We'd like to know what influences you the most to register for the Esri UC. Vote below and let us know in the comments any additional feedback. Thanks for sharing your feedback!
It's hard to select just one, and my emphasis and reasons change from year to year, but the learning opportunities is true for every year.
My other choices on the list: 1) yes, discounted/free registration because we are on annual maintenance is definitely a plus, especially since I usually cover all the travel and time; 2) networking, keeping up with old friends from from every corner, and learning from others (staff and users) is always high on the list; and 3) seeing what technology is coming out soon and those little gems that are announced at the plenary are always fun.
But some of the "other" reasons that are not on the list, i.e. the "other"
in my opinion, I wouldn't think that "Release of the full agenda" would be a reason from people to sign up....seems kind of late in the game, and with so much included during the week, waiting to find out if one-thing is in the agenda and then deciding it not feasible in my opinion. More than likely there is at least one session on most an esri/GIS topic. With that said, and other posts have mentioned, sometimes having better access to a pdf of the agenda is required for getting approval for travel and attendance, especially if several users are competing for slots and must prove that the agenda has what they need.
And although there have been some wonderful Keynote speakers over the years, that is not a reason I would use to choose whether to go to the UC or not. Yes, it may be possible to meet and talk to them in person...but as for their talk, that can usually be seen via live stream or from the recording these days.....so not so important for me to be there in person for that.
Oh, so many reasons........just some of my opinions.....to get the ball rolling.
p.s. I like the Developer Summit for many of the same reasons....with a smaller crowd (and more techie) being a plus for that. (and nicer time of year to leave the weather at home)
I think you should create a companion poll: What influenced you the most to not register for the Esri User Conference. Once someone has registered, Esri already has them. In terms of increasing attendance, isn't knowing why people aren't registering more useful?
Well stated Joshua. I personally could make a list of reasons for that too. Actually, although I'm registered, I'm still not sure that I will make it this year due to (travel) cost and timing, or may just "drop down" for Thursday/Friday. This would most likely be my last UC, although I've said that for a couple years now. Maybe you should fire up the other poll so there is feedback. I can think of several selections you could have 1) cost for registration; 2) cost for travel/housing 3) timing (summer/family); 4) work travel/time/slot restrictions; 5) other/personal travel/time restrictions; 6) too big of a crowd; 7) you can see it all afterwards online; 8) other (no desire??)...
Some of these are why I went for two years in the late '80s, and then didn't for about 10 years. Others I have heard from others. All good, practical and realistic reasons not to go. Everyone's situation and ability is different, and some have many more options available within driving distance from their home. But it is an experience and a great opportunity if/when you can go.
I was about to register and am interested in attending, but chose not to this year strictly because I'm not interested in crossing the border under the current political climate. I'm wondering if this is true for others.
Thank you for your feedback Joshua Bixby and Rebecca Strauch, GISP. I was definitely planning on posting a poll to see why people don't register, so please keep your eyes open for that poll.
My answer was "other" because my organization offered to send me for the second time in two years, despite usually sending people who had not gone for the longest period of time. No one else wanted to go (mostly developer types). It had been 10 years before the last time. Always very enjoyable and there is a combination of the other answers as well. I just like seeing what's new and being for a week "among my own kind" from all over the world. Don't know if I'll ever get to do it again, as we're entering an era of tightening budgets as a government organization.
In the why not category, I'd include "Onerous restrictions on conference attendance", which I suspect will be why a lot of folks from a particular sector won't be at the conference this year. Stinks if you need those attendance credits to maintain a professional certification, which is tied to your performance.....
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