Geospatial Advantage Conference

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Geospatial Advantage Conference

This is a collaboration between NGA, GEOHuntsville and their leaders to grow local partnerships between industry, government and academia.

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Jackson Center 6001 Moquin Drive Northwest Huntsville, AL 35806

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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and GEOHuntsville are co-sponsoring the first-ever Geospatial Advantage Conference. With the theme “Why Where Matters,” this conference is an opportunity for government agencies non-profit organizations, academia and industry to engage in discussions on partnerships, innovative technologies, and the growing geospatial ecosystem in Huntsville.

NGA’s Deputy Director Tonya Wilkerson will provide the opening keynote at the conference. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle will deliver closing remarks.

The event will be hosted by Intelligence National Security Alliance (INSA) President, Suzanne Heckenberg.


  • 8:30 – 8:35 a.m. - Welcome Remarks Suzanne Heckenberg, Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) President and Master of Ceremonies
  • 8:35 – 8:50 a.m. - Morning Keynote Address Tonya Wilkerson, NGA Deputy Director
  • 8:50 – 9:20 a.m. - Discussion with Redstone Arsenal
  • 9:20 – 10:05 a.m. - Panel: The Commercial Advantage: Leveraging Commercial Data and Imagery
  • 10:05 – 10:15 a.m. - Networking Break
  • 10:15 – 11 a.m. - Panel: Why Where Matters in Space
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. - Attendee Networking Lunch
  • 12 – 12:50 p.m. - Panel: “The Future of Where”: Geospatial Inside and Outside the Classroom
  • 12:50 – 1:35 p.m. - Panel: “Finding Where Faster”: The Future of Artificial Intelligence
  • 1:35 – 1:50 p.m. - Networking Break
  • 1:50 – 2:35 p.m. - Panel: Fostering a Geospatial Ecosystem
  • 2:35 – 2:50 p.m. - Closing Keynote Tommy Battle, Mayor of Huntsville
  • 2:50 – 3 p.m. - Closing Remarks Suzanne Heckenberg, INSA President
  • 2:30 – 5 p.m. - STEM/Geospatial Recruitment & Career Fair
  • 3 – 5 p.m. - Networking Social (Please join us for the post-conference social as a continuation of the geospatial meet and greet)

Students, academics, government and industry are all invited to join the conversation during this one-day, in-person event at the Jackson Center on Nov. 29, 2022, 8:30 am – 2:40 pm CT, with a networking social and student career fair immediately to follow.

NGA delivers world-class geospatial intelligence products and services that policymakers, military service members, and first responders need, when they need it most. As a member of the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense, NGA supports a unique mission set. We are committed to acquiring, developing and maintaining the proper technology, people and processes that enable overall mission success.

GEOHuntsville is a 501c(6) non-profit corporation whose mission is to enhance the community’s ability to identify, innovate and expand its geospatial expertise and resources, advance economic and workforce development and facilitate geospatial solutions to address natural and human-caused threats to our community and nation.

Career Fair for Students:

Following the conference, we will host a career fair for students to meet and network with representatives from government agencies, academia and industry. Recruiters will be onsite from NGA, other government agencies and industry to talk with students about career opportunities. We will host a Career Fair 2:40-5pm for active students.

Industry Engagement:

Industry representatives are invited to participate in the career fair in the afternoon of Nov. 29, 2022, at no cost.


  • $50 per attendee, includes lunch and networking social
  • $10 for student attendee
  • $0 students to attend the career fair ($10 for students to attend conference sessions)
  • $0 for speakers and support staff
  • No parking fee.


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Conference COVID and health protocol is contingent upon Huntsville and CDC health guidelines.

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