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How to foster the innovation skills to develop novel applications based on EO data – FabSpace 2.0 including local environmental management applications

Md Bayzidul Islam, Philippe Lattes, Alexander Los, Nicolas Maestripieri, Pierre-Philippe Mathieu, Josiane Mothe, Iosif S. Paraskevas and Robert Sanders

(Submission #194)


In this workshop, the participants will share good practices for a successful implementation of a FabSpace, while brainstorming and discussions will take place.

A FabSpace is a place at the University where students, companies, researchers, experts, civil society, and public authorities meet to develop novel application ideas based on Earth Observation (EO) data for various technology fields, and to create lasting links with the local ecosystem. The internal organization and animation of the FabSpaces ensures co-creation, open-innovation, and networking within the community.

Based on the feedback from the six founding FabSpaces from the FabSpace 2.0 project (European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme funding under the Grant Agreement n°693210) and the experiences from the fourteen new FabSpaces, we will discuss possible actions.

We expect founding and new FabSpaces to participate in addition to other attendees (researchers, companies). In particular, the Noorwijk FabSpace (NL) will contribute to the animation of the workshop. We will also benefit from the contribution of Philippe Lattes (Aerospace Valley, France).

Fostering the innovation skills to develop new applications is crucial for local public authorities and decision makers. FabSpaces are places gathering experts and beginners to develop application ideas based on EO data. Implemented actions are:

•Animations and Workshops, to promote the potential applications of EO data towards students and potential users;

•Trainings and Bootcamps, to improve technical and innovation skills of the participants;

•Hackathons, to challenge the participants’ creativity and lead to applications ideas.

To run these actions, local teams organize and animate events, and provide adequate support to FabSpace users (“where to find the appropriate datasets”, “how to use the FabSpace platform or existing software”). The FabSpace platform is INSPIRE compliant. Local FabSpace teams also answer questions from the public on the potential use of EO data, and they guide external stakeholders (companies, public authorities) in describing their needs, which will be turned into challenges to be solved through new applications by the FabSpace 2.0 users’ community.

The objectives of this 3-hours workshop are:

•Define the methods to establish universities as the heart of innovation 2.0 and local points of reference for the use of EO data for decision-making on local issues;

•Find new initiatives to develop the FabSpace 2.0 concept worldwide.

We propose two sessions (90 minutes each):

•Session 1: Developing the FabSpace concept as a response to local societal, industrial and environmental issues;

•Session 2: Motivating local actors, making networking activities worldwide.


Topic Area:  [1.2] Environmental monitoring and reporting
Abstract Type:  Workshop

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   No
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Comments:   We will also introduce the European Spatial Agency's new project called F-Unet. As a continuation of the FabSpace 2.0 project, F-Unet goal is the massive deployment of a standard framework in universities to foster the knowledge of students, researchers and teachers in the potentialities and the use of EO Data. It will foster a creative environment in which developers from the civil society or industry or the academic research, public administrations and civil organisations can meet, work together, co-create new tools and business models.


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