Geo Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Albrecht Auditorium

925 North Dartmouth Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711

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The Center for Information Systems and Technology, at Claremont Graduate University, is expanding its outreach to the GIS community. As part of this effort, we are co-hosting with Esri, a one-day conference entitled “Geo Innovation and Entrepreneurship”.

The event is scheduled for April 11th and will be held on our campus in Claremont. There are two sessions and you are welcome to attend one or both. You are also invited to attend our reception at the end of the day should you not be able to attend the other sessions.

Below is a detailed outline regarding the conference, sessions, and presenter biographies - the green Eventbrite button to register is just to the right. There is no cost to attend, other than your time, and we will be providing refreshments during the sessions as well as lunch!

If you are unable to attend, perhaps you have a colleague that would benefit from participating in this event, if so, please pass on this information to them.

Morning Session 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM:

1- Drivers of Change and Opportunity (9:00am ~ 10:00am)

In this session, we will demonstrate the latest Geo Innovations, for example – Geo IoT, Spatial-Temporal Data Analytics, and Real-time Data and how these have been used to conserve water, mitigate climate change, and analyze homelessness (Success Stories). Recent innovations for ArcGIS Online, Insights for ArcGIS, Jupyter Notebooks, and R will also be demonstrated.

(Presenters: Max Payson, Canserina Kurnia, and Katie Decker)

2- Designing and Building (10:15am ~ 12:00pm)

In this hands-on session, we will learn how to design and build mapping apps using “ArcGIS for Developers”, a complete mapping and analytics platform. Activities will range from “quick-and-easy” App creation to more sophisticated, hands-on coding. (Laptop required for this session)

(Presenters: David Martinez and Rene Rubalcava)

Refreshments (coffee, tea, water, snacks) will be provided throughout the morning

3- Luncheon and Networking (12:00pm ~ 1:00pm)

Lunch will be provided for those attending the morning session


Afternoon Session 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM:

4- Funding and Launching (1:00pm ~ 2:00pm)

In this session, we will learn how the “Esri Startup Program” supports emerging businesses who want to innovate with GIS. The Esri Startup Program is a global three-year program that helps startups build mapping and location intelligence into their products and businesses. The program provides no-cost access to Esri online services, software, development tools, ready-to-use content, training, support, and co-marketing opportunities.

(Presenters: Katie Decker and Max Payson)

5- Startups that Matter (2:15pm ~ 4:00pm)

In this session, we will hear from Geo Entrepreneurs and their startup journey. In addition, we will have an interactive session where you will be able to:

  • Present your ideas to startup experts

  • Learn what governmental support is available for startups

  • Meet organizations on the lookout for Geo Innovation

  • Hear about the entrepreneurial activities taking place here in SoCal

  • Get advice from successful Geo Entrepreneurs

Refreshments (coffee, tea, water, snacks) will be provided throughout the afternoon


Reception 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM:

Wine, food, and networking!

Poster Displays: GIS Analysis, Applications, and Research


Presenter Biographies

Katie Decker, B.A., Community Manager for the Esri Startup Program
The Esri Startup Program is a free three-year program that gives emerging businesses the tools to build mapping and spatial analytics capabilities into their products. As Community Manager, Katie enables hundreds of startups to successfully leverage Esri’s technology and global business network. She also helps to foster their collaboration with a wide array of organizations and industries such as - local, regional and national governments, utilities, transportation, natural resources companies, commercial organizations, and more.

Canserina Kurnia, B.S., M.S., Esri - Education Outreach Team and Solutions Engineer
Canserina Kurnia has been with Esri for over 18 years, starting as an Technical Instructor, then Technical lead with training services. For the last 4 years, she was stationed in Singapore to assist Esri Global Asia Pacific team as a Solution Engineer for State and Local Government. Beginning 2018, she relocated back to Redlands, CA and hold a position as a Solution Engineer for Education, with the main role to provide technical assistance for key universities in advancing their GIS technology in research and teaching. Her education consists of a Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture and a Master degree in Landscape Planning from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

David Martinez, B.S., Esri - Product Manager and Technology Lead
David is currently a technology lead at Esri working with our developer community, business partners, and anyone who is interested in learning how to integrate maps and location in applications. He has a passion for anything related to mapping and how to use it in business applications such as business intelligence and in custom Web and mobile environments. He has over 15 years experience in software development, consulting, and business development.

Max Payson, B.S., Solutions Engineer, Esri Startup Program
Max is a senior solution engineer at Esri, where he collaborates with startups, developers, and emerging tech companies to help them build next-gen location intelligent products.

Rene Rubalcava, B.A., M.A., Esri - Software Development Engineer
Rene is a "SoftWhere" Engineer at Esri, where he works on the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, and works with developers to help them build engaging mapping applications.

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