Welcome to the Esri International User Conference and Your Work with Jack Dangermond

Esri president and founder Jack Dangermond gives his opening remarks for the 2013 Esri International User Conference.

Jun 28th, 2014

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00:02Good morning.

00:06Good morning, everybody.

00:07My name is Jack Dangermond, and I'm very pleased to welcome all of you here to this...let's see...

00:15...thirty-third Users Conference.

00:19Pretty interesting, huh?

00:20Do you like San Diego?

00:22Yes, it's pretty good.

00:24I think so.

00:26Look, we have a lot of special people here in the audience, about 12,000 of you.

00:33Pretty good.

00:34And my job is not only to welcome you but also give you a little bit of an introduction to the reason why we are here.

00:41This slide suggests that we are going to learn together, and that means we're going to learn from each other.

00:48We're going to teach each other, we're going to pick up some ideas, make some new friends, have some fun.

00:54That's kind of what the whole purpose of the conference is.

00:57And to begin that, I always like to have you meet somebody else near you.

01:02And before you do that, I'll simply say you are from 130 different countries, all over the planet...

01:09...some developed, some undeveloped, some big cities, some small cities, some big organizations...

01:14...some small organizations, some - well, just about every different discipline that you can imagine.

01:19So, alright, with that introduction, why don't you take a minute and turn to your side, introduce yourself...

01:25...to a neighbor, tell 'em who you are!

01:46Okay, good. Thank you!

01:48Great. Thank you.


01:56I want you to do that all the time during this next week.

02:00Every time you start a session, meet somebody new.

02:03That's what this whole meeting is about, reinforcing this global community of GIS professionals and what you do.

02:11As I mentioned, you're from almost every background, and for the last three weeks, I've been going through...

02:17...materials that you've sent me, thousands and thousands of maps.

02:21And they are pretty impressive.

02:24I've collected just a few of them to share with you, but they're humbling in terms of the work...

02:31...that you are doing on the planet.

02:34You're working in almost every field.

02:36I'll just mention a few of them - monitoring environmental change, looking at climate change, and...

02:44...the impact of that on just about everything else; permafrost reduction, species change, sea level rise.

02:54On the other hand, some of you are managing natural resources - forests, agriculture, aquaculture, water.

03:02These two maps on the right I really like because they show similar kinds of activities...

03:07...but one in Texas, one in South Sudan.

03:11The purpose of this meeting is also for you guys to not only become friends but share best practices on what you're doing.


03:22Some of you are measuring and remediating environmental contamination.

03:27This little red map shows the huge Superfund site in Florida that's been remediated.

03:34It's the largest in the United States, ongoing for about 11 years.

03:40Some of you are developing energy resources, the traditional ones, extractive industries like oil and gas...

03:46...and now shale; and other working on renewables - wind, solar, everything.

03:55Managing land records is essential for us on the planet.

03:59It's a foundation for our civil society.

04:03And lots of you are doing that, but also using that same parcel information to do lots of other things...

04:10...from real estate in Russia to environmental studies in the Philippines, and on and on.

04:18Many of you are planning for designing the future, looking at urban gardens and urban design and...

04:25...urban redevelopment and regional planning, and putting that into zoning administrations.

04:32In Antarctica, some of you are doing marine spatial planning and coastal zone management in India.

04:40Transportation planning and modeling is essential for us, and you're doing it in air and ships and - I say, from buses to bikes.

04:54The map in the center from Prague showing the ridership of transit usage is interesting.

05:02But the little map in the lower right, by the post office here in San Diego, is my favorite...

05:07...showing mail delivery optimization.

05:10Very cool.

05:12Utilities - telecommunications, public works.

05:16Here, my favorite map is the City of Los Angeles's waste shed modeling.

05:22They're doing this so that they can allocate waste sheds to different private-sector trash haulers or...

05:29...pickers-up or whatever you call them.

05:31And the other one that I like is that pole inspection application that's now running at PG&E...

05:38...and every worker's thing, they're using mobile device apps to observe things and fix things.

05:49GIS is moving into buildings, into campuses, into interiors - bringing in the whole BIM model environment.

05:57And thanks to our friends at GIS, Inc., we even have an indoor GIS for the Convention Center.

06:02So if you're lost here and you want to get from room to room, you can get this app and do it.

06:10GIS is definitely affecting business, retail.

06:15This beautiful map from Harley Davidson here shows dealer management or dealership location optimization.

06:22But in marketing and insurance and real estate, all of these fields are supported.

06:31GIS is making a huge difference in understanding human health, understanding how we do it...

06:37...like this Medicare map of costs in the United States.

06:42The Gates Foundation is helping eradicate polio, using GIS in Nigeria.

06:48And at the micro scale, we're unraveling the mysteries of DNA using the same spatial analytic tools...

06:54...that we do for larger geographies.

06:59Your work in law enforcement and public safety, making our communities safer, be more responsive...

07:08...being able to do analytics of crime and other sorts of patterns.

07:12And I was particularly attracted to this map showing space debris, where it might possibly fall out of the sky.

07:21Responding to natural disasters is a serious thing, and there's a whole bunch of things right now...

07:27...people up in Alberta that wanted to be here, they sent this morning their e-mail.

07:32Please tell them we're out here, doing it with the floods in Calgary.

07:37But flood risks, flood effects, earthquakes, fires, ice storm, the superstorm that happened on the East Coast...

07:47...of the United States was an effort by many of you working at different levels of geography...

07:52...sharing information and responding - just great work.

07:57I noticed in the materials that you sent me that there's more citizen engagement - 311, information...

08:04...coming into government, making government more responsive.

08:07And also, government is sharing what they're doing not only with the open data movements but also...

08:13...with services, like showing budget transparency or even where best to vote.

08:22Cartography is improving, and right after lunch, we're going to show you a video that shows the last 30 years...

08:27of maps in the map books from when it used to be black and white and with color and then larger and more...

08:36It's going to be very interesting, so make sure you come back from lunch on time.

08:41But these maps show just some excellent work, especially in the Czech Republic.

08:46But the map here I want to call your attention to is the one on automatic generalization.

08:51This is done by the Dutch Kadaster.

08:53They've saved millions of euros in the manufacturing of their 1 to 50,000 maps by taking their 1 to 10,000s...

09:00...and doing automatic generalization.

09:04They've now got a timely delivered map, and I mean, it's just incredible what they did.

09:11Story maps are a new kind of medium, and many of you have embraced these app patterns...

09:17...pouring maps and narrative and other multimedia into these and making them available.

09:23Right now, this week, you know, the Tour de France is going, so people are using their little iPhones or...

09:33...let's see...smart devices, taking pictures.

09:37So check it out at lunch.

09:39It's very cool.

09:42Organizational portals are also a pattern that we're seeing a lot of, to provide citizen access...

09:48...making government again more responsive or engaged with citizens.

09:54But also, government infrastructure, shared information between different government entities.

10:02And then there's the whole open data movement.

10:05I'm very excited about this one in Peru, which has opened up all of their geologic and mineral information...

10:11...for download by industry there.

10:13And then internally, lots and lots and lots of organizations like Shell, Verizon - they're getting all...

10:20...their own information together and sharing it and making their organizations more efficient.

10:26Well, listen, these are all good pieces of work, and I'd like to acknowledge all of you...

10:31...and particularly thank you for sending me these maps.

10:36Very, very exciting work, so thank you.

10:41Each year, we recognize a series of users with something we call Special Achievements in GIS Awards...

10:48...and this year, these are the ones that have received that award domestically, and these, internationally.

10:55And if I could, I'd like to have all of you who received a SAG Award, please stand up at this time.

11:02Let's acknowledge them the right way.

11:17It's nice to get acknowledgment.

11:18Doesn't it feel good?

11:20I always like it, once in a while.

11:24But the purpose of acknowledgment like this is not simply to make us feel good but it's to show...

11:30...put a spotlight on good practices.

11:32And so those people that were standing up - take notice of them, because they've got good footprints.

11:38They represent one-tenth of 1 percent of our several hundred thousand organizations...

11:44...around the world, and their work is just stellar.

11:48So thank you.

11:49We're going to have a celebration on Wednesday afternoon.

11:52You're all invited if you'd like to come and help acknowledge these people further.

11:58This year, we're giving several special awards.

12:01The first one is Making a Difference Award, and this is for Jack Wennburg.

12:08Jack Wennburg developed something that some of you know about, called the Dartmouth Atlas.

12:13And this is a very special piece of research.

12:17Jack himself is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

12:22He's a member of the Institute of Medicine.

12:25He's a special guy.

12:27But he invented this notion of looking at health care practices, and he determined, he proved that cost...

12:36...and quality and the outcomes of your health care vary, based on what?

12:43Based on location.

12:45This is a stunning thing.

12:46Jack, could you come up and receive this award for us please?

12:54Thank you.

12:56Thank you. A great pleasure.

12:59We've got to take a photo here.

13:03Good. Thank you, thank you.

13:05Want to say anything?

13:06Just let me say that tracking medicine has been a great career, and maps have helped a lot.

13:13Well, that's good! Yeah, that's short and sweet.

13:14Thank you very much.

13:15Thank you, Jack.

13:16I'd also like to thank my colleagues at Dartmouth who made this all work.

13:18It's a group process; it's not just one person.

13:22Well, you had a lot to do with it.

13:23Thank you so much.

13:24Thank you, thank you, thank you.


13:34Our second award this year is the Enterprise GIS Award, and this is being given this year...

13:40...to the Hong Kong Lands Department.

13:43This is absolutely the most successful - from my perspective - large city urban GIS infrastructure development...

13:53...that I've ever seen.

13:55Well, Dominic Siu, could you come up with perhaps yourself or anybody else you want to bring along?

14:01Ah, yes, okay, here we go.

14:03Let's acknowledge them.

14:09Thank you.

14:10Thank you very much.

14:12Hello. I guess we'll take a photo.

14:15Should we put this in here?

14:20Good, thank you.

14:21Thank you.

14:22I need to tell you that this is - some of you know Hong Kong.

14:26It's 3D.

14:28They have a lot of people living there.

14:30They have transactions going on there constantly with respect to ownership and leases and zoning and everything.

14:36Anybody visiting Hong Kong, you should definitely go to see Dominic.

14:38And from my perspective, really, Dominic, this has been just an amazing thing to watch you guys grow, and it's a showcase.

14:49But anyway, Dominic, thank you.

14:51Did you want to say something?

14:52Okay, yeah.

14:54Thank you, Jack.

14:56I'm very pleased to be here to receive the award from Jack on behalf of the Lands Department...

15:03...of the Hong Kong government.

15:10We started off with LIS project back in the '90s.

15:17And a few years ago, we implemented a second generation main information system.

15:25And I take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues who were involved in the project, although they are not here.

15:35But I'm sure we will take some video back and [UNINTELLIGIBLE].


15:42Thanks, Dominic. Thank you.

15:44By the way, congratulations.


15:46Yeah, thank you.

15:48I'll meet you later.

15:49Good. Thanks.

15:52Very good.

15:56The final prize and award is my award, and this year, it's being given to an organization called Direct Relief.

16:08I doubt that many of you've heard of this organization, but this is an organization who is set up...

16:13...it's up in Santa Barbara - redistributes hundreds of millions of dollars every year of medicines...

16:21...and equipments to populations in need.

16:25They're working in 70 countries.

16:28Perhaps you've heard about the mission, getting from all the medical companies very cheap or donations...

16:37...of products and then distribute it to people - social targeting.

16:41So this year, I'd like to invite Dorothy Largay - are you here?

16:45...and also Andrew Schroeder, the GIS genius of all time behind this organization.

16:50Oh! When they're coming, I'm just going to say that this organization, according to Forbes...

16:56...is the most efficient NGO, with over 99 percent efficiency, and I'm very proud to say that...

17:03...they're using GIS for well, targeting, transparency, logistics - it's just amazing.

17:12So congratulations to you guys.

17:13Thank you very much. We really appreciate it.

17:14Yeah, yeah, it's great.

17:16You guys deserve this.

17:18These people...

17:23These people are doing - what I would say - God's work.

17:26I mean, literally taking the best that we have and distributing it to the people that really need it, so...

17:32I don't know - Dorothy, are you going to talk or give a speech or...?

17:35Just a few words.


17:39When we invested in GIS four years ago, we didn't realize how it would literally transform the way...

17:47...we're now able to reach millions of people.

17:50Okay. That's neat.

17:51So on behalf of those millions of people, thank you.


17:55And for the millions of people who also need help, keep those apps, tools, and services coming.

18:04Okay, we'll do our best!

18:08Thank you, Dorothy, thank you.

18:09I really appreciate it.



18:12You're my hero.

18:14You're mine.


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