Program Agenda

20 September 2023

Time (Hrs) Agenda

1800 Onwards

Welcome Reception

21 September 2023

Time (Hrs) Agenda


Registration and Welcome Tea/Coffee


Introductory/Welcome Address


Europe’s Geospatial Industry Outlook and Business Directions

The European economy, like economies worldwide, has witnessed a surge in demand for geospatial and space-based value-added services, technology innovation, and digitalization of systems and processes.

The panel will discuss:

  • European geospatial market: Key growth drivers and differentiators
  • Evolving business trends in the European geospatial industry
  • Current and future priorities driving European geospatial industry
  • Technology innovations, their implications and impact


Geospatial Infrastructure & National Digital Twin

Digital twins’ ability to reduce costs, improve business process efficiency, and maximize operational performance is rapidly sparking interest and growing its usage. Any industry that manufactures is well-positioned to introduce digital twins into workflows to turn data into decisions and accelerate innovation.

The panel will discuss:

  • Digital twin transforming industry 4.0
  • Digital twin supporting SDGs
  • Scalability of Digital twin for vertical application development (including infrastructure, utility, etc.)


Networking Tea/Coffee


Space Commercialization: Opportunities and Challenges

Europe’s dominance in space constellations, satellite-based value-added services, strategic policy, and national initiatives (such as Europe’s Green Deal, Digital Strategy Europe, and Destination Earth) will present the next big opportunity for Europe’s sustainable economic development.

The panel will discuss:

  • Commercialization and growth with venture capital and private equity
  • Technology trends contributing to space market disruption
  • Risk assessment of space business models
  • New opportunities for innovations in products, services and processes


Guest Address




SMEs: Boosting Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) form the crucial ‘middle of the pyramid’ in geospatial ecosystem. They are vital and critical to the development and deployment of cutting edge technologies. With changing landscape of geospatial industry, SMEs are getting ingenious in reorienting to the new business in order to survive and move up the value chain.

The panel will discuss:

  • Importance of SMEs in evolving geospatial industry ecosystem in Europe
  • SMEs unlocking new geospatial technology opportunities
  • Innovative business models driven by SMEs
  • Funding and investment opportunities for the geospatial SMEs


Geospatial Policies and Institutional Governance


Innovative Business Models and Alliances


Tea/Coffee Break


Fireside Chat - Government: Protection Vs Competitiveness

The European economy has witnessed a surge in demand for geospatial services. A significant portion of this growth is attributed to the evolving role of national geospatial agencies, enabling public policies and enhanced geospatial knowledge integration across workflows of major economic industries. National geospatial agencies facilitate advancements in geospatial technology and its valuable role in the overall economy. They also run as state-owned commercial organizations wherein commercial and authoritative data be provided as a service. But at the same time, such a model competes with the commercial sector. There’s a need for carefully crafted models that may ensure provisions for government-driven authoritative geospatial information portals and ensure the quality and reliability of commercial geospatial data products to protect the larger interests of consumers.


Fireside Chat - Commercialization and Monopoly

In the early decades of the space age, the government space agencies pioneered space technology. All the space mission designs were built explicitly for government purposes. Non-military commercial satellites began to be launched in volume in the later decades. The new space economy accelerated cross-sector innovation processes combining the most advanced space and digital technologies to develop a broad portfolio of space-based services. When deciding the right trade policy and governance outlook, there's a tug-of-war between import substitution, steep tariffs, high entry barriers, and other regulations under the broad domain of government control. On the contrary, open and fair competition ignites the space economy, comprised of hundreds of companies backed by billions in private investment.




Unwinding Reception


Gala Night Dinner and Awards