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STARHub raises profile of satellite technology on tackling development challenges at Devex World

Devex logo14 June 2016 – Sam Adlen and Delia Di Filippantonio from the Satellite Applications Catapult and STARHub team, will be addressing delegates at Devex World 2016 in Washington today, on the subject of ‘Bringing Space down to Earth: Leveraging satellite technologies to tackle development challenges’.

With the satellite sector rapidly evolving and delivering vast new sources of data, many new opportunities are presenting themselves to specialist organisations tasked with responding to global development challenges. Like the international development sector, success in the satellite community requires the adoption of new methods of working including Human-Centred Design and business model innovation.

“Significant opportunity awaits for the development and satellite communities to work together to deliver real innovation and impact,” says Sam Adlen, Head of Business Innovation at the Satellite Applications Catapult. “Space is changing. The technology is getting smaller, more agile and affordable to develop and launch. New missions are democratising access to satellite data, connecting people and transforming how we view our planet.

“The satellite sector is rapidly expanding and evolving, delivering vast new sources of data, and offering new answers to the questions we pose ourselves as a society facing fundamental development challenges: how can we stop illegal fishing, manage our natural resources, transform the delivery of healthcare to rural areas or empower digital economies? However, like the development sector, the ultimate success of this new era of satellite-enabled solutions requires the adoption of new methods of working through Human-Centered Design; through business model innovation; and through reimagining funding models to deliver impact at scale.”

The UK-based Catapult is already working with international partners to apply these new methodologies to help others build services focused on user needs. A key part of this is the development of STARHub – an online community to share these learnings. Significant opportunity awaits for the development and satellite communities to work together to deliver real innovation and impact.

You can meet the team in the Innovation Lab at Devex World.

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