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Esri President Jack Dangermond to Speak at APEX 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Contact: Julie Chiron

Date: 7/24/2013 

Esri President Jack Dangermond to Speak at APEX 2013


Geospatial technology innovator JackDangermond, has been selected to give the keynote speech at APEX, Colorado's largest tech conference, on September 11, 2013. Dangermond is the President and Founder of Esri, the world's largest GIS software company with annual revenues of $912 million. APEX is presented by the Colorado Technology Association (CTA) which represents the technology industry, one of the fastest growing sectors in the state.

A landscape architect by training, Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 and under his leadership, Esri has become the market leader in GIS with 350,000 organizations using its tools across the globe including all of the 200 largest U.S. cities, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Dangermond's vision and advocacy have spurred the ongoing innovation of GIS technologies and he is widely recognized as the most influential person in the GIS field." Jack has always been ahead of the pack in the geospatial technology space. There are few people who have led the tech industry in the same capacity as he has." say Erik Mitisek, President of the Colorado Technology Association.

Widely celebrated, Dangermond 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 collaborates with major companies like Amazon Web Services, AT&T, Citrix, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, SAS, among others. Esri and Dangermond have significant ties to the Colorado technology industry through collaborations with technology companies in the state like Longmont-based Digital Globe who has partnered to create the ArcGIS World Imagery basemap service with more than 10 million square kilometers of high-resolution aerial views. Esri also has a long-standing partnership with Colorado-based NORAD.

About APEX

APEX is the Colorado technology industry’s annual conference encompassing the 13th Annual APEX Awards, a single track conference, an interactive floor space and the Challenge featuring emerging tech genius from around the state. Past speakers at the event have included: David Cohen, CEO & founder of TechStars, Governor John Hickenlooper and Scott McNealy, former CEO of Sun Microsystems. Presented by the Colorado Technology Association (CTA), the event will be held on September 10-11, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver. For more information on the event, please visit

About the Colorado Technology Association

The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) represents Colorado’s $49.6 billion technology industry, one of the fastest growing sectors in the state. Colorado ranked second for its high-tech business concentration and the nine-county metro region ranked tenth out of the 50 largest metro areas in software employment concentration.Since 1994, Colorado Technology Association has provided a voice for technology professionals in legislative issues and public policy. The Association provides more than 50 programs, events and connections to support the industry.CTA's membership includes 500 Colorado companies from startup to enterprise.For more information visit


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