100 Year Starship 2015 Public Symposium

100 Year Starship 2015 Public Symposium 100 Year Starship 2015 Public Symposium
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Pushing radical leaps in knowledge, technology design and human systems, the fourth annual 100 Year Starship 2015 Public Symposium will be held in Silicon Valley—a world epicenter of high tech innovation and big thinking— October 29- November 1, 2015.

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Just a sampling of the intersection of audacious space exploration and the bold genius, high stakes thoughts and cutting edge innovation of Silicon Valley!

100 Year Starship (100YSS) invites us to think even bigger; to create the advances in science, engineering, bold social, economic and cultural commitments necessary to explore deep space beyond our solar system and improve life on Earth—today.

The Symposium is a powerful four-day event of global, transdisciplinary experience of imagination, hands-on programs, thought-provoking discussions and action on the frontiers of science, civilization, space, technology, society, music, art and our present and future. Chaired by Dr. Mae Jemison, the 2015 Public Symposium brings together experts, enthusiasts, students, celebrities, innovators, educators, and thought leaders from around the world. The 100YSS Public Symposium has grown tremendously— it is alive with unforgettable events!


State of the Universe, features leading scientists and engineers in astronomy, astrophysics and space related fields in dialogue of what’s new that the public should know.

Trending Now engages thought leaders in new areas of research and fields of development from the bioengineering lab to investment banking that are in the news and have the potential to positively (or negatively) impact our future.

Radical Leaps is an exhilarating session that explores game-changing engineering and systems that are possible within the next 10 to 15 years. Attendees are then able to choose a session to explore in even more depth immediately after the introductory presentations.

Oral, written papers and posters presented during the Tech Tracks are central to 100YSS and the Symposium. The Tech Tracks provide a forum for attendees from academia, business and other institutions to explore in-depth concepts, ideas and questions in the subject areas needed to achieve all the capabilities required for a human interstellar journey as well as the application of such capacity to enhance life here on Earth. From energy and propulsion to education, design, economics, medicine and bioengineering, to astrophysics, IT, communication and policy, the tracks are chaired by discipline and subject matter experts and while open submission, the presentations are chosen for merit, novel approaches, applicability and thoughtfulness. After the Symposium the papers presented are edited and include in the Symposium Proceedings.

Science Fiction Stories Night

Story-telling and fiction enables us to imagine technology advances, failures and consider the pros and cons of different societies. 100YSS convenes noted authors and scientists to provide diverse and inclusive voices and an audience to discuss the critical importance of a compelling story well told.

Accelerating Creativity

Join leaders from Silicon Valley and 100YSS Public Symposium participants from around the world for a spectacular evening to consider how the arts and science push and pull one another.

100YSS Classes

All are welcome! The classes are comprised of highly curated information, taught by subject matter experts and are formatted to engage and enlighten all attendees. Topics include among others: Propulsion: Proven, Probable, or Preposterous?; Leaving the Nest, with a focus on Life Sciences; The Very, Very Big Picture on Space Sciences; Society and Culture; and International and Interstellar Best Practices in Education.

New: The Wall

A unique mini-workshop and networking opportunity to “throw your ideas against The Wall and see what sticks!”

About 100 Year Starship

100 Year Starship® is building a movement to achieve the capabilities that will take humanity beyond our solar system and better our home planet. 100YSS is an independent, non-governmental initiative. 100YSS was founded in 2012 with seed funding won in a competitive grant from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and support from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) for the purpose of fostering the type of explosive innovation and social advances born from addressing such a grand challenge. 100YSS is an initiative of the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence. 

100YSS’ goal: An audacious journey to transform life here on earth and beyond.

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