US: The Esri User Conference will feature Penny Pritzker, the United States Secretary of Commerce, and Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, and Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Esri UC, to be held July 14–18, is expected to connect users of Esri products from more than 90 countries.
As the head of America's Data Agency, Secretary Pritzker will discuss how the Department of Commerce and the Obama Administration are working to expand economic opportunity through open data. Her speech will detail the reach and impact of the Department's existing efforts, and describe new ways Commerce is working to unleash the potential of even more open data to make government smarter, create new businesses, make existing firms more competitive, and keep citizens better informed about their own communities.
Dr. Sullivan, a distinguished scientist, renowned astronaut, and intrepid explorer, will speak on the theme: Bringing Science to Life. As America's environmental intelligence agency, NOAA delivers science, information, and data to communities and businesses around the country every day, and the demand for NOAA's data is only increasing. She will discuss the economic potential that release of additional data could bring, and the collaboration needed to foster innovation, create new industries and job opportunities, and spur economic growth.