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GEOConnect Series Showcase Now Live

April 30, 2020

Bummed there’s no GEOINT 2020 Symposium exhibit hall to visit this year? No worries, USGIF has brought 220+ exhibitors and 20+ poster sessions to you! The GEOConnect Series Showcase is an online resource for you to engage and connect with the geospatial community virtually.


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Introducing NGA’s 2020 Technology Focus Areas Panel

April 22, 2020

Wednesday, April 29, 1-2 p.m. EDT

Please join USGIF for a virtual panel discussion introducing NGA’s 2020 Technology Focus Areas. This discussion will outline the focus areas and technological needs to streamline conversations between the public and private sector as we work to enable the future together.


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USGIF Announces 2020 Achievement Award Winners

April 21, 2020

Congratulations to the 2020 USGIF Award winners! The USGIF Awards Program annually recognizes the exceptional work of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft’s brightest minds and organizations pushing the community forward. Award winners are nominated by their colleagues and selected by the USGIF Awards Subcommittee.

The 2020 USGIF Award winners are:

  • ACADEMIC: James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute
  • COMMUNITY SUPPORT: NGA Expeditionary Operations Office
  • GOVERNMENT: Mr. Mark A. Skoog & Dr. Loyd R. Hook
  • INDUSTRY: Lockheed Martin Space GATR Team

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Digital Event: the IGAPP Grand Challenge Winners

April 20, 2020

On Thursday, April 30, the 2020 Innovative GEOINT Application Provider Program (IGAPP) Grand Challenge winners will be announced via live stream.

The Grand Challenge is an annual contest that enables commercial vendors to answer high priority mobile app needs from the Federal Government. This year’s challenge opened the aperture of available app offerings to meet two app needs, a Geonames App and Translation App.

The awards and addresses will be given by Vice Admiral Robert Sharp, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Lew Messing, Vice President Programs, SAIC. You don’t want to miss it.

Register today for this virtual event on April 30 from 12:30 to 1 pm EDT.

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GEOConnect Series Opens with NGA Director April 22

April 20, 2020

USGIF is excited to launch the GEOConnect Series!

As a continuation of the Foundation’s mission, the GEOConnect Series was born to help keep the Community informed, growing, and thriving digitally. The GEOConnect Series will feature multi-session virtual events such as live-streamed or recorded panels, podcasts, webinars, training, a virtual exhibit showcase, and more.

In this series you’ll get the opportunity to:

  • Hear from leadership and geospatial experts
  • Stay engaged with happenings in the community
  • Earn educational and professional development units from the safety and comfort of your homes
  • Connect with a global audience
  • View cutting edge products, services and solutions from a wide variety of innovative organizations in the geospatial ecosystem

The series begins April 22 with a kickoff discussion between two geospatial intelligence titans: USGIF Chairman of the Board The Honorable Jeffrey Harris and Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Vice Admiral Robert Sharp. But space is limited, so register now.

Learn more about the GEOConnect Series and sign up today!

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USGIF Announces 2020 Stu Shea Endowed Scholarship Recipient

April 17, 2020

USGIF recognizes Wendy L. Zeller Zigaitis as the recipient of the Foundation’s Stu Shea USGIF Endowed Scholarship. Zigaitis is a student at Pennsylvania State University (PSU), pursuing her Ph.D. in geography.

The scholarship honors K. Stuart Shea, one of the founders of USGIF and the first chief executive and chairman of the organization. The $15,000 scholarship is awarded annually to one Ph.D. student studying cartography, geography, or imaging science.

The Stu Shea scholarship is part of the overall USGIF Scholarship Program. The full list of 2020 scholarship recipients will be announced this summer. Learn more about the USGIF Scholarship Program here.

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Message from USGIF Interim CEO, Steve Oswald

April 7, 2020

On behalf of the USGIF Staff and Board of Directors, my thoughts are with you and your loved ones during these unprecedented and challenging times.

Like most of you, the USGIF staff are currently working from home. While we can’t meet in person, we still hold regular meetings through video conferencing and our cadence has not missed a beat. We remain only a phone call or email away from each other and the rest of the community. Click here for our staff directory. We encourage members to reach out to staff for assistance.

While much of USGIF staff’s time has been diverted to navigating through canceling this year’s premiere event, the GEOINT 2020 Symposium, we continue to partner with the community. We are working on providing online education and training as well as exploring virtual tradeshow options to replace the live GEOINT 2020 event.

While the virus is impacting all timelines, we are looking ahead to our summer and fall events. The May GEOINTeraction Tuesday will be postponed to a virtual event in the summer. All fall events remain as scheduled… at least for now. Please stay tuned for updates.

Our Working Groups and Committees are meeting virtually to continue their important work for the community. Each working group and several committees meet regularly to discuss their focus areas and to help drive positive change in the community through a variety of mechanisms. If you would like to join us for one or more of the upcoming working group meetings, please contact For a list of Working Groups and Committees, click here.

Professional Certification is an important service provided by USGIF. Given the “in-person” nature of our professional certification(s), testing has necessarily been placed on hold due to COVID-19 social distancing mandates. We continue to offer our fully online, asynchronous GIS & Analysis certification boot camp. Please contact if interested in registering for up to three (3) months access to the boot camp. A Certificate of Completion and CEUs are being awarded upon successful completion.

The geospatial intelligence community, our country, and the world have been dramatically affected by this pandemic. We have all been dealt a serious blow, but we will be back and smarter on the other side. Our community is strong and will remain so. I look forward to seeing you again in person; until then, stay safe and stay healthy.

Very best wishes,

Steve Oswald

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USGIF Publishes 2019 Annual Report

March 30, 2020

The Foundation is excited to announce the publication of the 2019 Annual Report! We had so many exciting accomplishments last year. Be sure to check them out!

2019 highlights included:

  • 129 students earned USGIF GEOINT Certificates, bringing the total to more than 1,050 students holding the Foundation’s academic certificate
  • Awarded $130,000 in scholarships in 2019, the highest amount of annual funds to date
  • The Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP™) Program launched a new entry-level GEOINT Essentials exam
  • Raised $15,766 toward the EdGEOcation Giving Fund
  • USGIF opened its own state-of-the-art event space, known as the Trajectory Event Center (TEC), in Herndon, Va.


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GEOINT 2020 Cancellation Update

March 26, 2020

A Message from USGIF Staff and its Board of Directors Regarding the GEOINT 2020 Symposium

Thank you for your patience as we work through unchartered territory with regard to canceling the GEOINT 2020 Symposium. As you can imagine, this is a huge undertaking. We hope everyone in our community is faring well with self-quarantining and the uncertainties in your business operations. Here is an update:

GEOINT 2020 Symposium Housing

If you made hotel reservations through USGIF’s official housing, SPARGO Inc., your reservations have automatically been canceled and there will be no charges. If you made a reservation outside of USGIF’s official housing, you will need to contact the hotel or venue directly.

GEOINT 2020 Symposium Fees

Symposium Attendees:
We are working with SPARGO Inc., to process registration refunds. Attendees will have the option to convert their registration fees to a donation to USGIF, defer payment to the GEOINT 2021 Symposium at 2020 rates, or be issued a refund. We expect to have this ready next week.

Symposium Exhibitors & Sponsors:
The Expo Group (TEG), the official General Services Contractor for GEOINT 2020, will be contacting exhibitors soon with options regarding any show services placed.

Exhibitors and sponsors will also receive information directly from USGIF via email with additional details related to your exhibit and/or sponsorship. Thank you for your patience as we continue working through legal obligations.

Advancing the Tradecraft

Until we can welcome you back in person, USGIF is dedicated to continuing to be a resource to the geospatial intelligence community. We are exploring online education and training options to be made available in April.

Please continue to stay engaged and involved in the geospatial intelligence community. Follow USGIF on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter; Trajectory Magazine on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter; and GEOINT Symposium on Facebook and Twitter.

We all pray for your continued health and safety as well as an end to COVID-19.

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GEOINT 2020 Symposium Canceled

March 18, 2020

A Message from USGIF and its Board of Directors Regarding the GEOINT 2020 Symposium

It is with deep regret that USGIF and its Board of Directors report the GEOINT 2020 Symposium will not take place in Tampa, Fla., on April 26-29.

As reported, USGIF has been closely monitoring developing reports from the Federal Government, the Florida Government, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and World Health Organization concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 9, the Governor of Florida issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency, and on March 13 the President of the United States declared a national emergency. On March 14, the Department of Defense imposed a 60-day travel restriction on military and defense civilian personnel. On the same date, the Office of Management and Budget also prohibited travel for other federal employees, unless it is mission critical. On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directed the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 or more for the next eight weeks. On March 17, Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, issued an order limiting all public and private events and gatherings to 50 people or less.

USGIF regrets having to cancel GEOINT 2020, as the GEOINT Symposium annually brings networking, thought leadership, student interaction, business and educational opportunities to the entire geospatial intelligence, trade and academic community. We look forward to the next time we are able to bring you the high-caliber, in-person events that you have come to know, love and expect. Until we can welcome you back in person, USGIF is dedicated to continuing to be a resource to the geospatial intelligence community and will explore virtual options to do so. More details will follow in the coming days.

We are working out processes for appropriate refunds. Please be patient as this is a huge undertaking with our registration and housing company. We will update you with details when the procedures are set in place.

We all pray for your continued health and safety as well as an end to COVID-19. Please continue to stay engaged and involved in the geospatial intelligence community. Follow USGIF on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter; Trajectory Magazine on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter; and GEOINT Symposium on Facebook and Twitter.

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