Space Up Leicester 2019 #Space4Everyone

Anushka Sharma
Nov 12, 2019 · 4 min read

We are delighted to be heading to Leicester this weekend to join Space Up Leicester for the second annual unconference. We hope to see you there and Naaut is proud to be joining the lineup for the panel discussion on Democratisation in Space. See below details of the panelists and outline of the discussion. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday! Make sure you join the conversation online and post your pics as the day progresses with #Space4Everyone

Panel Discussion: Democratisation In Space — Your Place In Space

Space is becoming an increasing part of our daily lives, creating opportunities beyond the traditional use cases. Advances in technology are driving down the cost and ease of access to space. A wide range of free, open and easily-accessible data is also enabling a wide range of applications here on Earth. We are witnessing a movement towards a “new space” area enabling new actors, from students to small start-ups to engage with the industry from a variety of sectors. In this interactive panel, we will look at how you can engage with space and discuss the changing roles played by, regional, national and European government and organisations. We will look at how they are supporting the uptake of space data and technology form a variety of business applications.

Dimitra Stefoudi — Research and Teaching Staff, International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University

Dimitra works for the International Institute of Air & Space Law of Leiden University and The Hague International Space Resources Governance Working Group. She holds Masters in Air & Space Law, International Business Law and a Bachelor in Law. She has attended the ISU Space Studies Program and has participated in several other academic programmes. She has presented her research in international conferences and speaks frequently about space law in public events. She is currently writing her PhD on the “Legal and Policy Aspects of Space Big Data”, with the support of the Netherlands Space Office and the European Space Agency.

Anushka Sharma — Founder, Naaut

Nush founded Naaut which provides a 360 approach to innovation strategy to space agencies, startups, academia, AI accelerators, primes and tech companies. As well as Naaut, Nush co-founded the London Space Network (LSN) this year, London Space Network organises monthly networking events across London to build and strengthen the UK space community. Recognised as one of the Top 100 most influential BAME tech leaders in the UK. — Financial Times. Nush has been active in the tech ecosystem across the UK, Europe, and the USA. Nush has championed diversity across the global space and tech ecosystem. She was appointed POC tech community ambassador for Google for Startup Campus and has been a key figure across the ecosystem connecting people to networks. She champions diversity of perspectives to drive and foster collaboration to drive innovation as we take our steps to go back to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Nush is and Advisory Board member of YSYS -Your Startup, Your Story is a startup community for founders, developers, creatives, investors and more on a mission to make a difference. Anushka Sharma @naaut_

Elia Montanari — Head of Mgt and Control, ESA

Elia Montanari has been Head of Management and Marketing in the ESA Business Applications since 2013. Truly faithful to his erratic suite of interests, he holds a master degree in Chemical Engineer from the University of Bologna (IT), achieved a master in Business Administration at the Henley Business School (UK) and he is a certified Internal Auditor (IIA, US) with similarly erratic experiences across numerous roles around the globe for Procter & Gamble and the European Space Agency.

Kavitha Muthu — ESA Business Applications UK Ambassador Network, Regional Ambassador [Midlands & North East England]

Kavitha has more than a decade of experience within the Space sector, from conceptualisation to delivery of innovative applications using space technologies and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). She has a strong academic background, with PhD in Earth Observation (EO) and Machine Learning techniques applications for Landslide Hazard Mapping from University of Surrey. In her role as Regional Ambassador, she provides support to individuals, companies and organisations based in Midlands and North East England to access the European Space Agency (ESA) Business Applications funding programme and stimulating space related business development.

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