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SXSW Interactive 2013

The Explorer Next Door: NASA, Women and YOU!

This panel is about YOU: The student, retiree, hobbyist, underdog, and/or dreamer donating time, resources, and creativity to explore the unknown. Instead of describing opportunities available for women to engage with NASA, this conversation will feature a diverse selection of space geeks and citizen scientists who will share personal successes & failures as they break barriers & stereotypes in order to better understand the world around us. Sure, there might be an astronaut, engineer and a few NASA employees in attendance, but the discussion and purpose of this panel is to connect female makers, problem solvers, and hackers with the needs and people of OUR Agency. To sustain dialogue, attendees will be invited to an exclusive post-event TweetUp to address participatory exploration questions. Participants will also be encouraged to share imagery for a tool that will be launched in time for SXSW featuring women citizen scientists on the Women@NASA website.

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  1. What is citizen science?
  2. Who are NASA’s female citizen scientists?
  3. How can I contribute to space exploration?
  4. What is Women@NASA?
  5. Where can I share my participatory exploration experiences with NASA?


  • samantha snabes, Social Entrepreneur In Residence, NASA Open Government Initiative
  • Dava Newman, Director, Technology and Policy Program Harvard-MIT Health, Sciences and Technology , MIT
  • TBD TBD, Student, Student


samantha snabes, Social Entrepreneur In Residence, NASA Open Government Initiative

Meta Information:

  • Tags: women
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Science and Space Exploration
  • Level: Beginning
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