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Event to highlight satellite vision for business

By Leanne Murray

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AN event is set to explore how satellite technology can boost business growth in Moray.

Moray College UHI will host a free event for businesses to highlight the opportunities afforded by satellite data and to consider how key challenges in the north of Scotland that might be addressed.

The event is part of the HIE DataFest Fringe 2019 and will include represtatives from the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA) and European Space Agency (ESA).

Pam Anderson, the Scottish liaison for SoXSA, said: "The Business Applications programme, offers funding and support to businesses from any sector who intend to use space (satellite navigation, earth observation, satellite telecommunication, space weather, and space technologies) to develop new commercial services.

"Their objective is to highlight the opportunities open to Scottish businesses.

"The vision is to improve the lives of people on Earth through Space. This is achieved through promotion and engagement of a wide range of users especially those who are not aware of the benefits that space technologies can bring them.”

The University of the Highlands and Islands, is the local learning partner for the programme.

Dr Tom McCallum, the Academic Lead Developer in Computing at the university, said UHI is developing degrees to provide the talent businesses needs to build on this kind of opportunity.

He added: "Whether it be software, data science or web and mobile services, UHI offers a wide range of courses to upskill existing staff or take on quality graduates.

"The University is keen to engage with businesses all over Moray and the North of Scotland who can benefit from engaging early with students to ensure that they have the right skills and capabilities to enable sustainable business."

Businesses can either apply to a thematic opportunity or submit an open application and applications are accepted throughout the year.

The lunchtime event is at the Alexander Graham Bell Centre for Digital Health at Moray College UHI from noon–3pm on Wednesday March 20.

For more information on the event go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/datafest19-satellite-data-opportunities-tickets-56640958632.

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