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April 21, 2020

USGIF Announces 2020 Achievement Award Winners

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
  • MILITARY: RS/GIS CX, The GRiD Team

March 26, 2020

GEOINT 2020 Cancellation Update

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.

March 18, 2020

GEOINT 2020 Symposium Canceled

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.

March 16, 2020

GEOINT 2020 Symposium Update

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

As an update, USGIF is exploring all options to cancel or postpone GEOINT 2020. At this time, we are ceasing registration and asking all vendors to cease any GEOINT 2020-related production.

We recognize that this affects GEOINT Symposium attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, vendors, and university faculty and students. We are grateful for your patience as we explore every viable option.

Please stay tuned for more details in the coming days.

We wish you all continued health and safety in the days to come.

March 10, 2020

UPDATE: GEOINT 2020 Symposium & COVID-19

The USGIF Board of Directors and Staff share your concerns about COVID-19, and recognize the health and safety of our community as our highest priority. We continue to monitor reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the federal government for recommendations and directives.

While a fluid situation, at this time, the GEOINT 2020 Symposium is moving forward as planned. USGIF has implemented all guidance and recommended safety measures issued by WHO, CDC, and state and local health authorities. We continue to work with the Tampa Convention Center, all show partners, and Tampa-area hotels to ensure the safety of all show participants. The Tampa Convention Center and the City of Tampa continue to maintain rigorous cleanliness and safety standards throughout public spaces, resorts, and meeting facilities.

Numbers/changes: To date, we have had two exhibitors cancel due to COVID-19 concerns. In addition, we have had four attendee cancelations to date. For exhibitors, we are delaying the freight acceptance date from March 31 to April 6, which will allow additional time for possible changes to GEOINT 2020.

We are committed to being a trusted resource and maintaining open channels of communication to support your planning for the GEOINT 2020 Symposium, April 26-29, in Tampa, Fla. Please continue to monitor this page and our social media channels for updates.

For the most current information about COVID-19, please refer to the following resources:

March 2, 2020

GEOINT 2020 Symposium and COVID-19

The GEOINT 2020 Symposium is progressing as planned. The health and safety of our community is USGIF’s highest priority, and we are committed to being a trusted resource and maintaining open channels of communication to support your onsite planning for the GEOINT 2020 Symposium, April 26-29, in Tampa, Fla.

USGIF stands firm in its commitment to hold GEOINT 2020 as planned and is monitoring reports on COVID-19 (commonly known as the Coronavirus Disease) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), should plans need to be adjusted.

As the GEOINT Community finalizes plans for the Symposium, we want to assure attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and partners that we are proceeding as planned to hold a safe, productive, and successful event.

USGIF is implementing all guidance and recommended safety measures issued by WHO, CDC, and state and local health authorities. We are continuing to work with the Tampa Convention Center, all show partners, and Tampa-area hotels to ensure the safety of all show participants. The Tampa Convention Center and the City of Tampa continue to maintain rigorous cleanliness and safety standards throughout public spaces, resorts, and meeting facilities.

Attendees and exhibitors can expect to see heightened levels of cleanliness and onsite accommodations to actively encourage all show participants to take common-sense precautions following CDC guidelines. As a standard practice at the GEOINT Symposium, medical care will be readily accessible onsite to address immediate health concerns.

For the most current information about COVID-19, see the following resources:
World Health Organization
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Recommendations to Prevent COVID-19

USGIF will be sure to communicate timely updates pertaining to COVID-19 and the GEOINT 2020 Symposium.

March 1, 2020

Congratulations to the GEOINT 2020 Golden Ticket Winners

Each year, USGIF offers the Young Professionals Golden Ticket Program as an opportunity for young professionals 35 years old or younger to win an exclusive opportunity to attend the GEOINT Symposium to meet and hear from seniors and innovators in the GEOINT world in a personal setting.

Golden Ticket winners receive complimentary full registration to the Symposium as well as participate in mentoring sessions with senior GEOINT leaders, attend USGIF’s Chairman’s Reception, and much more.

Click here to see who the 2020 Golden Ticket Winners are.

January 22, 2020

USGIF Now Accepting Proposals for GEOINT 2020 Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are an opportunity to collaborate and educate colleagues on topics relevant to the GEOINT 2020 theme: “New Decade, Challenges, and Strategies.” Lightning Talks are 6 minutes in length. The talks will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., April 27 and 28. Lightning Talks should focus on GEOINT applications performed by scientists, academics, analysts, or other community professionals. Visuals, demos, and graphics are strongly encouraged, but should avoid charts that contain so much information that the type font has to be very small.

USGIF Organizational Members, Individual Members, and Academic Partners/Accredited School representatives are invited to submit Lightning Talk proposals. Authors of the accepted proposals will be expected to register for the event. Submissions imply a commitment to attend the GEOINT Symposium if selected. Marketing pitches are not acceptable and will be disregarded during the proposal review process.

Proposals will be reviewed by a Review Committee and a limited number of proposals will be accepted, with priority given to interesting, creative, and practical ideas directly related to the main themes of the Symposium.

All submissions must be emailed to ets@usgif.org no later than 5 p.m. EST March 3.

Click here to learn more.

January 21, 2020

Registration and Housing Now Open

Registration and housing are now open for GEOINT 2020 Symposium attendees! Make sure to book your hotel room and take advantage of early bird discounts when you register.

The early bird registration rate ends Jan. 28.

All official GEOINT 2020 hotels are conveniently located within walking distance of the Tampa Convention Center, and are only available through our website and our registration partner SPARGO.

USGIF is also offering discounted flights to Tampa through United Airlines and Delta Airlines.

REGISTER TODAY

RESERVE YOUR ROOM

January 16, 2020

USGIF Awards Program Deadline Feb. 6

USGIF’s 2020 Awards Program is now open and accepting applications. The program annually recognizes the exceptional work of the GEOINT tradecraft’s brightest minds and innovative organizations. Categories include achievement in academia, community support, government, industry, and military. Winners will be presented their awards at GEOINT 2020.

Applications are due no later than Feb. 6.

Learn more about the program and apply!

See our list of past winners.