Attendees of this year’s 24th annual conference watched the first plenary session in the glow of their screens around the world instead of the glow from the exhibit hall stage in Washington D.C. A warm welcome from Jack at the Esri Headquarters in Redlands, California, brought viewers into the purpose of the Federal GIS Conference and set the stage for inspiration around the ways GIS is Interconnecting National Government.
Welcome to the 2021 Federal GIS Conference! The Federal GIS Conference is the largest gathering of GIS users in the government sector. These three conference days (February 22-24, 2021) bring geospatial users in government, non-governmental organizations, nonprofit, military, and related professions in the sector together to be inspired by current solutions and future ideas in GIS technology.
Realizing a sustainable future that supports our economy, environment, and infrastructure requires a capable, pioneering workforce to see it through. As a GIS professional, you have the power to make an impact in your industry and be an influential resource to your organization.
Professionals in public service attended the 23rd annual Federal GIS Conferencein Washington D.C. this week, all unified by the range of possibilities of how GIS can be of service to them to create a sustainable future.
Special service provided for the partial government shutdown
We are excited to be just days away from the start of the Esri Federal GIS Conference. We’ve recently announced our keynote speakers and plenary agenda, and are ready to welcome our Federal Government user community to this year’s event.
The conference is a great opportunity for our Federal users across defense, intel and civilian agencies to network with peers and gain new skills and training using GIS technology.
We know that a few of our users may not be able to attend in their official capacity because it is not an excepted activity during this time. We recognize these challenges and want to help.
If you, or your furloughed colleagues, cannot attend in an official capacity, we would be happy to transfer any Federal GIS Conference registration from an organization to that of a private citizen.
If you would like, Esri will transfer your current registration, at no cost, from your organization to you, as a private citizen. This will be done onsite at the conference at the Badge Assistance – Organization Change queue, so you can enjoy the event as a private citizen.
We encourage all of our Federal Government users to also share this with their colleagues. We hope all of our users are able to attend the event, and take advantage of the training, workshops and networking opportunities the conference provides.
We are excited to announce our keynote speaker, Neda Kasraee, of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), DEVELOP Program, for this year's Young Professionals Network (YPN) Luncheon. DEVELOP, part of NASA's Applied Sciences Program, addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns around the globe.
Kasraee will be speaking on the environmental impact of the Burning Man festival. Learn how her team used satellite imagery and Esri software to determine environmental impact, damage, and future concerns of large festivals. Every year, a temporary city appears on the Black Rock Desert playa in northwestern Nevada. Burning Man inspires thousands of people to travel to Black Rock Desert playa annually, but this festival raises questions on sustainability. The local community has noticed growth and encroachment of wind-deposited sediment mounds that are potentially caused by erosion.
Join us on Tuesday, January 29, 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m., in Ballroom C (level 3) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, to hear the outcome of this environmental research.
Don't forget to attend the other two YPN activities at the Esri Federal GIS (FedGIS) Conference:
The Esri Federal GIS Conference is the only event in North America catering specifically to federal employees interested in learning about the spatial significance of their data. Join more than 4,500 federal professionals to learn how all levels of government use The Science of Where to solve the world's greatest challenges. Whether you are using mapping to determine the impact of natural disasters and epidemics, decide where to organize conservation efforts, or predict national security threats, you will find a core group of industry leaders doing something incredible at the Esri Federal GIS Conference.
New Tech Trends
Give yourself a chance to experience what happens when you bring 4,500 federal professionals together to talk best practices and possibilities and discuss how the major agencies see the future of data analysis. You don't need a deep technical background to see how data visualization is changing the world. The workshops, booth demos, partners, and agency collaboration provide insight into the future of data integration and federal decision-making.
Enhancement of Your Education
Participate in any of more than 125 workshops, sessions, and Hands-On Learning Lab exercises to get maximum training in just two days. Each hour-long workshop will focus on a specific topic—such as defense, facilities, or public safety—while other attractions are more tech oriented, including workshops on Web GIS, spatial analysis, Python, and real-time geographic information system (GIS) technology. We offer a station where you can customize your own certificate of attendance based on the workshops you participate in during the conference.
Apps for Everyone
Governments need especially effective ways to communicate with specific audiences. Whether you need to reach the general public or particular stakeholders, powerful ArcGIS apps let you do this and more. Learn about the more than 30 different configurable app templates and the powerful storytelling capabilities in Esri Story Maps. Create map-based apps that can be used inside your organization, embedded on websites, or shared with the world. With these apps, you can
Engage your community.
Showcase plans, projects, and infrastructure.
Crowdsource community observations, input, and data.
The Science of Where
We believe that digital transformation is leading government and society into a new technological frontier. As the global market leader in GIS, Esri provides the world's most powerful mapping and spatial analytics software to help organizations everywhere solve problems in real time. We help companies and organizations see data in new ways, improve operational and business results, and unlock their data's full potential. Our customers and users—in manufacturing, retail, utilities, telecommunications, government, defense, and dozens of other industries—use our ArcGIS platform for location intelligence to visualize, interpret, analyze, understand, and exploit all types of data. We call this The Science of Where.
Have you registered yet? If not, click here! The conference is in January this year so you don't want to miss out.