San Diego CA - The ESRI User Conference

I went on my first trip with my new job at MDA this week. It was a short trip down to San Diego for the ESRI User Conference. This is one of the biggest user conferences I've been to - 15,000 attendees - and it was a great opportunity for me to learn a bunch of things about this new business I'm in.

The flight down was a short, easy one, and we had some great views of the big mountains from the plane. On my side, I had Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and the Columbia River.

Mount Rainier from the airplane.

Mount Rainier from the airplane.

The Columbia River snakes off inland, towards the horizon.

The Columbia River snakes off inland, towards the horizon.

San Diego is a great city - perfect weather almost all the time, a fun downtown core and lots to do if you have the time. I didn't this trip, but it was nice to enjoy the sunshine, leaving the rain and clouds behind in Vancouver. Last week, San Diego hosted Comic-Con, and there were still a few reminders of the massive annual event around town.

I just missed Comic-Con by a week!

I just missed Comic-Con by a week!

The show itself was quite good for me. I learned a lot, got to see some of the competitors and to check out some companies that might offer some partnership opportunities. The sessions were OK - some were good, others a bit of a waste of time. Pretty standard fair for a show this size. Being a GIS (Geographic Information System) show, there were lots of really cool maps all over the place. My favorite was a huge (~30' x 15') showing the relative size of the different world football leagues. The photo doesn't do it justice.

World football.

All in all it was a well-spent couple of days and the trip home provided some more amazing views of the mountains.

Mount St. Helens in all it's glory.