Solving societal challenges with space technology

Satellite Applications Open Innovation Programme


How can space technology and satellite data be used to solve significant societal challenges?

Urban Foresight was commissioned to develop and deliver an open innovation programme to use space technology and satellite data to tackle significant societal challenges.

The open innovation programme was designed to have a demonstrable positive impact and achieve multiple beneficial outcomes.

The first of these was to accelerate business growth by helping to bring ideas, processes and products closer to market. This included forming new collaborations and the securing additional investment into the space and satellite technology sector in North East England.

Engaging businesses, inistitutions and the public sector in the programme also provided an opportunity to challenge existing cultures and mindsets that hinder collaborative approaches to innovation.

The programme was launched in 2017 and will run until 2020.


Sector Expertise

Bottom-up understanding of the needs and motivations of citizens, as well as engaging with communities to inspire positive actions and behaviours 

How new technologies and business models are transforming the way people and goods are transported to create better connected, healthier and more sustainable cities 

Maximising the opportunities for employment and wealth creation and helping to establish the necessary governance, policy and capital funding to make this possible 

What We Delivered

Defining commercial opportunities and the underlying economic impacts of a project 

Professional engagement with relevant stakeholders and experts to uncover key insights and identify shared priorities 

Defining key stakeholders, determining their priorities and defining their relationship to a client or project 

We reimagine services in order to create new economic value and meet customer needs in new ways.