About Us

GeoKonnect is the brainchild of its founder Valrie Grant, Woman in Tech with over 20 years of experience working with location intelligence technologies. Its parent company GeoTechVision is a global, solutions driven location technology company with offices in Florida USA, Guyana and Jamaica. Co -founders Mrs. Janet Stewart, eLearning Specialist, Mr. Terry Taffe, ICT Specialist and Ms. Sheree Cameron Geoinformatics Specialist. With more than 20years of combined experience in training, innovation and information technologies, GeoKonnect will help Academia and Industry to be more in sync. 

The fifth Industrial Revolution also requires a global workforce with LI Skills. It is the bridge between school and the world of work by connecting students with companies based on their interests and professional goals. 


It’s giving students hands-on projects to gain real world experience!


GeoKonnect facilitates Experiential Geospatial Learning by connecting companies with institutions so that students can work on projects based on current business challenges. The solutions that students come up with will be action-worthy outcomes such as innovative approaches, product strategy roadmaps, data visualization dashboards, etc. The goal is to provide a powerful learning experience for students, but to also provide strategic insights to industry partners.

Ultimately, GeoKonnect sets out to make a positive impact on the following Sustainability Development Goals: 

  1. SDG # 4 Quality Education
  2. SDG # 5 Gender Equality 
  3. SDG # 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
  4. SDG #9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  5. SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities 

Students should come away from their GeoConnect (GC) experience more ready for professional life.  Senior leaders in the geospatial industry will help prepare them for the world of work. GeoKonnect also provides a Virtual Incubator for start-ups which are based 


110,000 HOURS

contributed to the community by UM students by volunteering & service learning


posted each month in Handshake among hundreds of micro internships


receive a job offer from their organization after their internship concludes

Who We Serve


Build and scale high-impact experiential learning aligned with course objectives!


Need innovative solutions? Looking for top talent? Experiential hiring is the answer!  


Need experience for your resume? Look no further! We make experiential learning easy!

The Team

It’s time to make education more relevant for students and we’re here to help!

Andrea Vernon, Ed.D.

Acting Executive Director, Experiential Learning and Career Success

Brian Reed, Ph.D

Associate Vice Provost

Academic Programs & Organizations


Questions? Get in Touch!