Event co-organizer Kenny Sholes, partnership officer with ODNI, said he targeted Moonshot Labs as a location for this meeting.
“The thinking was, let’s pull IC officers involved with partnerships, acquisitions and legal affairs away from our desks and offices in DC and inspire them to think about doing something differently by holding discussions in the innovative spaces NGA has developed in St. Louis,” Sholes said.
Representatives from non-government organizations talked about how they work with NGA. SLU professor Vasit Sagan, acting director of the Taylor Geospatial Institute, also talked about how NGA employees are participating in academic research.
Frank Hopper with Capital Innovators discussed NGA’s work with Capital Innovators in the NGA Accelerator Program. This first-of-its-kind initiative between NGA, Missouri Technology Corporation and Capital Innovators is designed to fund, mentor and accelerate the growth of next-generation geospatial-intelligence technologies.
He described the “ripple effect” that comes from the accelerator, as cohorts cycle through and more and more innovators gain experience working with the IC. Even if the innovators do not end up working with NGA, or even if their company fails, they can take that experience with them for future potential work.