November 9th, 2015


On November 9th, 2015, satellite industry and the global development leaders came together for one day of presentations and discussions about satellite imagery and data processing capabilities.

Satellite imagery and big data tools provide powerful insights into issues central to global development: climate change, population growth, and natural resource availability. We are just scratching the surface of what is possible.

If you’re interested in the future of satellite imagery to solve global challenges, follow #SatSummit on Twitter for information on the next event.


We'll have a mix of panels and short ignite presentations throughout the day. Panels will explore the oportunities to better bridge the earth observation and development communities. Ignite presentations will highlight real world applications of satellite imagery for development or discuss imagery collection methods, analysis and distribution.

Alanna Simpson

  • PhD Sr. Disaster Risk Management Specialist @ World Bank Innovation Lab Team
  • @GFDRR

Eric Gundersen

Jed Sundwall

Marc Prioleau

  • Managing Director @ Prioleau Advisors
  • @mprioleau

Bronwyn Agrios

Albert Anoubon-Momo

Kass Green

  • President @ Kass Green and Associates

Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño

  • Data Scientist @ World Bank LLI Innovation Labs
  • @brunosan

Kevin Bullock

Kate Chapman

Ian Schuler

Keiko Saito

  • Disaster Risk Management Specialist @ World Bank
  • @WorldBank

Susan Wolfinbarger

John Crowley

  • Program Manager, Data for Climate Action @ UN Global Pulse
  • @jcrowley

Gustavo Faleiros

  • Manager of Earth Journalism Network @ Internews Network
  • @gufalei

Carissa Christensen

Lars Bromley

  • Principal Analyst and Research Advisor @ UNOSAT

Saara Romu

  • Senior Project Officer, Global Development @ Gates Foundation
  • @SaaraRomu

Jeremy Hale

Camilla Mahon

Robinson Meyer

  • Associate Editor, Technology @ The Atlantic
  • @yayitsrob

Francis Gassert

  • Lead, Data for Impact @ World Resources Institute
  • @fgassert

Amit Kapadia

  • Earth Imagery Engineer @ Planet Labs
  • @amitinho

James H. Faghmous

  • Assistant Professor and CTO of the Arnhold Institute @ The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • @nomadic_mind

Rose Jackson

  • Chief of Staff @ Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
  • @rosejackson3

Hunter Goldman

Alexander Howard

  • Senior Editor, Technology and Society @ The Huffington Post
  • @digiphile


Time Event
08:00 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:15 Opening Session
09:15 - 10:00 Ignite presentations : The State of the Industry Carissa Christensen, Kevin Bullock, Chris Biddy, Marc Prioleau
10:00 - 10:45 PANEL: The State of Earth Observation for Global Development Marc Prioleau, Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuno, Kass Green, Hunter Goldman, Gustavo Faleiros
10:45 - 11:00 COFFEE
11:00 - 11:45 Ignite Presentations: Applications of Earth Observation for Human Rights and Development Jeremy Hale, Amit Kapadia, Ian Schuler
11:45 - 12:30 PANEL: Development Practitioner Roundtable: Current Needs and Opportunities Ian Schuler, Keiko Saito, Francis Gassert, Kate Chapman, James H. Faghmous, Susan Wolfinbarger
12:30 - 13:45 LUNCH
13:45 - 14:30 PANEL: Investing in Economic Growth and Social Empowerment through Earth Observation Paul Goodman, Thomas Gillespie, Larisa Serbina, Rose Jackson, Alex MacDonald
14:30 - 15:15 Ignite Presentations: Imagery to Intelligence - The Challenge of Distribution Camilla Mahon, Jed Sundwall, Bronwyn Agrios
15:15 - 15:30 COFFEE
15:30 - 16:15 PANEL: Collaboration between Satellite and Development Sectors Alexander Howard, Saara Romu, Albert Anoubon-Momo, Jeremy Hale
16:15 - 17:00 PANEL: Imagery for Disaster Response Robinson Meyer, Taner Kodanaz, Lars Bromley, Keiko Saito, John Crowley, Mikel Maron
17:00 - 17:05 Closing Remarks
17:00 - 19:30 Social Event @ Hill Country BBQ


District Architecture Center, 421 7th St NW

Washington, DC 20004



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