SatSummit Solving Global Issues Through Data


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Next week, Development Seed and Mapbox will host SatSummit in Washington, D.C. Satellite industry and global development experts from around the globe will come nerd-out on solving social and environmental challenges through practical applications of satellite data. The big focus this year is turning data into action, with deep dives into machine learning, maintaining climate data streams, famine and malaria mapping, and imagery for humanitarian response.

Look for us throughout the day:

  • Ian will moderate a discussion with “The Geographers” from The World Bank and USAID. They’ll tackle tough questions relating to how organizations incorporate remote sesning data into daily decision-making.
  • Drew will share our progress with developing a suite of machine learning tools built entirely in “open”. He’ll show what Skynet is capable of and our pipeline to use OpenStreetMap as a deep source of training data for deep learning.
  • Behind the camera Dylan will capture big moments, while Anna and Derek live tweet the event sharing key insights that are discussed. Our friendly face at registration Miles will greet people as they arrive, while Olaf and Alireza roam around to chat up new and old friends.
  • I’ll be there as well making sure things run smoothly.

Our good friends will be there from groups like DigitalGlobe, The World Bank, AWS, Planet, and USAID Global Development Lab. We are also excited to meet new folks and hear new approaches to tackling hard problems. SatSummit is a real opportunity to form unexpected partnerships and think outside the box, and we’re looking forward to what comes out of it.

The event is unfortunately booked up. If you haven’t signed up and want to attend, add your name to the waitling list here. We’re in the process of confirming attendees, and tickets may become available. For those unable to join in person, follow along @sat_summit on Twitter.

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