In an interesting moment of turnaround, I got this email from one of the people behind KSC's Spaceport Innovators (thinking young'uns group, essentially
). I'm thinking about speaking, and I know Ian was also asked to talk on Maker Faire, but I think it could be a lot of fun to get a group of us to speak. In return, we would get a private tour of KSC. Please give it some thought and let me know (if you want to speak as a group) or email Josh (if you want to break out on your own).
Do you know of anyone working in the FamiLAB (including yourself!) that would be interested in speaking at our upcoming Innovation Expo? I would especially like them to talk about the emergence of hackerspaces as places for grass-roots innovation and how folks can collaborate on projects without necessarily working within the same organization. Ideally, I am looking for someone with speaking experience and/or a dynamic personality that can engage our KSC folks.
Below is the basic email that I have been sending out to prospective speakers. Please forward to any of the FamiLAB folks you think would be interested and that you think might make a great speaker!
The NASA John. F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is organizing the 2nd annual Innovation Expo scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 2013. The goal of the Expo is to nurture creativity and innovation at KSC.
One of the key events of the Expo is a series of Talks each lasting between 15-20 minutes that will collectively take the audience on a journey through innovation from inspiration to application and beyond!
We have divided the Talks into the following themes and are looking for potential speakers with expertise in these areas:
1. Inspiration - Changing Your Perspective (stimulating and influencing creativity; how to think differently)
2. Identification - Discovering Opportunities (finding areas ripe for innovation; identifying problems worth solving)
3. Conceptualization - Generating Ideas (brainstorming techniques; methods for down-selecting ideas)
4. Demonstration - Proving Possibilities (proof-of-concepts; rapid prototyping)
5. Application - Becoming Reality (bringing ideas to market; technology spin-offs)
6. Revelation - Changing The Universe (looking to the future; predicting new innovations)
We would like to invite you to be a speaker at this event and present a topic of your choice related to one of the themes listed above. In return, we will offer you a private tour of KSC including the new Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit!
Please let me know by no later than Wednesday, July 24, 2013 if you are interested in presenting at this event and which theme(s) interest you most.
See the attached flyer for a little more information about the 2nd annual KSC Innovation Expo events.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for your time and consideration!
KSC Spaceport Innovators
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899