA, Tommy Chan, won a trip to join the UC and met with many GIS professionals to present his study, Accessible to all? — Finding out inequality in public transit accessibility for Hong Kong residents. Prior to the start of the UC 2019, he participated in the Education Summit to learn and collaborate with the education community through various seminar and networking sessions inside the Marriott Hall. For more details about his experience at the UC, please read the other story in this issue of gisConnection.

Tommy shared his work with other guests at the Map Gallery.

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