Category Archives: Conferences and Seminars

USGIF GEOINT Community Week 2015

Small Satellite Workshop
Monday, November 16, 2015 – NGA’s NCE, Springfield, VA
USGIF is excited to announce that it is hosting a Small Satellite Workshop as the opening event for this year’s GEOINT Community Week. The day-long agenda will include keynotes and panels from top leaders in government and industry as well as a number of displays, demonstrations, and learning opportunities from subject matter experts and industry innovators.  Advances in sensors, processing, communications, miniaturization, and manufacturing have fueled remarkable growth in the development of small satellites. Once the purview of universities and laboratories, small satellites are proving value to the commercial sector with some forecasts calling for hundreds of small satellites by the end of this decade. Meanwhile NASA, the military, and the Intelligence Community are examining smaller, low cost, and rapidly delivered satellites as a way to conduct both primary and supplementary missions in support of both national and tactical needs. NGA leadership sees the use of small satellites as a key aspect of the agency’s future.  If you are currently working with small satellites in any capacity, this is the event for you! Join industry leaders and sign up for either a classified or unclassified exhibit space. Branding opportunities are available and serve as a great way to be viewed as a leader in the small satellite market. Please note, USGIF is considering hosting a classified portion to this event on Tuesday, November 17. If USGIF decides to do so, any organization exhibiting on Monday, November 16, 2015 will be able to exhibit on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 on a complimentary basis. 
NGA Tech Showcase East
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – NGA’s NCE, Springfield, VAUSGIF’s NGA Tech Showcase East is a full-day, classified event that offers attendees the opportunity to listen to briefings and see NGA-led demos inside and around NGA’s facilities and workspaces. Attendees will learn what challenges NGA is working on, what business opportunities are coming, and how your company can help NGA accomplish its mission. To view the available options for both the Small Satellite Workshop and NGA Tech Showcase East, please click HERE.



ASPRS GeoTech Conference 23-24 Sept GMU


The Potomac Region of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is calling for student posters to present at this year’s GeoTech Conference. GeoTech is a two-day technical conference for geographers, image scientists, and engineers that is hosted by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. The focus of the conference this year is Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs.

We are looking for students of all academic levels to contribute their ideas in the spatial sciences in regards to the engineering, data processing, or applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. This is a great opportunity for students interested in learning more about UAVs and spatial technologies as students are given full access to the conference to meet with other students and professionals.

This year, GeoTech will be hosted at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, on September 23 and 24, 2015, and will feature a large student presence from many universities in the Potomac/Mid-Atlantic region.

If you are interested in participating in the poster session, please click on the google form here: If you are interested in participating, but you are unsure about the topic, please submit a form anyway, and we will be in contact with you to help create a great project!

If you do not want to submit a poster, you are welcome to register as a student at a reduced rate. Click here for more information about the two-day conference: .

We look forward to your application!

Save the Date: Potomac ASPRS GeoTech 23-24 Sep

GeoTech 2015 Annual Conference George Mason University, Fairfax, VA September 23 – 24, 2015 ASPRS Potomac Region

 Sensor Design Considerations for Unmanned Aerial System Platforms

Early Registration now open at:

GeoTech 2015 is bringing together the platform and payload community with consumers of data generated using UAS systems.

Questions, Contact:  Paul Bresnahan ASPRS Potomac Region, GeoTech 2015 Chair

For more information visit the web site:

Summer Teacher Workshops Through JMU

Virginia GIS Site License – Professional Development

Educator’s GIS Workshops – Summer 2015

The Virginia GIS K-12 Consortium is providing five training opportunities to teachers and educators on how to use ESRI’s ArcGIS software and integrate it into a variety of classrooms and curricula.

Session I-Introductory GIS Workshop*
When: June 22 & 23
Where: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Session II-Advanced GIS Workshop*
When: June 24 & 25
Where: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Session III-Introductory GIS Workshop
When: June 30 & July 1
Where: Colonial Heights HS, Colonial Heights, VA

Session IV-Introductory GIS Workshop
When: July 7 & 8
Where: Briar Woods HS, Ashburn, VA

Session V-Introductory GIS Workshop
When: July 30 & 31
Where: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Q: What is the cost?
These workshops are supported by the K12 Consortium managed by James Madison University and are free to all participants.

*Sessions I & II — Room and board at JMU dorms will be provided for one night/two days for Session I and for two nights/three days for Session II.

Q: How do I sign up?
Space is limited.  Please email the application (MS-Word) with ‘GIS Workshop’ in the subject line and/or direct any questions to Paul Rittenhouse at

Applications will be accepted up to TWO weeks prior to the workshop date or until full, whichever comes first.

State of the Map Discount!

Here is a letter that the Geospatial Technology Department received about the State of the Map Conference in NYC:

We’d like to invite students and faculty staff of the Geography & Geospatial Technology Program to State of the Map US – the annual OpenStreetMap conference!

Please use the coupon code TEACHOSM to register with a 40 % discount off the regular ticket price of $150.

Please extend this invitation and the coupon code to your students and faculty staff for us.

State of the Map US is the annual conference for OpenStreetMap users. This year the conference is taking place at the UN headquarters in New York and we’re expecting 1,000 OpenStreetMap enthusiasts and professionals from the entire international community. Attend on June 6 and 7 for a series of talks on OpenStreetMap, open source mapping, geospatial tools and innovative mapping techniques. On June 8 we will get hands on with software workshops, mapathons and a workshop track for teachers.

We’re hoping to seeing you in New York City – please get in touch with any questions.