As the conference closed in Orlando, FL, USA, more than 2 500 attendees from 65 countries attended keynotes, sessions and training workshops.Thank you for joining us at Hexagon 2011! It is thanks to you, our valued customers and partners, that Hexagon 2011 was such a tremendous success.
On Monday, hands-on training sessions for Intergraph® and Geosystems solutions offered the opportunity to learn more about the solutions and then apply that knowledge.
START. Building a Smarter World
The conference officially kicked off with a Welcome Reception Monday evening. Attendees enjoyed a smart start to their conference experience at the must-attend official opening of the Hexagon 2011 TechExpo! They browsed exhibit booths and explored the latest industry technologies. Attendees relaxed and networked with Hexagon company experts, partners, exhibiting vendors and other attendees while partaking in drinks and hors d'oeuvres during the Hexagon 2011 kick-off.
CEO Keynote: Turning the Pace of Change into the World's Advantage
On Tuesday morning, Ola Rollen, President and CEO, Hexagon AB discussed the importance of Hexagon's technologies in understanding the face of the future. The Company's divisional presidents joined him in an integrated story of methodical innovations, new ideas and creativity.
The global realities of today present both challenge and opportunity. The growing population, the ever-changing landscape and the accelerating need for more effective use of our land and resources are just a few of the by-products of our past decisions. In today's global age, a strong determination to outpace change - to build a smarter business, a smarter economy, a smarter world - must dictate the outcome of our next move.
Anticipating evolving needs requires innovation and revolutionary thinking, as well as an understanding that all things are connected. It demands the ability to see where we are, understand how we got here and predict where we're going. It's about knowing how to identify opportunities and to reinvent.
Following the keynote, a special presentation just for Hexagon 2011 attendees was performed by the Water Coolers - a high-powered, laugh-out-loud combination of sketch comedy and music featuring top Broadway singers and comedians. E! Entertainment Television called this hilarious act "the hottest ticket in town!"
A series of sessions were held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Geosystems; Intergraph Process, Power & Marine; Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure and Metrology tracks.
Fundamentally, Leica Geosystems solutions provide clients with better spatial and related information in a more timely and cost-effective way, represented by three sub-tracks: High-Definition Surveying (HDS), 3D Laser Scanning; Geospatial Solutions; and Trends in Mapping & Positioning for Government and Industry.
Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M)
Intergraph PP&M will offer an array of great sessions led by experts in the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Learn how you can leverage Intergraph's SmartPlant® and SmartMarine® Enterprise engineering solutions to boost productivity, reduce timelines and ensure data accuracy across the facility life cycle.
Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I)
Intergraph SG&I offered numerous opportunities to hear geospatial information experts and discuss your industry challenges in the following sub-tracks: Defense & Intelligence; Geospatial and Imaging Technologies; Government & Transportation; Public Safety & Security; Utilities & Communications.
This track featured the latest in the metrology industry with two sub-tracks. Dimensional Measurement: Applications and Trends demonstrated the application of metrology systems and software to real-world manufacturing challenges. In the PC-DMIS Power User sub-track, users learned how to apply the solution's advanced functionality tools.
EXPERIENCE. The Excitement
Hexagon 2011 attendees experienced the excitement on Tuesday evening at Universal's Islands of Adventure®! They began their evening at Universal CityWalk®, where they enjoyed some of Orlando's most popular restaurants, hottest clubs and trendiest shops while sampling various cuisines from around the globe. Then conference-goers took an unforgettable journey through remarkable islands where all their favorite myths, legends, comic books and cartoons came to life. At Universal's Islands of Adventure® they experienced innovative rides and attractions that challenged all their senses, including The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man® and The Incredible Hulk Coaster®, and they experienced the magic and excitement of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.
ENERGIZE. The Future
On Wednesday evening, a futuristic cocktail reception provided an experience for attendees to unwind and connect with peers while the DJ spun the hottest beats. A photo booth offered the opportunity for conference-goers to create their own flip-through photo book to take home. A flash mob featured conference attendees who suddenly gathered in the middle of the ballroom to perform a specially choreographed dance, much to the surprise and delight of conference-goers.
Attendees made the most of their conference experience using social media platforms and the Hexagon 2011 custom mobile app.
To get a head start on networking before Hexagon 2011, attendees began connecting with customers, partners and developers on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to post events, arrange meetings and interact with other conference attendees. Attendees received up-to-the-minute news and information, in addition to connecting with other like-minded professionals from around the globe.
An interactive conference deserves an interactive app! The official app for the Hexagon 2011 International Conference was conference-goers' all-in-one tool to get in on the action by browsing sessions, leveraging networking opportunities, keeping up to date with conference information and much more.
Stay tuned! See you next year at Hexagon 2012 to be held June 4-7 in Las Vegas, NV, USA!