The Cloud, the future in education.... wil.i.am
1442_ 9/25/13 - PART 2 OF 2 ...with Keynote Speaker, Jack Dangermond, president and founder of ESRI . The CDOT was their customer No. 9 - Colorado was always an early leader here in the state for government, but also for business, and utilities. Telephone companies would buy our tools and then develop 'computational geography' as Jack calls it, to help them make maps of their assets and then guide them in their business, and this saves a huge amount of money. Jack said, "What's occurring now is this is going to the Cloud and in that mode is allowing our users in public sector to share with other users, their maps. So they're building shared services and using each others' information - doing integration of these maps, like overlaying but they're digital and they're analytical. So I can do quantitative analysis to bring information together from the private sector and the public sector and make better decisions. This web GIS Cloud is really transformational." Larry asked Jack what he saw as the biggest opportunities and challenges coming in the next few years. Jack said, "That's the recurring question. I think we as a society need to invest in education of the kids, K thru 12." Jack told us about his friend, will-i-am, a wonderful, successful musician who is investing into East LA, the high school where he grew up, building STEM Education Centers in the schools and Jack has been helping him with that. Building the future workforce so instead of investing in basketball courts or football stadiums in high schools, but not really allowing kids to have an opportunity - a few make it into the NBA or the National Football. He has the vision of building geek centers where they could actually learn programming because kids in the inner city and the suburbs, they want to have a future, and to have a future they have to have skills. That's one answer to the daunting question of the haves and have-not's. It's also an answer to the 'we don't have enough technical people, we have to go to India or China or outsource stuff'. Listen for much more...
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