Monday, September 17, 2012

Technology Scholar and Businessman to Present Insight on Commercial Technology in the Realm of the U.S. Intelligence Community

Dr. Christopher K. Tucker will share his experiences during his tenure as the Chief Strategic Officer of In-Q-Tel in a free public lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Washington College. The talk will take place at 7 p.m. in Litrenta Lecture Hall on the main campus, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown. This talk is sponsored by the GIS Program, the GRW Program, the Center for Environment and Society, and the Business Management Department.

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            He will also be giving presentations on his new MapStory Foundation social venture in the Navigating Maps GRW class at 8:30 a.m. and the Introduction to GIS class at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.  Guests are welcome to sit in these classes if interested.

            Tucker, who works at the intersection of technology, strategy, geography, and national security, also manages Yale House Ventures – a portfolio of social ventures and technology companies that span the worlds of energy, geospatial technologies, cyber-security, open source software and hardware, and social media technologies. All of these are addressed across the domains of defense, international affairs, civilian government, commercial industry, NGOs, and academe. Prior to his time in industry, he served as Special Advisor to the Executive vice Provost of Columbia University, where he focused on strategic R&D portfolio development and federal science technology and policy. Tucker also co-founded what is now the Consortium on Science, Policy and Outcomes.

         In addition to serving on the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Board of Directors, Tucker is on the Board of Directors for the Open Geospatial Consortium, OpenPlans and its open source software division OpenGeo. Tucker has served on the Defense Science Board’s Intelligence Task Force, the National Research Council’s Committee on NGA’s GEOINT Research Priorities, and the Secretary of the Interior’s National Geospatial Advisory Committee. Currently, Tucker serves as one of the NGA Director’s Independent Advisors.

        The public lecture will cover the problem that In-Q-Tel was created to solve, the business model that was created, some challenges the organization faced at its inception, as well as an overview of a variety successful and unsuccessful investments made under Tucker’s watch. Tucker will attempt to relay some lessons learned for entrepreneurs, investors, national security leaders and other public sector decision makers.

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