9 October 2014. The Open Geospatial Consortium – Mark Reichardt, president of the Open Geospatial Consortium, will deliver the geospatial keynote address at the GEO-Energy Summit and Educational Forum on November 13, 2014. The Summit is a two day event that will be held November 12-13 at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration and hosted by GEO Huntsville and Energy Huntsville in conjunction with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC). Summit speakers and workshops will focus on Interoperability & national security key topics.

The GEO-Energy Summit 2014 will host corporations and government agencies to demonstrate emerging technologies that will help business and government meet future energy needs, support interoperable and effective technology integration, and provide the backbone for economic security.

“Interoperability is a significant challenge for realizing a more energy efficient infrastructure and the implementation of sensor technology. I'm extremely pleased that Mr. Reichardt will be able to address these issues with our attendees,” said Joe Francica, conference co-chairman, editor-in-chief of Directions Magazine.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO of the USSRC will provide the welcome address. The Summit will feature plenary panel sessions with senior executives from organizations such as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the TVA, and many others.

Keynote speaker for the Summit will be Mr. Robert Cardillo, newly appointed director of the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency. Other guest speakers will include Mr. Bill Johnson, CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., chairman of the Stimson Center.

Registration and information

The conference organizers encourage early registration, which will cost only $95. The cost for students is $25. More information about speaking at or sponsoring the conference can be found at the conference website Www.GEOHuntsville.com/conference.

About GEO Huntsville

GEO Huntsville is a collaborative effort among more than 50 businesses, 20 government entities and three universities in the Huntsville region to support workforce growth and economic development. The objective of GEO Huntsville is to create a collaborative effort among these entities to support workforce growth and economic development.

About Energy Huntsville

Energy Huntsville is a collaboration of more than 100 businesses, federal agencies, universities, and other organizations focused on facilitating the innovation, education, and coordination needed to drive our community's energy economy. Energy Huntsville will contribute to the diversification of the region's research and test portfolio, workforce, and economy by linking the engineering, modeling and simulation, testing, and technology strengths of the Northern Alabama region with key customer requirements and national policy directives for advanced energy systems and applications.

About Directions Media

The conference is produced and managed by Directions Media, the global leader in collectively covering all aspects of location technology: geographic information systems (GIS), location intelligence, digital mapping and location-based services (LBS). Directions Media, with offices in Huntsville, Alabama and Glencoe, Illinois, encompasses four media properties: Directions Magazine, and All Points Blog, as well as the Location Intelligence and GEO Huntsville annual conferences. More information can be found at www.DirectionsMedia.net.

About the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 480 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC Standards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.