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Saturday, March 9 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crowd-Sourcing the Space Frontier

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Space promises enormous opportunities to those who first explore it. Can we all be part of this endeavor? Will you be part of it?
With the arrival of the crowd-sourcing and open-source movements, never before have humans had the opportunity to transform and build entire industries in such short time frames and with mass participation. We have seen Linux, Firefox, Wikipedia and millions of app developers demonstrate this in the software world. With the arrival of the Makers movement and recent initiatives to crowd-source, crowd-fund and open-source space technology we may be seeing this same trend in space. This session explores the history, opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs, companies, nonprofits and governments wishing to lead the way in this unexpected frontier. Help us answer: Why is this trend happening? Is it here to stay? Is it viable? Can we create a collaborative global space industry? Who, if anyone, will emerge as the primary catalysts for this industry?
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Anousheh Ansari

Board of TrusteesXPrize FoundationA living example of the American dream, Anousheh emigrated to the United States as a teenager who did not speak English. She immersed herself in education, earning a bachelor's degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University... Read More →
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Darlene Damm

Founder & Co-PresDIYRockets
Darlene Damm has over ten years of experience building environments that unlock the entrepreneurial power of individuals and communities to bring about profound social innovation. She implemented a unique fundraising system for Ashoka, mobilizing 300... Read More →
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Christopher Gerty

Open Innovation ProgramNational Aeronautics and Space Administrationhttp://about.me/gerty
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Edward Wright

Chairman, Project ManagerUnited States Rocket Academy/Citizens In SpaceEdward Wright is a citizen astronaut candidate and project manager for Citizens in Space. Citizens in Space is a project of the United States Rocket Academy promoting citizen science and citizen space exploration... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Omni Downtown, Lone Star

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