We decided to propose some changes to this year's GeoDev Meetup at UC and see how they went for developers who are used to hanging out on Wednesday evenings on the Coronado Terrace at the Marriott Marquis and Marina. The change was not only in location (over to the Grand Terrace Ballroom at the Marriott), but we also decided to change it over to Tuesday evening. Read on to see how it went!
Developers came over from the convention center to the Marriott, and as most went up the escalator, passing the temptation of Starbucks, they were able to follow the strategically placed signs and arrows, making it surprisingly easy for anyone to find the meetup. While it was a bit of a walk, we're happy to report that most people met their FitBit step requirements for the day.
Upon arrival, attendees were to check in. There were so many developers in attendance from all over the world. We saw a lot of new faces, but also recognized quite a few as well! The meetup gave the developer community an opportunity to join other developers as they networked and enjoyed some beverages and appetizers outside on the terrace facing the westward San Diego sunset. This was a great opportunity for developers to meet wither others who are also working with some of the same SDKs and APIs that others have come to learn more about. With music from DJ Carey playing in the background, attendees were able to relax and unwind from the second day's worth of Esri UC goodness.
Towards the end of the meetup, attendees thanked us for having the event and were able to leave with a nice goodie bag of popcorn or chips as they ventured over to meet with their teams/friends/own selves for dinner. Everyone had a really nice time, and we look forward to hosting this again next year!
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