Here I am, in Palm Springs, California for the 2016 Esri Developer Summit. Today was the travel day, flying from Calgary and then making my way to the hotel and picking up my registration package for the conference. The hotel is the Palm Mountain Resort and Spa, which is a shortish walk from the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Customs in Calgary was deserted, the flight down was uneventful and I even got a ride from a co-worker from the airport to the hotel, so the trip could not have been more effortless. Westjet now has their new Westjet Connect in-flight Wi-Fi and entertainment system, where you connect and use your own iPad to watch movies, etc. Much better quality screen and sound than the low-res seatback units before that only showed TV. I watched “The Martian” on the flight down and enjoyed it immensely.
I was supposed to have a roommate for the conference, but Jon went on a leave of absence and no replacement roommate was identified, so I have the room to myself. The kicker is that Jon is actually here at the conference, and got his own room. I met up with him this afternoon and this evening. This evening was the Esri Showcase and Social at the conference, so I went over there and had a couple of beers and some appetizers, so that was dinner. I really couldn’t face an American dinner on top of that. 🙂
The week was good, and Chris Spicer was there from the BC Government, so we got a chance to catch up. Hopefully I will get to see him Thursday evening in Victoria.
The Esri Canada contingent at the conference took a group photo.
Back row: Martin Couture, Eric Lacoursiere, me, Dave Cross, Yu Song, Jing Yan, Jonathan Van Dusen, Peggy Fung, Michael Leahy, Agatha Kung.
Front row: Victor Coelho, Jiro Shirota, Matt English, Cameron Plouffe, Michael Luubert, Eric Chiasson.