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About FME    |   February 9, 2017   |   By Robyn Jones

7 FME UC Things You Won’t Want to Miss

Data helps us gain understanding — from business systems to natural processes to our communities. Through this understanding, we have the ability to change and shape our world.

On May 24, 2017, hundreds of the world’s top data experts will be arriving in Vancouver, Canada for the FME International User Conference.

With more than 100 sessions based on this year’s theme of shaping our world with data, you’ll have the opportunity to sharpen your skills, gain knowledge, and connect with other FME users. And it’s all happening at the gorgeous Vancouver Convention Centre waterfront venue in Vancouver, Canada.

Here are a few things you won’t want to miss.

1. Keynote: Chris Hadfield

As the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield has had a unique perspective on our world.

World-renowned for his contributions to science and research, Chris Hadfield inspires audiences through social media, public speaking, and writing. We can’t wait to hear his FME UC keynote speech.

2. Data Training

Data Training

At the FME UC, you’ll discover best practices and learn new technical “how-tos” for your data. And you’ll walk away with fresh ideas on everything from automation to z-coordinates.

With up to six presentations and workshops happening simultaneously during breakout sessions, you’ll be able to customize your schedule to hone in on the topics most exciting and relevant for you. Full agenda details coming soon.


If you really want to dig in, pre-conference training is available too. Hands-on course topics include Preparing Data for Tableau, Real-Time Integration Data Integration, Mastering Spatial Databases, and more.

3. FME User Presentations

FME User Presentations

FME users are doing seriously innovative stuff with their data, and the 2017 speaker line-up is stacked with over 100 data experts from around the world. The quality and magnitude of presentations is going to be epic.

4. FME Doctor’s Office

FME Doctors

Are disparate datasets giving you headaches? Do you have a case of invalid data?

FME Doctors will be at the conference, ready to answer your trickiest data questions. The FME Doctor’s Office will be open all day, everyday, so you’ll have plenty of time for discussions.

5. Socials

FME UC Running Group

One of the best things about the FME UC is the opportunity to meet other users from around the world. All socials are free to attend with your FME UC pass.

Breakfast & Networking: Each morning, you’ll start the day with delicious refreshments and a chance to mingle.

Lunch Break: After an exciting morning of learning, you’ll refuel each day with a tasty hot lunch.

Evening Social: Happening on Wednesday, the Evening Social is a fun way to relax and meet other attendees.

Fun Run: If you enjoy running and beautiful scenery, you’ll want to join the FME UC fun run. Safe Software staff will be leading an 8km route along Vancouver’s seawall for some ocean and forest views.

Yoga Class: It wouldn’t be a full Vancouver experience without yoga. We’ll be inviting you to unwind and refresh with a class on Friday morning.

More events (and surprises!) to be announced.

6. Food

The FME UC is not your average conference. The catering is no exception.

FME UC Catering

Feeling hungry now? Me too.

7. FME Swag

FME Swag

The FME UC 2017 exclusive swag design is still under wraps. But with the track record from previous FME events (like the FME Coin from the FME World Tour 2016!), you know it’s going to be quirky and fantastic. And make your geogeek and data nerd friends jealous.


We’re looking forward to welcoming hundreds of FME users to Vancouver in May. We hope to see you there!

Need help convincing your manager? This example justification letter might help.

Early bird pricing for the FME UC ends on February 28, 2017. Register now to save $300 on your pass.