USGIF Announces 2018 GEOINT Community Week Events

Foundation to host a variety of opportunities for learning, discussion, and networking

Herndon, Virginia (October 18, 2018)—The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is excited to announce a variety of events taking place November 12 through 17 as part of its 2018 GEOINT Community Week. USGIF’s annual GEOINT Community Week brings together the defense, intelligence, homeland security, and commercial geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) communities for a week of workshops, educational outreach, forward-looking discussion, networking opportunities, and celebration.

“Following record-setting attendance at USGIF’s recent series of events in St. Louis, Mo., we’re excited to offer a rich and diverse, week-long set of programs, culminating with the GEOGala, the annual celebration of our extended GEOINT Community,” said USGIF CEO Keith J. Masback.

The 2018 GEOINT Community Week lineup includes the following events.  

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Workshop | November 13-14

In this two-day workshop taking place at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Campus East in Springfield, Va., USGIF and its Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Working Group will discuss current challenges and strategic initiatives related to the role of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cognitive computing, and deep learning. The first day will feature an unclassified agenda filled with keynotes, panel discussions, exhibitors, and industry flash talks. The second day will be a classified, half-day agenda.  

GEOINTeraction Tuesday | November 13

This special edition of USGIF’s trademark networking event will take place at Embassy Suites in Springfield, Va., and is sponsored by Carahsoft. The guest speaker will be David Gauthier, Director of NGA’s new Commercial and Business Operations Group. Gauthier will address how the Commercial and Business Operations Group is paving the way for growth and innovation in the commercial GEOINT services market and enabling better access to industry solutions by combining trust with a vision for one-click ordering.  

GIS Day | November 14

GIS Day annually celebrates how GIS makes a difference around the world. Each GIS Day, USGIF takes the opportunity to educate K-12 and college students about how GIS is just one of many topics under the GEOINT umbrella. Every year, USGIF also exhibits at George Mason University’s (GMU) GIS Day event, where students can stop by the USGIF table to learn about the Foundation, USGIF membership, and the Foundation’s Young Professionals Group. USGIF will also host a  networking reception at GMU sponsored by Radiant Solutions.  

Geography 2050 | November 15-16

Organized by the American Geographical Society and taking place at Columbia University in New York City, Geography 2050 is a multi-year, high-level strategic dialogue among thought leaders from academia, government, and business. This year’s theme is “Powering our Future Planet.” USGIF is a partner for the event, and USGIF Director of Academic Programs Dr. Camelia Kantor is scheduled to give a lightning talk on modern energy access.  

GEOGala | November 17

USGIF’s 13th annual black-tie GEOGala in McLean, Va., will celebrate the dedication and support of the GEOINT Community and tradecraft. The event brings together leaders from the defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities as well as USGIF members and guests for an evening of dinner and dancing. Opportunities to reserve tables or individual seats are available.

To learn more about 2018 GEOINT Community Week events or to register, visit  


USGIF, founded in 2004, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-lobbying educational foundation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger GEOINT Community among government, industry, academia, professional organizations, and individuals who develop and apply geospatial intelligence to address global security challenges. USGIF executes its mission via its strategic pillars: Build the Community, Advance the Tradecraft, Accelerate Innovation. 


Kristin Quinn
Director of Content & Strategic Communications
United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
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