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:


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.


Image: ESA/ATG medialab

The FabSpace Darmstadt team will be pleased to be a part of ESA’s upcoming social media event for the launch of Sentinel-2B satellite. The event is scheduled to launch the Sentinel-2B spacecraft from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 02:49 CET on 7 March 2017. Sascha Heising and Bayzidul Islam will be part of a wide range of experts referring to important aspects of Earth Observation (EO) technologies. The team will be talking about business opportunities and the collaboration possibilities at FabSpace 2.0. Sascha Heising announced his target for the evening “The Power of Space to Business” and Bayzidul Islam underlines “Space for Sustainable Future”.

ESA’s overnight SocialSpace event, Sentinel2Go at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), in Darmstadt, Germany will introduce the potentials of the new spacecraft Sentinel-2B which is an identical satellite of Sentinel-2A launched in June, 2015. The satellites are equipped with the state-of-the-art MSI (Multispectral Imager) instrument, that offers high-resolution optical imagery now in 5-day interval with the two constellation satellite. All enthusiastic followers will find out more on twitter using the two main hashtags #sentinel2 and #sentinel2go. There will be a lot of live broadcasting and we’re really looking forward to this particular event and the future of the Sentinel mission.


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

After the first set of events in 2017 FabSpace Darmstadt looks back at a lot of user feedback. Aufschwung Messe was the recent fair the team attended as an exhibitor targeting an entrepreneurial driven audience. Aufschwung Messe had 2.767 attendees, over 300 experts and more than 80 exhibitors. It was quite successful and Bayzidul Islam and Sascha Heising got a lot of feedback and questions and some of them will lead to the improvement of the F.A.Q. section of

On top of that we got some promising contacts and future support, especially for the bootcamp starting in November.

Next events will be the IT&media the team will attend as visitor and of course the CeBit 2017 in Hannover. Stay tuned!


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