First Responder Events

First Responder Events

Check back for first responder-focused events happening in your community. This page is frequently updated.

Past Events

2018 GEOINT & Open Source Analytics Summit
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 to 19, 2018 -- The 2018 GEOINT and Open Source Analytics Summit will focus on techniques and resources aimed at integrating open source technologies into today’s GEOINT landscape. This educational summit will engage U.S. military commands, government agencies, and technology providers in a town-hall forum to highlight the impact of open source data combined with sensitive information to develop a holistic GEOINT picture. On September 19, S&T's Dr. David Alexander will be a panelist for the discussion, Utilizing Data Analytics and Geographic Information Systems Applications to Mitigate Natural Disasters and Support Informed Decision Making. For more information and to register, visit the Geospatial Intelligence Summit website.

DHS S&T Industry Stakeholder Summit on Global Collaboration for Affordable, Innovative First Responder Technology
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2018 -- Through global collaboration and shared capability gaps, the International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation (IFAFRI) seeks to make more affordable tools and technology available to the world’s first responders, while broadening the market for American industry. As a founding member of IFAFRI, DHS S&T is hosting a first of its kind industry stakeholder summit aimed at reaching out to the homeland security industrial base to provide critical information on the first responder global market and high priority global capability gaps. The four global common capability gaps will be publicly unveiled in the US for the first time.

Fire-Rescue International IAFC's Conference and Expo
DALLAS, TX, Aug. 8 to 11, 2018 -- On August 9 S&T Program Manager Norm Speicher will brief and engage in Q&A at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International Learning Lab about the Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Integration Handbook and the on-body system architecture contained within the Handbook. Don't miss your chance to learn about the Handbook and give feedback. It will be the guide for industry to develop, design, test, and integrate future first responder technology.

APCO International Annual Meeting
LAS VEGAS, Aug. 5 to 8, 2018
-- APCO 2018, APCO International’s Annual Conference & Expo, is the premier event for public safety communications officials, from frontline telecommunicators to comm center managers to public safety communications equipment and services vendors. Starting August 5, APCO 2018 offers four days of educational sessions, committee meetings and special events, paired with two full days of exhibits.

National Homeland Security Conference
NEW YORK, July 9 to 12, 2018
-- The National Homeland Security Conference is the annual meeting of local homeland security and emergency management professionals from the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. It has become the best attended and most highly anticipated homeland security and emergency management conference of the year as it focuses on all emergency response disciplines at all levels of government. S&T's Milt Nenneman will provide an overview and demonstration of the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) and will illustrate unique training strategies for school teachers, administrators and first responders within the virtual environment. S&T's Adam Hutter will discuss the Critical Incident Management Technology Assessment (CIMTA) in Grand Central Terminal, an exercise that provided urban first responders with an opportunity to assess emerging technologies in a realistic, urban, large-scale critical incident environment.

Cedar Rapids Resilience Symposium
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, June 19, 2018
-- The Cedar Rapids Resilience Symposium brings together local Linn County stakeholders and experts from communities across the U.S. to share new learning and tools related disaster preparedness and mitigation focused on at-risk populations, watersheds, and flood mapping/risk/insurance.

2018 DHS Centers of Excellence Summit
ARLINGTON, Va., May 30, 2018
-- DHS COE -- an extended consortium of hundreds of universities conducting research and education to address homeland security challenges -- will host a summit and technology showcase from May 30 to 31, 2018, at George Mason University, Arlington Campus in Virginia. This COE-organized event is a unique opportunity for COE researchers, DHS components, federal, state, and local stakeholders, as well as industry partners to connect, network, and address key issues of mutual interest. Visit the innovation showcase, attend panel sessions, and explore the latest student research! For more information and to register, visit the summit website.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Technology Conference
PROVIDENCE, R.I., May 21 to 23, 2018
-- The IACP Technology Conference provides law enforcement executives, IT managers, technology specialists, state and local CIO’s and CTO’s, researchers, and others interested in public safety technology, with a forum in which to share information, best practices, and lessons learned regarding state-of-the-art law enforcement information management, communications and interoperability, technology standards, and information sharing, analysis, and fusion. The conferences provide training, professional development, and a forum to share best practices and lessons learned on a broad array of new and emerging technologies.

15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 20 to 23, 2018
-- ISCRAM is a global community of academic researchers and practitioners. The annual international conference is a premier international venue for the dissemination of peer-reviewed research and lessons learned from all aspects of information systems for crisis response and management. Topics of interest to ISCRAM include, but are not limited to: crisis informatics, geographic information systems (GIS), human-computer interaction, humanitarian information management, situation awareness, visual analytics, social media, serious games and more. We are particularly interested in conference participation from students and attendees from developing countries.

2018 Video Quality in Public Safety Workshop
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 9 to 10, 2018
-- First responders rely on video technology to increase their situational awareness while onsite at an incident, monitoring an incident from afar or conducting day-to-day response. As video technology has evolved, equipment options have become increasingly complex. The VQiPS Initiative provides information and support to first responders so they can articulate their own video quality needs and ultimately buy the best products to fit those needs. VQiPS empowers practitioners with the tools and information needed to purchase and deploy the appropriate video technology solutions to support their mission. Recent knowledge products include Policy Considerations for Video in Public Safety, which assists practitioners by providing guidance for government agencies crafting written policies and procedures for the use of video in a variety of public safety applications. In addition, the Digital Video Quality Handbook was recently updated to account for the latest in video standards development. For more information, please visit the registration site:

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