2019 Second Stage Presentations & Panels

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Ellen Jorgensen, CSO of Carverr, Inc., will be speaking about the future of food traceability by integrating digital and natural worlds. What if we could use microbes as small tracking and sensing devices to learn where our food goes and what happens to it along the way?

Featuring Daniel Moroz

In the early days of the space race, Los Alamos National Laboratory played a critical role in developing sensors for satellites to detect nuclear explosions in space—but it also paid huge scientific dividends. Those sensors ultimately led to important astronomical discoveries, including the discovery of gamma-ray bursts and insights into solar storms and their impacts on the Earth and spacecraft. In addition, Los Alamos’ expertise in all things nuclear led to the development of nuclear-powered rockets (such as Project Rover) and nuclear fuel for spacecraft (RTGs, which currently power spacecraft probing deep space), as well as today’s development of nuclear reactors for powering future space colonies (known as Kilopower).
This panel of experts from Los Alamos will talk about the discoveries—both accidental and intentional—that were made then and how they’ve influenced both our understanding of the universe and how we utilize space today, as well as the evolution of the use of nuclear power in space.

“All these things that may seem big and impossible … We can do this. Peace on Earth — No problem. It gives people that type of energy … that type of power, and I have experienced that.” – Anousheh Ansari, one of the earliest space tourists in history.
Seeing the earth from space is one of the most transformative experiences a human being can have, but to-date, fewer than 600 people have been to space. You’re currently more likely win a Nobel prize than to go to space.
But change is upon us – truly, this time. And it has implications.
Join Rachel Lyons, the Executive Director of Space for Humanity, as she leads a discussion on the rapidly evolving world of space travel, the impact that it’s had thus far, and what the future could mean for us as individuals, as well as society as a whole. What would it be like if you saw our planet from space? How would it change you? And how would you make an impact using your spaceflight?
Learn more about Space for Humanity at their booth in our Innovations & Ideas Expo!

Featuring Jake Harper