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100 Global Speakers Convene For 1st Global Space Tech Summit In Silicon Valley

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 100 Global Speakers Convene For 1st Global Space Tech Summit In Silicon Valley

January 23, 2018- [Silicon Valley, USA] To accelerate the commercialization of space, Draper University Global Startup Ecosystem and LightSpeed Innovations partnered to host the first annual Space Tech Summit on January 23-24, 2018 at Hero City-55 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401.  The Space Tech Summit brings together hundreds of entrepreneurs, pioneers, and creatives under one roof to address humanity’s greatest challenges via space technology. The summit also serves to bring key stakeholders that will accelerate bringing both the exploration and the expansion of space to mainstream audiences.

Today there are over 88+ annual conferences for space experts and potential enthusiasts. Yet as space becomes a more relevant part of our future reality- the ecosystem continues to gather only space experts, astronauts and researchers. Space Tech Summit asks- what happens to the creatives, entrepreneurs, authors, actors, athletes and other ecosystem builders of society?

Over 100 global speakers will convene in Silicon Valley from Google, NASA, SpaceX, and more. Over 40+ media representatives from Space News, Forbes, Bloomberg, Wired Magazine, Tech Crunch and more will also be in attendance. These top billionaires, celebrities and government officials will gather to discuss how we can revive the global space race and accelerate commercialization and impact by leveraging artificial intelligence, virtual reality, drones, robotics, nano tech, and other exponential technologies.

“It is important for everyone to be aware that space is not just the domain of the ‘Einsteins’, physicists, astronauts, researchers, scientists, developers and the like – but it is also an arena for entrepreneurs, artists, poets, dancers, entertainers, athletes, celebrities and even people who are unsure of their calling. The innovation of the Apollo era came about due to President Kennedy’s mantra to the people of his nation that “we chose to go to the Moon, not because it is easy, but because it is hard “. The simplicity and scope of that statement rallied individuals of every age, gender, and cultural creed to join the space movement”-Einstein Ntim (Space Tech Summit Co-Chair).

The event can be live streamed or viewed via our social media accounts on twitter and facebook.

Summit Top Speakers:

Lead Partners &  Sponsors

  • Einstein Ntim: Founder & CEO of Global Startup Ecosystem/Space Startup Ecosystem
  • Christine Ntim: Partner at Global Startup Ecosystem
  • Asra Nadeem: Draper University
  • Juan Acosta: Draper University
  • Ellen Chang: Light Speed Innovations
  • Doug Hegebarth: Light Speed Innovations
  • Kaan Pinar: Light Speed Innovations
  • Zee Zheng: Founder & CEO of Space Chain

Top Media Moderators: 

  • Jonathan Shieber: Tech Crunch Senior Editor
  • Katie Roof: Tech Crunch Editor
  • Debra Werner: Space News Reporter
  • Mat Kaplan: Planetary Radio Producer
  • Jeff Foust: Space News Senior Staff Writer

Top Corporate Representatives

  • Chris Moran: Lockheed Martin
  • Scott Armanini: Open Innovation at Accenture Ventures Principal, Global Lead
  • Bonni Simi: Jetblue Ventures, President

Top Investors: 

  • Adam Draper: Boost VC, Founder
  • Andy Tang Partner: Draper Dragon Fund and CEO of Draper University
  • Tim Draper: DFJ, Founder
  • Naveen Jain: Moon Express, Founder
  • Mike Collett: Promus Ventures, Partner
  • Justin Cadman: Raymond James, Business Development
  • Gareth Keane: Qualcomm Ventures, Manager/Investments
  • Sunil Nagaraj: Ubiquity.VC, General Partner
  • Luka Tomljenovic: Airbus Ventures, Manager/Investments
  • Shahin Farshchi: Lux Capital, Partner
  • Marshall Culpepper: Kubos, Founder/CEO
  • James Cross: Franklin Templeton, Portfolio Manager
  • Tess Hatch: BVP Investor
  • Manan Mehta: Unshackled, Partner
  • Maddie Callander: Boost VC

Top Frontier Tech & Space Tech Speakers 

  • Sean Casey: Silicon Valley Space Center, Managing Director
  • Aubrey De Grey: Sens, CSO
  • Jason Dunn: Made in Space, CTO
  • Regina Nkima: Singularity Global Impact Challenges
  • Negar Feher: SSL (Space Systems Loral), Business Development
  • Jeanette Quinlan: Starburst Aerospace Accelerator USA, Managing Director
  • Mark Matossian: Google VR and AR
  • Lisa Kuo: Aerospace Corporation Head of Commercial Programs
  • Tinka Ross: Mt Tam Astronomy, Founder
  • Valerie Stimac: Space Tourism Guide, Founder
  • Michael Novikov: Silicon Valley Space Startups & Satellites, Founder
  • Eric Anderson: And One Technologies, President
  • Cliff Beek: SpaceBelt, President and CEO
  • Stephan Reckie: GEN Global
  • Monica Jan: Virgin Orbit Director, Strategy & Customer Experience
  • Chris Quilty: Quilty Analytics
  • Chris Kunstadter: Xlcatlin Insurance, SVP Global Underwriting Manager – Space
  • Susan Ip-Jewell: Mars Academy USA
  • Eric Stallmer: Commercial Spaceflight Federation, President
  • Barbara Braun: The Aerospace Corporation, Contributing Author
  • Dr. Terence Yeoh: The Aerospace Corporation, Assistant Principal Director
  • Katherine Monson: Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT), Director & Business Development
  • David Shaw: Astrapi Corporation, Co-Founder and CCO
  • Helen Tung: Hypernova Space Technologies, Co-Founder and General Counsel
  • Sean McDaniel: Assured Space Access Technologies, CEO
  • Ed Lu” B612 Asteroid Institute, Executive Director
  • Barry Matsumori: Bridgesat. CEO
  • Kathryn Myronuk: Singularity University, Founding Team and Faculty
  • Jeff Matthews: Deloitte, Consulting
  • Al Globus: Space Settlements
  • Jenny Barna: Spire Global, Inc., Director of Launch
  • Dr. Seth Shostak: SETI Institute, Senior Astronomer – Institute Fellow
  • Julian Guthrie: How to Build a Spaceship, Author
  • Douglas Vakoch: METI, President
  • Bill Diamond: SETI, President
  • Nadir Bagaveyev: Bagaveev Corporation, CEO
  • Kevin Lo: Google Fiber, Facebook Co-Founder and Sr. Director
  • Linda Rheinstein: Space Games Federation, Founder
  • Miki Sode: CASIS Commercial Innovation, Program Manager
  • Flavia Tata Nardini: Fleet, CEO
  • Christianna Taylor: Intelligent Space, Founder/CEO
  • Keegan Kirkpatrick: RedWorks, Founder/CEO
  • Kathleen Cohen: The Collaboratorium, Digital Media Engagement
  • Amir Blachman: Axiom Space, Vice President of Strategic Development
  • Bruce Cahan: Stanford University’s Department of Management Science & Engineering, Lecturer
  • Bryan Le Blanc: Spire
  • John Tucker:SpaceX, Manager and NewSpace Startup Strategist
  • Kyu Hwang: NASA, Go-To-Market Strategist
  • Dr. Bidushi Bhattacharya: Bhattacharya Space Enterprises Astropreneur HUB, Founder
  • Kyri Tsircou: Tsircou Law
  • Dr. Ioana Cozmuta: NASA Ames Industry Engagement & Commercial Space Partnerships
  • Troy McCann: Moonshot, Founder/CEO

Top Global Digital Speakers 

  • Christopher Fabian: Unicef Head of Innovation (New York)
  • Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom: SpaceBase & International Space Consultants, Co-Founder (New Zealand)
  • John Moody: Moody Space Center, CEO (Australia)
  • Milan Mijovic: Serbian Office for Space Sciences President and the Founder (Serbia)
  • David Rodríguez: Space Robotics Laboratory at Tohoku University Researcher at the Space Robotics Lab, MechEng and Space Scientist (Spain/Japan)
  • Marius-Ioan Piso: Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) President and CEO (Romania)
  • Sun Gongling: International Space U Visiting Professor (China)
  • Mike Lawton: Oxford Space Systems, Founder and CEO (United Kingdom)
  • Ali Nasseri: Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) Chair (Canada)
  • James Bultitude: International Space University Masters Candidate (France)

About Space Tech Summit:

The Space Tech Summit is a multi year initiative of Draper University, Global Startup Ecosystem and LightSpeed Innovations that brings together hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, and creatives under one roof to address humanity’s grandest challenges via space technology. The summit also serves to bring key stakeholders that will accelerate both the exploration and commercialization of the Space ecosystem.

About Draper University:

Tim Draper, legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist founded Draper University in 2012 with a vision and belief that in order to change the world we have to change education. Draper University aims to teach entrepreneurship globally in an entirely new way. Through hands on training, an innovative curriculum and thought leadership Draper University brings together young entrepreneurs, startup founders, executives and investors all under one roof. In the last four years, Draper University alumni have created 371 companies, raised $89M+ in early stage funding, 27 have been accepted into YC, 500 and other accelerators and 7 have been recognized in Forbes 30 under 30.

About Global Startup Ecosystem:

Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE): is the world’s largest ecosystem accelerator and host of annual tech summits for emerging markets and technologies. With a mission to educate, inspire and prepare startup communities for the digital age, GSE brings together both private and public stakeholders to address humanity’s grandest challenges via tech and entrepreneurship. GSE’s online network accelerates 1000+ companies a year across 90+ countries in 7 key regions – AfricaAsia, America, Caribbean, Europe, Latin Americaand the Middle East with a focus in frontier tech industries such as Space, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and more. GSE’s offline network accelerates thousands of entrepreneurs, influencers and creatives via annual tech summits featuring 100 global speakers per event.

About LightSpeed Innovations:

LightSpeed Innovations is an aerospace focused business accelerator that sources and mentors aerospace entrepreneurs and startup companies. It enables founders/entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses, create value, and strive to achieve revenues and profitability as soon as possible   through partnering with a cadre of elite aerospace focused investors all looking to support building out the aerospace entrepreneurial ecosystem. As an adjunct to the accelerator program, LightSpeed runs the Frontier Tech Investment Network (FTIN), a network that meets monthly where LightSpeed connects experienced investors with early stage startups aiming to commercialize ‘Deep Tech’.


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