Call for GEOINT 2023 Symposium Lightning Talk Submissions

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What are Lightning Talks?

Lightning Talks are an opportunity to share with and educate colleagues on topics relevant to the GEOINT 2023 theme: From Maps to Metaverse. They focus on one key point–this can be an idea, a successful project, a cautionary story, a collaboration invitation on an ongoing project, a quick tip, or a demonstration. These talks are an opportunity for valuable information and creative ideas to get the attention they deserve. The clock will be ticking, so get prepared! We seek thought-provoking, high-energy topics that challenge attendees to think, learn, and hopefully take it to the next level! Lightning Talks are 5 minutes at most and slated between 1 and 4 p.m., May 22 through 24 in the Innovation Hub of the Symposium Exhibit Hall.

We invite USGIF Organizational Members, Individual Members, and Academic Partners/Accredited Schools to submit Lightning Talk proposals. We expect presenters to register for the GEOINT Symposium (registration opens mid-January). Submissions imply a commitment to attend if selected. We will not accept sales pitches and disregard them during the proposal review process.

A USGIF review committee will consider all proposals and accept a limited number for the event. The committee will prioritize interesting, creative, and practical ideas directly related to the Symposium’s main theme: From Maps to Metaverse.

Suggested Topic Areas

Lightning Talk concepts should add an important voice to the GEOINT Symposium theme, showcasing intelligent capabilities and innovation built upon theoretical and algorithmic foundations. Presentations should consider how GEOINTers contribute to the greater geospatial community and society overall.

Topics of interest may include but are not limited to:

  • Real-World Intelligence
  • Spatial Data Discovery
  • Cognitive Aspects of Human-Computer Interaction for GEOINT
  • Digital Twins
  • Future Workplace Technology
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Quantum Computing
  • Digital Earth, Virtual Globes and Spatial-Oriented Augmented Reality
  • Geospatial AI
  • Integrated BIM and GIS
  • Cloud Computing
  • Disaster and Risk Management
  • Unmanned Platforms
  • 3D Modeling, Analysis, and Visualization
  • Model Web, Geospatial Workflows and Service Composition
  • Spatiotemporal Data Acquisition, Modeling, and Analysis
  • Earth Observation Systems
  • Miniaturization of Sensors
  • Geospatial Policies, Law & Ethics

Onsite Presentation Guidelines

  • Your PowerPoint should have a maximum of 10 slides. Please embed demos into the presentation, if any. Submit videos as .mp4.
  • Presentations will be cut off at 5 minutes.

How to Apply

Please submit a Word document describing your project using the following guidelines.

Please include:

  • Title of the presentation (make it short, relevant, and enticing)
  • Name(s) of presenter(s) and institution(s), contact information, and short biographical sketch(es)
  • Description (up to 250 words).

Tell us about your proposed Lightning Talk (what it is, how it works, who is or should get involved, and its broader impact). Write a concise description of your key point, process, and outcome(s). We may use your summary in Symposium or post-Symposium marketing materials. Please write it to accurately describe what attendees can expect from your talk and entice people to attend.

While not required, we prefer presentations that highlight ongoing collaboration with academic institutions and/or call out a specific need for academic partnerships. We also encourage visuals, demos, and graphics, but please avoid long narratives or charts containing so much information that the font is tiny.

Failure to include any of the required items will result in an automatic rejection of the training proposal. Please follow the required format.

Email your submission to by no later than 5 pm ET, February 17.

Next Steps

A USGIF-appointed committee will conduct a peer-review, select the most innovative proposals, and notify applicants of their decisions by March 21. If selected, you will be responsible for your Symposium registration, travel, and housing. You must submit your final draft of your presentation slides to by May 5 at the latest. We will provide instructions on scheduling your Lightning Talk upon selection notification.

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