SPACE SETTLEMENT SYMPOSIUM 2016

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SPACE SETTLEMENT SYMPOSIUM 2016

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

To live on New Worlds we need new ideas. A punch list of technologies and plans that when added together create our first habitats and colonies. We invite you to present ideas on breakthrough technologies and concepts that advance our capabilities to survive and thrive on the frontier.

The Space Settlement Symposium (S 3), is a part of New Worlds 2016 taking place at the beautiful Renaissance Austin Hotel at the Arboretum in North Austin.

How S3 works:

  • 8 minutes to change the future
  • Live Q&A
  • Cash prizes (prizes are minimums and may grow based on contributions)
    • $500 Best of Session
    • $1000 Best of Event
    • Private presentations with industry leaders

Winners of each session will get a 30 minute private meeting with a major science, engineering, or business leader who can give you advice and perhaps help you move your ideas forward.

A new approach to presenting your concepts.

While we will maintain the highest standards, we also want to do things in a new way. For example, presentations will be selected and judged not only on their content, but on their relevance and your ability to sell your ideas.

The first symposium to offer a First Prize.

We know that you are passionate about your ideas and would do what you do for free. We also know that in their early stages, new concepts don’t necessarily pay. This is why, for the first time at any technical event of this kind, New Worlds is offering cash and other prizes to the best presentations.

 


The Rules

To present at the conference you will need to submit a brief abstract (described below), followed later by a short paper that will become part of the symposium’s proceedings. This will document the revolutionary ideas we discuss in the symposium and help us spread your ideas to help humanity get the job done. (We intend to publish all presentations.)

All contributed and invited presentations will be 8 minutes in duration plus time for a Q&A. Participants will then vote on the best presentation in each session and a Best Paper cash prize will be awarded.

Even if you don’t usually participate in space-related conferences, we reach out to you because you may bring the crucial new ideas that inspire and innovate.

Pick one of these topic areas:

  • SPACE HIGHWAYS - Inter-Solar Transportation
    • Ideas, technologies, and systems that enable the development of fast, safe, and reliable transportation between worlds in space.
  • SPACE MAKERS – Manufacturing
    • Ideas, technologies, and systems that enable the manufacture of products for use in space or export to Earth.
  • SURVIVE AND THRIVE – Staying Healthy in Space
    • Ideas, technologies, and systems affecting the ability of humans to survive and thrive in space.
  • FARMERS IN THE SKY - Food and Agriculture in space
    • Ideas , technologies, and systems to provide food and supplies to settlers and workers in space.
  • HOME SWEET HOME - Space Habitats
    • Ideas, technologies, and systems to build habitats and communities in space (the Moon, Mars and Free Space).
  • SPACE RESOURCES – Mining the Sky
    • Ideas, technologies, and systems to enable the harvesting and utilization of resources found in space.

For a full description of these topic areas, and for comprehensive information on all aspects of the meeting, please see the New Worlds 2016 website.

To receive reminders and other pertinent information related to New Worlds 2016, please submit the Indication of Interest form.

 

Key Dates

Abstracts/Presentation Pitches Due (up to 1 page) September 30
Notification of Acceptance October 3
Papers Due (3–5 pages) October 21
Symposium Presentations Due October 21
Symposium Walk-through/Rehearsal November 3
Symposium Presentations November 4–5

 

To Submit Abstracts

You need to submit an abstract outlining the presentation of your idea. It must be no more than 500 words of narrative text and fit on one page including any figures, tables, and graphs. It must be enough information for reviewers to decide on the relevance and appropriateness of the presentation. All abstracts must use 11-pt. type or larger and have 0.5" margins on all sides. For table and figure legends, 10-pt. type or larger must be used. Fonts must be one of the following styles: Times New Roman, Georgia, Helvetica, or Times.

 

The abstract MUST include:

• Title of your presentation
• Names of the authors,; their email addresses and institutional affiliation (if any) and which of the 10 topic areas your presentation best fits into
• Up to 500 words of text
• Any tables and/or figures

  • All proposals must be submitted as a one-page Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx) to the link below.
  • Use the following naming convention for the file name:
    • Presenter LastName_FirstName_Topic.doc
    • (e.g., Long_Lazarus_Construction.doc)
  • Important Note: Including a high-quality PowerPoint or video of you presenting your idea will enhance your chance of being invited to present..
  • All proposals must be submitted to this email address:
  • Note that your presentation may be assigned to a different (but relevant) session depending on how many abstracts we receive in each topic area.
  • Your abstract will be reviewed by the conference organizers for appropriateness to the aims of the conference, and if it fits then we will notify you of acceptance by October 3, 2016.

 

SHOW US YOUR STUFF!

If you have a video of yourself presenting or speaking add the link to your email. We are looking for good presenters as well as good ideas!

Increase your chances by making a video or presentation.

We live in a visual world. We understand that writing an abstract may not be your strong point. We also want you to be able to sell your ideas to the world. Therefore, S3 will accept additional materials that demonstrate your capabilities to present your concepts. Our team will consider these materials in our decision to invite your presentation.

The abstract MAY include:

  • PowerPoint images illustrating your idea
  • Links to videos of you giving your presentation

To Submit Papers

After your abstract has been selected, you will need to submit a 3–5 page paper that will become part of the symposium’s proceedings -- the proceedings will be distributed online after the symposium has concluded. The proceedings will document the innovative and inspiring ideas, which is important so the symposium actually helps humanity achieve the goal of space settlement.

Rehearsal/Walk-through

We are happy to offer you the chance to walk through your presentation and test your imagery. This is an option, and if accepted you will be contacted by our team to schedule a rehearsal and/or check out on Nov. 3 at the venue.

Broadcast and Recording

By submitting your presentation you are giving your consent to be recorded live at S3, and to have edited versions of your image and presentation used online and packaged for sale and use by New Worlds and the public. You will be asked to sign a waiver to this effect. Therefore it is imperative you make sure you have the rights to use any images in your presentation.

Presentations

Too often technical and high-level ideas are presented in such a way that they have little effect or get lost in the high noise level of our society. We want you to be effective. We want your ideas to spread, and to hopefully help us open New Worlds to human settlement.

Presentations must be simple, visual, and well designed. Presentations with no more than 100 words per image are encouraged.

Two of the evaluation criteria are the quality of your presentation and your ability to communicate your ideas effectively.

If selected and you did not accompany your abstract with your presentation, you will be sent a Dropbox link to submit your Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote presentation by October 21.

You must be present and available at S3 on the day of your session to do your presentation.

Presentations order will be determined by the S3 team.

S3 and our team may invite papers in addition to accepting submitted papers. During the sessions no mention will be made regarding which participants submitted their abstracts and which ones were invited, to ensure a level playing field between presenters.

The decision to include or not include your presentation at S3 is at the discretion of New Worlds and its associates, chairs, and other consulting persons. All decisions are final.

Attendance

All presenters are given passes to both days of the symposium, and a 10% discount on a seat to the Space Cowboy Gala and Ball. However, this year being our first, we cannot afford to feed you, pay for travel or lodging.

Integrity is Important

In accordance with New Worlds ethical standards, we ask that you demonstrate integrity by pledging that any ideas or elements of your presentation are your own, are legally obtained, or are cited with proper attribution.

New Worlds and its staff, volunteers, chairs and involved persons take no responsibility for issues regarding plagiarism, or any other issues regarding duplication or liability of ideas copies or used from other sources. We trust you.