25-26 April 2017
8 Northumberland Avenue, London


Chairperson: Steven Ramage, Head of External Relations, Group on Earth Observations

08:15 - 09:00

Registration & Coffee

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome Address

Jeff Tarr, President & CEO, DigitalGlobe

09:10 - 09:30

Making sense of the world through the lens of location

Leon van de Pas, Senior Vice President Internet of Things, HERE

Today there is more data available than ever, but it resides largely in silos. Advanced location technology based on the richest set of real-time data and layered on a highly precise 3D digital representation of the real world can act as the glue to connect and provide context to these disparate data sources. This powerful combination can foster innovation, disrupt industries and help in creating new meaningful services to improve people’s lives everywhere in the world.

09:30 - 09:50

Key Developments in European Programmes

Stephen Coulson, Head of Industry Section, Directorate of Earth Observation Programs, ESA

09:50 - 10:10

Igniting the Space Sector – What does the future look like?

Jean-Phillippe Duval, Partner, PwC

The Earth Observation data and Value-Added Services (VAS) market is experiencing fast disruptive changes, with industry consolidation and vertical integration being paired to a profound transformation of go-to-market strategies. New entrants into the market, as well as a novel interest from large data and cloud storage providers into the hosting of space-based data have opened the door to new value propositions that go beyond the traditional sales of archive data or the provision of ad-hoc data by tasking engagement.

In fact, while EO data and VAS have already made up a steadily growing market over the past decade, (with total data plus VAS revenues growing by 12.8% EUR 2,7B in 2015 to EUR 3,1B in 2016), an ever greater market growth is expected with new Digital Data Platforms that enable a restricted access to different buckets of data (EO but also other sources) and of cloud computing power. Thanks to the possibilities offered or prospected by the convergence of data on Digital Platforms, an all-new set of applications is emerging, driven by novel demand and interest from non-technical end-users pursuing intelligence and analysis rather than raw data or products. The use of Geo-Information Services enabled by satellite imaging in producing intelligence in non-conventional fields has the potential to create disruptions in sectors that go far beyond those traditionally impacted by EO data and VAS.

PwC has conducted extensive characterization of the EO downstream market, with the objective of highlighting the main expected impacts for non-space downstream markets and value chains. This presentation will outline the main takeaways and show the most promising applications. Also objective of this paper is to report on an actual case study highlighting the novel use of EO data for business intelligence, which comes from another recent engagement carried out by PwC, on the use of satellite data in an advisory engagement.

10:10 - 10:30

A Glimpse Into the Future - Technology and Business Models

Tony Frazier, Senior Vice President, General Manager – Services, DigitalGlobe

10:30 – 11:10

Networking Break | 1-2-1 meetings

Lightning Talk

10:40 – 10:50

Alex Gow, Manager – Sales Engineering, EMEAR, DigitalGlobe

11:10 - 11:30

State of the Industry – Hard facts & figures

Pacome Revillon, CEO, Euroconsult

11:30 - 11:50

Accelerating Innovation in Geospatial Applications

Stuart Martin, CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult

11:50 - 12:10

Telco Location Insights: where are we now, what next and how can we get there faster

Phil Douty, Director, Data Monetisation Alliances & Strategic Partnerships,Telefónica, S.A

  • Introductory run-through of current Telco Location Insights use-cases
  • Areas where Telco's will develop new insights, and the role we can play in disrupting, outmoded methodologies
  • The need to change the traditional Telco culture to unlock the full potential of the future

12:10 - 12:30

Remote Sensing and Geospatial Data for Global Health and Development

Vincent Seaman, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports our belief that "all lives have equal value."   In order to achieve the greatest impact, we strive to use the most advanced tools available, including remote sensing from high resolution satellite imagery and the collection of geospatial reference data.  We have found applications for these technologies across all our focus areas - agriculture, disease eradication programs such as polio and malaria, disease surveillance, emergency and humanitarian response, and building public health infrastructure.  Two of our key cross-cutting efforts are the Radiant (Open Imagery) Platform, and the GRID (geospatial reference layers) project. While we believe both have the potential to greatly impact the global development/global health efforts, the GRID population estimates (based on microcensus data and extracted building features from satellite imagery) will produce the much-needed denominators required not only for planning and implementing projects, but also measuring change and outcomes.

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break | 1-2-1 meetings | Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks

12:50 – 13:05

Geospatial Big Data
Luca Perletta, Manager – Sales Engineering, EMEAR, DigitalGlobe

13:10 – 13:25

Optical & SAR Emergency Services
Fabio Volpe, Head of Geospatial Content Evolution, E-GEOS

13:30 - 13:45

GeoService ShowMySite available on CloudEO GeoMarketplace
Dr. Ursula Benz, COO, CloudEO AG

Let ShowMySite show you how your patch of land looks from space - and see not only how it looks right now, but also and how it changed over the recent years. Powered by DigitalGlobe Basemap you can find images of any spot on earth with a resolution better than 0.5 m mostly acquired within the last 6 to 12 months.

ShowMySite is as easy to use as any website - you simply access the service through your standard Internet browser. Real estate brokerages, insurance companies, and essentially everyone who is interested to monitor the development within the last few years can get these high-resolution images at low cost - and without requiring any additional data handling. Each image is time-stamped, which is essential to documenting precisely and reliably whatever changes happened at any time; this information may be invaluable for the purpose of professional documentation

On the CloudEO GeoMarketplace you can find GeoServices from many vendors and for multiple applications. They include solutions for many industries from agriculture to urban planning as well as multi-purpose remote sensing imagery, elevation data, thematic maps, software, analytics and a secure and scalable IT.

CloudEO Partners offer their GeoServices on the marketplace,  expand their market reach, and increase their competitiveness with new business models for data, software and IT - enabled by CloudEO's unique cloud architecture. Complementary platform services simplify access, processing of geodata, and publishing of geoinformation.

This presentation will give you a quick overview on the CloudEO platform offerings and allow you to take part in the official launch of the new GeoService ShowMySite. 

14:00 - 14:20

Earth Observation for Risk Analysis – lessons learned

Darek Saunders, Head of Analytics Sector, Frontex

14:20 - 14:40

Visualizing Geo Big Data

Marc Melviez, Group CEO and Director, Luciad

Good visualization is based on reliable data, organized in a way that enables exploration. And it should be presented beautifully so the user is motivated to do as much as possible with the data.

When Big Data becomes really very big data, traditional technologies start to break down. Time to extract, transform and load the data become longer than the update frequency of the data itself, rendering the data unusable.

This presentation will focus on these challenges and how we found the solution to visualize ever increasing volumes of data in an interactive manner.

14:40 - 15:00

Geoinformation market trends. Rush services and data analytics impact.

Massimo Comparini, CEO, E-GEOS

15:00 - 15:20

The Multi-Billion Dollar Artificial Intelligence Market and How DigitalGlobe Plays In It.

Andre Kearns, Senior Director – Services, DigitalGlobe

This keynote offers an overview of the artificial intelligence market, highlights key application areas, shares how DG is establishing industry leadership in this space, and how we are applying our capabilities to solve customer problems.

15:20 - 15:50

Networking Break | 1-2-1 meetings | Lightning Talks

Lightning Talk

15:30 - 15:40

Geo-Analytics for Insurance
Forbes MacKenzie, Founder, Mckenzie Intelligence

Since MIS started in remote sensing, we have met countless firms and data providers stating that 'remote sensing solves insurance problems'! I ask 'what problems?' The answer to that is - well that is for you to work out! So that is what we set out to achieve. We have worked with every major insurance provider in the UK and US and and are now retained by the most exciting one. I will discuss where value comes from, why Digital Globe data has been vital to our success, strategic routes to market and informed by our recent work; make some predictions for the next 3-5 years.

15:50 - 16:10

It’s not just Imagery, it’s Intelligence

Stephen Foster, Business Development Manager, EMEA – GXP, BAE Systems

The era of ‘Big Data’ presents new challenges to the geospatial industry. Novel solutions are required to discover the most appropriate data, catalogue the required information, and then exploit and disseminate any derived products so that the user community can action this wealth of intelligence with optimum effect.

This presentation explores some of the ways in which the GXP software suite leverages the exceptional quality and breadth of imagery available from the DigitalGlobe portfolio in order to create accurate and timely intelligence products for both defence and civilian agencies.

16:10 - 16:30

Applying spatial analysis for business intelligence and risk management

Sharon Palmer, Head of Spatial Analytics, Willis Towers Watson

16:30 - 16:50

Unsupervised feature extraction using GBDX

Alexis Smith CEO, IMGeospatial


Awards Dinner

IET London: Savoy Place 2 Savoy Pl, London WC2R 0BL

Chairperson: John Kedar, Director Strategic Relationships, Ordnance Survey International

08:30 - 09:00

Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 09:30

Big Data. New Physics. And Geospatial Data is Analytics Superfood

Jeff Jonas, Data Scientist, Former IBM Fellow, Serial Entrepreneur

09:30 – 09:50

Turning Geo Big Data into Big Business

Kevin Lausten, Director, Geospatial Big Data, DigitalGlobe

09:50 – 10:10

Turning data into outcomes: people, politics and persuasion

Claire Melamed, Executive Director,Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

10:10 – 10:30

Mapping Mountains: Rethinking Geospatial Technology

Misha Gopaul, CEO, FATMAP

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Break | 1-2-1 meetings

Lightning Talk

10:40 – 10:50

Elevation Masterclass
Juan Mieza, Manager – Sales Engineering, EMEAR, DigitalGlobe

11:00 - 11:20

Finding Gold from Space

Bill Baugh, Principal Scientist, DigitalGlobe

11:20 - 11:40

Unlocking the value of data for Renewable Energy & Smart Cities

Geoff Blissitt, Head of GIS & BIM, CartoConsult

Payment agency enabling them to optimise payments and reduce fraud. The solution works towards having analysis ready data with potential benefits not only to payment agencies but for any organization conducting field surveys on their assets.

11:40 - 12:00

Smarter solutions for Farmer Payments in England

John Rennard, President, Cyient

An overview of a working project showing the successful use of satellite imagery from multiple sensors for a UK based payment agency. The solution uses the imagery provided by a consortium of suppliers including Digital Globe, pre-processing (orthorectifying, colour balancing and mosaicking) and applying algorithms for asset classification, in this case for crop types. By implementing this smart solution to combine data from a number of sensors, we are able to provide high confidence level results to the

12:00 - 12:20

The United Smart Cities project (USC) and collaboration opportunities for the digital industry.

Andreas Littkopf, ETC Manager, Environment Agency Austria

12:20 – 13:40

Lunch Break | 1-2-1 meetings

Lightning Talks

12:50 - 13:05

Oil Tank Lid Monitoring Deborah Humphreville
DigitalGlobe & Dave Fox, Geospatial Insight

13:10 – 13:25

Risk mitigation and cost savings for Oil and Gas projects in remote regions
Mike Gerrard, Founder, Satellite Terrain Engineering

13:40 - 14:00

Space to grow

Dr. Daniel Simms, Research Fellow in Remote Sensing & GIS, Cranfield University

14:00 - 14:20

Geo Enabled Precision Farming increasing wine production

Juan Caravaca, Data Scientist, VisualNACert,
Jose Moro Espinosa, Wine Maker, Moro Wines

14:20 - 14:40

Exploring The World’s Coastlines

Richard Flemmings, Partner, TCarta Marine

14:40 - 15:00

The Sky is the Limit: Generating Map Data from The Ground

Janine Yoong, VP, Business Development, Mapillary

While high-resolution satellite imagery is the cornerstone of any digital mapping endeavor, the challenge of capturing data that is not visible from the sky drives demand for complementary street-level imagery.  Recent advances in ground-based imagery collection and data extraction are driving new trends in location-based services, smart cities, and autonomous vehicles.  Learn more from real-world examples about how street-level and satellite imagery help each other tell the whole story with data from different perspectives -- ultimately helping us stay grounded. 

15:00 - 15:10

Wrap up & Key Take Aways

Andrea Bersan, VP Sales – EMEAR, DigitalGlobe

15:00 - 16:00

Networking Break | 1-2-1 meetings | Lightning Talks

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