Powering GEOINT Analytics: Big Data from Small Sats

April 13, 2017

NGA Campus East, 7500 GEOINT Drive, Springfield, VA 22150

How can and should the government use commercial GEOINT from small sats along with new commercial analytic capabilities to solve problems and advance our understanding of relevant intelligence questions and concerns?

Join us for a day-long discussion featuring speakers from industry and government. We’ll discuss current capabilities and the art of the possible while engaging with analysts to highlight their wants and needs.


0730-0800 Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibits

0800-0805 NGA Security Briefing

0805-0810 Welcome: Keith J. Masback, CEO, USGIF

0810-0815 Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Robert Tomes, Independent Consultant, Author, and Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University

0815-0845 Keynote: Dr. Anthony Vinci, Director of Plans and Programs, NGA

0845-0930 Current Landscape and Capabilities for Current Mission Sets

  • Moderator: Pete Muend, Commercial GEOINT Activity (CGA) Lead, NRO
  • Alex Bakir, Vice President of Product Marketing, Planet
  • Rob Rainhart, Senior VP of Engineering, HawkEye 360
  • Abe Usher, CTO, DigitalGlobe Radiant

0930-1000 Networking Break & Industry Exhibits

1000-1030 The Analysts’ Perspective

  • Moderator: Jim McCool, Director, Tradecraft and Technology Group, Analysis Directorate, NGA
  • Vicki Hainey, Analytic Advisor on IC ITE Mission Integration and Co-Lead of the Computer Vision Working Group, NGA
  • Eric Hyman, Analyst, Iran Division, NGA
  • Michaela Mesquite, Senior GEOINT Officer, Analytical Capabilities Portfolio, NGA

1030-1115 Lightning Talks

  • 1035-1043 “Multi Resolution Change Detect” by Pavel Machalek, Ph.D., Spaceknow
  • 1045-1053 “Service Enabled Heavy Data From Small Sats: Enterprise, Disconnected, And Spatial-Temporal Use Case” by Bryan Lane, Product Own, Pixia
  • 1055-1103 “A Platform for Geospatial Intelligence” by Adam Smith, Co-Founder and Head of Business Development and Sales, Descartes Labs
  • 1105-1113 “Automated 3D-based Analytics for Satellite Imagery Monitoring” by Tim Fair, Senior Analyst, Toyon

1115-1215 Lunch Break and Exhibits

1215-1245 “COGINT – Succeeding in the Age of Open GEOINT” A combination of commercial imagery in conjunction with open source to answer command PIRs in multiple problem sets: humanitarian assistance/disaster recovery, trans-national organized crime, and external influence, to name a few.

  • MAJ Mike Little Sr., GEOINT Division, Joint Intelligence Operation Center-South, USSOUTHCOM; and A. Terrell Dyess, Commercial + Open GeoIntelligence (COGINT) Team

1245-1315 Lightning Talks

  • 1247-1255 “BlueGlass – Understand Your World” by by Omar Balkissoon, CEO and Co-Founder, OGSystems
  • 1257-1305 "Identifying Meaningful Change at Planet Scale” by Matt Chwastek, Director, Product Management, Public Sector, Orbital Insight
  • 1307-1315 “A Global Sensing Revolution” by Alex Shih and Ricky Rios, Planet

1315-1415 Understanding the Earth with Transparent Analysis of Imagery

  • Moderator: Dr. Patrick Hagerty, Director of Research, CosmiQ Works
  • Sean Anklam, Founder and the Executive Director, Exogenesis
  • Chris Brown, Product & Technical Lead, Raster Foundry
  • Anthony Calamito, Vice President of Product, Boundless
  • James Crawford, CEO, Orbital Insight (invited)
  • Scott Herman, Vice President of Product Development, BlackSky

1415-1500 Modern Technology Infrastructure for Analysis

  • Carter Christopher, GEOINT Services R&D Technologist, NGA
  • Jason Hess, Chief Cloud Security, NGA
  • Dr. Ben Tuttle, GEOINT Services Development Lead, NGA Outpost Valley (NOV) Lead

1500-1600 Networking Reception and Industry Exhibits in the Atrium

Agenda subject to change.

Registration Fees

USGIF Individual Member: $349
Non-Individual Member: $499
Government/Military: $0

Title Sponsor

Exhibits and Demos

  • Boundless
  • CompassData
  • Descartes Labs
  • Exogenesis
  • OGSystems
  • Orbital Insight
  • Planet
  • Raster Foundry
  • Spaceknow
  • Toyon
  • Ursa Space Systems

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s involvement in this event does not imply endorsement of USGIF by the United States Government.