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February 4th, 2009
2009 ESRI Developer Summit to Focus on Web GIS Trends and Collaborati

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PR – ESRI invites software developers from around the world to participate in the 2009 ESRI Developer Summit (DevSummit), to be held March 23–26, 2009, at the Wyndham Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center Palm Springs, in California. The DevSummit is a forum for mapping and spatial application developers to connect with ESRI development teams and peers from all industries. Technical sessions and user presentations will explore trends, tips, and best practices for effective geographic information system (GIS) development.

A new facet of the DevSummit this year will be presentations by users on topics ranging from innovative applications and successful implementations to useful development practices and coding techniques using ESRI applications or other APIs.

The summit will also have four free preconference seminars, 58 unique technical sessions, and a new ArcGIS Mobile Code Challenge to complement the popular ArcGIS Server Mashup Code Challenge.

Consultant and author David Chappell will deliver the keynote address on March 25, which will discuss building services with SOAP or REST and making the right choice. Chappell helps people worldwide understand and make better decisions about new technology. He has been the keynote speaker at conferences, events, and universities across the globe including the Software Development West Conference and several Microsoft-oriented events such as Tech-Ed.

Technical sessions at the DevSummit will give attendees the most recent information on developments in GIS technology. Attendees will learn about ESRI’s next software release, ArcGIS 9.3.1, and get a sneak peak at ArcGIS 9.4. ESRI engineers will give expert guidance on GIS programming and discuss core GIS concepts as well as the customization and extension of GIS applications.

The ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Mobile Code Challenges are open to all developers, including ESRI business partners, provided the applicant or the applicant’s organization is a licensed user of ArcGIS Server 9.2 or ArcGIS Server 9.3 or a current ESRI Developer Network (EDN) subscriber. The first-place prize for the ArcGIS Server Mashup Code Challenge is US$7,000, and the second-place prize is US$3,000. The first-place prize for the ArcGIS Mobile Code Challenge is US$4,000, and the second-place prize is US$2,000. To learn more about the code challenges, visit www.esri.com/codechallenge.

The deadline to submit your presentation request for the DevSummit is February 6, 2009. Visit www.esri.com/devsummitshare.

To find out more or to register for the 2009 summit, visit www.esri.com/devsummit.

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