SatSummit 2024
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Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño

Executive Director & Co-Founder at Clay. He/Him.


Bruno is the Executive Director of Clay, the AI for Earth nonprofit, where he focuses on making AI learn Earth with open-source, open-data and open for business. He co-founded and leads the project. Previously, Bruno co-founded and directed the Planetary Computer at Microsoft. His past roles also include Vice President of Social Impact at Satellogic and Chief Scientist at Mapbox, emphasizing his extensive experience in data science and environmental technology.

Bruno's authorship of ""Impact Science: The science of getting to radical social and environmental breakthroughs"" highlights his commitment to science for social good. Recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Bruno's contributions to science and policy have been widely acknowledged.

Bruno also provides consulting services through His work spans multiple global locations. Originally from Asturias, Spain, Bruno currently resides in Copenhagen with his family.

On the agenda

  1. Finetuning Earth Observation (EO) Foundation Models Workshop

    May. 16, 03:00pm
    The North Hub

    Earth Observation Foundation Models are a potential game-changer for climate and sustainable development. Distilling and synthesizing vast amounts of earth observation (EO) data is a powerful way to provide useful inputs for numerous downstream applications such as forest carbon measurement, disaster detection, or crop monitoring at a lower cost.

    This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to applying Earth Observation (EO) foundation models in their own work. Participants will practice finetuning existing EO foundation models for specific sustainability applications, such as land cover, crop harvests, or flooding. The workshop will cover foundation models such as 1) Clay, 2) IBM and NASA's geospatial foundation model, and 3) potentially a model from the European Space Agency’s FAST-EO project. With support from Amazon Web Services, participants will use SageMaker notebooks to do this exploration at no cost.

    The workshop will be run as part of SatSummit in Washington, D.C. on the 16th and 17th of May, 2024. If you’re already attending SatSummit, please let us know you’re interested in attending the workshop by completing this form. If you'd like to attend the workshop independently of the broader event, you can purchase a AI Finetuning Training Only ticket.

    Facilitated by: Clay


    1. Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño


    1. Daniel Wiesmann, PhD
    2. Soumya Ranjan
  2. Large Earth Foundation Models

    May. 17, 09:00am
    The Forum (South)

    The emergence of Generative AI is perhaps the greatest technology advancement since the last SatSummit. Large Earth Models are emerging that draw from similar approaches as Large Language Models (LLMs). These Large Earth Models can potentially revolutionize how we derive earth insights. This session will review the Foundation Models approach, which differs from prior AI approaches, and share several promising implementations.

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  1. NASA Lifelines


  1. Element84

  2. Esri

  3. Impact Observatory

  4. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)