On April 18th Sascha Heising from FabSpace together with Dr. Frank Zimmermann (CEO, cesah GmbH) joined the innovation center staff of Merck in Darmstadt. Merck is a global player in Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials. The objective of the meeting was to explore opportunities for future cooperation and the benefits of using earth observation technology. The team of Merck identified several starting points to build on. On the other hand, Sascha Heising and Dr. Frank Zimmermann were impressed by the effort of Merck to trigger new innovation. “The environment and spirit was quite inspiring”, summarizes Sascha Heising his impressions. The team is looking forward to visit the final Innovation Center, which will be ready for operation in the end of 2017 (read more).

from left: Sascha Heising, Matthias Simnacher, Dr. Frank Zimmermann and Hong Wa Poon at the current Innovation Center of Merck (image: FabSpace).

After presenting the scope and goals of FabSpace 2.0 both parties agreed to keep on the discussion and define concrete actions in the next few months.


photo: Deutsche Messe

CeBIT is a global event for digital business where FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt spent 3 days and got a lot of new perspectives in the world of IT and digital business. At present the CeBIT is the biggest IT fair worldwide with about 200.000 visitors this year. This was the perfect place to be last week. FabSpace Darmstadt collected so many new impressions and ideas for upcoming events together with new contacts who will hopefully lead to cooperation in the future. This year in CeBIT the main buzz words IoT (Internet of Things), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Therefore, FabSpace Managers Sascha Heising and Bayzidul Islam are thinking about a specialized FabSpace event in the following days bringing together IoT, AI and ML with Earth Observation (EO). “Currently we have the conceptual idea in our mind but we think we can announce the design of the event soon”, comments Bayzidul Islam on the ideation of FabSpace Darmstadt. “This would be our 3rd innovation event this year”, adds Sascha Heising considering the ImageCLEF event in April and the Startup week together with Software AG in June 2017.

See you in 2018 at the CeBIT Campus.


photo: Software AG

“Startup Week” kickoff at CeBIT 2017 was awe-inspiring for FabSpace Darmstadt which is going to be organized together with Software AG in the summer. FabSpace Darmstadt was honored to get the presence of the federal minister of economic and energy affairs, Mrs. Brigitte Zypries and the former astronaut Thomas Reiter in the announcement of the “Startup Week”.

Brigitte Zypries kicks off the FabSpace startup-week at the booth of Software AG during CeBIT 2017. photo: Software AG

The event was announced live on stage at the Software AG booth with a remarkable media coverage of more than 50 journalists and many more attendees from all over the world. The event started with a guest speech given by Mrs. Brigitte Zypries and continued with an impressive presentation by Thomas Reiter’s talk on his experience and the view from space on earth. Right after that Software AG arranged a panel discussion including also Mr. Karl-Heinz Streibich (CEO, Software AG), Mr. Lionel Born (CSO, Spacenus) and Mr. Sascha Heising (Project Leader, cesah GmbH contribution of FabSpace). The Panel discussion theme was “Space 4.0: From Space to Business” where all the experts were elaborating about the endless possibilities one can make, create and innovate with earth observation. Mr. Karl-Heinz Streibich underlined the activities of Software AG in the field of startup support and its startup program in cooperation with universities. Mr. Sascha Heising focused on the benefits of FabSpace which is a pre-incubation program and provides possibilities to be incubated in the ESA Business Incubation program as a continuation of FabSpace users. As a best practice FabSpace also introduced Mr. Lionel Born from Spacenus GmbH as a promising example of an earth observation and geospatial technology based startup.

from left: Thomas Reiter, Karl-Heinz Streibich (CEO Software AG), Sascha Heising (FabSpace) and Lionel Born (CSO Spacenus GmbH) together with moderator Byung-Hun Park introduce the startup week. photo: Software AG 

The current focus of the FabSpace Darmstadt is the upcoming “Startup Week” where participants will have the opportunity to win a “Trip to Silicon Valley” sponsored by Software AG. The detailed program will be published soon but registration is open and limited so interested should hurry up and REGISTER HERE.


The team of FabSpace Darmstadt is very proud to announce the involvement of being live on stage together with Mrs. Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister of Economics and Energy Affairs of Germany and the former ESA astronaut Dr. Thomas Reiter at the booth of Software AG at CeBit, Hannover on 21st of March at 15:00. Software AG and FabSpace Darmstadt are very proud and delighted to kick off a “Start-up Week” in this summer in Darmstadt. Besides being qualified to participate in “FabSpace Bootcamp” in November 2017, the very best solution developed during the Start-up Week will win a trip to “Silicon Valley” sponsored by Software AG. “That’s just amazing and an outstanding opportunity to show creativity and become rewarded”, says Mr. Bayzidul Islam. "We are looking forward to our first Start-up Week which will be announced in a panel discussion in the very special event at CeBit", explains Sascha Heising. In addition, thanks to the support of Software AG, you’ll have the chance to meet the team at the booth of Software AG during CeBit in hall 4, C11. Do not miss the opportunity to visit us in Hannover and collect your free ticket here!

For more information about the “Start-up Week” visit: startupweek.fabspace-germany.de


The FabSpace Darmstadt team was present during the entire night at the very exiting social media event for the launch of Sentinel-2B stellite. Mr. Sascha Heising and Mr. Bayzidul Islam talked about the project’s ongoing activities with the audience and presented some recent highlights at a small booth.

Fig: Mr. Bayzidul Islam and Mr. Sascha Heising after preparing the booth for the social media event for Sentinel launch. (Image credit: ESA/J. Mai)

The whole event was a great success for European Space Agency - ESA and the entire Earth Observation - EO community. It has raised an amazing awareness and underlined the importance of the Copernicus program in every point of view. More than 300 guests attended during the event and cherish valuable talks from speakers. The social media community posted more than 17,000 twitter messages and approximately 21,000,000 people were reached worldwide. That was just an amazing broadcast by the the #Sentinel2Go team. Mr. Sascha Heising was interview live on stage in the night for an interview where he introduced FabSpace and invited everybody who is curious about earth observation technology to join FabSpace 2.0.

Fig: Mr. Sascha Heising was interviewed by ESA Social Media. (Image: ESA / R. Palmari)

Mr. Bayzidul Islam joined the social media community and talked about the prospects of satellite imagery produced by Sentinel-2A and 2B Satellites. He also introduced FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt to the wider audience in the warmup session before sentinel-2B launched.

Fig: Mr. Bayzidul Islam was attending ESA social media event and guided tour inside ESOC (Image: ESA / R. Palmari)

After a long night the FabSpace Darmstadt team was excited how many people could join FabSpace after the event. And of course, it was great to have the Sentinel-2B satellite safely in its orbit with her sister satellite Sentinel-2A.


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