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07 Oct 2011

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Friday’s Food for Thought: The Final Countdown and GEOINT Symposia of Days Gone By

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? We are officially nine days away from the kick off of GEOINT 2011. For many in the community, the next work week will be dedicated to nailing down last-minute details, scheduling meetings and generally preparing for this premier event. Speaking of scheduling meetings, have you all taken advantage of CrowdVine yet? And, there is still time to register for the GEOINT 2011 Pre-Symposium Forum. So please make sure you take advantage of these opportunities. And, for this week’s FFFT post we are going to take a quick look back at previous GEOINT symposia. We hope you enjoy and happy Friday!

All About the GEOINT Symposium
Each year since 2003, the GEOINT Symposium has brought together an exciting agenda of keynote speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions and provided attendees a unique opportunity to learn from leading experts, share best practices, and uncover the latest developments from government, military and private-sector leaders. This mix of community leaders with a ever-growing exhibit hall featuring the industry’s top solutions and capabilities brings attendees and exhibitors back year after year. The GEOINT Symposium also offers rich networking opportunities. An opening welcome party, charity golf tournament, GEOWalk corporate hospitality night, closing celebration and exhibit hall receptions—as well as some impromptu events—provide tremendous networking opportunities with immeasurable returns on investment.

And Now a Look Back: GEOINT 2004
When a writer for Directions Magazine had this to say about GEOINT 2004: “People were here to create and apply the best Intelligence system in the world. You could sense the same worried excitement as might have been at a diplomatic party in 1939 Paris or even an evening at Ricks’ in Casablanca, only just a little more subtle,” we knew that GEOINT was a special event. To take a spin back in time and re-live the glory of that conference, check out the full article here.

GEOINT 2005 Moves to San Antonio
Momentum was quickly building for the GEOINT Symposium, so much so that the foundation had to move the party to a bigger venue: The Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio. With the theme of “Securing Freedom” and “Defeating Threats,” GEOINT 2005 once again offered an unparalleled balance of substantive information mixed in with plenty of networking. Be sure to check out the official GEOINT 2005 web site to get a sense of just how quickly this event grew in just one year.

GEOINT Goes to Florida in 2006
In 2006, things really took off. More than 3,000 people from across Industry, Academia, and the Defense and Intelligence communities descended on Orlando, and exhibit space doubled from 2005. The theme of GEOINT 2006 centered on harnessing the true power of geospatial intelligence to obtain actionable intelligence in a changing world — such a viable theme that still rings true for our community today. Click here to re-live GEOINT 2006.

GEOINT Goes Back to San Antonio in 2007
As San Antonio is an ideal place for the GEOINT Symposium, USGIF decided to head back to the great State of Texas one more time in 2007. You can re-live the glory of GEOINT 2007 with this wrap-up video:

GEOINT Goes to Music City in 2008
Marking the 5th Anniversary of the GEOINT Symposium, USGIF decided to host the GEOINT 2008 in Nashville at that Opryland Hotel. This also marked the launch of the got geoint?, the official blog of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, with this Q&A with Honorable James R. Clapper Jr., the former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) and current Director of National Intelligence.

GEOINT 2009: Back in Texas
Once again, USGIF went back to good old Texas for GEOINT 2009. The foundation hit record number in terms of attendees and exhibitors, the most prominent defense and intelligence leaders were on hand, and once again, great networking opportunities abounded.

GEOINT 2011 Takes Over ‘The Big Easy’
Clearly, there is something very special about New Orleans. Attendance numbers were once again broken in a venue that is very near and dear to many GEOINTers hearts: The ‘Big Easy.’ Oh, and playing football in the Superdome was an all-time highlight on many levels. In case you missed it, the closing event was hosted in the Superdome and those in attendance had the luxury of enjoying the the Manning Football Experience interactive punt, pass, catch and kick challenge with a special appearance by Archie Manning himself. It was simply awesome.

GEOINT 2011: The Final Countdown
With nine days to go, here’s a classic song from Europe to help get you pumped up for all the great things to come at GEOINT 2011. San Antonio here we come!

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