USGIF Now Accepting Proposals for GEOINT 2019 Lightning Talks

January 17, 2019

What are Lightning Talks?
Lightning Talks are an opportunity to collaborate and educate colleagues on topics relevant to the GEOINT 2019 theme: “Human-Machine Teaming & Innovation Yield Mission Success.” Lightning Talks are 7 minutes in length and visuals and graphics are strongly encouraged. The talks will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. June 3 and 4. Lightning Talks must focus on GEOINT applications performed by scientists, academics, analysts, or other community professionals.

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

• Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning
• Space 2.0: Opening new opportunities
• Fast data enabling real-time analytics
• Blockchain supporting GEOINT
• Non-traditional data collection and sources
• Next generation digital Earth
• Storytelling with data
• Real-time 3D visualization and animation
• Digital humanitarianism: social media and crisis mapping
• Emerging GEOINT areas
• Innovative solutions for education and workforce development
• Standards
GEOINT law & policy

Onsite Presentation Guidelines
• Your PowerPoint should have a maximum of 20 slides. Slide advances must be timed.
• PowerPoints will automatically advance and you will not be able to control the speed of slide transitions.
• Presentations will be cut off at 7 minutes.

How to Apply
Please 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 needed to finalize the project.

Please also include:

• Name(s) of presenter(s) and institution(s), contact information, and short biographical sketch(es)
• Project overview: Describe clearly what the team has achieved
• If presenting research, provide:
– Institutional assets and the team’s relevant experience
– Anticipated impact and a list of potential applications
– Desired additional capabilities and partnerships

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 no later than 5 p.m. EST Feb. 22.

Next Steps
A USGIF-appointed committee will conduct peer-review, 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 2019, a final draft of your presentation slides must be submitted to by March 29. Instructions on scheduling your Lightning Talk will accompany selection notification.