Now, in our fifth annual Developer Summit Europe conference, as much as we have learned over the years, we have also grown and are better than ever. Here are some highlights from the event and all of the enriching sessions, activities, and networking opportunities that took place:
Pre-Summit Hands-On Training
The following format for the plenary this year was quite different from years passed. Instead of the usual ArcGIS theme, we chose to focus on more of the APIs and their features:
Introduction to the DevSummit
ArcGIS for Developers
ArcGIS Runtime SDKs
The ArcGIS Developer Experience
ArcGIS Pro .NET SDK
ArcGIS API for Python
Many of the attendees appreciated this format and felt that it really answered a lot of the questions they had about our upcoming features and available tools. We also enjoyed presenting in this format and will consider maintaining it in the future.
Over 45 unique technical sessions were offered at DevSummit. Some of the presentations included, but were not limited to, the following:
ArcGIS Runtime SDKs: An Introduction to the API and Architecture was presented by Euan Cameron and David Cardella. This session presented an introduction to the Runtime SDKs, the advantages of using them, and an overview of the API.
ArcGIS Runtime SDKs: Building 3D Applications was presented by Mark Baird and Luke Smallwood. This session provided details and inspirations for developers as they think of using 3D as they design and build their Runtime apps.
ArcGIS Runtime SDKs for Qt, Android, and Java: Building Apps sessions were presented so users developing on Windows, Linux, Desktop, and smartphone/tablet applications could use Runtime to easily build interactive mapping applications.
Administering ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online with Python was presented by Rohit Singh and Ben Ramseth. This session taught Web GIS administrators how to use the ArcGIS Python API to automate some of their most repetitive tasks and use scripts instead of the UI and clicking through.
Geospatial Data Science and Analysis using ArcGIS API for Python was presented by Rohit Singh and Matthias Schenker. This session covered how analysts and data scientists can use the ArcGIS platform in combination with data science libraries from Python for mapping, visualization, and geospatial data analysis.
With sincere thanks and gratitude, we would like to take a moment to share how very important con terra is to us as an organization. Without their support, our event would not be the same. Their participation at our Esri DevSummit events has been invaluable, and we are overwhelmed with appreciation for all that they do in this #geo world. Many thanks to you, con terra!
In between tech sessions and breaks, we had our Tech Talk areas: Desktop, Native, Web, and ArcGIS Online/Enterprise. These areas were housed with Esri staff so that at any time, a user could walk up and ask a question they may have related to those areas. Most users found this quite useful when they had remaining questions that they wanted to have answered that may have been a bit more specific about their use of our platform.
Developer User Community Events
This event is a great way to break the ice with some of our attendees by inviting them to listen to a new technology or feature of our technology that an Esri presenter shares within five minutes. Borrowing the concept of SpeedDating, we ask users to select one of our twelve stations to start, and we start the clock for our presenter to talk for five minutes. Within the hour, all of our attendees are able to learn about each new idea/concept/feature in a fast and unique way. Here were our speakers and what they covered:
|Ben Ramseth||Using the ArcGIS API for Python|
|Rene Rubalcava||WebGL or Bust!|
|Simon Haegler||CityEngine and the Unreal Game Engine|
|Niklas Koehn||Extension of Standard Web AppBuilder Widgets by Inheritance via TypeScript|
|Antti Kajanus||Taking a Webmap Offline with ArcGIS Runtime|
|Daniel Cronin||World View - Building a Chrome Extension with Esri Leaflet|
|Matt Jones||Mapstyler - Styling Vector Tiles using Photos|
|Matthias Schenker||Augmented Reality|
Users were given the opportunity to present their own development projects and ways they've leveraged the ArcGIS platform.
Sven Aanesen from Geodata in Norway presented his talk, "Success with Custom Native Apps". In this talk, Sven discusses how Geodata is helping the Norwegian Environment Agency with mapping nature types in a classification system. They have developed an advanced and customized iPad app to do so. They have a unique user interface with focus on quick user input, ease of use, and advanced geometry sketching with a complex set of rules. The app has proven to become a much appreciated tools for the users. The collection of very detailed data is performed outdoors every summer and is using ArcGIS SDK for offline support. This user presentation was a great example of how our users are able to leverage the usage of ArcGIS to expand their product to their customers and other agencies.
We had a few great lightning talks this year that covered routing, street level imagery, and the use of OpenStreetMap (OSM) on ArcGIS Online.
Simon Geigenberger presented his five minute lightning talk on the Python script he wrote that can be used to convert data from OpenStreetMap into Feature Services that can be hosted on ArcGIS Online. In his talk, he describes the main steps from OpenStreetMap to ArcGIS Online:
Read and validate configuration data
Get the data from OpenStreetMap
Store the data in the pandas data frame
Publish the data on ArcGIS Online
Finally, he showed a feature service that is published using the script.
We returned to Hofbräu in Berlin for our Wednesday night party. With a nice selection of meat, potato soup, pretzel pieces, and beer, our attendees and staff were able to enjoy each other's company and introduce one another and what we do in a relaxed setting. It was a great time had by all, and we were able to make new friends and lasting work relationships.
While goodbyes are always difficult, the closing session at DevSummit is the greatest way to gather feedback and address questions that come up throughout the conference. We also get to share some pretty fun stats on how much food was consumed, how many attendees we had with us, and where the audience feels we should focus our attention for future developer conferences. We had a great time spending the week with the developer community throughout Europe in Berlin, and we look forward to what is in the plans for next year's DevSummit Europe!
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