Views From the 2014 Esri International User Conference: GIS In Imagery

Kristina Jacob

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Photographer Kristina Jacob shares moments she captured from the 2014 Esri International User Conference that was held in July in San Diego, California.  One of the largest GIS conferences in the world, the Esri UC played host to over 15,000 attendees from around the world.

What is the Esri International User Conference?

The Esri International User Conference is a wonderful place to see the new and exciting ways to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solve problems.

Every year, Esri users from around the world descend upon the San Diego Convention Center to attend sessions, walk the huge exhibitor showcase, be inspired by beautiful cartography in the Map Gallery, and to network with other GIS professionals and students.

A visual exploration of the Esri International User Conference

Below are some of the sights that I captured through my lens at this year’s conference.

Esri’s map gallery

The Map Gallery in the Sails Pavillion showcases colorful and informational maps from users all around the world
The Map Gallery in the Sails Pavillion showcases colorful and informational maps from users all around the world.

AAG booth at Esri

A closeup view of a rubber globe showing a view of the West Coast of the United States.
The AAG booth at the ESRI Showcase featured a very large rubber globe.

Esri’s technical presentations

A group of people watching a demonstration in a conference room.
The Esri Showcases hosts several demonstrations on the exhibit floor like this one.

Esri’s store at the User Conference

A closeup of some notebooks with stylized ESRI on the covers.
A trip to the Esri store to pick up goodies like these Esri notebooks the attendees receive with their conference bags is a must for any conference goer.

Esri’s directional signs

Colorful paper boxes being used as directional signs.
Helpful and colorful directional signs point the way for attendees as they figure out where the next session is.

Esri’s “Where in the world” wall game

A mosaic of imagery panels on a wall.
The aerial imagery for the “Where in the World” game tests the skills of attendees annually.
A group of people writing down notes in front of a panel of aerial images.
The “Where in the World” game is an annual favorite among attendees. Individuals take their best guesses to figure out where on the Earth the poster sized aerial imagery represents.

Esri’s presentation rooms at the User Conference

A group of people sitting in a darkened room looking at a screen with a map of the United States.
An interactive session gets attendees involved.

Individual breakout sessions at the Esri User Conference

Two people standing at a small table listening to another person giving a presentation.
Small individual breakout sessions.

The Esri logos are everywhere

The ESRI logo hangs high in the San Diego Convention Center.
The ESRI logo hangs high in the San Diego Convention Center.

An overview of the Esri Showcase at the convention center

The Esri Plenary Session

A packed plenary session where attendees saw some great new features and talks.
A packed plenary session where attendees saw some great new features and talks.

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Kristina Jacob
Kristina Jacob is a professional photographer and a GIS professional working in local government. Check out her photo blog at http://kristinajacob.com.

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