2023 Innovation Days

Event details

Date & time:

December 5, 2023 9:00 am — December 7, 2023 5:00 pm

OGC Innovation Days is a multi-day event bringing together policy makers, program decision-makers, and other experts in Geospatial. The focus of the event is climate, emergency, and disaster management and resilience solutions that scale from local to global impacts. The three day programme aims to provide greater progress towards shared data and services, specifically advancing actionable climate data and emergency and disaster management. Join us at American Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, DC, and tackle climate and disasters together with the power of geospatial.

Event Information:

If you have any questions regarding the event or your registration, email Did you miss the 2022 event? Did See a recap of Innovation Days 2022. View the 2022 event agenda and summary.

Featured Speakers:


December 5, Climate and Disasters inputs and outputs

8 – 9am Registration Open Coffee and Breakfast
9 – 9:30am


Opening Opening and Welcome


Red Cross

9:30 – 9:50am  Keynote Keynote Speaker: 

Former Director of FEMA – Craig Fugate

9:50 -11am Disaster Response and Emergency Management Panel Moderator

NSGIC -Jonathan Duran


American Red Cross – Brett Dennis

Board of Directors, NYC GISMO – Alan Leidner

NASA – Shanna McClain

DHS – David Alexander

11 – 11:30am Break
11:30am – 12:40pm Wildfire Panel Moderator

NRCan – Ryan Ahola 


State level government 


Civil Air Patrol – Scott Kaplan

National Remote Sensing Program Manager, United States Forest Service – Everett Hinkley 

12:40 – 2pm Lunch Break
2 – 3:20pm Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Panel Moderator  To be detirmined


Government of Canada – Joost Van Ulden 

European Climate Change Service

NOAA – Steve Olson


3:20 – 3:50pm Break
3:50 – 4:50pm AI Panel Moderator 

USGS – Josh Delmonico 





NRCan – Ryan Ahola


4:50 – 5:00pm Closing remarks Logistics and Reception
5:00 – 7:00 Reception Hosted at the American Red Cross


December 6, Demonstration Day


8 – 9am Registration Open
9 – 9:20am


Opening Opening and welcome


American Red Cross

9:20 -10:00am  OGC Impacts: Standards, Innovation, and Funding Activities OGC – Trent Tinker
10 -11am


RAVEN Demonstration, General Dynamics Information Technology
11 – 11:30am Break
11:30am – 1pm Demonstration Spotlight: Geospatial climate and disasters open topic Industry presentations

SkyMantics – wildfire evacuation synthetic data – Ajay Gupta

Dean Hintz


Compusult – Barry O’Rourke 

Voyager Search

1 – 2:20pm Lunch
2:20 – 3:40pm Demonstration Spotlight: The role of AI in climate and disasters
3:40 – 4:10pm Break
4:10 – 4:30pm Closing Remarks


December 7, OGC Executive Planning Committee, Strategic Member Advisory Committee, and Special Guests


8 – 9am Registration Open
9 – 9:20am


Opening Opening and welcome


Red Cross

9:20 – 11am Round Table Discussion Ongoing activities, new inputs, and lessons learned from Innovation Days 1 and 2
11 – 11:30am Break
11:30am – 1pm  Round Table Discussion Agency and Industry synergies, OGC priorities, and next steps for 2024 in Climate and Disasters


Venue Information

Join us at the American Red Cross Headquarters,
1730 E Street Northwest Washington, DC 20006


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring and Supporting innovation days allows for OGC and its partner organization to continue to focus on critical topics in climate, disasters, and beyond. OGC meetings are a forum to share the latest and greatest on all matters in geospatial. Our meetings span domains from Defense to Agriculture, from EO to Transportation, from Digital Twins to Marine. Technical topics include Cloud, APIs, Internet of Things, and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality. It’s the one place where the location community from across the globe collectively solves some of the pressing issues of our time such as climate change, pandemics response, disaster preparedness and more.

Sponsor and Support Innovation Days

Travel and Hotel Information

To help improve your stay in the Washington DC area, OGC is working with several hotels to provide accommodations. Enjoy special Innovation Days Room Blocks from the list of hotels below.

Courtyard Arlington Crystal City/Reagan National Airport – 2899 Richmond Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202 – 703-549-3434
Book your $179 group rate for OGC Innovation Days Room Block

Courtyard Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom – 515 20th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20006 – 202-296-5700
Book your $299 group rate for OGC Innovation Days Room Block

Hotel Hive – 2224 F ST, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037 – 202-898-1100 – 202-849-8499
Book your $139 rate for OGC iDays Room Block

Residence Inn Washington, DC Downtown – 1199 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20005 – 202-898-1100
Book your $219 group rate for OGC Innovation Days Room Block

Thank You Sponsors and Supporters:

The OGC Innovation Days would not be possible without the support of organizations across the globe. The organization feels that location is everywhere, and that open standards and interoperable technologies will lead to a future for FAIR data. Thank you:

2022 Participating Organizations


AI/ML, Climate, Climate Change, Cloud Native, Digital Twins, Disaster Resilience, Earth Observation, Marine, OGC APIs

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