Descartes Labs, Los Alamos
Nominated by: Los Alamos County Manager Dr. Harry Burgess
Descartes Labs of Los Alamos has the largest archive of online satellite imagery in the world, which is used to forecast global commodity crop production—more accurately, more frequently, and more granularly than the best government or commercial sources. Descartes Labs has developed a hyper-scalable, general purpose machine-learning platform designed for forecasting, monitoring, and historical analysis of other major commodity supply chains, such as oil and gas, mining, lumber and water along with the agricultural forecasts it currently releases. Descartes Labs currently employs 25 and will leverage their success in agriculture to realize growth in future supply chains.