The first week of June saw 4,000 geospatial analysts, technologists, and professionals descend on San Antonio, Texas for the 2017 GEOINT Symposium hosted by the USGIF (United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation). Included among them were 26 members of the Young Professional Group who had been awarded a Golden Ticket to attend.
The Golden Ticket Program is designed as an exclusive opportunity for young professionals under 35 to receive complimentary registration to the GEOINT Foreword and Symposium. They were also the recipients of networking receptions, mentoring luncheons, special exhibit hall briefings and an invitation to the USGIF Chairman’s Reception. Among the Golden Ticket award winners was Washington College’s own GIS Project Manager Luis Machado ’13.
“It was a whirlwind from start to finish,” Machado said. “We had breakfast on Sunday morning and got to know each other and then spent four days networking, getting introduced to the cutting edge technologies being developed, and meeting titans of industry and directors of defense and intelligence agencies.”
The 2017 Geoint Symposium was held at the Henry B Gonzalez Conference Center in downtown San Antonio. Over 265 organizations exhibited their work, professional services and technologies during the days and spent the evenings networking in planned events designed to foster conversations that can happen in no other environment. Throughout the event, USGIF CEO Keith Masback talked about the power of GEOINT; that so many agencies and companies have representatives meeting and networking in that energized environment. Creating that shared forum for ideas and opportunities is an invaluable service that the USGIF provides.
Back in the GIS Lab, Machado reports that he has followed up with contacts made at GEOINT, including representatives from NVIDIA, a leading company in visual computing technologies, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Digital Globe, a commercial satellite company, Deloitte, company that provides professional services, and the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
“I had the opportunity to meet incredible people in an environment where they wanted to talk to me about Washington College and what we are doing. That’s great fodder for conversation and for building new opportunities,” Machado said.
We look forward to seeing the follow up and what new opportunities are brought to the Washington College community and the GIS Program!
To read about past GEOINT trips, click here.