The AWS Space Accelerator: How it Went for EOSDA
In June 2022, EOS Data Analytics (EOSDA) took part in the AWS Space Accelerator — a four-week technical, business, and mentorship opportunity for startups seeking to use cloud-based technologies by Amazon Web Services (AWS) to power their space solutions and help solve the biggest challenges in the industry.
EOSDA, along with nine other participants, was selected among companies from all over the world by AWS in collaboration with AlchemistX. The organizers considered such selection factors as the project’s innovativeness and uniqueness, the value it can bring to the global space sector, the creative application of AWS technology to solve problems, and the team’s ability to realize an identified opportunity.
Find out why the AWS Space Accelerator was important for EOSDA and how our specialists spent these four weeks of training from their words.
Data Migration And Marketing Support And Technology Enhancement
We are pleased to be a part of the AWS Space Accelerator. Participation in the program opens many doors for networking with big players and enhancing our products and services. The advantages are endless. One of the first things that comes to mind is the data migration support. With the excellent help of AWS, it will be easier for us to compete for projects wherever it’s necessary to migrate our data to AWS GovCloud. Also, we will be able to drive demand generation by customizing and launching specific solution-based campaigns, so-called co-branding opportunities. Moreover, thanks to technical assistance from AWS, we will be able to identify the most suitable practices for implementing AWS and managing risks in developing our solutions.
Technical And Business Presentations And A Friendly Event Vibe
Evgeny Fil, Chief Technology Officer at EOSDA, notes he and the team got comprehensive information about collaboration with AWS:
On the technical side, the DevOps team with the development teams have worked hard to meet the high requirements that AWS places on all candidates for its Space Accelerator opportunity. The technical changes were aimed at such areas of development as security, monitoring, fault tolerance, and scalability of our applications. So far, we haven’t reached the ultimate goal, but we are very close!
Evgeny was pleased to chat with the outside speaker Matthew Hanson, Geospatial Engineering Lead from Element 84, who took part in processing satellite data under the aegis of NASA:
Matthew shared his invaluable experience on how and in which format to save satellite data most effectively, gave advice on organizing storage, and told how one can process data while maintaining a balance between speed and monetary and temporal costs. The information we got will come in handy for EOSDA considering the upcoming launch of our first EOS SAT-1 satellite and the entire EOS SAT constellation consisting of seven satellites in the future!
The team also learned about requirements for companies aiming to cooperate with large corporations and government entities and found out how AWS can help startups as they navigate compliance with industry standards.
After volunteering to be a mentor for the AWS Space Accelerator, I was fully prepared to engage with a company that was quite new to cloud technology. I was delighted for the opportunity to work with EOSDA as they have already adopted an AWS suite of cloud tools for their satellite data product offerings. The EOSDA team was able to take full advantage of the virtual collaboration environment offered by the AWS Space Accelerator, opening the opportunity to multiple members of their team around the globe. I was inspired to see their specialists use this opportunity to explore new ways to combine their satellite data expertise with cloud tools to better address some of the biggest questions in important areas like agriculture.
The AWS Space Accelerator had many interesting technical and business presentations covering various aspects of the business development life cycle. And the event vibe is worth mentioning separately: it was friendly and open-minded, for which special thanks to the event organizers.
Excellent Speakers And Business Growth Opportunities
Brijesh Thoppil, Director of Strategic Partnerships at EOSDA, emphasizes learning from industry professionals:
I learned the best industry practices from excellent speakers from AWS and their network partners. The best part of the program was related to business with sessions on marketing, partner development, marketplace, etc. We also got the opportunity to pitch EOS SAT to high-profile investors and get feedback on our company presentation and data room. Additionally, I believe that our participation in the AWS Space Accelerator will help us grow our business and enhance our technology through the dedicated assistance of AWS account managers.
Investment Prospects And Inspiration From Meetings With Outstanding Persons
I had a real blast learning from the best of the best in the space niche. We got to know dozens of bright people, both the industry leaders and emerging startups. Meeting a real astronaut and a Star Trek writer and producer was the best training and inspiration for me personally.
Sky Space Is The Limit
Alexander Kravchenko, Product Manager at EOSDA, thinks about the purpose and possible outcomes of the curriculum participation:
We finished the program with a vision of expanded prospects for a rapid business boost. For EOSDA, the accelerator is a significant milestone in strengthening cooperation with AWS, establishing contacts with top customers and partners, and implementing new ideas into product solutions. It’s as if you realize you can now fly outside your solar system. The future will only be more interesting and dynamic!
About the author:
Rim Elijah joined EOSDA in early 2020. She holds a double degree in business administration and political science from Stockholm University.
Rim is VP of Sales at EOSDA. She is overseeing all aspects of business model development and implementation, maintenance of positive business & customer experience, and the growth of the company’s global coverage. She is responsible for closing deals, scaling up ongoing projects, as well as the development and implementation of process control within the Sales department. Rim also regularly takes part in negotiations with important clients.
So far, Rim has managed to successfully establish a number of strategic partnerships with an emphasis on the delivery of sustainable solutions in various regions of Africa and Asia.
In addition to her main responsibilities, Rim is presently involved in the upcoming launch of the first agri-based satellite constellation by EOSDA, scheduled for mid-2022. She manages relationships with the EOS SAT investors.
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