Looking back and moving forward

2013 was the first full year of existence for Pixalytics, and I’m pleased to say we’ve been kept busy. So busy in fact, that some of the things we planned to do, we didn’t manage – like our weekly blog! We started off well in the summer, but the closer the end of the year came the more infrequent become the blog. We know the key to blogging is regularity and consistency, so we intend to do better in 2014. Right here, right now, we publically commit to issuing a blog every Wednesday recording our thoughts, and the journey of the business over the coming year.

The last year has been interesting and alongside working, I’ve attended a lot of great conferences, with RSPSoc Annual Conference followed by ESA Living Symposium being particular highlights! As a scientist I recognise it’s vital to meet the community to show what you’re developing, and see the new research everyone else is working on. I used to call this networking, but after our blog discussed the usefulness of meeting people you already know; I should probably come up with a new phrase – how about continuing professional development? What do you think about attending conferences – work, research, networking, professional development or something else?
At July’s UK Space Conference in Glasgow I even managed to get Andy to come along and have the full delegate experience (First Small Step in Space and Space Can Help). I’ve found myself increasingly attended webinars this year, and ResearchGate took off as one of several research focused online networking platforms. Although, this won’t stop me attending conferences in person … particularly looking forward to Ocean Sciences in Hawaii, where I’ve offered to be a mentor, and Ocean Optics in Portland, Maine this year.

It was also a year of goodbyes and new beginnings. I finished my 3-year term of Chairman of RSPSoc (the UK’s learned society focusing on remote sensing and photogrammetry) which I thoroughly enjoyed, and found it really positive that despite everyone’s hectic schedule, people are still willing to volunteer. However, to ensure I didn’t get any free time I became Vice-Chairman of the British Association of Remote Sensing Companies (BARSC) and am looking forward to the exciting year ahead.

The new year has started positively with great publicity about the UK’s Space Industry with Chancellor George Osborne indicating he wants the sector to triple in size within 20 years. This builds on the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy 2014-30 that was previewed in July and released in September. Our challenge for 2014 is to ensure that Pixalytics plays it’s part in this growth, and we hope you’ll enjoy following our progress. Until next Wednesday … We hope ….