The GEOINT Symposium
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Bringing together more than 3,500 attendees and 265 exhibiting organizations, USGIF hosted its GEOINT 2016 Symposium for the global GEOINT Community to discuss opportunities and solve challenges.
GEOINT 2016, held May 15-18, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., was the 12th annual Symposium and this year’s theme was “The GEOINT Revolution.” The Symposium focused on how adjacent markets and emerging technologies are influencing the GEOINT Community while at the same time geospatial intelligence is playing an increasing role in everything from the Internet of Things and augmented reality to mobile technology and data analytics.
This year’s scope of attendees and exhibitors reflected the GEOINT Revolution theme and included a wide range of industry—from satellite companies to data analytics specialists, sensor manufacturers to platform developers, and consulting services to hardware providers. Among the attendees were nearly 600 government personnel, including more than 200 intelligence officers from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as well as members from each branch of the U.S. military, and employees from the U.S. State Department, Congress, the National Institutes of Health, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and more. There was also strong international participation from 19 countries.
“There was palpable energy at this year’s Symposium,” said USGIF CEO Keith J. Masback. “The discussions and level of engagement were on par with or exceeded any event in the Foundation’s history. There was genuine excitement surrounding the tremendous opportunity afforded to our Community by the advent of the GEOINT Revolution.”
The GEOINT 2016 general session included keynote addresses by leaders and experts such as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcel Lettre, NGA Director Robert Cardillo, NRO Director Betty Sapp, author Parag Khanna, and more. The main stage also featured panel discussions on the remote sensing revolution and processing, exploitation, and dissemination from the joint services perspective.
GEOINT 2016 training, education, and professional development offerings received considerable interest throughout the four-day event. USGIF offered 60 hours of training and education sessions, which included continuing education units accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, courtesy of Riverside Research. 765 individuals, some who participated in multiple classes, attended the 30 training sessions. More than 500 attendees participated in GEOINT Foreword, the pre-symposium science and technology session that featured presentations from DARPA, IARPA, NGA Research, and four U.S. national laboratories in addition to a dozen industry lightning talks.
At this year’s Symposium, USGIF officially launched its Universal GEOINT Certification Program—available to U.S. and international GEOINT practitioners across industry, military, academia, and government—and recognized the first individuals to achieve its designations. USGIF and NGA leadership also announced the intent to cross-recognize the functional equivalence of their respective professional certification programs.
Watch videos from GEOINT 2016 keynotes, panels, and interviews via Trajectory On Location’s Vimeo page.
USGIF hosted a record number of attendees and exhibiting organizations at its GEOINT 2015 Symposium, June 22-25, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This was the 11th GEOINT Symposium and the first to be held in Washington, D.C.
GEOINT 2015 drew 5,498 attendees and 294 exhibiting organizations, USGIF CEO Keith Masback announced during the Foundation’s July 14 GEOINTeraction Tuesday networking event. Among the nearly 5,500 Symposium attendees were 1,478 government personnel, including the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. This incredible turnout also included employees representing more than 250 federal, state, and local agencies, offices, and organizations as well as strong international participation from 28 countries.
“Geospatial intelligence has now transcended the national security and government spaces and is moving into a competitive intelligence arena alongside business intelligence,” Masback said. “We know what our focus is, and we see this tremendous opportunity for our entire membership to go beyond that. These numbers are only valuable if there were good exchanges in the exhibit hall, meaningful engagement in the training events, and great content presented on the main stage and government pavilion stage.”
GEOINT 2015 training, education, and professional development offerings also received considerable interest. Nearly 890 individuals attended GEOINT Foreword, the pre-symposium science and technology-focused day. Training sessions doubled from last year’s Symposium with more than 80 hours available and 1,100 participants. This year, many training sessions offered for the first time continuing education units accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.
GEOINT 2015 also provided attendees the opportunity for free to take two pilot exams as part of USGIF’s Universal GEOINT Credentialing program, which is being developed for launch later this year. More than 100 GEOINT professionals sat for the GIS and remote sensing-focused exams.
“As technology advances and tradecraft evolves, the next step in the maturation of the GEOINT discipline is to provide professional certification for the workforce,” Masback said.
Watch videos from GEOINT 2015 keynotes, panels, and interviews via Trajectory On Location’s Vimeo page.
Despite the lingering effects of sequestration and the federal government shutdown, the GEOINT 2013* Symposium, held April 14-17 at the Tampa Convention Center, attracted 4,376 total attendees.
Due to interpretations of the Pay Our Military Act following the October 2013 government shutdown and the inability of government and military to attend events, USGIF was unexpectedly forced to postpone the symposium from October 2013 to April 2014.
GEOINT 2013* retained the year and added an asterisk to the name of the April event in part to make light of an otherwise difficult situation and also to reduce wasteful spending by adhering asterisks to signage rather than reprinting materials.
In total, the event featured more than 100 government speakers, 282 exhibiting organizations, and 30+ hours of training, education, and professional development opportunities.
Attendees included approximately 800 verified military and government personnel, such as representatives from nearly all 17 agencies in the U.S. Intelligence Community, as well as from several combatant commands, particularly U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command, both located at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Additionally, international participation included 29 countries—the Symposium’s most extensive international participation to date.
“As a percentage, the government and military representation at GEOINT 2013* was consistent with or ahead of all past GEOINT Symposia,” said USGIF CEO Keith Masback. “We are also very pleased that this number contains numerous senior leaders with depth of knowledge across a wide variety of spectrums and nationalities.”
USGIF concluded its 9th annual GEOINT Symposium, attracting 4,300 attendees from 27 countries. Despite federal cuts and pending legislation, the symposium had the broadest representation of government ever. Attendees at the event, which took place October 8-11 in Orlando, FL, had an opportunity to explore the latest technologies from a record breaking 264 exhibitors and were able to hear from and meet with key Defense, Intelligence and Homeland Security Community leadership.
“These are important metrics. Companies aren’t rolling around in cash wondering where to spend it,” said Keith J. Masback, president, USGIF. “We don’t do numbers to brag. Our numbers show that we are adding value to our community.”
Over 100 industry speakers guided the audience through discussions focused on this year’s theme, “Creating the Innovation Advantage.” The theme is indicative of the idea that innovation has always been at the heart of what it means to be American and was captured in the symposium’s extraordinary opening video.
GEOINT 2012 offered a one-day pre-symposium educational event, GEOINT Foreword, which drew 450 attendees and included keynotes from Ted Cope, Director Basic and Applied Research, InnoVision, NGA, and Jeff Jonas, Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics Group, and IBM Distinguished Engineer. The rest of the symposium also included six keynote speakers, three panel discussions, three lunchtime workshops and six afternoon breakout sessions. Discussions concentrated on geospatial interoperability, confronting complexity in global disasters, young professionals and the converged future of GEOINT, activity-based intelligence, Threats in the GEOINT Industrial Security Enterprise, interagency GEOINT coordination, national certification and accreditation programs and much more.
Keynote speakers included The Honorable James R. Clapper Jr., Director of National Intelligence; Ms. Letitia A. Long, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Commander, Joint Forces Command, U.K. MoD; The Honorable Michael Vickers, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence; LTG Michael T. Flynn, U.S. Army, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency; and GEN Keith B. Alexander, U.S. Army, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service and Commander, United States Cyber Command.
Other notable highlights from GEOINT 2012 included filled sessions for SAR/EO training, and another successful Young Professionals Group (YPG) outreach project. With the help of 40 USGIF YPG members, this year’s educational experience welcomed 60 local sophomore students from the Orlando Public School System who participate in programs including Jr. ROTC and several different Magnet programs. Students were introduced to what GEOINT is, college majors they may be interested in and missions they could get involved in professionally, all in an effort to excite them about a future in geospatial intelligence.
“That’s really gratifying, to watch young professionals come together, learn from one another, learn from more seasoned professionals, and give back to the greater community,” stated Masback.
GEOINT 2012 was also the stage for the announcement of the annual USGIF Awards Program recipients, which included an Administrative/Support award for the first time, as well as the presentation of the Arthur C. Lundahl Lifetime Achievement Award to Penman R. Gilliam.
To view highlights and all of the proceedings from GEOINT 2012, visit www.GEOINTv.com.
USGIF attracted 4,451 attendees and exhibitors from the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities. Those who attended the event in San Antonio, Texas, had a rare opportunity to explore the latest technologies from 252 exhibitors as well as hear from and meet with key Defense, Intelligence and Homeland Security Community leadership.
The GEOINT Symposium’s theme focused on “Forging Integrated Intelligence.” With this in mind, GEOINT 2011 offered a pre-symposium science and technology forum, 10 keynote speakers, three panel discussions, two lunchtime workshops and nine afternoon breakout sessions showcasing the importance of a multi-INT national security strategy. Discussions concentrated on human geography and socio-cultural dynamics, open source GEOINT, crowd-sourced intelligence, international commercial satellite imagery, cloud computing, the Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise, integrating intelligence, the implementation of NGA’s vision, homeland security applications, forging collaboration in the coalition environment and much more.
Keynote speakers included Gen. Keith B. Alexander, U.S. Army, commander, U.S. Cyber Command and director, NSA; Bruce Carlson, director, NRO; the Honorable James R. Clapper Jr., Director of National Intelligence; Gen. Douglas Fraser, U.S. Air Force, commander, U.S. Southern Command; Gen. C. Robert “Bob” Kehler, U.S. Air Force, commander, U.S. Strategic Command; Letitia A. Long, director, NGA; the Honorable Craig Fugute, administrator, FEMA, the Honorable Michael G. “Mike” Vickers, USDI; Rep. Mike Rogers, Mich-8, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence; and Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Md-2, ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence.
In addition to record attendance and exhibits, other notable highlights from GEOINT 2011 included a sold out Allder Golf Classic, which raised money for the USGIF Scholarship Program, and another successful Young Professionals Group (YPG) GeoHunt service project. With the help of almost 50 USGIF YPG members, the GeoHunt educational experience taught 50 local 5th and 6th grade students the basic principles of mapping and satellite imagery in an effort to excite them about a future in geospatial intelligence. GEOINT 2011 was also the stage for the announcement of the annual USGIF Awards Program recipients as well as the presentation of the Arthur C. Lundahl Lifetime Achievement Award to LTG Paul E. Menoher. Another high point of the week included USGIF member Sotera raising money for the Fisher House Foundation. GEOINT 2011 attendees bought $3,700 worth of raffle tickets from Sotera for the chance to win an original, patriotic painting from artist Stephen Fishwick. USGIF promoted the event and offered to more than match the amount in order to give Fisher House a total of $10,000.
To view highlights and all of the proceedings from GEOINT 2011, visit www.GEOINTv.com.