Speakers: Chris Holmes

VP of Product & Strategy at Planet

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Chris Holmes is a geospatial technologist and architect whose efforts at the intersection of business and engineering aim to bring the community to more innovative, open, and interoperable solutions. At Planet he is VP of Product & Strategy and a ‘Planet Fellow’ currently serving as Product Manager of the Developer Relations & Open Initiatives team. He is on the boards of the Open Geospatial Consortium & Baseform, founded the STAC community & standard, and leads product management of COGs. Chris previously was a Fulbright Scholar in Zambia, lead development of GeoServer, and served on the boards of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association, the Eclipse Foundation, Brave New Software, and the Open Source Geospatial Consortium (OSGeo).

On the agenda

  1. State of the Satellite Sector

    Sep. 28, 09:10am Keynote The Forum

    The Satellite Sector has evolved massively since SatSummit last convened in 2018. There are new players and exciting new capabilities. Massive earth data archives are transitioning to new modes of collection, processing, access, and distribution that rely heavily on commercial cloud. AI tools for analyzing data at scale are rapidly evolving. We will hear from individuals sitting at the center of these movements. They will brief on the current state of play and prospects for the future across the satellite sector, data, AI, and ethics.

  2. Analysis Ready, Cloud Optimized - The State of Formats and Services

    Sep. 29, 11:30am Panel The Central Hub

    This is an exciting moment for analyzing data at scale. We've seen commitments to host massive earth data archives on publicly accessible cloud infrastructure; investments in analysis ready data products; the evolution of new cloud-native data formats and tooling; and massive improvements in modeling, AI and other approaches to generating insights at speed and scale. This session will explore definitions and standards for Analysis Ready, Cloud Optimized data and what is required to produce and process this data.



  1. Amazon Web Services (AWS)

  2. Caribou Space

  3. Esri

  4. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  5. Picterra

  6. Planet

  7. Replicable AI for Microplanning (RAMP)

  8. SparkGeo

  9. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


  1. Azavea

  2. Capella Space

  3. D4DInsights

  4. Element84

  5. European Space Agency (ESA)

  6. Locana

  7. PLACE

  8. Radiant Earth Foundation

  9. TileDB

  10. Umbra


  1. Cyient

  2. Development Seed

  3. DevGlobal

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