USGIF Hosts a Successful GEOINT 2018

July 10, 2018

Bringing together 4,199 attendees and 251 exhibiting organizations, USGIF’s GEOINT 2018 Symposium gathered the global GEOINT Community to discuss opportunities and solve challenges.

GEOINT 2018, held April 22-25 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla., was the 14th annual Symposium and this year’s theme was “Driving Data to Decisions and Action.” With exponentially increasing data being collected and stored, and subsequent intelligence to be gained, it is imperative to use the information effectively and efficiently to a purposeful end. GEOINT 2018 explored the major drivers, themes, and innovations helping decision-makers and warfighters at the tip of the spear gain actionable intelligence from disparate data.

Among the attendees were 847 government and military personnel, including 264 employees of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), 58 representatives from U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and 53 members of the U.S. Air Force. There were 314 international attendees representing 36 countries. Among this year’s attendees were 206 young professionals and 113 participants from academia.

The GEOINT 2018 general session included keynote addresses by leaders and experts such as NGA Director Robert Cardillo, PDDNI Susan M. Gordon, author Scott Hartley, USD Joseph D. Kernan, USSOCOM Commander Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, and more. The general session also included two panel discussions on “The Future of Commercial Remote Sensing” and “Analytics Driving Action.”

The Symposium featured eight hours of programming on the Government Pavilion Stage in the exhibit hall, with senior leaders from federal agencies giving detailed presentations open to general attendees and exhibitors alike. New this year in the exhibit hall was an Innovation Corner, which featured dozens of seven-minute lightning talks relevant to the 2018 theme.

There were 557 participants in GEOINT Foreword, the pre-symposium science and technology day that featured presentations on GEOINT in decision-making, human performance, disaster planning, and medical services as well as a keynote address by Dawn Meyerriecks, deputy director of the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology.

GEOINT 2018 training, education, and professional development offerings received considerable interest throughout the four-day event. USGIF offered 58 hours of training and education sessions, which were attended by 1,025 practitioners looking to expand their knowledge and skills in topics such as big data, AI, deep learning, crisis mapping, LiDAR, synthetic aperture radar, and more.

A highlight of GEOINT 2018 was a robust K-12 outreach program with Tampa area schools, which introduced GEOINT to students from Stewart Middle School and Shorecrest Prepatory School. The K-12 program featured USGIF’s new 35-by-26 foot interactive map of North America called “Portable Planet,” technology demonstrations, a geospatial analysis workshop, and a panel discussion with community leaders. Additionally, USGIF’s Young Professionals Group led a data collection activity with local high school Junior ROTC cadets and students from Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy.

In addition to other events, USGIF is already planning GEOINT 2019, which will be held June 2-5 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

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