18 - 19 June 2019
Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel - Barcelona


Registration & Coffee


Chairperson's Remarks

Stuart Martin, CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult


Welcome Address

Dan Jablonsky, President & CEO, Maxar


Innovation at Scale

Tony Frazier, Executive Vice President, Global Field Operations, Maxar


Our Planet is at Risk. Can we improve livelihoods and sustainability from space?

Keith Garrett, Private Sector Development, World Bank


Session title coming soon

Iarla Kilbane-Dawe, Head of Φ lab, ESA


Networking Break

Lightning Talk | AI for the Sendai Framework: enhancing disaster preparedness and risk governance using object detection for effective response

Angela Corbari, Co-Founder & COO, Studiomapp

10:40 | Takes place in exhibition area


Using Satellite Imagery and AI to Assist in Mapping the World

Drishtie Patel, Program Manager - Maps and Location, Facebook

Over the past 2 years a team at Facebook has been using machine learning algorithms and satellite imagery to create various map data products including population density and a roads map layer at country scale. In addition to helping with Facebooks connectivity efforts and disaster response, these processes have helped to power human mappers to edit and validate map data in OpenStreetMap much faster and with higher accuracy. Much of the developing world is not mapped and mapping at the scale and quality needed for both NGO's and Tech companies is challenging to do manually. This talk will cover how the team is focused on bringing AI and commercial imagery to an already vibrant and active Open Source Community.


Providing Better Denominators for Development Sector Work

Io Blair-Freese, Associate Program Officer - GD Strategy, Data & Analytics, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

This session will introduce the Geospatial Reference, Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3) Program, a partnership between UNFPA, WorldPop/Flowminder, CIESIN, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and DFID. GRID3 aims to collect sub-national data on boundaries, placenames, settlements, and populations, all of which are vital to a wide range of development and humanitarian objectives. These data are essential for needs assessments, planning and budgeting; equitable distribution of public resources and services; monitoring the incidence, prevalence and spatial transmission of disease; targeting interventions and tracking population trends to assess progress; natural resource protection and many other public functions. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide a simple way of linking many kinds of geospatially-referenced data and a highly intuitive way of communicating the results of data analysis, through a medium -- maps -- that allow decision-makers without data expertise to understand sophisticated and rigorous findings.


Session title coming soon

Lorenzo Minelli, Head of Global Network Planning Optimization, Nokia


AI’s role in Delivering Next-Gen Maps

Mr. Ajay Balusu, Head of Maps Operations and Dr. Jaganathan – Head of Data Science, GRAB & Dr. Jagannadan Varadarajan, Data Science Lead, GRAB


Lunch Break

Lightning Talk | Lightning talk: A plethora of opportunities unlocked by a huge amount of EO data being available today

Grega Milcinski, Co-Founder & CEO, Sinergise

12:45 - 13:00 | Takes place in exhibition area

Lightning Talk | Using the Hive Swarm to rapidly use the crowd to provide answers to your requirements

Alex Dunmire, Senior Director - Analytical Services, Maxar

13:05 - 13:20 | Takes place in exhibition area

Lightning Talk | Integrated Space-Time Crop Analytics to support sugar-cane production forecast and insights

Rui Ribeiro, CEO, Elio Tecnologia

13:25 - 13:45 | Takes place in exhibition area


Title to be confirmed soon

Pacome Revillion, CEO, Euroconsult


Title to be confirmed soon

Andiswa Mlisa, Managing Director - Earth Observations, SANSA


Creating an Internet of the Sky and Earth for Sustainable and Profitable Farming

Dr. Srinivasu Papulla, Head of Digital Farming Initiative, Tata Consultancy Services

The intersection of the Sky and Earth are going to create tremendous opportunities in the world of farming leading the world closer to Sustainable and Profitable Farming at the micro level while ushering new paradigms in Food Security and Climate Risk Management at the macro level. AgSkyENet™ - the Internet of Sky and Earth – will be presented along with the revolutionary PRIDE™ model to showcase the grassroots level technology and business model innovations from the TCS Digital Farming Initiatives Group


Business Decisions based on Space-data

Luigi Scatteia, Director, PwC

Thanks to the increasing availability of satellite data and advancements in cloud computing and storage, the earth observation market is becoming more and more democratised. With applications across different sectors, both public and private, satellite data providers and analytics providers are ramping up their efforts to push their technology solutions to the stakeholders. However, there remains a huge and critical gap between the technology push and the market pull, that needs to be addressed for the market to understand the need and value of satellite data based insights. In this talk, Dr Luigi Scatteia, Director, PwC Space Practice will present how PwC's Insights from Space addresses this gap using tools such as data fusion, cloud solutions, scalable architecture and a use-case driven approach.


Networking Break

Lightning Talk | Using a multi-sensor Approach to Identifying Persistent Change

Kyle Ellis, Senior Manager - Program Management, Maxar

15:30 - 15:45 | Takes place in exhibition area


Session Title Coming Soon

Chris Sheldon, Allianz


Map making in the era of big data

Herve Claus, Director MAPS Global Sourcing, TomTom


Session Title Coming Soon

Massimo Comparini, CEO, E-GEOS


Satellite remote sensing of The Ocean Cleanup operations

Bruno Sainte-Rose, Lead Computational Modeler, The Ocean Clean Up

The Ocean Cleanup develops technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. In the frame of the deployment of its first ever cleanup system, Wilson, The Ocean Cleanup has been investigating the feasibility of satellite remote sensing for monitoring the cleanup systems and detecting the plastics from space. The author will present the outcome of this Proof of Concept carried out on Maxar Technologies platforms.


Wrap up & Key Take Aways

Stuart Martin, CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult

17:30 - 19:30

Networking Reception & Awards

Join us for drinks & snacks on the top floor panoramic terrace with views over Palace Montjuic

Stream 1: Geospatial Innovators Stream 2: Humanitarian & Sustainability Stream 3: Defense & Intelligence Stream 4: The Most Robust Earth Observation Capabilities


Welcome Coffee


Geospatial Innovators

Deborah Humphreville, Director - Strategic Accounts, Maxar

Seeing a better World by Seeing the World Better

Rhiannan Price, Director - Global Development, Maxar

Mission Critical Geospatial Capabilities

Iain MacInnes, Director - Major Accounts (Europe), Maxar

The Most Robust EO Capabilities

Steven Allen, Senior Manager - Channel, Maxar


The Energy Transition - Will the Future be Digital and Electrical?

Karl Jeffery, Editor, Digital Energy Journal

Session details coming soon

Carrie Stokes, Chief Geographer & Director of the GeoCenter, USAID

SecureWatch - The insight you need, when you need it

Ken Joyce, Director - Online Products, Maxar

This session will cover the latest developments in our SecureWatch service for national security professionals including LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS of Image Exploit Mode, VIIRS Nighttime Lights, and on-demand tasking and archive ordering.

Future Constellations

Senior Representative, Maxar


Tools for the automation of powerline maintenance with remote sensing

Aurelio Garcia Rochera, Director - Geospatial Analytics & Victor Zaldo Fornies, Remote Sensing Project Manager - COTESA

EO for Food Security Monitoring and Emergency Response

Fawad Raza, Regional GIS, Remote Sensing and Information & Knowledge Management Officer, World Food Programme

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief & rehabilitation, development aid and special operations.

This session focuses on the use of earth observation to support food security analysis alongside contributing to the informed decision making process in emergency preparedness and response for achieving Zero Hunger.

Rapid Access - Intelligence on Demand

Jen Templeton, Product Manager, Maxar

Rapid Access Program Session – Come find out how Rapid Access Program (RAP) brings the world’s most advanced commercial imaging satellite constellation directly to your fingertips. RAP delivers the highest commercially available collection priority, predictable access, plus virtual control of imaging operations to help you meet your mission requirements – all from any location on Earth. Enjoy a RAP LIVE DEMONSTRATION where we will show you how to receive satellite access without the excess of infrastructure that includes Order Placement, Satellite Access Window (SAW) Collection Planning, and Imagery Hosting & Dissemination

Earth Intelligence with AI, Machine Learning & Crowdsourcing

Kevin Lausten, Senior Director - Solutions, Maxar


Harnessing Earth Observation to Power the World's Most Detailed Urban Air Quality Models

Richard Flemmings, Operations Director, Tcarta

Geospatial analysis to support high-resolution population mapping

Heather Chamberlain, Enterprise Fellow, WorldPop Flowminder

Maritime Domain Awareness

Jeff Hurley, Maxar

Geospatial Solutions for Every Location Intelligence Need

Deke Young, Senior Director - Product Management, Maxar


Networking Break


Session title TBC

James Crawford, CEO, Orbital Insight

Session title coming soon

William Porter, National Planning, Team Rubicon & Jessica Hulsey, Product Development Manager, BAE Systems GXP

As 3 Global Commons Converge a New Paradigm in Space-Based Maritime Situational Awareness is emergin

Guy Thomas, Founder and Director, C-SIGMA LLC

EarthWatch - a time machine at your fingertips

Wendy Johnson, Director - Product Management, Maxar


Telecommunications, Automotive and Civil Engineering - AW3D Global high resolution 3D enabling new use cases

Dr. Ken Tsutsui, Technical and R&D manager, AW3D - NTT Data

Remote Sensing in International Human Rights Operations: Technical, Ethical, and Legal Challenges

Jonathan Drake, Senior Program Associate, AAAS

Remote sensing offers solutions to some of the world’s most pressing human rights documentation challenges. Since the dawn of high-resolution civilian satellite imaging, increasingly rapid revisit time, improved spatial resolution, and broader and deeper imagery archives have revolutionized the way that communities, NGOs, and international courts and commissions collect, review, and interpret evidence. Yet, to realize the full potential that these technologies can offer for documenting violations and holding perpetrators accountable, it is critical that human rights advocates, investigators, litigators, and judges understand the capabilities, methods, and limitations of these systems. This session will discuss the technical, ethical, and legal challenges that have been associated with using remote sensing in a human rights context over the last decade, and will discuss how emerging trends such as blockchain and machine learning may offer solutions, while also presenting their own unique challenges.

Session title coming soon

Leendert Bal, Head of Department Operations, EMSA

Radar Enabling Near Real-Time Applications

Senior Representative, Maxar


VISIONA’s Algorithms Platform and VCUB-1 – A 6U Brazilian NanoSAT for Earth Observation and Data Collection.

Cleber Oliveira, Director of Contracts and Business Development, Visiona Tecnologia Espacial

The VCUB-1 is the first NanoSAT designed by VISIONA to demonstrate its capabilities in designing space systems, allowing to test and validate in the space three systems developed by the company: 1) AOCS - Attitude and Orbit Control System; 2) OBDH - On-Board Data Handling; and 3) SDR - Software Defined Radio. The VCUB will have an optical sensor with TDI (Time-Delay-Integration) technology, with 4 spectral bands (G, R, RE and NIR) fully developed in Brazil. In order to distribute the VCUB images, as well as other images (free and commercial), VISIONA is developing a WEB platform that will also have algorithms to generate information for decision making.

Urban Profiling in Remote Settings

Craig von Hagen, Regional Director - Jordan, iMMAP

Keeping EU's Borders Safe

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning - Secrets to Crunching Geospatial Big Data

Heath Rasco, Director, Technical Programs, Maxar


Loohcal Media, Gloohbal Measurement

Daniel Cuende, Co-Founder & Innovation Manager, CUENDE Infometrics.

New information sources and disruptive technology has brought to Out-Of-Home media research new possibilities to demonstrate the power of a Media that is evolving with the rise of Digital and programmatic. Big Data, passive measurement, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and high-resolution commercial satellite images are now part of the research techniques applied in different countries. Discover the methodology and technology awarded by FEPE International, the Out-of-Home trade association.

In Plain Sight

Richard Brittan, Co-Founder & Director, Alcis

In plain sight – use of satellite Imagery to analyse and monitor extractive activities in Afghanistan. This presentation would cover the key points of a report we have just written for USIP, that has attracted a lot of interest from Governments and International donors to Afghanistan. So much so, we will be doing further work in this area which will be completed in June this year, and which I could as well include in this presentation.

Technology Research and Foresight for border security

Darek Saunders, Senior Research Officer - Research and Innovation Unit · Capacity Building Division, Frontex

  • Frontex goal-oriented approach
  • Stakeholders’ roles
  • EO Technology Research and Foresight

Leveraging AI to Convert Pixels into HD Vector Maps

Bill Singleton, Vice President, will present how its semi-automated approach of combining deep neural networks with scalable crowd map annotators can be combined to create continental scale vector map data while achieving human-level accuracy. In this discussion we will outline how our workflow creates an iterative learning system that continually improves upon its detection capabilities. These systems have been used by Federal Governments and NGOs all over the world to help build the Next Generation Earth to help vulnerable populations in the developing world.


Lunch Break


Accelerating innovation at the intersection of AI&EO: a Catapult perspective

Tom Jones, Senior Earth Observation Specialist, Satellite Applications Catapult

Digital Augmentation for Sustainable Agri-Food Systems

Dr. Chandrashekhar Biradar, Head of Geoinformatics Units and Principal Scientist (Agroecosystems), ICARDA-CGIA

Recent advances in EOS, Geo-Big Data and ICTs based analytics become much smarter, interoperable and useful ever before for making spatially informed precision decisions. Still there is a big blackhole in farming systems typology to understand the dynamics to better design the sustainable agri-food systems, it needs strong efforts and collective actions to build these layers using the EOS data for number of timely decisions making process with precision and policy level applications. EOS driven GeoAgro based Eco-Smart Farming Systems have a high potential in the agroecological sectors and addressing the UN SDGs.

Radar Solutions for Defense & Intelligence

Senior Representative, Maxar

Elevation Solutions

Senior Representative, Maxar


Earth Observation Unlocking Digital Transformation in Insurance Markets

Protecting Forests from Space with Satellite Imagery and AI

Indra den Bakker, CEO & Co-Founder,

Forests are the lungs of our planet, but they are under pressure. Data-driven information about the status of our forests is needed to better understand the value of forests and the threats forests face. Applying machine learning to high-resolution satellite imagery provide the insights needed to act. Insights into the quantity and quality of forests, such as forest composition, biomass, deforestation, insect plagues, and extreme drought.

Training the Machine. Educating the Human.


Senior Representative, Maxar


How to calculate people from Space?

Georgy Potapov, Founder, GeoAlert

We are living it the very fast changing urban environment. Even in more-european-like countries like Russia (> we face inaccurate data regarding urban development and a distribution of population. Partly the problem can be solved using satellite imagery - the tricky thing is not just to segmentate image to get the building mask, but to fill each building feature with the semantic attributes. To get this information on a grand scale researchers use another algorithms with multi-angle imagery or shadows and walls segmentation to remodel building heights which is much faster than ground observation or official cadastral database.

In Geoalert we are providing a pipeline powered by GBDX Big Data platform to collect information about urban environment including buildings, roads, parking lots and more...

Green City Watch: from challenge to startup

Jim Groot, CTO & Chris van Diemen, CDO - Green City Watch

Green City Watch was started by three friends who studied earth science at the University of Amsterdam. After participating (and winning) digitalglobe's GBDX for sustainability challenge we have worked closely together with people at DigitalGlobe and the World Bank to bring the analysis to the municipalities for whom it was build. Hear about our vision and the journey we have been on for the last year at ENGAGE 2019.

Operationalizing AI & ML

Maxar Partner Program

Kathryn Seitz, Sr Director - Partner Enablement, Maxar


Geospatial Analytics: Pushing the Energy Industry Towards the Digital Age Using AI

Kedar Kulkarni, CEO, HyperVerge

The energy industry is a legacy industry with the information required for making critical decisions regarding new developments (either developers or utilities) spread across various online and offline sources. Additionally, accurate there is a paucity of accurate information regarding substation and transmission line data (names, kV levels, owners, capacities, etc.). HyperVerge used GBDX to seamlessly access satellite imagery for the state of Texas, bigger than most countries, to build a high accuracy AI algorithm to detect all substations and transmission lines with a 99% accuracy. Leveraging this, learn how HyperVerge, along with our partner DNV GL, is building the Google for the energy industry where any information that a market player in the energy industry wants to access is easily accessible rapid decision making.

WWF’s Space+Science activities for conservation from space

Aurelie Shapiro, Senior Remote Sensing Specialist, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Germany

WWF uses state-of-the-art space technologies to support conservation of ecosystems around the world. From developing new CubeSat constellations to track wildlife and combat poaching and illegal wildlife trade; using Earth Observation to monitor and respond to challenges such as illegal deforestation, degradation, pollution, or quantify the ecosystem services and baselines supporting local communities and livelihoods, WWF is present in more than 100 counties, applying space technology and innovation to conservation challenges every day via its Space+Science activities.

Imagery Innovation for Multi-National Missions


Summary and Take Aways - Future Industries

Deborah Humphreville, Director - Strategic Accounts, Maxar

Summary and Take Aways - Humanitarian & Sustainability

Rhiannan Price, Director - Global Development, Maxar

Summary and Take Aways - Defence & Intelligence

Summary and Take Aways - Tools for the Future of EO



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