Extreme Environments – from the Antarctic to Space

May 24, 2018

9:30 am - 6:30 pm

Addington Event Centre, 75 Jack Hinton Drive

Free of Charge

New Zealand is an “Incubation Nation” for the global space economy AND already has the ingredients for our own sustainable space industry.

Join this event looking at tech and innovation in the extreme environments of the Antarctic and Space; solving problems for climate change and opportunities for commercialisation.

Keynote speakers:

* Rafael Kargren who has worked with countries around the world to develop space strategies and is seeing big opportunities in NZ

* Peter Beggs about the challenges of working in Antarctica

* Alex Roetter about why Zephyr chose Canterbury to trial their autonomous flying taxis

Hear from businesses who are already working on commercial opportunities including big data analytics (Matthew Simmons, Nyriad) and cryocooling to keep astronauts at the right temperature (Chris Boyle, Fabrum)

Breakout sessions:

1.  Commercialising opportunities – with entrepreneurs and investors Mark Rocket and Grant Ryan

2. Building a community – run by Space Base founders Eric Dahlstrom and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom

3. Human factors to consider when developing solutions – with Dr Rob Lindeman and Gary Steel from Lincoln University

Panel session asking what the next steps should be for NZ – featuring entrepreneur Mark Rocket; space strategist Rafael Kargren; the head of the NZ Space Agency Dr Peter Crabtree and Miranda Satterthwaite STEM coordinator for Ara who has just returned from taking Christchurch students to NASA

The day will culminate in the Grand Final of the NZ Space Challenge with a $40,000 prize up for grabs

This event will appeal to those from science, research, technology, innovation, the education eco-systems and anybody who has an interest in the Antarctic and space.

Ticket price includes morning & afternoon tea, lunch and networking drinks at the end of the day!

*Photo Credit: Bruce Davies of the GPR tracking equipment used in the traverse. Supplied by Antarctica New Zealand.

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