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USGIF Launches Second EdGEOcation Giving Campaign

October 11, 2017

USGIF launched its second annual EdGEOcation Giving Campaign, with the goal of raising funding and awareness for USGIF educational programming. The Foundation aims to raise $12,000 by Jan. 12.

“Geospatial intelligence has become a key component in providing relief for humanitarian issues and natural disasters, assisting law enforcement and first responders, better understanding weather and climate change, and much more,” said USGIF COO Aimee McGranahan. “Donations to the EdGEOcation Giving Campaign help educate the next generation of GEOINTers that will be serving in these fields to help make our world a better, safer place.”

Donations may be made via PayPal, check, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), AmazonSmile, and onsite at USGIF events. You may also donate $5 by texting “GEOINT” to 27722. Additionally, you may not donate via, USGIF’s online transaction portal.

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Last Day to Register for Day 2 of Tech Showcase West

October 11, 2017

Join USGIF for this exciting two-day agenda to learn about the unique work of industry and NGA employees in St. Louis. Tech Showcase West will kick off with an unclassified day of conversations about innovation and the benefits of public-private partnerships.

Day two, NGA Tech Showcase West, is a classified event that will include an update on the new campus construction, demos, engagement and interaction with NGA St. Louis employees, and a reception at Anheuser-Busch. NGA Tech Showcase West (Oct. 18) requires a TS//SI/TK clearance. Clearances must be passed and registration completed no later than Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. ET.


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DUE TODAY: GEOINT 2018 Symposium Call for Training

September 29, 2017

USGIF is offering the opportunity to conduct training and education sessions during the GEOINT 2018 Symposium, April 22-25 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL.

USGIF organizational members, accredited programs, and working groups may apply to present a two-hour class related to global GEOINT topics with a focus on human security and national or homeland security.

The purpose of these training sessions are for geospatial intelligence subject matter experts to provide updates on new topics, applications, technology, policy, and tradecraft. All training sessions are learning opportunities for attendees. Organizational promotion by presenters is not permitted.

The deadline to submit is no later than today, Friday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. PDT.

See submission guidelines

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USGIF Partners with Harris Geospatial Solutions to Offer Analysis Software for Scholarship Winners

September 25, 2017

USGIF has partnered with Organizational Member Harris Geospatial Solutions to grant 12-month student ENVI+IDL licenses to the 2017 USGIF scholarship recipients.

The ENVI+IDL license allows students access to Harris imagery analysis software, supporting their academic coursework and research while preparing them for careers in commercial, government, and defense organizations.

“Harris has a long history of supporting the academic community, and we are thrilled to be contributing ENVI+IDL licenses to the USGIF Scholarship winners,” said Robert Laudati, managing director of Harris Geospatial Solutions. “Our industry needs more bright minds to help tackle today’s biggest geospatial challenges, and with ENVI+IDL these students gain hands-on experience with the industry’s leading image science software for geospatial analytics. They will be able to answer the most difficult GEOINT questions—whether they arise in the classroom, in the lab, or later on the job.”

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Hack for Change: Donate Your Time & Skills Tomorrow

September 22, 2017

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and now Maria resulted in unprecendented impacts on our Nation, but digital volunteers can also be a powerful force in helping with the response efforts! Come celebrate and participate in the 2017 National Day of Civic Hacking this Saturday, September 23 at Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub,
5255 Loughboro Rd NW, Washington, DC 20016.

This national event connects public servants, people with technology skills, graphic designers, journalists, problem solvers, and community organizers to show how government can work in the 21st century when we all build it together. Join this Hack for Change movement to do good during times of crisis.

You don’t have to donate money to help save lives. Donate your time and skills to help emergency responders and managers respond to the recent hurricanes.

Learn More & Register!

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Special Discount to AR & The Future of Work Online Course

September 21, 2017

Shel Israel and Robert Scoble, authors of The Fourth Transformation: How Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything, will be hosting a live online training course on “Augmented Reality and the Future of Work,” Oct. 2, 10 a.m. -12:15 p.m. PT.

This course is for executives who are looking to understand how and why AR is going to transform their businesses. Get a special $20 discount to this online course by registering and using the promo code GSIF1.

Register for the course here.

Scoble and Israel gave a joint keynote at the GEOINT 2017 Symposium in June. Check out their talk here.

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USGIF Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients

September 20, 2017

USGIF awarded $117,000 in scholarship funds to students studying the geospatial sciences and related disciplines.

The annual USGIF Scholarship Program recognizes the achievements of graduating high school seniors as well as undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. The program’s goal is to further the advancement of the geospatial tradecraft.

USGIF awarded 26 scholarships this year to six high school seniors, six undergraduate students, 10 graduate students, and four doctoral candidates. The Foundation also awarded the Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications for the second year. This $10,000 scholarship is provided in partnership with USGIF Organizational Member Riverside Research. The Ken Miller Scholarship is presented to a master’s degree candidate studying remote sensing who plans to enter the defense, intelligence, or homeland security workforce.

See the list of winners

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GEOINTeraction Tuesday - Sept. 12

September 11, 2017

Join USGIF for our next GEOINTeraction Tuesday, Sept. 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at CIT Complex in Herndon, Va. Enjoy refreshments and network with colleagues

Due to a conflicting mission requirement, Dr. Anthony Vinici is no longer able to attend. In his place, Kristin St. Peter, NGA’s deputy director for plans and programs, will be the guest speaker at GEOINTeraction Tuesday and will discuss how she and Dr. Vinci are implementing their vision.

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FINAL DAY: 2018 State & Future of GEOINT Report Call for Abstracts

September 8, 2017

USGIF’s annual State and Future of GEOINT Report provides the GEOINT Community an opportunity to assess the current state of the profession and look ahead to the technologies and tradecraft of the future.

This year, for the first time, USGIF is reaching out beyond the in-person content exchanges and announcing a virtual State and Future of GEOINT Call for Abstracts for those who cannot attend in-person but would still like to write for the report.

If you wish to submit an article for consideration, please prepare a one-page Word document including the following:

• A proposed article title
• An abstract of no more than 250 words
• The names, titles, and contact information of at least three authors not from the same organization

Abstracts should be sent to no later than Friday, Sept. 8.

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Thank You for a Successful GEOINT 2017

September 5, 2017

Bringing together 3,883 attendees and 240 exhibiting organizations, USGIF’s GEOINT 2017 Symposium gathered the global GEOINT Community to discuss opportunities and solve challenges.

GEOINT 2017, held June 4-7 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, was the 13th annual Symposium and this year’s theme was “Advancing Capabilities to Meet Emerging Threats.” The Symposium focused on how next generation capabilities and processes such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, cloud computing, agile and enterprise acquisition efforts, object-based production, and change detection—to name a few—are shaping the face of intelligence analysis.

Among the attendees were 675 government and military personnel, including more than 200 representatives from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. There was also strong international participation from 34 countries. Among this year’s attendees were 211 young professionals and 104 participants from academia.

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