October 31, 2019

USGIF is offering the opportunity to conduct training and education sessions during the GEOINT 2020 Symposium, April 26-29 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.

USGIF individual or organizational members, and collegiate accredited programs designated representatives may apply to present a two-hour class related to global GEOINT topics with a focus on human security and national or homeland security.*

The purpose of these training sessions is for geospatial intelligence subject matter experts to provide updates on new topics, applications, technology, policy, and tradecraft. All training sessions are learning opportunities for attendees. Certificates of Participation will be awarded this year upon USGIF verification of actual attendance.

There are two training & education categories:

1. Technology Agnostic: May include (but not limited to) policy; generalized technology, models, frameworks that can be interoperable among various systems; new ideas; innovative research; critical thinking, etc.
2. Hands-on Training: Skills-specific training in latest software and/or tools.

While specific organizational software, hardware, and tools are allowed, organizational promotion by presenters should be limited to one introductory slide. Any sales pitching proposals (more than one slide about company and products) will be rejected automatically.


To be considered to present a training class at GEOINT 2020, submit the following required items to no later than Friday, Nov. 22:

1. A 250 (max) word summary of the session to include why the class would be of value to GEOINT 2020 attendees. Training sessions that focus on and clearly articulate how the proposed training fits into the GEOINT Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK) will be given preference.
2. A one-page course outline with learning objectives
3. Instructor/presenter biography

Please state for which training category you are applying (technology agnostic or hands-on). If the instructor is not creating the course, please also provide course creator experience/biography and contact information.

Failure to include any of the three required items will result in an automatic rejection of the training proposal.

The summary should concisely describe the proposed training, state its value, and explain why an attendee should stay for the two-hour duration. The instructor(s) should be able to answer the following question: “Why is my course compelling?”

Selection Process

USGIF will only review materials of complete application packages. USGIF will notify individuals or organizational representatives on or before Jan. 31 whether they have been accepted to present at GEOINT 2020.

If Selected

If selected to present at GEOINT 2020, a final draft of training slides must be submitted to USGIF by Feb. 28.

All accepted training providers will be expected to present their final course materials to USGIF. If an individual or organization is unable to attend or submit the final course materials by the Feb. 28 deadline, an alternative training may be selected as a replacement.

USGIF can only provide basic internet connection – presenters are responsible for finding other solutions to provide access to software and data as well as bringing their own laptops. All participants in a hands-on session will be expected to bring their own computers.

USGIF reserves the right to cancel any training at any time. No-show training presenters or presenters who fail to provide adequate training materials for a full two-hour session will not have their proposals accepted in the future.


For questions about the call or to send in your proposal, please email

*If your organization is not a USGIF Member and would like to submit a training, please contact Jeffrey T. Ley to learn more about USGIF Membership opportunities.