New for this year was the Learning Lab from Esri. That appears to have been a popular event which was well received. Thanks Esri for putting that on!
|Esri Learning Lab|
The conference benefited greatly from the many other sponsors and much of the conference value came from the excellent presentations, posters, and workshops.
I found the keynote presentations to be very interesting. Dr. Mark Askelson from the University of North Dakota provided a lot of information about
|James Fee Keynote|
Another one of my takeaways from the conference was the growing use of Esri's Local Government Information Model, or because we all need more acronyms, LGIM for short. Although it introduces some complexities, they may be well worth the effort when trying to develop a new or streamline an existing implementation of GIS into one's organization.
So what about the next conference? There are already some discussions going on. Please be sure to contact me or one of the 2013 conference chairs if you have ideas or comments for the next conference, currently planned for the fall of 2015. At the moment some ideas are floating around on where to hold it, time of year, and length of the conference. Nothing is set in stone yet but will be soon in order to set the location and date, so if you have something to suggest, please do so!