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There is still time to submit your presentation abstract for the 2020 Education Summit @ Esri UC, but the deadline is drawing near! Submissions will close on January 10, 2020.


We are seeking presentations from GIS users with all levels of expertise, about projects of all sizes. If you used GIS to solve a problem in your community, we want to know! User presentations are essential to the mission of the Education Summit @ Esri UC. It's our goal to inspire the education community by showcasing how GIS can benefit you, your students, and your institution—and there are few things more inspiring than seeing how your peers confront real-world problems with accessible GIS solutions. 


Submit your abstract here before the deadline and join us at the 2020 Summit, scheduled for July 11-14, 2020 in San Diego, California.

Your Quick Start Guide for Getting the Most Out of the Education Summit


If you have never attended Education Summit at Esri User Conference, here are a 6 tips to make your conference experience productive, rewarding, and fun.


  1. Meet new people. The best thing about any conference is meeting new people with different experiences and different ideas. Make it a point to introduce yourself to one new person in each session you attend. Here are some great opportunities to meet and network with others:
    1. Education Summit Plenary (7/6, 10 a.m.)
    2. Welcome Reception (7/6, 5 p.m.)
    3. Special Interest Groups (SIG)
    4. UC Plenary (7/8, 8:30 a.m.)
    5. Academic GIS Fair (7/8, 4 p.m.)
    6. Map Gallery Opening and Evening Reception (7/8, 4 p.m.)
    7. UC Expo (7/9, 9 a.m - 6 p.m)
    8. Science Symposium (7/9, 4 p.m.)
  2. Plan your 30-second "elevator pitch”. Be able to introduce yourself and say what interests you in half a minute. Include an intriguing fun fact. And be sure to ask others what interests them.

  3. Think big thoughts. This year’s conference theme is “Digital Transformation”. Explore a vision of how gaming could transform education by reading Junana. Attend the Education Summit Plenary where author Bruce Caron will discuss how close we are to achieving that vision. 

  4. Sharpen your skills. Training opportunities abound with workshops and the Hands-On Learning Lab. Here are some suggested workshops to help sharpen your skills:

    1. Modern GIS Practices in Your Curriculum
    2. Getting Hands-On with ArcGIS Pro
    3. Spatial Data Mining
    4. Teaching with Story Maps
    5. Esri Technical Certification and Education Program Alignment: A How to for Modern University Programs
    6. Teaching and Learning with the Living Atlas of the World
    7. And so much more! View online agenda.
  5. Get the Esri Events mobile app. Figure out which sessions you’d like to attend and add them to your calendar using the Esri Events mobile app (available for iOS and Android). Many of the workshops fill up fast, so arrive early!

    image of Esri Events app
  6. Expand your comfort zone. Experience and learn about something outside of your usual area of interest by attending a session on an unfamiliar topic.


Start planning your trip by viewing the online agenda!


Esri Education Summit | San Diego, California | July 6-9, 2019

This year at the Esri User Conference, we are offering university-level students full conference access at the discounted rate of $100! This is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the GIS community, network with peers and professionals, and learn the tremendous impact GIS is making in the world and how you can be a part of it! If you can't attend the entire week, there is also a 1 day option for students that is complimentary.


Your full conference registration (again, only $100 for university students!) gives you access to 5 days of expert-led workshops, sessions, networking events, hands on training and demonstrations on latest GIS technology, and so much more! Esri UC will take place July 8 - 12, 2019 in San Diego, California at the San Diego Convention Center.


Instructions for Esri UC student registration: 


1. You’ll need an Esri Account. If you don’t have one, please create an Esri account here.
2. Go to the 2019 UC Registration page and click “Register Now
3. Sign in to your Esri Account
4. Select if you are registering yourself or someone else
5. Under the heading “Customer Information,” select “I don’t have a customer number
6. Select that you are an Attendee
7. Select that you are attending UC and click Next
8. Select UC Student rate and click Next
9. Complete the required fields on the Personal Info page and click Review & Pay
10. Enter payment details. Payment by credit card or check is required prior to UC –no cash will be accepted onsite
11. Review the policy regarding personal information and check the box under the Notes field, if you consent
12. Review the cancellation policy and check the box , if you agree
13. Click Submit
14. Your registration has been submitted and is pending review


You will receive an automatic email with a link to book your hotel room at the conference rate. You will book your hotel online using this link provided in the automatic email. Each attendee has a personalized link, therefore, only one hotel reservation can be made per link. For hotel questions, please contact the Esri Housing Bureau.

We hope to see you there!

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