(c) Fotograf Jochen Müller / AUFSCHWUNG-Messe / IHK Frankfurt am Main

All inventors, founders and future entrepreneurs are welcome at Aufschwung Messe 2017 in IHK, Frankfurt. FabSpace will be present together with cesah GmbH with an own booth to delight Earth Observation driven innovation and business opportunities. The team would be happy to see you there. We still have some free tickets left for you so do not hesitate to ask us!

The Aufschwung is currently one of the biggest fairs of its kind in Germany and in the last year 2016 had nearly 2.500 attendees which was backed by over 75 exhibitors and 300 experts. Aufschwung is a surprising place for all aspects of entrepreneurship and startup creation.

Please have a look at the program – see you all there!

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The FabSpace Darmstadt team exhibited at the 2nd Start-up and Innovation Day at TU Darmstadt with a small booth. Bayzidul Islam (TU Darmstadt) and Sascha Heising (cesah GmbH) had numerous discussions with enthusiastic students about the potential of earth observation. One of the evenings main questions – answered by the team – was “What is FabSpace and what can I do there?”.

Bayzidul Islam explains the benefits for users of FabSpace 2.0

Therefore, the Start-up & Innovation Day was a great chance to inform the visitors about FabSpace and its goals. In addition to that interested visitors were asked to sign up directly on the platform to participate in the FabSpace network, which was also a success. The audience had the opportunity to get a brief look of the two active platforms at FabSpace Darmstadt. The team was very excited to announce the new complementary communication platform “ComBase” and it was wonderful to see such a great first resonance with it. The team will sum up the frequently asked questions of the event and publish them on www.fabspace-germany.de under the F.A.Q. section.

Sascha Heising explains the FabSpace Darmstadt ecosystem with the two platforms as its backbone

While most of the visitors were students from TU Darmstadt, FabSpace was also proud to welcome some stakeholders from external institutions like IHK Darmstadt, HIGHEST (Incubator program of TU Darmstadt) and Telespazio Vega. During these discussions future, potential cooperation was discussed and some follow up meetings will be made soon. For FabSpace Darmstadt the Startup & Innovation Day was a fantastic opportunity for networking.

Warmly welcomed on the booth, Dr. Frank Zimmermann jury member of 2nd Startup & Innovation day and managing director of cesah.

Now the team is looking forward to the next start-up and founder event in just a couple of days. The Aufschwung Messe (8.2.2017) in Frankfurt/Main is one of the biggest fairs of its kind in Germany. The team will also be there with a booth. Finally, interested students looking for start-ups and founding opportunities had the chance to get some free tickets for Aufschwung Messe.

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ComBase Screenshot

Only a few weeks after the first announcement of FabSpace Darmstadt, we are proud to launch the communication and networking tool for all the FabSpace users in Germany. The Communication Base (ComBase) will be the complementation of the existing Geo-platform and the FabSpace Laboratory at the Institute of geodesy in TU Darmstadt.

The registration at ComBase is recommended by the German FabSpace administration as one of the most valuable information platform that will be available first for registered users. The highlighted features of the new platform are the community tools. It is more or less like a “Facebook for FabSpace” explains Administrator Sascha Heising. His side kick Bayzidul Islam underlines the hope to “increase the speed of Earth Observation community growth”.

On top of that third parties are also welcome to present themselves and may be a scout for new talents throughout the network. At the end ComBase is just the next logical step for FabSpace Darmstadt on its journey to establish an Earth Observation community.

For more information please visit: fabspace-germany.de

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Only two months after the great opening of FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt continuous to work with the first Life-Long-Learning session at the Institute of Geodesy, TU Darmstadt in collaboration with the ESA BIC- cesah GmbH.

Session Overview

The task was to study the feasibility of Copernicus data (i.e. Sentinel-2 optical images) to develop application in the field of agriculture. Optical satellite images are widely used in agriculture for monitoring crops’ health, detecting plants’ diseases and stresses, estimating crop yield etc. In recent years some farmers are practicing precision farming which partly focuses on the use of optical satellite images.

There are public optical satellite image providers who provide coarse to moderately coarse spatial resolution images at no cost, while several others provide high to very high resolution images on a commercial basis. Therefore, image cost and spatial resolution are two important issues which are considered during image procurement for agricultural application. Recently European Space Agency (ESA) provides Sentinel-2 optical images free of charge but with intermediate spatial resolution and relatively short revisit time which rank the Sentinel-2 images with high potential for use in agricultural applications.

The current challenge is faced by the company Spatial Business Integration (SBI) and their focus on answering the following questions which are considered as prerequisites of using Sentinel-2 optical images for certain agricultural applications:

  1. Are Sentinel-2 Images available in a particular area of interest during the major plant phenological stages?
  2. Is Sentinel-2 images derived information comparable with information from other optical images of existing sensors?

Participants of the life long learning sessions hosted at TU Darmstadt.

Interaction with Users

For the first session FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt welcomed 10 users, most of them are from TU Darmstadt and other organizations. The session was mainly steered by Md Bayzidul Islam (TU Darmstadt), welcome speech given by Prof. Dr. –Ing. Matthias Becker (TU Darmstadt), introduction to Optical Remote Sensing and Sentinel-2 conducted by Dr. –Ing. Damian Bargiel (TU Darmstadt) and conceptual speech given by Mr. Riazuddin Kawsar (SBI). The session was step by step learning by doing process where the manual of working process was provided to the participants. After the session we had the opportunity to have some valuable opinion of our users.

Further Propositions

After the scientific part of the event Sascha Heising (ESA BIC Darmstadt - cesah GmbH) joined the group to introduce the business implication of FabSpace 2.0 and to explore some opportunities in the future. “We also got some great user feedback” tell Heising and Islam after a busy 8-hour session. “University and Corporate Collaboration” model was a great achievement of this event, as FabSpace Darmstadt received monetary prize for participants sponsored by Spatial Business Integration (SBI).

The session will continue throughout the year with public-private collaboration. FabSpace Darmstadt will continue with the Startup and Innovation Day on 31. January 2017 at TU Darmstadt with a booth.

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The FabSpace Team Darmstadt will be at the 2nd Startup and Innovation Day with its own booth on 31.01.2017. The team will be presenting FabSpace 2.0 in general and also ask for users to sign ups for the platforms. In addition, the team will share first user experience with the audience.

Keynote will be from nobel price winner Dan Shechtman backuped by a lineup of stakeholders from economics, science, politics and the startup scene. The startup day will focus on the local ecosystem and its potential.

For more information please visit the official website and find or report soon.

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