Is anyone from GIS.se planning to attend the 2012 ESRI User Conference in San Diego next month (23rd-27th July)? We should meet up or something! I don't have time to plan anything myself but will pitch in to help if someone else takes the lead.

Our kind hosts have are often willing to sponsor a community member to represent or talk about our site at conferences, see last year's Sponsoring a community member to attend the 2011 Esri dev summit. A thought out proposal may well get financial support from Stack Exchange, even at this late date.

Regardless of whether a sponsored or organized event comes to fruition, I'd like to meet some of you fine folks in person if we're in the neighbourhood at the same time.

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    +1 - I would be interested in this as well. Jun 13, 2012 at 20:50
  • Would be interested in meeting up, too.
    – MLowry
    Jun 14, 2012 at 14:32
  • Great idea! Wish the fed hadn't taken away my travel funding!
    – Roy
    Jun 14, 2012 at 17:07
  • I will be there, and sure would like to put faces to names!
    – D.E.Wright
    Jun 22, 2012 at 19:12

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It's too late to give a talk or formal presentation.

Some random thoughts:

  • Ask SE for swag--stickers, business cards, pens, maybe even a few t-shirts--and pass it out generously. I guarantee you can get rid of several hundred cards quickly, because you have a captive audience of vendors in the exhibition hall :-). It's great to have vendor presence here on GIS.SE: they tend to be experts in their own software.

  • Do not arrange for some kind of gathering near the conference or in the hotel. They charge way, way too much. Make a reservation in a restaurant or bar downtown for late some evening and have people meet there. Use our chat room to coordinate if you like.

  • If there's an app contest, make sure to attend when the contestants are present. Pass out swag again. Ditto for the poster presentation.

  • If you're feeling subversive, hang around the "doctor's office" and pass out cards :-).

More on SE's support for conferences etc. is available on their blog.


A heads-up to those who can't attend or have conflicts with desirable presentations:

ESRI is providing the presentations online for free this year after the conference. This is a change from charging for a single/ enterprise license for access.

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