The 2018 NZ Space Challenge is on and this year's focus is all about finding innovative technological solutions to the challenge of working and exploring in an extreme environment such as in outer space. And - it turns out that we Cantabrians are perfectly placed to help solve these problems because we are only 1 of 5 countries in the world to be a gateway to the most Extreme Environment on our planet - Antarctica.
The space industry is a billion dollar sector and one that Christchurch is perfectly placed to deal with. That is why ChristchurchNZ is supporting the 2018 NZ Space Challenge and is on the lookout for THE big idea to come from our world class science and technology community. In order to make that happen, Ministry of Awesome has teamed up with ChristchurchNZ and SpaceBase to bring you an Ideation Workshop to find out more about the NZ Space Challenge.
SpaceBase co-founders, Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom and Eric Dahlstrom, will kick-start the session with an introduction followed by an ideation exercise in which attendees actively participate. This is co-facilitated with Ministry of Awesome and the session will end with a deeper discussion with regards to emerging ideas, next steps, and any other questions related to formal submission of applications for the NZ Space Challenge.
When: Thursday 8 March, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
(doors open 5:00pm)
Where: GreenHouse, 146A Lichfield Street
Meet the facilitators:
Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom and Eric Dahlstrom are co-founders of SpaceBase & International Space Consultants. SpaceBase is a social enterprise focused on democratizing space for everyone by co-creating space ecosystems in emerging countries, starting with New Zealand. International Space Consultants, consulting on projects involving spacecraft design, space science, and space business. He is a space engineer and astronomer who has been involved with space projects for 35 years. In 2017, they joined the inaugural cohort of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship programme in New Zealand.
Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom is an entrepreneur, global change maker, and aspiring exponential innovator. She is an international traveler, adventure seeker, outdoor enthusiast, and aspiring environmentalist. Originally from the Philippines, she has visited over 80 countries and territories, and has lived/worked in the Philippines, France, Switzerland, Canada, US, Spain, Sweden, Austria, China, and now New Zealand. Emeline was most recently on the executive management team of Singularity University (SU) as the Chief Impact Officer and previously the EVP of Operations for five years. Her role was to oversee the implementation of SU’s mission and to maximize impact in all of SU’s programs and initiatives. Emeline also served as Space track lead for SU’s 10 week Global Solutions Program for the past four years.
Eric Dahlstrom is a space engineer, astronomer, and consultant who has worked on spacecraft design and space science for 35 years, both for NASA and the commercial space industry. He studied physics, astronomy, and space systems engineering and is currently the chair of Space Science at International Space University, having taught in ten countries. Mr. Dahlstrom worked on the design of the International Space Station including the Russian interface. He co-authored NASA’s “Lessons Learned from Challenger” report and the risk of Shuttle accidents. Mr. Dahlstrom has supported a dozen entrepreneurial space companies, served as project manager for commercial lunar spacecraft and payloads, and managed team projects at Singularity University. He is a planetary sciences mentor for the NASA Frontier Development Lab, applying artificial intelligence to the hazard of asteroid impact.
5:00pm - Doors Open / Registration
5:30pm - Event Start
5:30pm - Space Challenge Introduction and Key Challenges
6:00pm - Ideation Exercise based on Key Challenges
7:30pm - Submission Criteria overview
8:00pm - Q&A and networking
This is a free event with drinks and nibbles provided.