GEOINT 2022 Innovative Tradecraft Competition

First Round: Wednesday, March 16, 8:30 AM—4:00 PM

USGIF Trajectory Event Center, 13665 Dulles Technology Dr. Suite 150, Herndon, VA and via Webinar

USGIF and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) bring you the third annual Innovative Tradecraft Competition, an opportunity for USGIF and OGC members to demonstrate innovative GEOINT solutions addressing mission problems through visualization, discovering needles in needle stacks, data sharing, and interoperability. This year, we’d like to see how our community might tackle seemingly intractable problems leveraging GEOINT. Solving problems like deep fakes, cyber threats, climate change, space junk, and social unrest may seem daunting, but the power of GEOINT may be the foundation to make progress against these daunting challenges. Whether you choose to address one of those problems, or tackle a different intractable problem, we’d love to see what our community can offer as a way to get started on a solution or a mitigation.

Competitors may represent a single organization or multiple organizations (multi-org teams must identify a lead organization), however, each entry will be limited to one presenter. Competitors may use free and open data sources listed in the USGIF Educational Anthology for development activities related to the competition and/or use proprietary datasets and capabilities.

Entry Information

Each entry includes admission for the presenter and up to three guests to attend the first round of the competition. Note: with USGIF/OGC permission, presenters may attend/present virtually.

  • USGIF will accept up to 20 entries on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Entry fee is $1,200 per competitor
    • Up to two reduced fee entries will be reserved for academic organizations
    • Order of presentations will be determined by registration order, with the first entrant briefing last
  • Competitors must be USGIF or OGC organizational members
  • Contact to register your organization and please use the subject line: "GEOINT 2022 Innovative Tradecraft Competition Entry"

Each competitor will have one briefer present for a maximum of five minutes. You may use slides and/or video as part of the presentation.

  • The format will be a five-minute flash-talk style discussion on the seemingly intractable problem you chose, your general approach to leveraging GEOINT to begin to solve or mitigate the problem, how you approach elimination or mitigation of bias, and how your solution is interoperable and/or enables a broad spectrum of discoverability, with or without visual aids
  • Briefing materials must be sent to USGIF at no later than 5 PM ET Friday, March 11
  • Presentations will be scored by a jury of senior leaders from the intelligence community

Scoring Criteria

  • “Problem to be solved” is explicitly identified
  • Presenter effectively connects the value proposition with the audience
  • Presentation is engaging, fostering a teachable moment
  • Solution represents a unique or novel approach
  • Solution effectively identifies, mitigates, and/or eliminates bias within the approach
  • Presentation design is clear and consistent
  • Degree of partnership/collaboration
  • Degree of alignment with OGC standards and best practices


First Round:

  • The four finalists will be announced at the end of the event on March 16. They will present in person on the Main Stage of the GEOINT 2022 Symposium in Aurora, Colorado, receive one free entry to the Symposium, and be featured in a article focused on this competition.
  • Two additional runners up will have the opportunity to present in the Innovation Hub at the GEOINT 2022 Symposium.

Final Round:

  • One grand prize winner will be selected by audience vote at the GEOINT 2022 Symposium. The Grand Prize will include:
    • A full-length article on the website and a feature in the OGC blog
    • An opportunity to present at an upcoming OGC member meeting
    • Most importantly, bragging rights!