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USGIF Announces Seven Keynotes Speakers for GEOINT 2015 Symposium

May 27, 2015

USGIF announced leaders from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and more are confirmed to give keynote addresses at the GEOINT 2015 Symposium.

Confirmed keynotes include:

  • Robert Cardillo, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • The Honorable James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence
  • Robert D. Kaplan, Author, Foreign Correspondent, and Senior Fellow for the Center for a New American Security
  • Marcel Lettre, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
  • The Honorable Michael D. Lumpkin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict
  • Gen. Stan McChrystal (Ret.), Author; Former Commander, U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces
  • Congressman Adam Schiff, Ranking Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

More keynotes are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. To learn more about GEOINT 2015, view the agenda, or to register for the event, visit

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Register for USGIF's GEOINT Hackathon!

May 26, 2015

USGIF is holding its first-ever GEOINT Hackathon June 12-14!

The purpose of this event is to expose both non-GEOINT and GEOINT-savvy coders to interesting problems that require inventive coding solutions. The goal is to gain participation from the non-GEOINT coding world, while the end result will be a working code base that performs a specifically requested set of functions. The winning team will receive a significant cash prize!

See event details and how to register.

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Register for the GEOINT 2015 Symposium!

May 25, 2015

USGIF is offering many fun and educational opportunities for GEOINT 2015 Symposium attendees June 22-25!

GEOINT Foreword is the pre-symposium science and technology-focused day on June 22.

• 7 keynote speakers are confirmed including Robert Cardillo, James R. Clapper, Marcel Lettre, and more!

• Hear government representatives at the Government Pavilion Stage in the exhibit hall June 23-25.

• Take part in 80 hours of training and education sessions and earn CEUs while at GEOINT 2015.

• Participate in many networking events and opportunities to include the Allder Golf Classic, a Washington Nationals baseball game, multiple networking receptions, and more.

• Visit and network with 260+ exhibiting organizations to see what technologies and solutions they have to offer to the GEOINT Community.

Be sure to check out the agenda to start planning your GEOINT 2015 experience!

Register today!

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NGA Deputy Director Susan M. Gordon Speaks at GEOINTeraction Tuesday

May 19, 2015

More than 120 people attended GEOINTeraction Tuesday May 12 for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Deputy Director Susan M. Gordon first USGIF speaking event.

Having joined NGA in January, Gordon has a career rooted in innovation, and noted her favorite accomplishment thus far was leading the development of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s nonprofit arm that works to identify and invest in startups. She added her In-Q-Tel experience has helped her better connect with industry. Gordon said the pressure to drive innovation is on NGA, but the challenge also lies with industry to buck nontraditional methods and seek new and better practices.

“This is a great moment and NGA is so excited about the potential,” Gordon said. “The vision [Cardillo] has articulated is the right one—I know it as sure as I stand in front of you. I have no doubt we’re going to achieve it. Keep putting the pressure on us, but fair warning, our team is going to put the pressure on you.”

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Join USGIF for a Round of Lightning Talks May 20

May 18, 2015

USGIF’s Innovation Task Force invites you to its second quarterly “Accelerate Innovation” networking event on Wednesday, May 20, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at USGIF Headquarters in Herndon, Va.

Join us for a round of lightning talks focused on cloud-based technologies that enable GEOINT. During these brief presentations, USGIF member organizations will share interesting ways their customers tap into their cloud-based services and platforms.

Space is limited to 50 participants. Email to reserve your spot!

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Join USGIF for GEOINTeraction Tuesday

May 12, 2015

USGIF is hosting its bimonthly GEOINTeraction Tuesday event May 12 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Deputy Director Susan M. Gordon will be speaking at this event. Ms. Gordon will discuss her role as industry advocate for NGA to improve the speed of innovation and foster trust and unity of purpose between industry and NGA. She will discuss the opportunities to build bridges and find solutions so industry can help NGA adopt innovations more quickly and more easily.

This event is free for USGIF Members and $35 for Non-members.

RSVP to to attend!

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ISM Prelaunch Demo Event May 4

May 4, 2015

On Monday, May 4 from 2-4 p.m. at USGIF Headquarters, join USGIF and OGSystems for an exclusive prelaunch initialization of Industry Solutions Marketplace (ISM), powered by Jivango. ISM provides a market research platform that allows government and businesses to find new tools, techniques, and applications that help answer specific challenges.

Attendees will receive a hands-on demonstration and overview of ISM along with the opportunity to sign up for an account on the spot. Please come prepared with your DUNS number to create an account. There is no cost for this event.

RSVP to Carrie Drake at

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Final Day to Submit a GEOINT 2015 Lightning Talk Presentation

May 1, 2015

The USGIF Emerging Technologies Subcommittee invites you to submit an abstract for the Emerging Technologies Subcommittee Lightning Talks to be presented during GEOINT Foreword, the science & technology forum scheduled for Monday, June 22, as preface to the GEOINT 2015 Symposium, June 22-25, in Washington, D.C.

Lightning Talk presentation proposals are open to any USGIF Member as an opportunity to collaborate and educate colleagues on technical topics relevant to the GEOINT 2015 Symposium’s theme: Opening the Aperture; Charting New Paths. Lightning Talks are limited to five minutes each and will be presented from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. June 22 as a capstone to the GEOINT Foreword event. Lightning Talks must focus on advancing the GEOINT tradecraft for scientists, analysts, and other professionals.

The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration is Friday, May 1.

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Become the next Tradecraft & Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

April 24, 2015

USGIF is looking for volunteers to fill the committee co-chair position for the Tradecraft & Professional Development Committee.

The Tradecraft and Professional Development Committee discusses and implements ways to assess the needs for GEOINT professionals to support government, industry, and academia. In this role, the co-chair is responsible for working on Professional GEOINT Certification issues, developing key tradecraft topics for the GEOINT Symposium and GEOINT Community Week, and advising USGIF Members and staff on relevant professional development trends and activities.

Visit the committee webpage to see details on how to apply for the position.

Applications are due Monday, April 27.

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USGIF Scholarship Program Applications Due Today!

April 20, 2015

The 2015 USGIF Scholarship Program is accepting applications!

In an effort to help further the advancement of the geospatial tradecraft, USGIF is dedicated to assisting doctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and graduating high school seniors interested in the geospatial sciences with scholarship awards.

Since the program began in 2004, the USGIF Scholarship Program has awarded $792,000 in scholarships, helping further the education of more than 170 GEOINT students.

Applications are due April 20

Apply today!

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