Extreme Environments – From Antarctica to Space

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.

Our programme features world-class speakers, including Eric Dahlstrom who was previously involved in the design of the International Space Station for NASA and is currently a consultant for space startup companies in Silicon Valley, and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom who has worked on the intersection of education, impact, and space at Singularity University.

Zephyr Airworks’ Chief Executive Fred Reid joins us to talk about Zephyr’s innovation partnership with New Zealand and how that relationship could be a game changer for how we think about personal mobility. With more than 30 years’ aviation experience in the aviation industry, including as President of Lufthansa and of Delta Airlines, and as founding CEO for Virgin America, Fred brings a wealth of experience and insight.

Hear from New Zealand’s only space lawyer Maria Pozza, named the New Zealand Woman in Law to Watch; and Miranda Satterthwaite from Ara Institute of Canterbury who runs one of the only NASA supported education programmes outside of the US.

The day will be broken down into individual speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions. This will include Peter Beggs – Chief Executive of Antarctica New Zealand; and Mark Rocket who was an investor in Rocket Lab, responsible for establishing the first space startup in New Zealand and was the first Kiwi to book a flight into sub-orbital space with Virgin Galactic.

We’re thrilled to bring together leaders from across the eco-system and promise a day of surprises that will challenge your thinking, allowing you to connect with others in the eco-system and to gain insight into innovations that really are making a difference in our world.

The day will culminate in the Grand Final of the inaugural NZ Space Challenge, where regional finalists pitch their Antarctic navigation innovations to a panel of national and international judges.

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.

When:    Thursday 24 May, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Where:  Addington Events Centre, 75 Jack Hinton Drive, Christchurch

Register here