The International Lidar Mapping Forum (ILMF) has announced that Jack Dangermond, the Founder & President of Esri, will open the second day of conference programming with a keynote titled Building a Geospatial Nervous System for The Planet. The keynote is one of several available to attendees of both ILMF and the co-located ASPRS Annual Conference, taking place March 23 – 25, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

“We are honored to have Jack Dangermond join us. To say that Jack’s work has played a defining role in shaping the geospatial industry would be an understatement, so I think attendees will be eager to hear what he has to say about the industry’s future”

said Lisa Murray, Group Director at Diversified Communications

“Esri has long been a giant in the GIS world thanks to Jack’s passionate commitment to making complex technology accessible to millions of users in every imaginable application. His influence now reaches into the realms of photogrammetry and remote sensing analysis and has made it possible to leverage the rich and abundant data sources that have come on line in recent years yet remained, previously, out of reach to many”

said Karen Schuckman, PLS, CP, CMS, Managing Director of ASPRS

Mrs. Schuckman continues:

“As an educator and as a spokesperson for ASPRS, I believe that this can only broaden and deepen the impact of our profession on the lives of every human being and the future of our planet.”

Following his keynote address, Jack Dangermond will join a panel of geospatial executives to discuss the question How Will Geospatial Data Power the Next Industrial Revolution? This prominent panel of geospatial senior leadership includes Joe Astroth, CEO of Cyclomedia USA; Robert Mankowski, VP of Digital Cities at Bentley Systems; Michel Stanier, EVP of Teledyne Geospatial; and Jim Van Rens, Senior Vice President at RIEGL USA. Leading the discussion will be moderator Sanjay Kumar, the founder and CEO of Geospatial Media & Communications and the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC). More information regarding these exciting keynotes and the esteemed speakers can be found here

“These geospatial leaders are truly changing how we see and interact with our world. Improvements in the availability of geospatial data, and our ability to manipulate and understand it, are creating new opportunities and disrupting industries far beyond remote sensing and geodetics”

said Bill Emison, Conference Chair at Diversified Communications

Previously announced keynotes are Tara O’Shea, Director of Forest Programs at Planet, Combining Remote Sensing & Analytics Technologies: Emerging Environmental Applications, and Dr. Michael Zanetti, Planetary Scientist at NASA, Combining Remote Sensing & Bringing Light (Detection and Ranging) into Shadow: The Role of Lidar in Exploring the Moon.

Registration for the 20th edition of ILMF, taking place with the ASPRS Annual Conference and the MAPPS Federal Programs Conference, as part of Geo Week 2020, is open. Event organizers recommend registering early for the best price and to avoid lines onsite. To register, please visit:

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