After a pretty hectic day at Ozri everyone was looking forward to a picnic under the stars at Glen Ewin Estate for the Ozri conference dinner. With delicious local produce (there were lots of yummy fig-inspired delicacies –a s Glen Ewin Estate is a fig farm) and local wines – the highlight of the evening was the legendary rock icon Mark Seymour and his band the Undertow, belting out some of his greatest hits – such as Throw Your Arms Around Me, When The Rivers Run Dry and Holy Grail.
Esri Australia’s ‘Tour de Force’ – Directions 2014 – is hitting the road again this March/April and is coming to city near you! This year, the focus of the conference is to help you ‘sharpen your GIS skills’.
Through a range of presentations by technical specialists, Directions 2014 will show you how to get more out of your Esri software investment, and give you practical tips on how to streamline your GIS workflows.
Last night I joined an excited crowd of Ozri delegates at the highly anticipated Gala Dinner. As always we were promised a sensory extravaganza with lashings of entertainment and games – and we were not disappointed.
After diving to the bottom of the ocean we were greeted by four glamorous stilt-walkers in a fairy light frenzy, closely followed by the evening’s MC Andrew Gill.
With plenty of games and prizes – including the inevitable lightsaber – everyone was getting into the swing of the evening, and after the last of the macaroon lollipops had been polished off – we headed for the dance floor!
Everyone had a fantastic night and it’s going to be a challenge to beat this next year!
We kicked off day two of Ozri 2013 with an incredible plenary session. There was an undeniable buzz and energy about the place, creating a uniqueness of an excitement.
To set the scene, our MC – ABC’s Beverley O’Connor – welcomed us to this year’s Ozri with the theme “A Spatial Odyssey”. She then introduced Managing Director of Esri Australia, Brett Bundock – who gave the audience one of his customary warm welcomes. Brett took us through what this year’s conference theme means to him – a GIS journey through WebGIS, which has opened up many new opportunities and capabilities with regards to data, analysis, management, and consumption – revolutionising the way we see GIS today.
And so, the journey begins…
With only one more sleep to go, the Ozri 2013 program is looking jam-packed with some incredible headliners!
Never before have we had such a technically diverse line-up of presenters. Some of our most anticipated Esri superstars include:
Bern Szukalski – Product Strategist and Technical Evangelist:
Bern will walk you through the steps for success with ArcGIS Online. He will also discuss his latest project – the Living Atlas, and show you how to use Story Maps as an effective communication medium.
Ishmael Chivite – ArcGIS for Server Senior Product Manager:
Ismael will tell you what’s new in ArcGIS 10.2, introduce you Portal for ArcGIS, and show you how to web enable databases using ArcGIS.
Gert van Maren – Product Management Lead for 3D:
Gert will provide an insight into all things 3D and the GeoDesign story. He will also discuss working with 3D Analyst and CityEngine and show you how to do feature and volumetric analysis with 3D Analyst.
We will also have a touch of Hollywood in our midst, with intrepid deep-sea adventurer Ron Allum taking us to a journey to the bottom of the ocean floor as he describes his latest underwater mapping project. Ron will also relive his record-breaking collaboration with Hollywood heavy-weight, Director James Cameron on the Deepsea Challenger.
And if that’s not enough, we’ll be following Alex Moss from ShipShapeSearchers around the Australian coastline as they look to uncover shipwrecks.
With Ozri 2013 fast approaching we are all geared up and ready for what is going to be a supercharged GIS event.
We have extended the Early Bird Special, so if you haven’t yet snapped up a ticket you have until the end of this week (Friday 12 July) to take advantage of this offer.
Last year’s Ozri event included everything from international Esri specialists and crowd favourites like Mike King to some of Australia’s most progressive geo-enabled organisations, our own local home grown GIS superstars, and even amazing laser shows and aerial performers.
Here are some highlights from Ozri 2012:
Hello friends! Just a friendly reminder – our next Technology Directions seminars (or “Tech Directions” as I will refer to them as, for the sake of laziness) are just around the corner. Registration is open and you have to sign up soon or else you’ll miss out! And I’m serious… The last round of Tech Directions, which ran in June/July, was at capacity – and we’re expecting these ones to fill up fast too.
So why are Tech Directions so popular? It’s because they are a source of really useful, really practical information about your GIS. Some of the best in the business will show you how you can exploit GIS to be more productive and efficient in your day-to-day job. And when it comes to work, we all want to make life easier, right? Continue reading