Competition Details

USGIF and OGC bring you this second annual opportunity for USGIF and OGC members to demonstrate innovative and useful GEOINT solutions addressing mission problems through visualization, discovering needles in needle stacks, data sharing, and interoperability. This year, we’re adding a general problem to be solved: predict a crisis leveraging geospatial data and capabilities. How you define that crisis and on what scale is up to you. Examples include, but are not limited to: a global pandemic; a regional or national food shortage; an industrial cyber-attack on critical infrastructure; a local mass shooting or an insider threat.

Competitors may represent a single organization or multiple organizations (multi-org teams must identify a lead organization), however, each entry is 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 that 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: "2021 Innovative Tradecraft Competition Entry"

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

  • The format is a flash-talk on the crisis prediction problem you chose, your general approach to the predictive model, how you eliminated or mitigated bias in your solution, and how your solution data is interoperable and enables a broad spectrum of discoverability, with or without visual aids
  • Briefing materials must be sent to USGIF at no later than Friday, August 14
  • 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 creative, 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 reproducibility of the solution
  • Use of at least one OGC standards-compliant dataset
  • Output delivered to the web in standardized form (e.g., using an OGC API), to ensure output can be broadly consumed


First Round:

  • The four finalists and two runners-up will be announced at the end of the event on August 18.
  • The two runners-up have the opportunity to present at the 2021 GEOINT Symposium Innovation Hub.

Final Round:

  • The four finalists will present in person Oct. 6 on the main stage at the 2021 GEOINT Symposium, get one free entry to the GEOINT Symposium, and will be featured in a article about this competition.
  • The grand prize winner will be selected by audience vote at the 2021 GEOINT Symposium.

Grand Prize:

  • Feature article about the winning entry on website and coverage in OGC's blog
  • Opportunity to present at an upcoming OGC member meeting (December 2021 or March 2022)
  • Most importantly, bragging rights!