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    May 14, 2024

    A First Timer’s Journey Through the 2024 GEOINT Symposium

    The 2024 GEOINT Symposium, hosted by USGIF  in Kissimmee, Florida, marked Markon’s inaugural participation as an exhibitor and sponsor, with representation by me, Dan Deakin, and Hersch Weinstock. We entered the symposium with clear objectives: to increase awareness of Markon's capabilities in the GEOINT space, explore emerging technologies, and identify potential talent and partners for future growth.

    Markon GEOINT Setup 1Industry insights and technologies

    At the symposium, a diverse array of companies showcased their specialties within the GEOINT realm. From disaster management to geospatial modeling, participants demonstrated cutting-edge technologies that left attendees in awe. Highlights included the Air Force Research Lab’s robotic dog for reconnaissance and Kelyn Technologies' immersive 3D maps. The event underscored the forward-looking nature of the GEOINT environment and the transformative potential of emerging technologies.

    Conversations and networking

    Meaningful conversations and networking opportunities were abundant at the symposium. We engaged with attendees at Markon's booth, attracting interest with our straightforward and simplistic approach. Conversations ranged from tech giants to aspiring players like Kolena, showcasing the diverse landscape of the GEOINT community. These interactions emphasized the importance of personal connections in fostering collaboration and innovation.

    Learning and engagement

    The symposium provided valuable educational opportunities, with companies like Sedaro offering insights into digital twin technology. Attendees walked away with a deeper understanding of complex concepts and their practical applications. As always, swag served as a means to attract visitors to booths, with companies like TCARTA and Fognigma offering unique giveaways. These engagements fostered learning and engagement among attendees while promoting companies' offerings.

    Dan and Hersch back of the napkin

    Key highlights and takeaways

    Standout moments from the symposium included the Young Professionals Event and meeting Vice Admiral Sharp, whose insights emphasized the importance of teamwork in the GEOINT community. Dan and Hersch’s discoveries highlighted the potential for collaboration among organizations, reinforcing the symposium’s role as a catalyst for innovation and partnership. Overall, the symposium left a lasting impact on Markon, showcasing the value of industry events in driving growth and collaboration within the GEOINT sector.

    Kimberly Brooks

    Kimberly, an Enterprise Architect, optimizes IT through architecture, business analysis, requirement management, technical writing, system documentation, & CMMI-driven software enhancement. She has degrees in International Studies, IT Management, and Technology Leadership, & Black Belt Cert in Enterprise Architecture.

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