2020 ESRI UC and Coronavirus

A colleague sent me a picture taken at the ESRI Developer Summit going on right now in Palm Springs, and I can tell you very few people are there.  Kind of looks like a ghost town.  Further, according to the DevSummit Twitter feed, ESRI decided to make it a virtual event and not a live in-person conference.

ESRI sent out an email today about the 2020 ESRI Conference that will be in San Diego in mid July.  This was at the bottom of the email:

Health and Safety at Esri Events: Coronavirus Response

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we will be taking precautions at our events to protect the health and safety of all attendees. Please see the Esri User Conference FAQ for more information about current guidelines, event details, and assistance.

The conference is still on, but might change depending on the circumstances.

2020 Geothermal Design Challenge for Students

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), in conjunction with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is hosting the 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge: GIS Mapping Student Competition.  The design challenge focuses on a non-technical barrier to geothermal development to foster understanding and share the benefits of geothermal energy technologies.  Student teams of two or three will use geographic information system (GIS) mapping to create a compelling infographic/poster or interactive map to discover potential opportunities from this renewable energy source.

High school (grades 9-12) and university (both undergraduate and graduate) students (full or part-time) enrolled at an accredited academic institution at the time of submission are eligible to participate. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to participate in the 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge.  The deadline to submit draft entries for compliance review is March 30, 2020.  For more info and to register, click below!

geothermaldesignchallenge

Any questions?  Contact:

Erin Murphy
Outreach Director
Geothermal Design Challenge
(651) 587-9094

The Impossible Map

Check out this 1947 film about map projections.  Film Description: “Development in long-range travel and the growing importance of the Arctic and Antarctic regions make it necessary to understand how maps may be misleading. Experiments with a grapefruit illustrate the difficulty of presenting a true picture of the world on a flat surface and it is concluded that the globe is the most accurate way of representing the earth.” — National Film Board of Canada