DevSummit ahoy

We will have some representation at the ESRI DevSummit next week and while the focus will be on covering some of the presentations and getting an idea of what will be changing in the dev area in ArcGIS 10, there will be some time to catch up with anyone interested in highlighting their work. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts and work of the podcast contact us to touch base and make a plan to meet.

Bizarre Map Challenge

For all you students out there whose maps are greeted with a “That’s bizarre…”, I’ve got the perfect map challenge for you! Our reader Keith M. sent us a heads up about the Bizarre Map Challenge, a map design competition open to high school, college, and university students (only here in the US). The maps submitted by students are supposed to be “bizarre” in the sense of being out of the ordinary but still using real-world data, so thinking outside the box will pay off!

The deadline to submit your map is March 22nd, and you can find complete contest rules here

First Prize is $5000 and the top ten will all get cash prizes, so start designing those maps!


Ramping up for Where 2.0

Where 2.0 Conference 2010
Clearly conference season is upon us at the VerySpatial virtual compound as we are buying tickets for planes and trains to get to various parts of the country. With Where 2.0 kicking off on March 29 in San Jose, we wanted to point out two things.

1) Early Registration has been extended until March 1, which means you can still save 30% of the regular registration price for the next week and
2) we still have a discount code (whr10vsp) that will save you an additional 20% off the early registration price.

Also, if you are an educator, student, or work for a non-profit you can save even more (40-65%) with some of the other discount codes. If you are an undergrad or a grad student you should check with your Dean’s office to see if there are any travel monies that could cover your trip, especially if you are already on the west coast.

As for our plans, Sue and I will be making the trip out to San Jose to learn about the technologies and ideas we will be sharing in the classroom next year (or even later this semester). But as we go, so goes the microphone and recorder (not the woodwind) so send us an email if you would like to talk while we are in town. We will be in sessions, but we always make time to talk to folks about any of the great projects that are being highlighted at Where 2.0.