SatSummit 2024
Picture of Daniel Wiesmann, PhD

Daniel Wiesmann, PhD

Product Manager at Development Seed. He/Him.


Daniel is a product manager at Development Seed. He specializes in spanning bridges between science, code, and customer needs. He enjoys collaborating with diverse stakeholders to find impactful solutions for complex problems.

Daniel has been following his passion for building online mapping tools since he built his first digital map to visualize his research results. For over a decade, he has been creating geospatial software tools in the cloud by combining Data Science with Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence. The focus throughout his career has been on building solutions that tackle complex social and environmental problems. Daniel has a passion for open-source tools and open data. He has always enjoyed giving back to the community by contributing code and data.

Daniel holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Energy Systems from the Technical University of Lisbon and an MSc in Physics from ETH Zurich. He has researched at renowned institutes such as Cern, MIT, and the University of Cambridge during his academic career.

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

View all speakers



  1. NASA Lifelines


  1. Element84

  2. Esri

  3. Impact Observatory

  4. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)