Esri DevSummit – 10 Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss!

DevSummit is here once again. That time of the year when the geeks, coders, programmers, and brilliant minds who sit in the back room, plugged-in, creating the great apps and webmaps we all enjoy get to get away for a few days to learn and have a little fun.

DevSummit Topics - 10 Sessions You Don't Want to Miss!

Esri DevSummit is where the technology leads from Redlands take to the stage to share what’s new in Esri technology and tell us about what’s planned for the near future. It really is a fabulous event and learning opportunity.

For us at GEO Jobe, DevSummit is always a great opportunity for a large chunk of our team to gather in the sun, learn a little, share some ideas, network, and hopefully come back to the office invigorated and full of ideas that we might be able to implement in our apps and services. DevSummit is also a great opportunity for us to meet face to face with our Esri channel partner managers, other Esri business partners, and the small business startup participants. We’ve collaborated with a number of other partners and these relationships are extremely valuable to us.  Besides the networking, chatting by the pool, socializing after hours, we can’t forget about the learning opportunities. DevSummit has some great learning opportunities and there’s a number of sessions planned on just about any Geo Geeky topic you can think of!

The following are 10 sessions from the agenda that jumped out at us:

ArcGIS Pro – Roadmap (Tues, Oasis 5, 4-5; Thurs Primrose B, 4-5)

ArcGIS Pro is the premier desktop GIS for 2D and 3D mapping, analysis and editing. Come and hear from senior members of the ArcGIS Pro team as they discuss ArcGIS Pro’s latest capabilities and what’s planned for the future.

Fully Offline Mobile Apps with AppStudio for ArcGIS  (Thurs, 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Mesquite C)

In 2018, the City of Ottawa will be launching the underground segment of its Light Rail Transit system. As part of the project, a native iOS and Android GIS App has been developed using AppStudio for ArcGIS, allowing First Responders to access an interactive system map, incident response checklists, and detailed station schematics in a fully offline environment.

Story Maps: How to Tell Your Story Using Esri’s Storytelling App  – Wednesday, 3:00 – 3:30pm

The Story Maps team will be at the Esri Showcase (hours) to talk with you and answer all your questions. Whether you’re just getting started with Story Maps, or want to do a deep dive on customizing a specific story map app, be sure you make time to stop by and speak

DevSummit Lightning Talks – Monday 3-4 PM, Mesquite B,C)

Listen to developers and geeks pitch their talk in 5 minutes. Always enjoyable and interesting.

What’s New in Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS (Thu 2:30-3:30pm)

You can make decisions at a glance with Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS. Come to this session and learn how you can build stunning, real-time dashboards using the new web experience that is a part of Operations Dashboard.

Automating Workforce for ArcGIS with Python (8:30-9:30am)

Workforce for ArcGIS helps you visualize you workforce in the field and send them assignments of tasks to complete. Attend the session to learn how to use Python to automate creating and assigning tasks in Workforce for ArcGIS.

Chrome Plugin for ArcGIS Server REST Services (Wed 4-5, Mesquite C)

ArcGIS Server REST services can provide significant data about maps, feature services, and other hosted data. However, much of that information is hidden away within multiple layers of REST endpoints. Listen to GEO-Jobe’s developer, Ken Doman, deliver his presentation on the chrome plugin for ArcGIS Server REST Services

ArcGIS Mobile Apps: The Road Ahead (Tue 4-5pm, Thu 5:30-6:30pm)

Ismael, Jeff, and Jeff are always enjoyable and informative. Listen to the product roadmap and hear about the solutions that support your field workers and field data collection efforts

Customizing Hub and Open Data Sites (Tues 1-2, Pasadena)

You’ll hear about designing your own visual experience and building the right data visuals to best communicate your information and tell your story. We’ll also touch on different ways to customize your data and downloads. We will show you all the tips and tricks of making ArcGIS Hub your own. This session is oriented at analyst/developers who are using ArcGIS Hub, and people that are seeking to learn more about data-driven Sites for their organization.

THE PLENARY! Tuesday, 8:30 AM – 12 – streamed live as well

Catch Jack and his core team of developer leads and software architects as they discuss the ArcGIS platform, the roadmap, and the latest solutions. The plenary always informs and entertains. This session really does set the tone for what will be presented throughout DevSummit, at FedUC, and at the ESRIUC.

BONUS Tip – Don’t forget about the Spatial Hackathon

There’s 3 challenges being put forward. Prizes will be awarded to each member of the winning and finalist teams (there will be two finalist teams).  $2,000 and $1,000 per team member for up to $10,000 and $5,000 respectively for Winners and Finalists.


Looking for things to do in Palm Springs? See this Palm Springs story maps to find fun things to do and great places to eat while you are at the conference.

Palm Springs Story MAp

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 If you have something cool to share about EPC/DevSummit please do tell us about it, and also, nudge us if you see a killer session that we should include in our agenda. Reach out to us on Twitter @geojobegis or @gletham to arrange to meet-up!

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