Innovators, Leaders, and Storytellers Driving The Science of Where Forward Recognized at Esri Awards

Excellence in the Geospatial Community Acknowledged at Esri User Conference

REDLANDS, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 12, 2017 — Innovation and excellence in the application of geographic information system (GIS) technology are being recognized this week with coveted geospatial awards. Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, acknowledged recipients from around the globe today at the annual  Esri User Conference in San Diego, California, with the GIS Digital Transformation, Enterprise GIS, and President's Awards. On Wednesday, July 12, the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award will be presented.

Award winners announced at today's Plenary Session included the following:

  • GIS Digital Transformation Award—Abu Dhabi
  • Enterprise GIS Award—National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • President's Award—UPS

"This year's winners have all demonstrated exemplary use of GIS technology to visualize data and deliver intelligence about the interconnected relationships of their geography," said Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president. "Through their hard work, we're able to shine light on how these organizations and individuals are implementing technology to change the world. The winners we recognize are setting the pace for the way we will understand the geography of our world in the future."

The Storytelling with Maps Awards also recognized the top entries from the  Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest. Participants submitted multimedia narratives—filled with dynamic maps, descriptive text, videos, and compelling images—in  Esri Story Maps apps. The grand prize for best overall story map this year went to Daniel Coe, Washington Geological Survey, for his Washington's Ice Age Floods app.

Finally, the SAG Award will be presented to organizations from around the world in recognition of their innovative use of GIS to collect data, extrapolate it, make informed decisions, and effect change. One hundred eighty institutions are being acknowledged this year in fields such as local government, agriculture, environmental analysis, emergency response, retail, and water management.

For more information on the Esri User Conference, which hosts the Esri awards, visit

About Esri

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, offers the most powerful mapping and spatial analytics technology available. Since 1969, Esri has helped customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Today, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including the world's largest cities, most national governments, 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and location analytics to inform the most authoritative maps in the world. Visit us at

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