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Earth Analytics in the Cloud Day at CU Boulder

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Date:        Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time:        9:30am – 6:00pm MDT

Location:  Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC)
                  University of Colorado Boulder, Room: #C120 (Auditorium)
                  Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

In support of Earth Lab, the Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado, and Future Earth, we invite you to join Amazon Web Services for a full day of expert-led panels, and technology and research discussions on leveraging big data analytics and Earth Observation datasets to shape the future of sustainability.

Register for this one-day event to learn how enterprises, nonprofits, and startups are leveraging the cloud and Earth Observation data analytics to advance research, support sustainability initiatives, conserve natural resources, and protect nature for the benefit of humanity.

9:30am - 10:00am


10:00 – 10:15

Kick-off. Speaker: Teri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, CU-Boulder.

10:15 – 10:30

Overview of Earth on AWS. Speaker: Joe Flasher, Technical Manager, Open Geospatial Data Lead, Amazon Web Services.

10:30 – 10:45

Environmental Science & Open Data. Speaker: Brian Johnson, CU Boulder CIRES Earth Lab.

10:45 – 11:00

Big Climate Data. Speaker: Jen Kay, CU Boulder ATOC.

11:00 – 11:15

Using Twitter as a Large-Scale Social Media Sensor During Disaster and Crisis Events (or Last Mile). Speaker: Lise St. Denis, EarthLab.

 11:15 - 11:30


11:30am – 12:45pm

Panel Discussion: Using the Cloud for Data-Intensive Earth Science Research.

Identifying the technical and knowledge barriers for moving our scientific workflows to the cloud, and what might be done to lower these barriers. While data-intensive science is being done today using private datacenters and dedicated research computing infrastructure, the cloud brings new opportunities to rethink how we perform our computations.

Moderator: Brian Johnson, Analytics Hub Director, CIRES Earth Lab
Thomas Hauser, Director of CU Research Computing
Marc Fagan, CEO, EOS DA
Joel Cumming, CTO, SkyWatch
Mike Willis, CIRES CU Boulder

 12:45 - 1:45


1:45 – 2:15

Building a Platform to Enable Access to Open Geospatial Data for Positive Global Impact and Improved Decision-Making. Speaker: Hamed Alemohammad, Senior Geospatial Scientist, Radiant.Earth

2:15 – 3:30

Panel Discussion: Solving Last Mile Problems and Spurring Multi-Institutional Collaborations in the Cloud

Utilization of the cloud allows for multi-institutional engagement that addresses 'last mile' problems. The cloud enables organizations to construct a pipeline between researchers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, and practitioners in order to address big international development issues.

Moderator: Josh Tewksbury, Future Earth
Jason Neff, CU Boulder, Environmental Studies Department
Seth Fitzsimmons, Senior Developer, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Grega Milcinski, General Manager, Sinergise
Mustafa Naseem, CU Atlas ITCD
Rhiannan Price, Senior Manager, DigitalGlobe

3:30 – 3:45


3:45 – 4:15

Powering Big Data Applications in the Developing World

4:15 – 4:30

Creative Ways to Move Earth Science Technology Forward and Make Data Matter. Speaker: Erin Robinson, Executive Director of Earth Science Information Partners.

4:30 – 5:00

Examples from the Field: Using the Cloud for Local Solutions

5:00 – 6:00

Joint Happy Hour with State of the Map US

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