Posted by: oheb | June 19, 2007

Plenary Session

Jack Dangermond

Unanswered Questions: Day 1 of the conference and I’ve already found myself unprepared. At the end of the day I ran into Jack Dangermond (in picture above), the president, founder, and owner of ESRI, and I forgot to ask him an interesting question about his extraordinary business success. Instead, I shook his hand and asked him if he was scared speaking in front of 13,000+ people. He said yes, his wife laughed, he said he loved Vancouver, and they were off. He seems very sincere, and friendly.

Size: It’s hard to understand the size of this conference until you’re in it, but I never would have thought that so many people were interested in GIS. I can’t imagine setting 13,000 chairs, or making coffee for 13,000 people…

The Plenary Session

Freak: After a long day sitting in uncomfortable chairs listening to normal people being reduced by fear to sounding like robots it was nice to have a carefree freak to entertain us. This guy played his electric cello to pre-recorded euro-trash techno, making yelping noises at the really “good” parts. The sign above him is fitting.

The Plenary Session

Conclusion: All in all a good first day. No sessions or workshops yet but some good general information and an inspiring keynote speech.

The Plenary Session


  1. The funny thing is that the freak was there last year too and was back by popular demand… He is entertaining though – nobody else quite like him.

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