Clint Brown

Director of Product Engineering at Esri

The Human Era of GIS
Clint Brown September 2018

So far, there have been two great eras in the history of GIS: the Conceptual Era and the Implementation Era.

Today, we are seeing the emergence of the third — The Human Era. Most recently, the explosion of Web GIS has enabled profound, new opportunities for how GIS can be applied more broadly across organizations and communities.

What does this mean? Why is it so important and exciting? And what makes GIS one of the most exciting fields to be a part of in the coming years?


Clint Brown has been responsible since 1983 for managing all Esri GIS product releases in use today in hundreds of thousands of organizations worldwide. He is the Director of Product Engineering at Esri and manages a division of hundreds of GIS analysts, app programmers, writers, and test analysts.

 Clint’s teams work directly with Esri’s Software Development teams directed by Sud Menon to build and engineer ArcGIS, Story Maps, and the Living Atlas.

 Through the years, Clint has maintained a passion for GIS best practices and guidance for helping users make a difference in our world by effectively applying GIS.


December 7, 2018
Keynote – Clint Brown
ASC 150
08:40  -  9:30