Jack Dangermond honored by IGU with Planet and Humanity medal
Esri has announced that the International Geographical Union (IGU) has awarded Jack Dangermond the Planet and Humanity Medal. The award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to peace, welfare, or sustainability. The IGU is an international, non-governmental, professional organization devoted to the promotion and development of the discipline of geography through initiating and coordinating research and teaching globally.
This award is only given every four years and normally to leaders in the public sector or with science leadership backgrounds. Past awardees have included Al Gore, Nelson Mandela, and Mikhail Gorbachev. This year marks the first time the medal has been given to someone from the private technology sector.
Jack Dangermond founded Esri in Redlands, California in 1969, and it is now the leading geographic information systems (GIS) software company in the world. Dangermond has generously supported major environmental programs and has donated or pledged more than $1 billion worth of free Esri software to schools and environmental organizations.