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Help bring STEAM education to life by supporting the Museum of Science Fiction's first micro futuristic world’s fair.
Help bring STEAM education to life by supporting the Museum of Science Fiction's first micro futuristic world’s fair.
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Something special is coming to National Harbor, Maryland - a science fiction convention on a mission. This July 1st to 3rd, the Museum of Science Fiction will be launching
ESCAPE VELOCITY
, a micro futuristic world's fair where STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) and science fiction will collide to create a geeky-fun, educational, and above all, fascinating spectacle for kids and adults alike!

Rod Roddenberry, recently announced executive producer for the new Star Trek TV series for 2017 will make a keynote presentation to celebrate Star Trek's 50th Anniversary and discuss his work with the Roddenberry Foundation.

F - A - B . . .  Joining Rod will be Jamie Anderson, the son of iconic British science fiction television and film producer, Gerry Anderson. Jamie will  discuss his father’s legacy and his new project: Firestorm. Firestorm is a new television program which shares genetic material and the spirit of classic Anderson shows like Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999, and Thunderbirds, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

Adam Nimoy, son of Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on Star Trek, is coming to Escape Velocity to discuss his father’s legacy and his new documentary film, For the Love of Spock.

In addition to screening parts of the documentary, Nimoy will join Rod Roddenberry on an Escape Velocity discussion panel moderated by screenwriter and Museum of Science Fiction advisory board member, Morgan Gendel, who wrote the Hugo Award-winning Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, “The Inner Light.” “I’ve known both Adam and Rod for years and it’s fascinating to see how each has found a way to celebrate the work of their famous fathers,” said Gendel. “I expect the panel to be a very insightful look into the lives and legacies of two Trek icons.”

The Museum of Science Fiction is a team of 150 academics, scientists, educators, and science fiction fans, united by one core belief: that science fiction is more than just entertainment; it is rocket fuel for the imaginations which will someday perfect AI, cure incurable diseases, and colonize other planets! Our ultimate goal is to build a fully interactive museum in the Washington, DC area.

 The time for the physical museum itself is drawing nearer, with our Preview Museum scheduled to open in 2017. However, after receiving such amazing support, we decided we didn't want to wait to bring STEAM education and science fiction to you...

Enter, Escape Velocity!

John Morton as Dak in the Empire Strikes Back will be there too.

Some cons offer hard science and technology programming. Others focus on art and cosplay. Escape Velocity will break down the barriers and blend all these elements into one huge, science-fair-meets-science-fiction-convention, bringing cosplayers, gamers, techies, Trekkers, educators, and fans of all ages into contact with NASA scientists, astronauts, inventors, writers, and others!

Friday night will start with an opening concert by Megan Rüger!
Your hotel room key card will get you into the concert free.

Megan Rüger is a country/pop rock artist originally from Twin Lakes, WI and was on Blake Shelton’s team on Season 6 of The Voice.

A gala awards dinner, Space Party, around 75 discussion panels, exciting new technology demonstrations, and free admission for kids under 10, Escape Velocity is set to reach thousands people from across the spectrum of science fiction fandom. In particular, we hope to reach young people -- the school-aged scientists and artists of tomorrow who after meeting someone who has invented a jet pack or traveled to outer space will start to think "maybe I could do this too."

Escape Velocity 2016 will be held at the beautiful Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor, MD. Host of Katsucon and MAGFest, the venue boasts beautiful rooms, a stunning lobby, and a huge exhibition hall set on the Potomac River, across from Old Town Alexandria.

Plus, it's just a stone's throw from Washington, DC, and with Escape Velocity ending the night before the Fourth of July, science fiction fans will be perfectly situated to enjoy the fireworks and Independence Day festivities in the nation's capital.

Up to 10,000 people of all ages are expected to attend Escape Velocity. We want there to be something for every science fiction aficionado, and that's where we need your help!

By purchasing your tickets and hotel rooms through this Kickstarter campaign, not only will you receive them at amazing prices, but you'll help to provide essential funding to cover travel and other expenses for more exciting guests to add to our current (already epic) line-up:

Pam Melroy: Retired Air Force test pilot and former NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle commander and Dan Curry: Director, Visual Effects Supervisor and Producer, known for his work on Star Trek.

Kellie Gerardi, Masten Space Systems and Michelle Thaller PhD, assistant director for Science Communication at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Greg Bear: Author of Eon, Blood Music, Darwin's Radio, and Hull Zero Three and David Brin PhD: Author of The Postman, Earth, and Existence.

Morgan Gendel: Award-winning television and film executive, including his Hugo Award-winning episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Inner Light and Marc Okrand: Linguist, creator of the Klingon language and author of Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, The Klingon Way, and The Klingon Dictionary.

Go Fast Jet Pack and David Grinspoon PhD: An astrobiologist who studies the possible conditions for life on other planets.

Check out the full list here: http://escapevelocity.events/guests/

More guests to be announced soon.

We already have some amazing partners and sponsors that will be showing their latest innovations at Escape Velocity. Here are just a few: 

Can't make the con? No problem! Escape Velocity has partnered with Most Valuable Kids (https://www.mostvaluablekids.org/dc) to ensure any unused tickets will be given to inner city middle and high school kids from the DC area. In return, you will receive a digital certificate, and some great con swag.

Like these pretty darn amazing t-shirts!

Plus, anyone who donates to Escape Velocity at a $40 level or above will also receive a wrist band (for attendees) or digital card file (for those unable to attend this year's con):
Escape Velocity Launch Crew. For this and subsequent Escape Velocity cons (yes, we intend for this to be an annual event), this ID will entitle the holder to:

1. Special registration desk

2. 10% discount on all merchandise through the EV store at the event

3. Early entry into the vendor room each day

4. First choice and option to purchase special limited VIP meet and greet events during EV

With a little help from you, Escape Velocity will be a tremendous success. We hope to see you at the con!

About the Museum of Science Fiction
The Museum of Science fiction and Escape Velocity are 501c(3) nonprofit organizations. The Museum will show how science fiction continually inspires individuals, influences cultures, and impacts societies. Also serving as an educational catalyst to expand interest in the science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) areas, the Museum uses tools such as mobile applications and wifi-enabled display objects to educate and entertain.

About Escape Velocity 2016
The Museum of Science Fiction and NASA are partnering to bring Escape Velocity 2016 to Washington, DC. The event will be like a micro futuristic world’s fair to promote STEAM educational activities within the context of science fiction using the fun of comic cons and fascination of science and engineering festivals. Escape Velocity 2016 seeks to make a measurable positive impact to boost informal learning on the more conceptually challenging academic areas. Escape Velocity's mission is to re-invigorate the interest of our young people in science, technology, engineering, art, and math by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science festival in the United States using science fiction as the primary engine. Escape Velocity will achieve orbit on July 1 - 3, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Metropolitan Washington, DC.

To learn more about what we’re doing and who is involved, the following links will provide more information:

Museum website | Preview Museum | Leadership | Board of Advisors | Join Quarterly Project Updates and Newsletters | Wikipedia | Facebook | Twitter

Thanks for your support!

Risks and challenges

The Museum of Science Fiction is committed to keeping all risks to a minimum, and this extends to Escape Velocity.

With this in mind, we have selected a venue which has experience dealing with large conventions; the Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor, MD has successfully hosted the anime con Katsucon, and music and gaming con MAGFest, for several years. We have also rallied a staff of capable, professional volunteers who are one hundred per cent committed to making Escape Velocity a success!

However, no matter how many precautions we take, we understand that there is always a chance that a guest will drop out due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as illness or a cancelled flight. Also (although unlikely), ‘Acts of God’ can mean conventions have to be cancelled or postponed if their going-ahead would put attendees at risk.

Should the con be cancelled or postponed, donors will have two options:

1. Full refund

2. Credit towards Museum of Science Fiction products, Preview Museum tickets, and tickets to the rescheduled convention

In the latter case, any donations given to the Museum will be put towards educational programming and funding the Preview Museum.

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FAQ

  • Anyone who donates to Escape Velocity at a $40 level or above will receive a wrist band (for attendees) or digital card file (for those unable to attend this year's con): 'Escape Velocity Launch Crew'. For this and subsequent Escape Velocity cons, this ID will entitle the holder to:

    1. Special registration desk

    2. 10% discount on all merchandise through the EV store at the event

    3. Early entry into the vendor room each day

    4. First choice and option to purchase special limited VIP meet and greet events during EV

    Basically, it's our way of recognizing the wonderful people who made the very first Escape Velocity possible!

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  • Of course! Simply select the ‘attendees perk’ with your desired number of tickets. When the surveys go out at the end of the campaign, you will be prompted to leave a comment stating how many tickets you wish to keep, and how many we should send to MVK. We’ll take care of the rest!

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  • Yes – for a little extra donation, you can upgrade to VIP. This includes priority check-in, front-of-line walk-up access, early entry to the exhibit floor, VIP lounge access, concierge assistance, VIP badge design, and commemorative tote bag. We have a limited number of these tickets, and will be giving them out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact us through ‘messages’ to request pricing and info.

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    GUEST SPONSORSHIP

    These funds will allow us to cover travel and lodging costs to bring out additional panelists. You will receive two banquet tickets, guaranteed seating with that guest, green room access and a private 30 minute meeting.

    Once the guest list is confirmed, we will work with you on which EV guests are
    part of this perk! From the list, you can choose which guest to spend time with!

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