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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!


For any suggestions or recommendations on improvement to this event, please utilize the comments section below.

What a great lightning talk event this year! With over 40 submissions, it was really tough to choose the top 20 that would be invited to present on Monday 7/9 from 4:30 - 6:00pm in Ballroom 20D. With topics ranging from smart communities to weather as a service, the attendees filled the room to hear our user community from around the globe share their work with Esri tools. 



Here is a list of the speakers and their topics:


Elizabeth Irvin-Barnwell and Chris Maniglier-PouletOperational ArcGIS Online: Survey123 Use During a Disaster Response
Chris BlinnAt a Glance: Dashboards Done Right
Tilmann SteinmetzWeather as a Service
Dadan DaihaniElectoral Monitoring System : Indonesian Case
Amir-IT ZivAdvanced GIS Applications: Herzliya Smart City Project
Omer Ben AsherMaking the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture GIS Oriented
Jhon Brayan ValenciaRisk Modeling to Evaluate the Impacts of Climate Change on the Colombian Páramo
Abdo AbdelrasoulGIS for resurfacing roads and pavement management, and maintenance
Jamie ChristensenOutdoor Access
Tareefa Saad AlsumaitiSoil Characterization of Avicennia Marina In Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park, Abu Dhabi
Jaydeep MistryAzure App Water Level Rises
Natalie CamposUsing GIS To Monitor The Homeless Problem in San Bernardino County
Diana Borda-BeltranGIS Applied to Decision Making
Moses KamauThe Power Behind a Map
Darren ConlySACOG Project Performance Assessment Tool
Noam RaffelEsri Tools Bridge the Gap of Environmental Subject Matter Experts and Offer Unique Solutions to Impact Assessment Studies
Steve MulberryInnovations for Smart Communities - GeoIoT: Working Smarter with IoT
Andrew WalkerSupporting Biodiversity with GIS
Gregor PatschUtilizing GIS to Address the Impacts of Urban Stormwater
Weibo LiuGraph-based Identification, Representation, and Analysis of Storm Events


We thank the user community for submitting such great lightning talk presentations, and we look forward to another awesome year of lightning talk amazement.