NGA Hosts First GEOx Geospatial Technology Showcase This Week at Cortex
The St. Louis-based National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and EVNTUR event marketing firm are hosting a “first-of-its-kind geospatial technology showcase” this week on the Cortex Innovation Community campus.
Happening October 18-20, the three-day event, which will be open to the public on its final day, will include a variety of conversations and presentations with leading geospatial technologies experts, including NGA Director Robert Cardillo and various private contractors to the Department of Defense.
Geospatial technologies provide visualization, measurement and analysis of the earth’s features; this technology is, oftentimes used in complex mapping algorithms, global positioning systems (GPS), geographical information systems (GIS), and remote sensing.
“We’re thrilled to collaborate with NGA, USGIF and EVNTUR to bring this unique event to St. Louis,” said Dennis Lower, president of Cortex. “As technology innovation becomes more deeply ingrained in our region’s DNA, the addition of GEOx will bring an annually recurring event that will help make metro-St. Louis a hub for geospatial technologies.”
The events will focus on educating the general public about geospatial technologies, demonstrating how geospatial technologies benefit the region, fostering a platform for collaboration on the development of new applications, focusing on new business development and mining talent from St. Louis-area universities.
A Focus on Students
On Oct. 19, in collaboration with USGIF, additional STEM-focused programming and activities will bring geospatial technologies to students at all levels. The day is sponsored by National Geographic, the Saint Louis Science Center, NGA, TechShop and local groups that utilize geospatial technologies. The activities have been designed to help students better understand how geography and related spatial technologies are used to help companies from many industries provide better service to their customers and to improve lives worldwide.
That evening, students from local universities who are interested in the geospatial industry will have a unique opportunity to engage with the geospatial intelligence community and other local corporations to find new career opportunities during the GEOx “Mappy Hour.” Contractors and corporations will engage with students through speaking sessions and student demonstrations, and students will be treated to a USGIF “Mappy” Hour with food and refreshments in @4240.
Engaging the Broader Community
The program for the final day, Thursday, Oct. 20, is open to the public. Here is the schedule for the day:
10am-5pm — The Expo Village activities will include demonstrations and exhibitions of drone technologies used by NGA and other local organizations.
1-5pm — “Connecting the geospatial innovation industry with the St. Louis innovation community.” Attendees can learn how geospatial industry players are developing today’s technologies and hear how our regional tech ecosystem partners are supporting tomorrow’s innovations. There will be presentations by Monsanto, NGA, Ball Aerospace and other players in the geospatial innovation community and by BRDG Park, Helix Center, T-REX, Arch Grants, City Foundry STL, Cortex and NGA’s new North City facility (N2W).
5-7pm — The GEOx celebration inside @4240 on Cortex campus will feature live music, food, and once-in-a-lifetime interactive displays of geospatial technologies from Boeing, NGA, Ball, Aerospace, VRICON, Mapbox and Digital Planet for students from local universities.
For more information, see the USGIF event page here.