1. Could you shortly introduce yourself?
I am an PhD student of astrophysics with the goal to move to Frankfurt am Main and find an occupation in the fields of data science. I spend my last four and a half years at the TLS Tautenburg were I studied space plasma in distant clusters of galaxies with the tools of radio telescopes and simulations.
2. How did you get aware of the event?
I was visiting the IT-Carrier Day in Darmstadt. There I saw the Spacenus booth in the startups area which caught my interest.
3. Was is worth to spend so much time on it, you didn’t receive any credit points or money for it?
I received an job offer. Even without it would have been worth as was a project that fits well into my personal expose.
4. Did you had any additional costs?
Minor ones. I traveled two times from Frankfurt to Darmstadt and back, for 30 Euros in total.
5. What do you have achieved, what was your result?
We created a program we named 'Cloudwatcher'. It uses deep learning to detect clouds in 4-band satellite imagery like it the one that Sentinel-2 provides. In this first prototype phases the performance of our predictor is limited by the amount of images we trained it with, but already with this marginal amount of training it produces encouraging results.
6. Did you expect something like this?
This was my second Hackathon. It differed from the first one as it was the kick-off of a three weeks project instead of a hacking through the night. My expectation of taking up a specific coding challenge within an open and productive atmosphere were fully met.
7. So, tell us – what’s next?
I will soon (1.July) start to work at Spacenus at half a position in the R&D team. My remaining time I will use to polish my PhD thesis.
8. Last question – would you recommend others to take part in a FabSpace activity like you did?
If you're out to discover the branch of space engineering for you and are ready to take the initiative then this is your show.
Thank you Jakob.