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About this project

Dent:Space is a multidisciplinary gathering that celebrates the humans actively creating the future of space exploration and highlights their journeys and how they got started. Last year we brought together fascinating speakers spanning the technological, artistic, commercial, scientific, educational, and DIY aspects of space exploration, and we aim to do the same again in 2017.  

We’re organizing a two-day conference and experience designed to bring the space exploration community together with unique and inspiring entrepreneurs, coders, creatives, investors, and executives, inside the historic Grand Theater in San Francisco this October 6-7, 2017.  

Just a few of our participants from 2016!
Just a few of our participants from 2016!

The event is tailored for people from all backgrounds and industries to attend. We promise to fill you with ideas and send you home with a take-out box full of inspiration.

Speakers

The Dent:Space stage will feature talks from some of the awesome humans who are creating a bright future for space exploration. Here are our confirmed speakers so far – these are just some of the many talks that will take place on both the Friday and Saturday. We plan on announcing additions to the lineup in the coming weeks!

Confirmed 2017 Dent:Space Presenters
Confirmed 2017 Dent:Space Presenters

Human Space Travel - José Hernandez, retired NASA astronaut.  
Deep Space - Frank Drake, father of SETI and creator of the Drake Equation; Hakeem Oluseyi, astrophysicist and Science Channel co-host; Risa Wechsler, cosmologist and professor of physics at Stanford; Nathalie Cabrol, planetary scientist at the SETI Institute.  
Space Robots - Bobak Ferdowsi, aerospace engineer and “Mohawk Guy”; Terry Fong, space roboticist; Danielle Wood, space applications systems engineer aerospace engineer. 
Science Fiction & Art - Nick Farmer, creator of the Belter language for Syfy’s The Expanse; Mika McKinnon, disaster researcher and science advisor to Syfy’s Stargate Universe; Rachel Sussman, SETI Institute artist in residence; Céline Semaan Vernon, fashion activist and founder of Slow Factory. 
Commercial & DIY Innovation - Jennifer Lopez, commercial innovation lead for CASIS: the U.S. Laboratory aboard the International Space Station; Ariel Ekblaw, creator of MIT Media Lab’s new space exploration initiative; Erika Wagner, business development at Blue Origin.

Content

These industry leaders will be covering topics, trends, and technologies central to what’s happening in space travel today and tomorrow. Subjects to be addressed include:

  • Exoplanet detection
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Planetary rovers & extreme environments
  • Space and the arts, fashion, culture and creativity
  • Funding, technology policy, and the political landscape
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to finding extraterrestrial life
  • Entrepreneurs & business opportunities in space
  • Building space-based habitation structures
  • Next generation spacesuit technologies
  • Emerging tech: 3D printing, VR/AR
  • Mapping galaxies

and much more!

Date

Dent the Future is proud to host Dent:Space on the Friday and Saturday of World Space Week: October 6-7, 2017. World Space Week is a United Nations declared international celebration of space science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. That week the world celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1 and the 40th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.

Both Friday and Saturday will feature talks starting at 9:00am that will run until 5:00pm. Limited space will be designated for workshops and to convene collaborative sessions. Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided on both days. A reception will be held on the evening of Friday October 6!

The Venue 

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts near 23rd & Mission!
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts near 23rd & Mission!

Built in 1940, the historic Grand Theater, located in San Francisco's Mission District is a perfect location for Dent:Space. After its recent restoration, it now offers over 10,000 square feet of possibilities within a classic Art Deco styled architecture. This art & technology theater offers classrooms to learn, a cinema to experience and share, a large open space to meet and collaborate, and will accommodate over 400 humanoid life forms. It is with sight of the 24th & Mission BART station and brief walking distances from a number of bus stops and the Mission Bartlett Garage parking lot.

Who is Dent?

Our events focus on drawing actionable insights from the stories of others and building an environment where peers from diverse backgrounds and fields of expertise are encouraged to build meaningful relationships through conversation and shared experiences.

Dent loves bringing people together to instigate change – it’s what we do each year for our flagship conference and what we’re looking forward to doing again this year at Dent:Space in San Francisco. The Dent team includes founders Steve Broback and Jason Preston, and for Dent:Space 2016 and 2017 we’ve been working with Matthew Reyes on strategic partnerships and Ariel Waldman on curating the lineup.

Ariel Waldman & Matt Reyes
Ariel Waldman & Matt Reyes
  • Ariel Waldman is the founder of Spacehack.org, a directory of ways for anyone to participate in space exploration, and the global director of Science Hack Day, a grassroots endeavor to make things with science that is now in over 25 countries. She is the author of What’s It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who’ve Been There and the co-author of a congressionally-requested National Academy of Sciences report on the future of human spaceflight. She also sits on the council for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, a program that nurtures radical ideas that could transform future space missions.
  • Matthew F. Reyes is a Silicon Valley-based consultant, entrepreneur, and technology evangelist with 17 years of experience working in academic, commercial, and federal government space programs. He is a NASTAR certified Suborbital Scientist Astronaut and has worked in hundreds of parabolas in both commercial and government aircraft. His experience with space exploration includes hyper- & microgravity plant research, small satellite development, on-orbit advanced manufacturing technology, and astrobiology field research & outreach in over 6 countries. 

Last year we hosted Dent:Space 2016 in San Francisco with scores of fascinating speakers. Here’s who made up our 2016 lineup:

Our amazing speakers from 2016
Our amazing speakers from 2016

 

 

Risks and challenges

As with any event, there can be impacts on the speaker lineup due to illness, emergencies, asteroids, comets, or other unforeseen conflicts.

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