USGIF Now Accepting Proposals for GEOINT 2020 Lightning Talks

January 22, 2020

What are 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.

Suggested Topic Areas
Lightning Talk concepts should add an important voice to the GEOINT Symposium theme and consider how GEOINTers contribute to the greater geospatial community and society overall. Topics of interest may include but are not limited to:

• Cognitive Aspects of Human-Computer Interaction for GEOINT
• Quantum Computing
• Big Spatial Data: Analysis and Visualization
• Digital Earth, Virtual Globes and Spatial-oriented Augmented Reality
• Geospatial AI
• Integrated BIM and GIS
• Disaster and Risk Management
• Unmanned Platforms
• 3D Modeling, Analysis and Visualization
• Model Web, Geospatial Workflows and Service Composition
• Spatiotemporal Data Acquisition, Modeling, and Analysis
• Earth Observation Systems: Platforms, Algorithms and Applications
• Smart Cities
• Miniaturization of sensors

Onsite Presentation Guidelines
• Your PowerPoint should have a maximum of 20 slides.
• Presentations will be cut off at 6 minutes.

How to Apply
Please submit a one-two page Word document describing your project. Please include:

• Title of the presentation
• Name(s) of presenter(s) and institution(s), contact information, and very short biographical sketch(es)
• Project description: we are seeking thought-provoking, high-energy topics that challenge attendees to think, learn…and laughing is a good thing too! Use this space to tell us about your Lightning Talk proposal and how it will help solve real-world geospatial problems.
• Project summary: The summary is a concise description of your program. This summary may be used in conference or post conference marketing materials. Don’t get it confused with the “program description” section. Imagine the summary was the only part of the program information anyone could access. Please write the summary so that it accurately describes what attendees can expect by attending your talk. The summary should also be written to entice people to attend.

Presenters who highlight ongoing collaboration with academic institutions and/or who call out a specific need for academic partnerships are strongly preferred.

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

Next Steps
A USGIF-appointed committee will conduct peer-reviews, select the most innovative proposals, and notify applicants of their decisions by mid-March. Selected presenters will be responsible for their own Symposium registration, travel, and housing. If selected to present at GEOINT 2020, a final draft of your presentation slides must be submitted to ets@usgif.org no later than March 27. Instructions on scheduling your Lightning Talk will accompany selection notification.