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DoubleTree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Pl, San Jose, CA 95110



Jul 25
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jul 26
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jul 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Tier 1 Sponsors

Esther Dyson

Chairman, EDventure Holdings   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Esther Dyson(@edyson on twitter) is chairman of EDventure Holdings. Her primary activity is investing in and nurturing start-ups, with a recent focus on health, human capital and aerospace. Most recently, she founded HICCup (Health Initiative Coordinating Council,, dedicated to fostering and measuring the impact of critical-density health programs.

She sits on the board of XCOR Aerospace and is an investor in that company as well as in Space Adventures, Nanoracks, Worldview and ICON Aircraft. From 2010 to 2012, she was chairman of the Technology and Innovation subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council. From October 2008 to March of 2009, she lived in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut.

Tier 2 Sponsors

Ben Parr

Managing Partner, DominateFund   |  

Ben Parr is an award-winning journalist, author, entrepreneur, investor and expert on attention. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of DominateFund, a strategic venture capital fund that coaches promising early-stage startups on how to capture attention and accelerate their growth. He is also the author of "Captivology: The Secret Science of Capturing People's Attention", due March 2015 from HarperOne. His book dives into the science of attention, why we pay attention to certain people, products, companies and ideas, and how to capture and retain somebody's attention.

Previously, Parr was the Co-Editor and Editor-at-Large of Mashable, where he wrote more than 2,400 articles on social media and technology, managed Mashable’s editorial team, and interviewed everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Mark Zuckerberg. He also served as Columnist and Commentator for CNET. Parr’s work has been featured in a variety of media, including CNBC, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Inc and The New York Times.

Parr is a graduate of Northwestern University, majoring in Science in Human Culture and Political Science, and minoring in Business Institutions. He has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 and named one of the top 10 tech journalists in the world by Say Media.

Pete Worden

Director, N.A.S.A. Ames Research Center

Pete Worden, (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.) is Director of NASA's Ames Research Center (ARC) at Moffett Field, Calif. Before joining NASA, he held several positions in the United States Air Force and was research professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is a recognized expert on space issues – both civil and military. Worden has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers in astrophysics, space sciences, and strategic studies. He served as a scientific co-investigator for two NASA space science missions, and received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for the 1994 Clementine mission. He has been named the 2009 Federal Laboratory Consortium Laboratory Director of the Year.

Thomas Atchison

Chairman, CEO, Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation

Thomas M. Atchison is the founder and chairman of the Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, a 501(c)3 California nonprofit education foundation he started in 2007 focused on enabling the personalization of access to space by the common man, through STEM education, research, and competitive challenges.

Mr. Atchison has successfully started four technology ventures, and raised over $30 mm in angel, corporate, and venture capital commitments. While at Navitel Communications as VP of Engineering and GM, he was responsible for architecting and the development and introduction of the first Windows based web screenphones and smartphone platforms, later acquired by Microsoft in 1999.

Thomas holds Level 1,2,3 & Experimental rocketry certifications with the TRIPOLI rocketry association, an FCC Technicians license, a USC Chapter 40 Explosives License, and California Radiations Technicians license, and holds certifications under the United States / Canadian Defense Logistics Information Services.

John Wolpert

Seeker of Awesomeness, IBM Watson division   |  

John Wolpert is IBM's Watson Evangelist, a three-time entrepreneur, and founder of the popular Taxi App, Flywheel. In his current role, John seeks out awesome people, technology and business opportunities. His mission is to build a giant wave of innovators that take Watson's cognitive computing services and use them to change the world.

John has created new lines of business for several Fortune 100 companies, ran an international consortium of research labs, and has been an IBMer three times, in the past running the fabled alphaWorks organization and the Extreme Blue incubator lab, one of the most patented labs in IBM history. His work on collaborative business model innovation is published in Harvard Business Review and Harvard Business School Press. He has delivered keynotes to the Australian Parliament and the European Commission and for numerous corporate and top industry events. In his personal life, John is a biz/tech writer, science fiction novelist and shameless geeky dilettante

Tier 3 Sponsors

Cindy Wu

Founder, Experiment   |  

Co-founder at Experiment. I like skipping rocks, flying kites, picking berries, and starting fires. I used to own many aquariums, but now my best friend is a small dog named Scarf.

Daniel Faber

CEO, Deep Space Industries   |   LinkedIn

Systems Engineer and Entrepreneur, with experience managing complex, international projects and designing and building satellite systems and subsystems. Particular interest in new technologies and business models for space, telecommunications and mining industries.

Specialties:Managing complex projects. Electrical and electronic system design. Space mission analysis. Nuclear engineering. Complex system assembly, integration and testing. Commercialization and business strategy.

Michael Staton

Partner, Learn Capital   |   LinkedIn

Partner at Learn Capital, advisor to NSVF EdTech. Founder of Uversity.

Thomas Dittler

Technology Executive & Entrepreneur

Thomas manages his own equity investments in start ups and
turn-a-round companies. Over the course of his professional
career of the last 25 years, he held technical positions in the
aerospace industry with Boeing and Dornier, was a partner
of management consulting firm RolandBerger and VC fund
Centennium with two IPOs in 1999/2000 and went on to buy
out aerospace testing and software engineering firm IABG,
co-managed the turn-a-round and sold in 2010. He has since
invested in and is a board member of clean tech start ups and

Thomas earned master degrees in aerospace engineering and
international business in Munich, Germany and Columbia,
S.C., respectively. He is married to Andrea, Art Historian and
Auctioneer, and they got two boys in high school. He is a water
sports enthusiast and loves to go out on the ocean, swimming,
paddling or sailing.

Glenn Stearns

Founder Stearns & More Capital   |   LinkedIn

Glenn Stearns entrepreneur and venture capitalist at Stearns & More Capital focused on Sustainability, eCommerce & Social Networks. Educated in philosophy, psychology, religion and technology, he's now a board member of Joint Venture Monterey Bay, and founded the Monterey Bay SPACE & LOHAS Fund & Accelerator. Glenn is also a member of the National Space Society and is a Space Ambassador for Planetary Sustainability Earth Mars & Beyond.

Dan Knox

Founder, Science Exchange   |   LinkedIn

I'm one of the Co-Founders of Science Exchange. I also advise and (occasionally) invest in startups that are using technology to make the world a better place. I'm an alum of Y Combinator (S '11) and MIT Sloan (EMBA '12). I'm originally from New Zealand and, although I left over 10 years ago, still have a Kiwi accent.

Debbie Paterson

Founder, DesignGel   |  

Founder of DesignGel, a young creative agency connecting start ups and non profits with young emerging designers in New Zealand. Healthcare UX specialist passionate about urbanizing healthcare by day, OpenIDEO SF community organizer some evenings and futurist designer in the making by night.

Niket Desai

Entrepreneur, Investor   |  

Niket previously co-founded Punchd, a mobile loyalty startup, which was acquired by Google in 2011. In another life Niket would have majored in psychology with a minor in CS, but did learn a few things between drinks while studying engineering at Berkeley. He enjoys helping founders at early stage tech companies navigate topics like user-experience, investment, M&A, and the general startup grind.

Brian Schepis

Head of Industry Development at SpaceX   |   LinkedIn

Brian is Head of Industry Development at SpaceX, where his mission is to boost the emerging commercial space sector. He comes from a strong policy and business-development background, having launched teams at Google and the U.S. Department of State.

Dave Kochbeck

CEO, GoBeMe   |   LinkedIn

1st commercial product at age 7. Formerly head of technology of @Friendster, @Live Nation , @Dean for America.

Hélène Huby

Business Innovation Manager, Airbus Defence & Space

Helene is a Business Innovation Manager at Airbus Defence & Space where she leads a seed-innovation internal process, coaches innovative projects, and scouts startups for potential partnerships. Her focus is new space-related projects. Before, she worked in Paris (France) and Hamburg (Germany) for FABERNOVEL (, a French seed-investment and consulting company specialized in digital innovation, where she led several innovative projects. She began her carrier in Brussels (Belgium) in the European media sector. Privately, Helene is a business angel and she has 4 kids.

Pavel Machalek

Co-Founder, Spaceknow   |  

Pavel is a Co-Founder at Spaceknow, a provider of satellite imagery derived intelligence products. He previously worked at The Climate Corporation, NASA Ames and Space Telescope Science Institute. Pavel holds a PhD in Astrophysics from Johns Hopkins University.

Ian Thiel

Head of Mobile, Optimizely   |  

Head of Mobile @ Optimizely (San Francisco). Previously Co-founder @ OneKey Ventures (China) and Champagne Me (Paris), former Associate @ Space Angels Network (San Francisco). I can assist with strategy, software startup contacts, and financing. Living and working in San Francisco, California.

Bill Colburn

Pyro and Propulsion Consultant   |   LinkedInGoogle+

William (Bill) Colburn is currently the Project Leader on the development of an all-hybrid launch vehicle. His professional career began observing and analyzing developments in rocket propulsion in the soviet union for NSA. He then moved on to mission-specific solid rocket design at the Advanced Design Group in Huntsville at Thiokol Chemical - then on to design 5 mission critical systems for Saturn V and Apollo. Recently Mr. Colburn researched Gel Propellants for NASA and designed and tested an 8000 psi pyro valve for Tridyne Propellant.

Eoin McMillan

Partner, SFDevLabs   |   LinkedIn

Eoin is an entrepreneur, community organizer and startup advisor. He is a Partner at SFDevLabs, a San Francisco based web development consultancy, and previously launched StartupBus Mexico, and StartupHouse.

Tier 4 Sponsors
Reuben Metcalfe
Michelle Cadieux
Paul Fuller
Traci Parker
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