Satellite Imagery and Innovation: What the Geospatial Revolution Means for Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century
Speaker: Stephen Wood, Vice President of the Analysis Center at DigtialGlobe
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in the hands of an expert analyst, who is able to provide context and insight, it can be worth vastly more.
Regardless of your area of focus, geospatial literacy will play a role in your future. From aiding efforts in disaster preparedness, response & recovery, to global development, to real-time situation monitoring, geospatial data will be used to help businesses, governments, rescue workers, and the international community better understand the world around them and create optimal innovations that respond to real-world demands.
Geospatial analysis can inform and spur innovations by offering answers to critical questions across a wide array of commercial, public, and governmental issues including:
- What are my competitors doing and why?
- Where are there clusters of activity related to a certain issue?
- After a disaster, where is the damage? Where should I send my rescue teams first?
- How has climate change affected a particular natural area?
- Are my construction projects compliant with environmental regulations?
- Should I be concerned about a particular political hot spot?
Mr. Wood will remove the mystique of geospatial research and offer a diverse set of case examples to show how it can be applied to your innovations and areas of interest. He will also introduce attendees to a set of tools that DigitalGlobe will make available to try hands-on at the i-Lab through the end of the academic term.
DigitalGlobe is a provider of commercial high-resolution earth imagery products and services with an image library containing more than 3.8 billion square kilometers of earth imagery and imagery products. Their imagery solutions support a wide variety of uses within defense and intelligence, civil agencies, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, humanitarian response, Internet portals and navigation technology.
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative has been working with DigitalGlobe using geospatial data in its efforts to detect and deter war crimes and genocide in Sudan and South Sudan.
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Harvard Innovation Lab
Launched in November 2011, the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) serves as a resource for students from across Harvard interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. The programming offered by the i-lab is designed to help students grow their ventures at any stage of development and covering a wide range of disciplines. The i-lab fosters unprecedented collaboration among Harvard students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston and Greater Boston communities.