Anne Hale Miglarese
Anne Hale Miglarese is the Founder and CEO of Radiant. Earth, a non-profit organization working to aggregate the world’s open Earth imagery and providing access and education on its use to the global development community. Prior to launching Radiant. Earth, Ms. Miglarese served as President and CEO of Fugro Earth Data, as President and CEO of PlanetiQ and a Principal Director at Booz Allen Hamilton. In addition, she has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she directed remote sensing and GIS programs for over a decade, and for several South Carolina agencies, including the Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Water Resources Commission and the Department of Natural Resources.
Ms. Miglarese is the founding chairperson of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee and currently serves on the boards of TerraGo Technologies and Waggoner Engineering.
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The Convergence of Computer Technology, Earth Observations, Unharnessed Innovation and Humanity
Until very recently, humanity had little ability to predict or respond to natural disasters. Our ancestors became paralyzed even at benign natural occurrences such as solar eclipses. Two things are true in 2018: 1) we are facing increasing disaster-related risks and 2) technology is evolving at lightning pace. Many of us today can easily access sophisticated weather data on our smart phones, allowing us to monitor changing phenomena by the hour. The data in our pockets is derived from Earth Observation (EO) satellites—something unimaginable fifty years ago. The volume of Earth Observation data and the ability to process it quickly is changing our world. These developments have led to an explosion in the use of EO data by companies, governments and other organizations across sectors and industries. Together, we are innovating to deliver new insights about the world around us. Climate change, similarly changing our world, presents a crucial challenge to us all. This is a challenge that must take on as a community. Harnessing data for good will continue to be an important piece of this puzzle. Data gives us the ability to predict disasters with growing accuracy. We know when and where many disasters will happen—the next step is mitigation. Like our ancestors, we cannot imagine the advances in technology that lie ahead. The future presents a great challenge, but within that challenge lies great opportunity.