OGC Innovation Days 2022: Addressing Disasters Together

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Event details

Date & time:

December 6, 2022 12:00 am — December 8, 2022 12:00 am


Washington, DC

Addressing Disasters Together

OGC is excited to announce a three-day event on the future of innovation for disaster and climate change engagement: OGC Innovation Days. This event brings together OGC members, stakeholders, and guests who are critical to disaster and climate focused policy formulation and technology advancement.

Join us to contribute to discussions on identifying gaps, understanding future requirements, and building capabilities to respond to climate challenges including natural hazards and disaster vulnerabilities.

The “Addressing Disasters Together” event will comprise a two-day workshop, followed by a day of solutions presentations and a strategic planning session.

The initial two-day workshop will reflect on current geospatial technologies and practices for disaster management. It will particularly focus on the current capabilities and roles of local, regional, and national organizations, as well as their evolving needs and challenges. The objective of the workshop will be to identify requirements, priorities, and gaps for serving communities facing disaster and climate circumstances.

The third day will engage executive and director level decision makers and policy makers. It will go beyond disasters to include innovations and strategies that produce actionable solutions and lead to improved interoperability across stakeholders, science domains, industry, and government.

OGC Climate and Disaster Video

Due to the nature of this event, OGC Innovation Days will be held in person and space is limited. There will not be any online participation options.

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December 6thMorning Session: 9am ETToday’s disaster information interoperability issues as seen by OGC and strategic members Welcome, and setting the scene

Nadine Alameh, OGC
Investing in Climate and Disaster Initiatives
Ingo Simonis, OGC
Keynote Speech
Mike Tischler, USGS
Panel: The challenges disasters apply to geospatial
Nadine Alameh, OGC
Mike Tischler, USGS
Tom Moran, All Hazards Consortium
Jonathan Duran, NSGIC
Lawrence Friedl, NASA

Executive Roundtable: Disaster and Climate Resilience
Josh Lieberman, OGC
Joshua Delmonico, FGDC
David Green, NASA
James Carey UKHO
Norman Speicher, DHS
Iain Burnell, DSTL

Afternoon Session: 1pm ETUnderstanding the disaster oriented problem solving ecosystem from a state, province, and local level

Stakeholder roles and responsibilities
Josh Lieberman, OGC
The role of the local city during a disaster
Alan Leidner, NYC GIO
The role of state during a drought
Jonathan Duran, NSGIC
The role of NAPSG for first responders
Tari Martin, NAPSG 
Drought response in Canada and the Province of Manitoba
Mai Gagujas, Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization
Ryan Ahola, NRCan

CEOS Analysis Ready Data
David Borges, NASA
Tim Stryker, USGS

Industry Lightning Talks:
Aaron Gussman, Google
Barry O’Rourke, Compusult
Darren Butler, AEVEX Aerospace
Lain Graham, ESRI

Disasters and Societal Data
Greg Yetman, University of Columbia
Alan Leidner, NYC Geospatial Information Systems and Mapping Organization (NYC GISMO)

Baig Furqan, University of Illinois
Day 1 Closing
Ingo Simonis, OGC
December 7thMorning Session: 9am ETDisaster Readiness outcomes of the OGC Disasters pilot for flooding & landslidesDisaster initiatives accomplishments

Josh Lieberman, OGC
Climate initiatives accomplishments 
Nils Hempelmann, OGC
The value of public-private partnerships and international cooperation
Eldrich Frazier, USGS
Panel: Past experience addressing disasters in OGC initiatives
Ryan Burley, Geosolutions
Shayna Solis, Navteca
Dean Hintz, Safe Software
Ajay Gupta, HSR Health
Dave Jones, StormCenter Communications

New approaches to wildfire information innovation
David Green, NASA
Activities and goals in the 2023 OGC Disasters Pilot and Similar Initiatives
Mike Cosh, USDA-ARS
Ryan Ahola, NRCan
Todd Bacastow, MAXAR

Scale and agility in cloud native geospatial and mediated information tools 
Mark Korver, AWS
Afternoon Session: 1:30pm ETCommunity scoping of Disaster Pilot 2023 – wildfires and droughtNew tools and technologies for wildfire and drought
Sean Ahearn, CARSI
Antonio Correas, Skymantics
Sheila Steffenson, 1Spatial
Benjamin Pross, 52 North 

Keynote Speech
Sumit Gera, NRCan
Next Steps: a multi-year path forward for wildfire and drought
Nadine Alameh, OGC
Nils Hempelmann, OGC

Day 2 Closing
Ingo Simonis, OGC
December 8thMorning Session: 9am ETHighlights of OGC’s Collaborative Innovation & Solution programsIntroduction and Objectives

Nadine Alameh, OGC 
Workshop Outcomes 
Ingo Simonis, OGC
Testbed Highlights
Josh Lieberman, OGC
FMSDI Highlights
Sina Taghavikish, OGC
Modernizing Spatial Data Infrastructure
Josh Lieberman, OGC
Looking ahead toward climate resilience, digital twins, analysis-ready data, and more
Nadine Alameh, OGC
Afternoon Session: 12:30pm ETClosed session for OGC Strategic Members

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Event Location:
Trajectory Event Center
13665 Dulles Technology Dr #150
Herndon, VA 20171

If you have any questions regarding the event or your registration, email info@ogc.org.

Housing Details:

The Homewood Suites by Hilton Dulles Int’l Airport, located at 13460 Sunrise Valley Dr., Herndon, VA 20171 is conveniently located 6 minutes walk away from the meeting site. The rate is $159.00 per night plus tax and is available until November 12. 

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