Industry Track Programme

The Industry Track program will run from Tuesday 5 November to Thursday 7 November of GEO Week 2019, aligning with the GEO Plenary sessions and preceding the GEO Ministerial Summit.

The program is designed to explore key issues that impact both the global Earth observation sector and the broader areas that relate to this activity. Augmenting the program within the Industry Track will be GEO Week 2019 Exhibition and the EO Industry Platform,

  • The GEO Week 2019 Exhibition which will host a wide range of Earth observation innovators from around the world showcasing the latest in Earth observation data and technology. The Exhibition will be the ‘Hub’ of GEO Week 2019 and will provide a range of spaces for participants to work, collaborate and network.
  • The EO Industry Platform which will facilitate an additional opportunity for participants to hear presentations organised on a thematic basis that highlight new ideas and capabilities, provide updates about cutting edge technology and their applications, and raise topical issues for discussion.

Industry Track Schedule

Monday & Tuesday 4-5 November 2019

900-1700: GEO Week Side Events

The official Industry Track Program commences on the Tuesday afternoon but participants are also invited to attend GEO Week Side Events taking place on the Monday and Tuesday. This diverse and extensive collection of Earth observation discussions is a great opportunity to gain a more detailed understanding on key issues and activities influencing the development of the global Earth observation sector. More information on the 15 Key Side Events and 25 Targeted Side Events can be found here.

Monday 1730-1900: GEO Week 2019 Welcome Reception

The Reception will take place in the GEO Week 2019 Exhibition which will be host to a wide range of Earth observation innovators from around the world showcasing the latest in Earth observation data and technology. Alongside Members and Participating Organizations, companies from the space, spatial and tech industries will come together with innovators working on new technologies ripe for commercialisation.

The Welcome Reception will be a great opportunity to engage with other Industry Track participants while sampling local food and wine.

Tuesday 1330-1715: Australia-Europe Industry Showcase and Melbourne Cup – LIVE!

Led by FrontierSI and the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC), this session will present some of the most exciting developments by European and Australian industry in remote sensing. It will be an opportunity for business-to-business interaction and to learn more about companies, capabilities and activities occurring in these regions.

The format of the workshop will involve discussion, rapid-fire pitches and networking. The focus will be on uncovering complimentary applications and activities in the European and Australian regions, opening the room for collaboration, deepening the understanding of the markets where companies are active, and having an update of the most novel developments.

Do not miss the AU-EU Melbourne Cup GEO Competition!

While focusing on Australia and Europe, this session is open to all GEO participants and will include a free networking event with drinks and nibbles to watch Australia’s biggest horse race, the Melbourne Cup, including prizes for the participants!

Wednesday 6 November 2019

900-1030: Industry Track Opening Session

This session will welcome attendees to the Industry Track at GEO Week 2019, providing an outline of what will be discussed across the gamut of events within the week. The keynote speakers will draw out the issues and opportunities in the global Earth observation industry, providing insight for greater cooperation and industry growth in a rapidly evolving sector.

Industry Track attendees will then be invited to join the GEO Plenary delegates for the official photo of GEO Week 2019.

1100-1530: Leadership Dialogue - Industry and GEO

Led by the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) and Earth Observation Australia (EOA), this session will be a forum for leaders within the global EO community to exchange views and opinions on the future demands and potential solutions facing this ever changing industry. Crucial to the success of this session will be input from the GEO user community identifying the obstacles, challenges and future demands of EO and the potential solutions envisioned by academia and potentially delivered by industry.

Key questions considered through discussion panels will include,

  • Are new Earth observation technologies going to help industry address GEO objectives
  • Addressing GEO objectives while building Earth observation industry capabilities and revenue

1400-1800: End User Forum - Problem Pitch and Panels

Coordinated by FrontierSI, this element of the Industry Track will put the End Users (and customers) at the centre. What do they really need? How do I better design my solution to make it truly useful?

The session will start with an expert-delivered training session on Design Thinking, aimed at helping companies better connect with their users, to understand their problems and to create better products and services as a result. After the break, end-users will take the stage as we hear directly from key industry representatives through a Problem Pitch session, which will be followed by an interactive panel discussion. Industries of focus will include Agriculture, Mining, Insurance, Finance, Infrastructure, Environment, Security and Health.

The session recognises that the growth of the EO industry globally will be driven by focusing on problems to be solved. It will consider current and potential markets for EO products and services from the end user perspective. A focus will be the identification of how the market for EO products and services can be widened through understanding how new skills and frameworks can be deployed to better define problems and tailor product offerings.

1600-1800: Town Hall Discussion

The Town Hall discussion will is an opportunity for the broader EO community to be heard on a variety of issues important to them, including observations and data, GEO’s approach to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), transparency and governance, and other topics of interest. A professional facilitator will ensure all participants have an opportunity to be heard and the outcomes of this discussion will be reported to the GEO Plenary the following day.

It is expected that the discussion will touch on topics including: optimal approaches for GEO to engage with industry, orientation of GEO objectives relative to industry objectives, and the challenges presented by a rapidly changing industry and technology landscape.

1900-2200: GEO Gala Dinner

The GEO Gala Dinner will be held at the National Arboretum with spectacular views across Canberra and will be the social highlight of GEO Week 2019! Part of the official program for the evening will be an awards ceremony recognising the significant contributions of individuals and groups to the furthering of GEO objectives.

Thursday 7 November 2019

730-900: GEO Week Ministerial Breakfast

Hosted by CSIRO, this breakfast will be an opportunity for Minister’s attending the summit to engage with industry leaders and the GEO community to consider the issues and opportunities being uncovered during GEO Week 2019.

900-1230: Earth Observation 2.0

As part of the Industry Track, CSIRO will host an EO Innovation workshop for the Start-up and SMME community to engage with those in government and industry that seek novel Earth observation-enabled digital products. The workshop will also facilitate networking with leading industry leaders from the tech, space and geospatial ecosystems and the EO Community.

Key topics to be covered include:

  • Harmonised, multi-sensor satellite observational platforms
  • Integration of in-situ datasets and satellite observations
  • Novel approaches to processing petabyte-scale datasets and deriving information products and services (including Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence)
  • Unique combinations of existing and new technologies to deliver bespoke down-stream, location-based user services

1130-1230: Development Finance: Landscape and expectations

This session seeks an open and casual dialogue around the realities of seeking development finance to support your projects. Topics discussed will include how development bank funding is accessed, how programs are being structured to support private sector, and what works (and what doesn’t) when approaching organisations for development finance.

Participants will have the opportunity to consider different attitudes towards technology and technology development and can expect to gain an increased understanding of how the commercial sector can engage with development bank funded activities.

1400-1530: Asia-Oceania Industry @ GEO

Facilitated by FrontierSI, this lively session is an opportunity to better understand the rich earth observation (EO) capabilities across the Asia-Oceania (A-O) region, get familiar with companies and expertise, current and potential markets, experiences, challenges, opportunities, and approaches to doing business.

The format of the session will include an overview of the Earth observation industry in the A-O region, followed by a lively panel debate highlighting the pros and cons of industry involvement on EO activities in different parts of the A-O region. Participants can expect to gain an increased awareness of the market and business opportunities in the A-O region, debated with a twist of lime and of shake of spice from the hearts of the region!

1600-1645: Industry Track Closing Session

Incorporating observations from both industry and the GEO community, this closing session will summarise the key points from the discussions during the week and highlight a positive way forward for further deepening the links between the commercial EO sector and GEO.

The Industry Track will be closed with a presentation on GEO Week 2020, to be held in South Africa, and the opportunities for industry to be involved.