FAQ

What is the GEOINT Symposium?

The annual GEOINT Symposium is the nation’s premier intelligence event. It offers a wealth of quality information, cutting-edge technologies, and top-notch activities that keep attendees coming back year after year. In addition to insightful keynote addresses and though-provoking panels with leaders from the Defense and Intelligence communities, the GEOINT Symposium provides attendees with an unparalleled opportunity to network at various social events and explore new technologies in a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall.

Where and when does GEOINT 2009 take place?

GEOINT 2009 will take place October 18-21 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, located in San Antonio, Texas.

Is this symposium classified?

No, there are no classified sessions at the GEOINT 2009 Symposium. All exhibits, keynotes, panels, and break-out sessions are unclassified and open to all attendees.

What is the cost to attend?

Attendee fees for GEOINT 2009 are:

Type Early Bird by Aug. 31 By Oct. 17 On-Site
Member $999 $1,099 $1,199
Non-Member $1,199 $1,299 $1,399
Government * $799
Academia ** $399
Young Professional * $799
Spouse Program $75
One-Day Expo-Only Attendee $149
Are hotel charges included in registration costs?

No, hotel charges are not included in registration costs. A large block of guest rooms for GEOINT 2009 attendees is reserved at the Marriott Rivercenter and Marriott Riverwalk (SOLD OUT). Please visit the Travel and Lodging pages for more information about lodging options. 

How can I pay my registration fee?

Registration fees may be paid by any of the following means: 

  • Credit Card
  • Check (US Dollars)
  • Signed Company Purchase Order
  • Government Voucher
  • Wire/Bank Transfer

No registration will be confirmed unless accompanied by full payment, signed company purchase order or government voucher. Registrations with fees paid by wire/bank transfer will not be confirmed until USGIF has received bank confirmation that the transfer has been received.

What is included in a full symposium package?

Welcome Reception at Cowboys Dancehall – Sunday Evening

MIT Lincoln Labs Sensor Tutorial – Sunday Afternoon
Special Tours of the Alamo – Monday Evening
General Session – Monday through Wednesday
Breakout 
Sessions – Monday through Wednesday
Exhibit Hall – Monday through Wednesday

Breakfast and Lunch – Monday through Wednesday

Receptions in the Exhibit Hall – Monday through Wednesday

GEOwalk Hospitality Night – Tuesday Evening
Closing Celebration with musical guest World Classic Rockers – Wednesday Evening


Where can I find the agenda for the symposium?

The GEOINT 2009 Symposium can be found on our agenda page. The agenda will continually be updated as speakers are confirmed, so be sure to check back often.


What are the exhibit hall hours?

The exhibit hall is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lunch is served in the exhibit hall from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and daily receptions are held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

What is included in a One-Day Expo Only Pass?

Only those activities taking place in the Exhibit Hall on the day for which your badge was purchased. There is a limit of one, One-Day Expo Only Pass per attendee.


Is there an "official airline" for GEOINT 2009?

USGIF has partnered with United Airlines and named them the “Official Carrier” of the GEOINT 2009 Symposium. Purchase your ticket online at www.united.com and receive a 5 percent discount off the lowest applicable fares. After you link to www.united.com, enter your origin, destination, and travel dates.

The meeting name is “GEOINT 2009” and click on “more search options” to enter promotion code number 586HM. Please note that the code is case sensitive, therefore make sure to use all capital letters.

Is there an age restriction for GEOINT 2009?

Due to liability restrictions, no one under the age of 18, including infants and toddlers, is permitted to attend GEOINT 2009 Symposium event or to enter the exhibit hall at any time.

Is GEOINT 2009 Tax Deductible?

If the purpose of attending GEOINT 2009 is to help you maintain or improve skills relating to employment or business, a portion of your conference expenses may be tax deductible according to IRC Reg. 1.162.5. The eligible deduction for this amount is generally limited. Please consult your tax advisor. You cannot deduct the cost of meals from your registration fee.

What is the official language of the symposium?

English is the official language of the conference. USGIF is unable to provide translation services for conference attendees.

What is the dress code?

Business attire is recommended for all conference sessions, the exhibit hall and receptions. Military officers and enlisted personnel are recommended to wear their duty uniform or business suit. Casual attire is recommended for the Welcome Reception, Alamo tours, Corporate Hospitality Night, Closing Celebration with musical guest World Classic Rockers.

The average temperature in San Antonio for October is a high of 82° and low of 59° with a normal average temperature of 71°.

Will Internet access be available at the Symposium?

An Internet café is located within the GEOINT 2009 exhibit hall and there are few wi-fi hotspots around the exhibit hall.

What is the solicitation policy?


No solicitation of any kind is allowed at the GEOINT 2009 Symposium. By registering to attend, you acknowledge this policy and agree that you will not advertise, represent or distribute literature for products or services to our exhibitors, attendees or staff without the express written approval of USGIF. Any attendee that violates this policy will forfeit their registration credentials.


How can I contact the GEOINT 2009 registration help desk?

Questions regarding your GEOINT 2009 registration can be directed to geoint2009@rcsreg.com or you can reach the GEOINT 2009 registration customer service center at (805) 677-4295.

What are the registration hours for GEOINT 2009?

The registration hours for GEOINT 2009 are:

Sunday, October 18 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday, October 19 6:30 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, October 20 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, October 21 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Does your manager require justification for you to attend GEOINT 2009?

USGIF has made available a justification letter for you to use to support your interest in attending the GEOINT 2009 Symposium. This will be posted in the near future.

What is the Spouse/Guest Pass?

As a special offer, USGIF is giving GEOINT 2009 attendees and exhibitors the option to bring a spouse or guest to this year’s Symposium. We’ve reduced the price to $75 per person and increased the access the pass provides. The spouse/guest pass provides access to the exhibit hall after 4 p.m. as well as the each evening’s networking event, including the closing celebration with special musical guest World Classic Rockers.