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2020 Esri UC: GIS — Interconnecting Our World

2020 Esri User Conference (UC), the world’s largest GIS event ran from 13-16 July 2020 in virtual format for the first time. The 40th Esri User Conference attracted over 86,482 attendees across industries from 180 countries to learn about the latest advances in geospatial technology under the theme of GIS — Interconnecting Our World.


“Through the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has unfolded over the first half of the year, we have seen just how interconnected the systems of the world are,” said Esri founder and president Jack Dangermond.


A number of video recordings of the UC, including the Plenary Sessions, demonstrations and technical workshops are available on the UC platform for rewatch from 1 September 2020 until the next UC.



Jack Dangermond opened 2020 Esri User Conference virtually with the tagline, GIS — Interconnecting Our World. 




An array of new products, tools, and capabilities were made available this year, including:

  •  ArcGIS Indoors – As part of the June 2020 ArcGIS Online update, ArcGIS Indoors has a new deployment option as well as the new Space Planner app template and a number of key enhancements for ArcGIS Indoors mobile and ArcGIS Indoors in ArcGIS Pro.
  • ArcGIS Notebooks – ArcGIS Notebooks, Esri’s spatially optimized Jupyter experience, is now available across the ArcGIS platform, including ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS Pro to automate repetitive administrative tasks in their Web GIS.
  • ArcGIS Field Maps – The ArcGIS Field Maps app, now in beta, combines common data collection and other field-related workflows in one easy-to-use app.
  • Site Scan for ArcGIS – Includes two applications, which are Site Scan Flight Planning for controlling the drone in flight and Site Scan Manager for processing managing and performing analysis on drone imagery respectively.


Jack Dangermond announced the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Awards during the Plenary Session. The Environmental Protection Department, HKSARG has been able to stand from the crowd and receive the award from Hong Kong this year.


We would like to congratulate the winners of Young Scholars Award. Their projects, posters and Storymaps have been displayed and showcased at the virtual UC. For details of the winning projects from Hong Kong, please read the last issue of gisConnection: .  


You may get a quick update from the 2020 Esri UC and stay on top of the technology advancements with our free “5-minute Lunch GIS Takeaway” series on YouTube. Don’t miss the chance and register now at .