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DC Startup Innovators


By Melanie D.G. Kaplan 2015 Issue 4 Trajectory Magazine

Mapbox is one of Washington’s fastest-growing geospatial companies. This summer, the company closed on $52 million of venture capital backing and now has more than 100 employees, 30 of whom are based in D.C. But locating the Mapbox office isn’t easy. It sits in an alley north of Logan Circle on the backside of bustling 14th Street, where employees go for freshly brewed filter-drip coffees at Peregrine and local beer at Batch 13.

Inside the former auto shop, dozens of bicycles compete for space on wall hooks, bare bulbs hang from the ceiling, and Herman Miller chairs roll around the concrete floor, catching occasionally on a manhole cover. The office is uncannily quiet as workers communicate through GitHub and Slack, standing or sitting at desks and tapping away on MacBook Pros.

The five-year-old, open-source startup builds maps for developers, including Foursquare and Pinterest, and recently partnered with MapQuest in an effort to overhaul the navigation company’s branding and product. Although the commercial market primarily drives the company, the value of its proximity to the federal government is significant.

“We’re working with federal agencies that are tackling some of the toughest and most complex geo problems in the world, like NGA mapping West Africa’s Ebola epidemic in real time or the U.S. Geological Survey finding better ways to serve terabytes of open imagery data,” said Matt Irwin, Mapbox’s government and humanitarian lead. “It’s a ton of fun to have someone from the government approach you and say, ‘We’re trying to solve X.’ These are massively compelling problems.”

– See more at: Startup Innovators




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.



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Professionalizing the GEOINT Workforce

From Trajectory magazine:

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is blazing a trail for the geospatial intelligence professional to follow from academia to expertise. For the past 10 years, USGIF has awarded scholarships to high school seniors, college students, and doctoral candidates alike; and the Foundation has in the past seven years accredited 12 academic institutions to award GEOINT certificates. Now, USGIF is extending this pipeline to the professional certification and continuing education of GEOINT practitioners.

This fall, USGIF will offer the first Universal GEOINT Certification to both U.S. and international GEOINT practitioners across multiple industries, military, academia, and federal, state, and local government.

“We know not everyone will follow the exact path of our pipeline,” said USGIF CEO Keith Masback. “There are many roads to becoming a GEOINT professional, but no matter how an individual arrives at this profession, the Universal GEOINT Certification will distinguish them as among the best in this field.”

This certification is a natural evolution in the advancement of GEOINT and perhaps the most important Foundation initiative to date, according Masback.

“The community made up the term GEOINT about 12 years ago and had a vision for what we thought it would be,” Masback said. “We now have a body of knowledge to articulate what is encompassed by this thing we call GEOINT. Initially, we were able to identify the academic requirements that fed into the workforce. Now, as technology changes and tradecraft evolves, the next step in the maturation of this process is to provide professional certification to the workforce.”

Since the term GEOINT was written into law by Congress in 2003, there have been several attempts to create standardization throughout the community, according to Dr. Darryl Murdock, USGIF’s vice president of professional development. What’s different today is the blending of skill sets and the need for expertise that goes far beyond the database maintenance now primarily performed by software. GEOINT is no longer about technology but about the analysis the technology enables.

“It used to be you were either a GIS or a remote sensing professional,” Murdock said. “Those once separate activities are merging. If you’re looking for an overarching and progressive way to apply geospatial science and technology to both everyday and defense and intelligence activities, then you’re talking about GEOINT. The GEOINT professional is the person in government and business who informs decision-makers about spatiotemporal issues and provides timely answers to key questions.”

– See more at: http://trajectorymagazine.com/defense-intelligence/item/1959-professionalizing-the-geoint-workforce.html?utm_source=GLC%20Custom%20Media&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TrajectoryMagazineJune2015eNewsletter#sthash.ZsDnbZU7.dpuf

USGIF Hack-a-thon June 12-14

USGIF’s Hack-a-thon June 12-14


USGIF is holding its first-ever GEOINT Hack-a-thon to expose both non-GEOINT and GEOINT-savvy coders to interesting problems that require inventive coding solutions. The goal is to gain participation from the non-GEOINT coding world, while the end result will be a working code base that performs a specifically requested set of functions. The winning team will receive a cash prize!



USGIF Young Professionals Group Third Thursday

Make sure to mark your calendar for these unique opportunities to network with your peers, help with the community and learn from senior leaders.

To be added to our YPG distribution list for information on upcoming events and programs, or to send us your ideas, please contact ypg@usgif.org

YPG Third Thursdays

World of Beer
901 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Unlike other YPG events, this is more of an informal, drop-in gathering. But it serves as another way for young GEOINT professionals to grow their network by way of good old-fashioned conversation. The YPG will continue this event on the third Thursday of each month. We’ll rotate to various venues in an effort to accommodate a wide range of young professionals. Please feel free to suggest areas or venues where we should go.

Stop by, have a drink and meet some new people!



GEOINTeraction Tuesday


Held the second Tuesday of every other month, GEOINTeraction Tuesday is a casual networking event where you can develop new relationships, exchange ideas and discover business opportunities. Each event features a guest speaker from the Defense, Intelligence or Homeland Security Community who shares their views on current issues and answers audience questions.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to rsvp@usgif.org

Upcoming GEOINTeraction Tuesdays

September 9, 2014
Embassy Suites
8100 Loisdale Road
Springfield, VA
4-6:30 p.m.

Speaking at this event will be Ms. Letitia A. Long, the fifth Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the first female head of a major U.S. intelligence agency.

RSVP Today to rsvp@usgif.org

Members: Free
Non-Members: $35
Check or credit card payment collected on site

Parking: Free lot on site
Hors d’oeuvres to be served

USGIF Analytics 2014: Insights for Mission Impact Marketing

Analytics 2014: Insights for Mission Impact

0800-1900 Wednesday, July 30 – Hyatt Regency Reston

This one-day event provides a forum for sharing lessons learned among thought leaders from various industry sectors in need of best-of-breed capabilities to enhance analytic outcomes. Visit exhibiting organizations and take part in networking opportunities including the closing reception.


Member $325 Non-Member $425 Academia $50 Gov/Military Free

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