Call for Lightning Talks

January 23, 2018

USGIF invites you to participate in Lightning Talks during the GEOINT 2018 Symposium in Tampa, Fla.

What are Lightning Talks?
Lightning Talks are an opportunity to collaborate and educate colleagues on topics relevant to the GEOINT 2018 theme: Driving Data to Decisions and Action. Lightning Talks are seven minutes in length and can be supported by visuals, graphics, or slides. The talks will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24. Lightning Talks must focus on GEOINT applications conducted by scientists, academia, analysts, and other community professionals.

Call for Presentations
USGIF Organizational Members, Individual Members, and Academic Partners/Accredited School representatives are invited to submit Lightning Talk proposals.

Proposals will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Submissions imply that if selected there is commitment to be in attendance at the GEOINT Symposium. Marketing pitches are not acceptable and will be ignored by the proposal review process.

Suggested Topic Areas
Topics of interest to consider related to the GEOINT 2018 theme, “Driving data to Decisions and Action,” include but are not limited to:

  • Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence enabling automation
  • Space 2.0: opening new opportunities
  • Fast data enabling real-time analytics
  • Blockchain supporting GEOINT
  • Non-traditional data sources
  • Next generation digital Earth
  • Real-time 3D visualization and animation
  • Digital humanitarianism

Submission Procedure
Submit a two-page Word document describing your project, technical competencies, and facility capabilities as they relate to the project, and (where applicable) desired technical/data/information capabilities to finalize the project.

  • Name of presenter(s), contact info, short biographical sketch, name of institution(s).
  • Project Overview: Describe clearly what the team has achieved.
  • If presenting research, provide:
  • Institutional assets and the team’s relevant experience (brief).
  • Anticipated impact and list of potential applications enabled by this research.
  • Desired additional capabilities and partnerships.

Presenters that highlight ongoing collaboration with academic institutions and/or that call out a specific need for academic partnerships will receive preference.

All submissions must be emailed to no later than 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 26.

Selected speakers are responsible for their own symposium registration, housing, travel, incidentals, and any other expenses associated with participation.

A USGIF-appointed committee will select the most innovative projects and notify applicants by March 9. If selected to present at GEOINT 2018, a final draft of the presentation slides (maximum of 20 slides at 15 seconds each) must be submitted to by March 30. Instructions on scheduling the Lightning Talks will accompany selection notification.