16,000+ people gathered in San Diego during the week July 14-18 for the ESRI User Conference.   CA+A attended and also represented the interests of Biomimicry 3.8 exploring GeoDesign and geospatial approaches to design for ecosystems services.

Truly inspiring to see all the brain power from around the world working on GIS solutions to myriad challenges and opportunities.

Among the highlights:

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*will.i.am skyping in from Australia to talk about his new GIS enabled wearable device.  Check out the i.am Angel Foundation.

 

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*conversations with ESRI Professional Services group, HOK BIM specialists,  and Janine Benyus on Geodesign approaches to urban resilience and the Rockefeller Resilient Cities program.

 

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*conversations  with Grace Goldberg of UC Santa Barbara McClintock Lab exploring GeoDesign in marine spatial planning.

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*watching Germany win the World Cup on a gigantic screen alongside 300 other folks