Esri International User Conference

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The Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) is an event dedicated to geographic information system (GIS) technology.[1] It is held annually in the United States, usually for one week in July at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. The Esri UC dates back to 1981. In 2008, conference attendance grew to more than 14,000 attendees.[2]


The first Esri UC took place in 1981 in Redlands, California, at Esri Headquarters, with 15 users, and has since been held annually in Palm Springs, California, from 1987 through 1996. The conference was the brainchild of Esri President and Founder Jack Dangermond.[3]

Keynote Speakers

Prior to 1986, no keynote speakers were featured.

  • 1986 – Dr. Duane Marble, Professor of Geography and Computer Science, State University of New York, Buffalo
  • 1987 – Dr. Roger Tomlinson, the primary originator of modern, computerized GIS (known as "the father of GIS" )
  • 1988 – Dr. Robert Aangeebrug, executive director, American Association of Geographers
  • 1989 – Dr. Peter Thacher, assistant secretary general, United Nations
  • 1990 – David Andere from the Kenya Rangeland Ecological Monitoring Unit; David Rhind, geographer and professor, Birkbeck College, University of London; Dr. Kent Smith, Esri consultant; Otto Simonette, director, United Nations Environment Program; and Nancy Tosta, staff director, Federal Geographic Data Committee, and special assistant to the Secretary of the Interior
  • 1991Ralph Nader, attorney, author, lecturer, consumer advocate, political activist, and former independent and Green Party candidate for president of the United States
  • 1992 – Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich, author of the book The Population Bomb
  • 1993 – Dr. James Burke, author of the book The Day the Universe Changed and the PBS television series ‘Connections’
  • 1994 – Dr. Edward O. Wilson, the Pellegrino University Research Professor in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University
  • 1995John Kenneth Galbraith, economist, Harvard University
  • 1996Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior
  • 1997 – Dr. Ian McHarg, professor emeritus of landscape architecture and regional planning, Harvard University, author of the book Design with Nature
  • 1998 – Dr. Carl Steinitz, professor of landscape architecture and planning, graduate school of design, Harvard University Graphics Lab; Dr. Hasso Plattner, cofounder of SAP AG, a multinational enterprise software development and consulting corporation
  • 1999 – Dr. Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and former chief scientist for the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • 2000 – Dr. Charles Groat, director of United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • 2001Michael Fay, ecologist, conservationist, and National Geographic Society Explorer
  • 2002Cynthia Moss, conservationist and wildlife researcher and writer who started the Amboseli Elephant Project at Amboseli National Park in Kenya
  • 2003Peter Hillary, adventurer and Mt. Everest climber, son of Sir Edmund Hillary
  • 2004 – Dr. Rita Colwell, president, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • 2005 – Dr. Jane Goodall, anthropologist and chimpanzee researcher[4]
  • 2006Bob Kerrey, former Democratic governor and senator of Nebraska and president of The New School university in New York City[5]
  • 2007Wangari Maathai, Nobel Laureate and founder of "The Green Belt Movement"[6]
  • 2008 – Dr. Peter H. Raven, director, Missouri Botanical Garden[7]
  • 2009Hernando de Soto Polar, economist, author, and president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy; Willie Smits, biologist, chairman of the Masarang Foundation, and founder of the Borneo Orangutan Survival[8]
  • 2010Richard Saul Wurman, architect, graphic designer, and expert in how to make complex information understandable.[9]
  • 2011Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director European Environment Agency.[10]
  • 2012Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.[11]
  • 2013Sam Pitroda, Business Executive, Indian Technology Policy Advisor.
  • 2014Penny Pritzker, United States Secretary of Commerce and Dr. Kathleen Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.[12]
  • 2015Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland.[13]
  • 2016Andrea Wulf, historian, author[14]
  • 2017Geoffrey West, theoretical physicist, author[15]
  • 2018Juan Enriquez, Managing Director of Excel Venture Management[16]
  • 2019Jane Goodall, primalogist and anthropologist and E.O. Wilson, biologist and author


  1. ^ Pellegrini, Maria. GEOconnexion International Magazine. ESRI User Conference 2008 Report. Pp. 52–54.
  2. ^ Lawson, Aly. ArcNews Online.
  3. ^ "Esri Company History". Archived from the original on 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  4. ^ GIS Cafe.
  5. ^ ArcNews Online.
  6. ^ ArcUser Online.
  7. ^ V1 Magazine.
  8. ^ Wheeler, Carla. ArcWatch: Your e-Magazine for GIS News, Views, and Insights.
  9. ^ "Esri International User Conference 2010: Keynote Speaker Biography". Archived from the original on 2010-07-12. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  10. ^ Esri International User Conference 2011: Keynote Speaker
  11. ^ Esri International User Conference 2011: Keynote Speaker
  12. ^ Looking Back at the 2014 ESRI Conference Held in San Diego
  13. ^ Keynote: Governor Martin O'Malley
  14. ^ Richardson, Karen. "Award-Winning Author Andrea Wulf to Lead Keynote Address at the 2016 Esri User Conference". Esri News Releases. Esri. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  15. ^ Esri reveals keynote speaker for UC, July 10–14
  16. ^ Esri User Conference Highlights Where Mapping Technology is Headed Next

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