Digital society and satellite applications: successful business cases

9h00 Welcome adresses

  • Arlene Foster MLA, Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment will open the conference.
  • Colin Hicks, Eurisy, President
  • Robert Hill, Northern Ireland Space Office, Director


9h30 Introduction: How SMEs and local governments can benefit from satellite services in a digital society


10h20 - Coffee break


10h40 Satellite services in practice: success stories and lessons learnt

During three parallel sessions, representatives of SMEs who created innovative digital products and services using satellite applications, and publi authorities who use them, will share their hands-on experience and successful business cases. 



Parallel session 1: E-learning, education, media and transmedia

Chair: Tom Mason, Director, Armagh Planetarium, UK

  • Cerberus gaming platform: E-learning and crowdsourcing to produce operational maps - Hans van ‘t Woud, CEO, BlackShore, Netherlands
  • MediAVentures:live high-definition broadcasts of surgery for teaching purposes, thanks to satellite communications - Arne Van Renterghem, MediAVentures, Belgium
  • Georacing: an innovative 2D and 3D visualisation service for outdoor sporting event broadcasts - Olivier Emery, CEO, Trimaran, France
  1. Video Sailors
  2. Video Rallye
  3. Video Sailplanes
  • City of Helsinki: E-learning in primary schools thanks to location-based games- Video


Parallel session 2: Tourism, Arts&culture, leisure

Chair: Alan Wells, Emeritus professor, Space Research Center, University of Leiceter, UK

  • Microcinema: films and cultural events reaching small cinemas everywhere by using satellite communication   Silvana Molino, Microcinema, Italy
  • Alario Foundation: satellite technologies at the service of archaeology and education - Video


Parallel session 3: Smart cities

Chair: Nick Thomas, Business Modeling lead, Satellite Application Catapult, UK

  • Agency9: Dynamic urban planning thanks to imagery, geographical information, and 3D modeling - Håkan Engman, CEO, Agency9 AB, Sweden

  • Bremen: promoting biking for a smarter city thanks to a geolocated guide - Tessa Heyde, Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen, Germany and Nora Manthey, BikeCityGuide, UK
  • London: airTEXT, a public health advice programme - Paul Clift, Chair of the airTEXT consortium, London, United Kingdom

  • Islington: managing the urban infrastructure and the public space more efficiently - Video


12h10 - Lunch


13h10 Round table: support and financing mechanisms for SMEs and local governments

On the basis of opportunities for SMEs to replicate success stories identified in the parallel sessions, the conference moderator organises a friendly debate between users and representatives of funding and support bodies


14h40 - Elevator pitches

Public and private organisations who exhibit their products and services in the demo corner have three minutes to introduce themselves and what they offer.

  • View Digital - Una Murphy
  • History Space - Helen Jackson, University of Ulster
  • Space synapse - Anna Hill
  • Space Research Centre, Alan Wells, University of Leicester


15h15 - Conclusions and recommendations


15h20 - Coffee break


15h20 Match-making session

Participants will have the opportunity to find and meet like-minded or different-minded individuals to exchange with, thanks to the be2match brokerage tool provided by Enterprise Europe Network.

Register HERE to attend the match-making session


Event co-organised by

Northern Ireland Space OfficeInvest NIEurisy

Golden Sponsors                                 

Armagh Planetarium 

Session sponsors

  SatApps Catapult           EEN          

Event partners

Momentum Digital Circle culture techfutur en seineESA

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