First Responder Events

First Responder Events

The following are first responder-focused events happening in your community.

The GEOINT 2018 Symposium
TAMPA, Fla., April 22 to 25, 2018 -- Hosted and produced by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), a non-profit, non-lobbying educational organization, the annual GEOINT Symposium is the nation’s largest gathering of industry, academia, and government to include Defense, Intelligence and Homeland Security Communities as well as commercial, Fed/Civil, State and Local geospatial intelligence stakeholders. The theme for GEOINT 2018 is Driving Data to Decisions and Action. DHS S&T's David Alexander will present at this symposium.

Smart Fabrics Summit
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2018 -- S&T’s First Responders Group (FRG) will be at the 2018 Smart Fabrics Summit! William Deso (Program Manager) will be speaking on "First Responder Requirements for Smart Fabrics." Smart fabrics and advanced textiles have the potential to enable responders to perform their functions quicker, safer, and more efficiently. Potential responder uses for smart fabrics and advanced textiles include regulation of body heat, functioning as either environmental or physiological sensors, enabling flexible wiring networks for the transmission of data and power, and generation of energy to power first responder equipment to reduce the number of batteries they have to carry. These potential uses, along with responder needs and requirements will be discussed, along with the extreme environmental conditions and unique scenarios in which they can operate.

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:

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.

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.

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.

National Homeland Security Conference
NEW YORK, July 9 to 12, 2018
-- The National Homeland Security Association sponsors the National Homeland Security Conference. The 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.

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.

Past Events

North Carolina Association of Floodplain Managers (NCAFPM) 2018 Annual Conference
WILMINGTON, N.C., April 15 to 18, 2018 -- The North Carolina Association of Floodplain Managers (NCAFPM) was established in January 1989 to bring together local, state and private sector professionals to share knowledge and disseminate information about the National Flood Insurance Program as well as state specific guidance regarding the wise use and safe development of the state’s floodplain lands. Come hear DHS S&T's David Alexander keynote this event.

Facebook Tech Talk: Next Generation First Responder Integration Handbook
April 10, 2018, 01:00 p.m. ET -- Join us to discuss the Next Generation First Responder Integration Handbook and learn how you can help shape the Next Generation First Responder. During this livestream discussion, we will introduce Program Manager Norman Speicher and special guests who will highlight how industry and responders can get involved in the further development of the Integration Handbook. Please join us April 10th at 1 p.m. ET for a Facebook Live Tech Talk to learn how you can contribute to the NGFR Integration Handbook and understand its role in strengthening responder capabilities. The livestream will take place on the S&T Facebook page – follow us for the latest updates!

USA Science and Engineering Festival
WASHINGTON, April 7 to 8, 2018 -- DHS S&T is excited to be a part of the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo. The festival's mission is to stimulate and sustain the interest of our nation’s youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, and educational Festival in the world. Find us there!

Esri Federal GIS Conference
WASHINGTON, March 20 to 21, 2018
-- Join more than 4,000 federal professionals to learn how all levels of government use The Science of Where to solve the world's greatest challenges.

NEMA 2018 Mid-Year Forum
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 19 to 24, 2018 -- NEMA, the professional association of emergency management directors from all 50 states, eight territories, and the District of Columbia, is the source of information, support, and expertise for people like you -- emergency management professionals at all levels of government and the private sector who prepare for, mitigate, respond to, recover from, and provide products and services for all emergencies, disasters, and threats to the nation’s security.

The International Wireless Communications Expo
ORLANDO, Fla., March 5 to 9, 2018 -- IWCE, the premier event for communications technology, will be held at the Orange County Convention Center. Participants can network, as well as learn about communications technologies, products, and policies. Come see DHS S&T’s Sridhar Kowdley (Program Manager), Cuong Luu (Program Manager), and John Merrill (Director) as they discuss their programs and present what they have been working on.

Security & Policing 2018
FARNBOROUGH, U.K., March 6 to 8, 2018
-- Addressing the global first responder community’s need for affordable, innovative technology and equipment is the primary directorate of the International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation (IFAFRI). Join the IFAFRI Research and Development Committee Chair (the UK Home Office’s Graham Smith) and the IFAFRI Stakeholder Engagement Committee Chair (the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate’s King “Phil” Waters) as they share the opportunities and potential solutions to the high-priority capability gaps the IFAFRI has identified in the global first responder market at the UK Security & Policing 2018 event. The unique three-day event incorporates live demonstrations and immersive experiences providing the ideal setting for testing and collaborative showcasing. For more information on the IFAFRI, its European Commission Chair, or its 13 partner countries, visit

Advancing Innovations for First Responders
TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 25, 2018
-- The “Advancing Innovations for First Responders” seminar, organized by the Ministry of Public Security and the BIRD Foundation, will address the needs and requirements of First Responder organizations in Israel and will also share the experiences of Israeli companies who are active in the First Responders market.

Facebook Live Tech Talk: Lost Person Locator -- Tools for Search and Rescue
Jan. 25, 2018 -- DHS S&T is working with dbs Productions -- S&T's partner in search and rescue (SAR) research, publications, and training -- to develop tools that put decades of historical, geographical, and statistical search data at searchers’ fingertips. Join S&T’s Dr. Angela Ervin and dbs Productions’ Bob Koester on Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. EST for a Facebook Live Tech Talk on the Lost Person Locator suite of SAR resources.

Public Safety Use of Social Media during Disasters
Jan. 24, 2018
-- The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) will hold an online “town hall” meeting to discuss the changing use of social media by public safety agencies during disaster events. The 90-minute town hall will feature a panel of public safety practitioners who have found social media invaluable when responding to disasters ranging from hurricanes and floods to wildland fires and mass shootings, and have important lessons to share about managing and using this important resource. Time is allotted for an audience question-and-answer session.

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