Jack Dangermond, president and founder of one of the world’s largest geographic information systems companies, will be the keynote speaker at the Colorado Technology Association’s APEX conference in September.
A landscape architect by training, Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (Esri) in 1969 and built it into what is today the world's sixth largest privately held software company, with annual revenues of $912 million.
Dangermond is widely recognized as one of the most influential persons in the GIS field. He has received 10 honorary doctorates as well as numerous awards, including the Carl Mannerfelt Medal from the International Cartographic Association; the Public-Private Partnership Award from the National Governors Association; the Patron's Medal from the Royal Geographical Society, the National Geographic's Alexander Graham Bell Medal and the Innovation Award from The Economist.
Esri is a market leader in GIS technology with 350,000 organizations using its tools worldwide, including 200 of the largest U.S. cities, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. The company collaborates with major companies like Amazon Web Services, AT&T, Citrix, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, SAS and others.
In Colorado, Esri partnered with Longmont-based Digital Globe to create the ArcGIS World Imagery base map service, with more than 10 million square kilometers of high-resolution aerial views. The company also has a long-standing partnership with Colorado-based NORAD.
The APEX Conference and Challenge is a two-day event honoring people, companies and accomplishments of the state’s tech industry. Winners of the CTA’s 2013 Apex Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in the state’s technology industry, will be announced at a dinner September 10. The conference and exhibition, to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, will follow the next day, September 11, when Dangermond will deliver the keynote address.