Speakers: Leo Thomas

Data Engineer at Development Seed

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Leo is a data engineer at Development Seed. He develops cloud based tools to process and manage geospatial data and make it more widely accessible. Leo is passionate about open source initiatives, using data in meaningful and impactful ways and has a soft spot for really beautiful data visualizations.

Before joining the team, Leo worked for a drone information tech startup in Beirut, Lebanon and a 3D printing startup in Paris, France. For both companies Leo managed all things related to AWS, wrote webscrapers and provided data visualization and analysis to inform business decisions.

Leo holds a BSc. in physics and computer science from McGill university. When he isn’t working, you can find Leo playing water polo, surfing or cooking.

On the agenda

  1. Managing Planetary Scale Archives in the Cloud

    Sep. 28, 03:25pm Session The Central Hub

    The transition to providing massive earth data archives as cloud-optimized data raises multiple questions, challenges and exciting opportunities. This session compares the experiences of companies and organizations that are actively managing massive earthdata archives. We will explore the current state of cloud optimized archives from data acquisition through to distribution.



  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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