On Oct. 9th, Palantir hosted our quarterly Government Conference in the DC area. The idea was to bring together customers of Palantir Government from across the defense and intelligence community to create a forum for them to:
- Talk candidly about their experiences using Palantir
- Discuss the many different domains they apply our technology against, everything from cyber defense to counter-terrorism to counter-proliferation
- Share experiences deploying our large distributed systems
- Learn about and see what new features and capabilities are in the pipeline for our next quarterly release
Most of the conference time is allocated to our government customers to present information on how they are using Palantir to provide deep mission impact. While this is only the second conference we have held using this open, customer-focused forum, nearly 200 people attended.
The speakers included:
- Lt. Col. Robert “Pic” Piccerillo (ret), from the Counter IED Operations Integration Center (COIC)
- David Arsenault, Assistant Department Head at MITRE
- Mike Jennings, an intelligence analyst from the FBI
In addition to presentations/demonstrations from our customers, there were several presentations of new functionality and demos by us—including demonstrations of our:
- Application platform, which allows customers to easily extend Palantir’s frontend by writing applications and helpers that embed in our platform framework
- New geospatial capabilities, including geosearch, geotagging, and other integrated workflows not seen elsewhere
- PalantirWeb—the new Palantir thin client/web frontend for expanded organizational integration
We also had a very special presentation from Jeff Carr, author of the IntelFusion blog. Jeff launched an open-source intelligence effort to analyze the actors and nature of the cyber war launched against Georgia that paralleled the Russian invasion called Project Grey Goose. Jeff presented some very compelling analytic tradecraft used in and some preliminary results from Project Grey Goose. The iteration 1 report comes out next week!
All in all, the conference went extremely well: it was gratifying for the Palantir team to see some of the innovative uses of the product. When your users are surprising and delighting you with the depth and quality of analysis they’re presenting back to you, you know you’re building and selling the right platform to truly change the way that people relate to data.
We’re witnessing the end of the data age and the first sparks of the age of analysis.