The 6th Annual Belize Esri User Conference (BEUC) welcomed over 100 professionals and GIS enthusiasts who were ready to learn about how location intelligence can drive business strategies. This year’s two-day event, hosted at the Belize Best Western Plaza on May 25 and 26, 2016 by Total Business Solutions Limited (TBSL) in collaboration with Esri, provided an opportunity for attendees to expand their network, listen to new ideas and find alternative ways of thinking about and solving common business and spatial problems.
Keynote speaker, Mrs. Jacqueline daCosta, Chair, Land Information Council of Jamaica and Management, Policy, Land and Planning Consultant, demonstrated in her address the potential which GIS has for government, business and community development. She also highlighted how leaders from every sphere of life use location related tools to improve the quality of people’s lives and the competitiveness of businesses, and help to bring about social transformation that is sustainable.
The BEUC 2016 enabled participants to explore cutting-edge tools while learning about industry best practices through technical sessions, the Hands-on Learning Lab and interactive software sessions from highly skilled and knowledgeable presenters. Twenty six (26) international and local presenters from Esri, Trimble, University of Belize, Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI), Belize Audubon Society, GPC Group, Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), Ya'axche Conservation Trust and TBSL, participated in the conference. Presentations included how spatial intelligence has proven to be vital in assessing fire hazards; building resilience to climate change and variability in Belize; and how Belizeans find GIS useful in addressing questions about our territorial integrity.
The Map Competition Gallery featured maps created using Esri tools. Cash Prizes of $150 were awarded to Antonio Cano for best analytical presentation and Stacy Cayetano for best cartographic design.
As part of the early bird registration incentive, raffled at the BEUC was one Trimble Juno 5D GPS device and one ArcPad license valued at $7200.00. Winner is Roger Young from Belize Telemedia Ltd.
TBSL thanks its sponsors, presenters and attendees for supporting and being a part of the BEUC 2016. Your contribution to make the conference a reality demonstrates that you share the vision that mainstreaming the use of location intelligence in Belize is beneficial to all of us. Together we share in breaking new ground for Belize’s development through the adoption and use of geospatial technology. Join us next year for the 7th Annual Belize Esri User Conference.