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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, August 31 2019 9:07 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Starship Congress IV: Bend Metal

"What is the Terrestrial Business Case for Interstellar-Grade Technologies?"

Starship Congress is held every two years by Icarus Interstellar, the world's premier research and development organization dedicated to deep space and interstellar exploration achievements. 

This year we want to bring together thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, new space companies as well as incubators, angel/venture capital and investment groups, to discuss and showcase technologies which we need for sustainable space exploration, but are not currently being developed. 

And so we ask the question: "Can we work backwards from technologies needed to BUILD A STARSHIP  to fill current commercial market NEEDS, which will in turn sustain the growth of space industry into the future?"

"Bend Metal" to researchers around the world means "getting it done" - often things we've been thinking about for years, if not decades. 


Creating Future of Space Tech, Today

Starship Congress 2019: Bend Metal will be held on September 13-15, 2019 at the Incredible San Diego Air and Space Museum.
Starship Congress 2019: Bend Metal will be held on September 13-15, 2019 at the Incredible San Diego Air and Space Museum.

We will work together to generate ideas and present paths for concept design, rapid prototype development, business incubation, marketing, sales, distribution, fundraising, automation, and industrialization - with a focus on technologies that will create the interstellar industrial basis needed for sustained, long term human space exploration and habitation.

We need interstellar-grade solutions for shielding, energy storage, interplanetary communications, food, sustainability, robotics, AI, and automation that have contemporary terrestrial applications, which can create quantum leaps in materials, technologies, processes, and services across Earth, which inevitably lead to a permanent “urban” human presence in space.

We call on innovators, inventors, futurists, thinkers, entrepreneurs, project managers, business consultants, funders, investors, angels and venture capitalists, as well as on state and federal economic development agencies to come together at this meeting, were we will challenge ourselves and each other to “Bend Metal.”


Why Support The SC19: Bend Metal Kickstarter

Your contribution will help us to make Starship Congress 2019 the best Starship Congress yet. We are raising $5,000 to help fund the essentials of the conference, where we focus on the experience and productivity of our guests and members:

  • Venue - The venue really is incredible! 
  • A/V and Production - All of our meetings are recorded for posterity 
  • Coffee and Snacks - Brain Fuel!
  • Publication Costs - For Program, Posters and Fliers

Check out our previous Kickstarters: SC13, SC15, SC17 which were only possible with the generous contribution of our Kickstarter supporters! Thank you!


Kickstarter Rewards

This year we focus on offering quality items in return for your generous contributions. We're purposefully keeping the list of items short and sweet, with brand new designs, by famous designer Thomas Romer of Chop Shop Studios, which also hosts our official online store

Modern, Rustic, TImeless - Starship Congress Tee by Chop Shop Studio
Modern, Rustic, TImeless - Starship Congress Tee by Chop Shop Studio
Bend Metal Print by Chop Shop Studio
Bend Metal Print by Chop Shop Studio
The Starship Congress 2019 "IXS Enterprise Mug" - our dream to BUILD A STARSHIP.
The Starship Congress 2019 "IXS Enterprise Mug" - our dream to BUILD A STARSHIP.
Icarus Interstellar Enameled Pin
Icarus Interstellar Enameled Pin

Add-Ons

Anyone who wishes to add items to your pledge can do so by following this list. Your pledge must already require shipping to include add-ons. 

  •  Sticker — add $3
  •  Pin — add $8
  •  Mug — add $20
  •  T-shirt — add $28
  •  Poster — add $45

Remember that Kickstarter is not a store. Your pledge is mostly going to support Starship Congress. This is why these items are considerably less costly as add-ons than shown as pledges. All prices are US and include any added shipping costs. International backers please contact us as some items have considerably higher shipping costs than others. 

About Starship Congress

The conference will run for three (3) days starting Friday, September 13-15. Some of the conference features are:

 Day 1: Great Ideas

  • Ideas, concepts, early innovations, research in need of prototyping, product development and commercialization,
  • Startups in space, manufacturing or services industries, "new space" businesses sharing success stories, lessons learned, obstacles, marketing or funding needs or scalability challenges.

Day 2: Incubators, Business and Product Developers

  • Incubators for space, manufacturing or services seeking to bring innovations to market.
  • Project managers, product developers, marketing specialists, systems engineers, rapid prototyping companies.
  • Patent, intellectual property protection, product certifications, state and federal technology transfer agencies.

Day 3: Funding Groups

  • Angel and Venture capital groups: "Shark-Tank in Space" 
  • Granting organizations: eg. Foundation, State and Federal funding agencies.
  • Universities and Foundations with programs for funding research and development efforts.

Panels will be arranged for innovators and for Funders/Venture capital group representatives discussing industry needs, as well as evening workshops/hackathons, friendly and intimate environments for business concept incubation and brainstorming.


About Icarus Interstellar

Icarus Interstellar is the world's largest citizen science driven, deep space and interstellar exploration research and development organization in the world with over 400 members.  We study innovations needed to open up the greatest human frontier by developing launch vehicles, deep space explorers and full on interstellar vehicles. 

Our motto is "Build A Starship". To do this we need MAKERS, especially those interested improving the conditions of life on earth, so as to motivate the peaceful exploration of space.

The Mission of Icarus Interstellar is:

"To realize interstellar flight before the year 2100. We will accomplish this objective by researching and developing the science and the technologies that will make interstellar flight a reality, igniting the public's interest, and engaging with all those prepared to invest in interstellar exploration."

To this end, Icarus Interstellar founded the Anchorage Makerspace, to explore education, making, creativity, technology and community and to created a proving ground for fun early scale innovations needed on earth and in space.

More information on our websites:
anchoragemakerspace.com
icarusinterstellar.org 

Risks and challenges

Conferences are always a risk, depending on the public's interest in the topic and location. We believe we have a strong topic (interstellar space exploration), a very good theme (business development for the Starships of the future) and location (San Diego Air and Space Museum). The rest is up to our friends and followers who have always helped us make Starship Congress a reality.

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    Interstellar Explorer

    Signed Program listing you as a contributor and a three Icarus Interstellar stickers.

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    "Envoy" Charter Membership

    Icarus Interstellar is making available only 250 unique LIFETIME Charter memberships. Current numbers available are 193-249 and can be inherited, granted or donated to family members.

    The "Envoy" membership charter member class will be unique. These 57 Envoys will be given rights and responsibilities for upcoming membership team retreats and strategy meetings. They will prepare the path for the rest of the team, assess conditions, create research opportunities and address social needs.

    All Envoys will be invited to a special post-conference telecon to discuss next steps and the path ahead.

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    Prototype EvenStar Gauntlet

    This Mk 1 Survivor Edition Gauntlet is an all in one every day carry survival tool, complete with fire starting equipment, fishing tackle, signaling devices, medicinal storage, and a cutting laser.

    This limited availability Prototype Exoskeletal gauntlet is part of EvenStar's progress towards a full exoskeletal suit for terrestrial and exoplanet excursions. Customized for adventuring on Earth, these three "Survivor Series" gauntlet prototypes are fully featured and available immediately.

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    A signed copy of the program for Starship Congress 2019 with your name listed as a contributor, three Icarus Interstellar stickers (3), coffee mug, T-shirt design, a pin and the 2019 print. In addition you will receive a custom built Evenstar ExoSkeletal gauntlet (https://sites.google.com/view/evenstarwearables) made to your measurements.

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    A Seat at the Captain's Table

    This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have dinner with the President of Icarus Interstellar, Dr. Andreas Tziolas (and other members of the Board of Directors of Icarus Interstellar). Come to Starship Congress 2019 having purchased this reward, and you will have dinner with Dr. Tziolas, and you will also receive an Icarus Interstellar T-shirt, coffee mug, a pin, and the 2019 print.

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