Organising the first satellite App Challenge in Malta, and ten lessons we learnt from it

"Ideation is sometimes a mix of recklessness and ingenuity"  Alexander Borg, Research and Innovation Consultant, Malta Innovation Technology Agency tells us.  The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) organised their first Satellite data based App Challenge earlier this year. The result: 8 startups pitched their business ideas on how they would use satellite-data to develop their innovative idea into a testable, deployable and demonstrable solution. Here are Alexander's TOP 10 take aways! 

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Free and open satellite data: private companies join in the game

When it comes to satellite data, open data policies have come to be expected and welcome from public entities. However, a private satellite data provider going for the same policy will make some noise and raise some eyebrows. Surely the very point of such companies is to make money from selling such data, not giving them away for free. And yet…

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Thank you, Colin!

Laudatio by ESA DG Jean-Jacques Dordain, given on the occasion of the Eurisy General Assembly 2015 on 17 June 2015 - the last to be presided by President Colin Hicks.

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