Despite the lingering effects of sequestration and the federal government shutdown, the GEOINT 2013* Symposium, held April 14-17 at the Tampa Convention Center, attracted 4,376 total attendees.
Due to interpretations of the Pay Our Military Act following the October 2013 government shutdown and the inability of government and military to attend events, USGIF was unexpectedly forced to postpone the symposium from October 2013 to April 2014.
GEOINT 2013* retained the year and added an asterisk to the name of the April event in part to make light of an otherwise difficult situation and also to reduce wasteful spending by adhering asterisks to signage rather than reprinting materials.
In total, the event featured more than 100 government speakers, 282 exhibiting organizations, and 30+ hours of training, education, and professional development opportunities.
Attendees included approximately 800 verified military and government personnel, such as representatives from nearly all 17 agencies in the U.S. Intelligence Community, as well as from several combatant commands, particularly U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command, both located at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Additionally, international participation included 29 countries—the Symposium’s most extensive international participation to date.
“As a percentage, the government and military representation at GEOINT 2013* was consistent with or ahead of all past GEOINT Symposia,” said USGIF CEO Keith Masback. “We are also very pleased that this number contains numerous senior leaders with depth of knowledge across a wide variety of spectrums and nationalities.”
The GEOINT 2015 Symposium will be held June 21-24, 2015, in Washington, D.C.