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Worldwide geospatial experts to gather in Huntsville for 126th OGC Member Meeting

Published on June 1, 2023

The Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC) 126th Member Meeting will debut next week in Huntsville, bringing attendees from all over the world to the Rocket City.

Hosted by Mayor Tommy Battle’s initiative, GEO Huntsville, the June 5-9 event will feature a week of informational breakout sessions, working groups, and keynotes by Tod Johanesen, Director of Office of Special Programs at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation CEO Ronda Schrenk and Esri Director of Global National Government Patty Mims.

Special programming will also cover topics such as:

  • Defense and intelligence
  • Climate and disaster resilience
  • Space and sensors

Citing the region’s strong ties to the aerospace and defense industries, Mayor Battle said Huntsville has emerged as a key market for the geospatial industry.

“This conference is a significant event for Huntsville,” he said. “As a major contributor to space, defense and other technology-related industries, Huntsville understands the importance of keeping our community on the cutting-edge of geospatial advancements. We look forward to welcoming members of the OGC to Huntsville and are excited to learn more about the technologies and collaborations that develop from this elite group.”

The conference will not only include geospatial businesses and government agencies from the U.S., but also the United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and elsewhere.

The OGC Member Meeting will take place at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave. While open to OGC members, the event will also feature several public sessions on topics such as geospatial data visualization, Internet of Things (IoT) connected systems, and defense and intelligence.

Click here to view other sessions for the public to attend and to register.

“We hope our region takes advantage of this opportunity to learn the latest on connecting people with technology,” Mayor Battle said. “It will also be a great chance to network with top geospatial experts from around the globe.”

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