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SXSW Interactive 2013

Crowd-Sourcing the Space Frontier

Space promises enormous opportunities to those who first explore it. Can we all be part of this endeavor? Will you be part of it?

With the arrival of the crowd-sourcing and open-source movements, never before have humans had the opportunity to transform and build entire industries in such short time frames and with mass participation. We have seen Linux, Firefox, Wikipedia and millions of app developers demonstrate this in the software world. With the arrival of the Makers movement and recent initiatives to crowd-source, crowd-fund and open-source space technology we may be seeing this same trend in space. This session explores the history, opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs, companies, nonprofits and governments wishing to lead the way in this unexpected frontier. Help us answer: Why is this trend happening? Is it here to stay? Is it viable? Can we create a collaborative global space industry? Who, if anyone, will emerge as the primary catalysts for this industry?

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  1. Why has our world entered this new phase of crowd-sourcing and open-source design? Is it here to stay and how big will the movement grow?
  2. How will this transformation impact government space agencies and what will their role be in this new strategic environment?
  3. How will this transformation impact private space companies and how will they succeed in this new environment?
  4. How will this transformation impact the way countries compete and collaborate across the space industry?
  5. As humans, what new values and skills will we need to develop to enter this new open and collaborative frontier?



Darlene Damm, Founder and Co-President, DIYRockets

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Science and Space Exploration
  • Level: Intermediate
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