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Geo Week Award Ceremony Nominations Accepted Until Dec 1

Geo Week to honor LIDAR leaders and younger geospatial professionals in Denver, Feb. 7, 2022

Geo Week, an event that champions the coming together of geospatial technologies and the built world, is accepting nominations to celebrate excellence in the geospatial market. The 2022 Geo Week Awards Ceremony includes the Lidar Leader Awards, Younger Geospatial Professional Award, and the ASPRS Awards, and honors the achievements of individuals and teams working in the geospatial technology space.

The ceremonies will take place during Geo Week in Denver, CO, on Feb. 7, 2022.

“We’re so pleased to recognize personal and group achievement in the geospatial arena. This is something attendees look forward to, and after a two-year hiatus, there’s even more excitement about coming together to celebrate the achievements of these industries,” said Lee Corkhill, event director of Geo Week.

The Lidar Leader Awards, in its third iteration in partnership with Lidar Magazine, is seeking nominations in five categories:

Outstanding Personal Achievement in LIDAR

Outstanding Enterprise Achievement in LIDAR

Outstanding Team Achievement in LIDAR

Outstanding Innovation in LIDAR

Outstanding University Achievement in LIDAR

Spatial Media’s LIDAR Magazine ( will assist the program by encouraging nominations and publishing pre and post-show analysis of finalists. The magazine’s managing editor, Dr. Stewart Walker, will assist a distinguished conference panel that will review and judge submissions on a variety of criteria.

Past recipients include Karl Heidemann, physical scientist, USGS (retired), Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX) Team, Woolpert, AEye for the AE110 Artificial Perception System, A. Albright—University of Houston, and Hasso Plattner Institut.

“We can all learn from what’s worked for the folks that ‘got it right,’” Walker remarked. “We’ll in turn bring their stories and formulas to the magazine, in an attempt to aid readers in their own planning and decision-making.”

The Younger Geospatial Professional Award, in partnership with Lidar News, recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and leadership by an exceptional member of the worldwide, geospatial community 35 years of age or younger. Nominations are accepted in the form of short videos explaining how nominees encourage others to pursue excellence and leadership in their geospatial careers, and an overview of a 10-minute presentation that, if chosen, would be presented at Geo Week. Nominees are given suggested topics, including:

The challenge of advancing your career during a pandemic

Innovative uses of drone lidar

What can one person do about sustainability?

What will be the next geo-technology game changer?

How 3D technology is going to be used in smart cities of the future

The Younger Geospatial Professional Award is supported by Lidar News ( Gene Roe, founder and managing editor, remarked, “The Younger Geospatial Professional of the Year Award will provide the winner with an opportunity to demonstrate their leadership and advance their career.” Award recipients receive complimentary conference passes to Geo Week.

Gabrielle Getz of Cesium was the winner of the inaugural Younger Geospatial Professional of the Year Award for 2019.

In addition to the Lidar Leader Awards and The Younger Geospatial Award, ASPRS will be recognizing achievement in photogrammetry and remote sensing. Winners will be recognized during a ceremony on Monday, February 7 at Geo Week 2022. Geo Week also features more than 125 speakers across 50 sessions, nearly 100 exhibitors on the show floor, and more than 125 supporting partners.

Learn more about all the awards and submit nominations by December 1 at

By Corey Noles

By Corey Noles

Corey Noles is the Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has covered crime, MLB, business, healthcare, politics and anything else that could snag a headline.

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