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STAC Presents

Space Tech Symposium

30 April 2018 with over 10 speakers - Berkeley, California

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STAC 2018 Space Tech Symposium

Space Tech Symposium at Berkeley (STS@Berkeley) is a gathering of space tech pioneers in industry and research. Top venture capitalists, startups, scientists, and engineers will present their visions for the future of space tech and much more. STS attendees will also be able to interact with presenters and fellow industry professionals.

DATE 30 April 2018

LOCATION Sibley Auditorium, Berkeley, CA

SPEAKERS 10 Professional Speakers


We are bringing you the perfect combination of content and experience to ignite your
heart, equip your mind, and spark your space journey.

Symposium Agenda

We are very excited about the talks we have planned for you.
Only at Space Tech Symposium 2018 this spring in Berkeley, California.

April 30, 2018

  • Session 1 - 04:00 - 06:05
  • Session 2 - 06:10 - 08:30

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Monday, 30 April, 2018 with over 10 speakers - Berkeley, California

Symposium Tickets

Reserve your ticket right now for the talk of the year
Join us to hear from some of space technology's brightest minds.

Your first Symposium
packed with events

  • "We cannot just assume great ideas are being worked on."
  • "There are great knowns and there are great known unknowns, but there are also great unknown unknowns. Space is one of those."
    • $30Industry Seating
    • VIP Industry Seating
    • Main Event speeches
    • Keynote Speakers
    • Pannel Discussions
    • Networking Access
    • Project Symposium
    • Free Food
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    • $15Student Seating
    • Student 50% off Discounts
    • Main Event speeches
    • Keynote Speakers
    • Pannel Discussions
    • Networking Access
    • Project Symposium
    • Free Food
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We are very excited to show you what we have planned for you. Please join us at UC Berkeley on Monday, April 30, 2018. We look forward to meeting you there.

Sibley Auditorium
Bechtel Engineering Center
Berkeley, CA 94709 USA

Email : events@stac.berkeley.edu

Frequently asked questions

Some frequently asked questions for you.

    What is Space Tech Symposium (STS@Berkeley) ?

    Space Tech Symposium at Berkeley (STS@Berkeley) is a gathering of space tech pioneers in industry and research. Top venture capitalists, startups, scientists, and engineers will present their visions for the future of space tech and much more. STS attendees will also be able to interact with presenters and fellow industry professionals.

    Why are we hosting STS@Berkeley ?

    We are a group of passionate scientists who want to push the frontier of space research and the space industry. We are not a typical engineering club; we focus on making strides in innovating space technologies. We, like the rest of industry, want to accelerate our progression towards the exploration and habitation of space. Berkeley, the crossroads of a world class research university and a burgeoning space startup scene, is the the perfect spot for a conversation about the collaboration of the public and private sectors necessary for the progress in the space industry to take place. We hope that by hosting STS, we can provide attendees a broader perspective of the future of space technology that brings us all a little bit closer to understanding the great unknown.

    Where and when is the Space Tech Symposium ?

    The Space Tech Symposium will be held in Sibley Auditorium of the Bechtel Engineering Center at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA on Monday April 30, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:30pm.

    What is STAC ? What do you do ?

    Space Technologies at Cal (STAC) is a student engineering organization of 60 students at Berkeley focused on developing innovative space technologies and research. We are creating a collaborative space program by incorporating multiple universities, research labs and industry partners to enable space research projects such as High Altitude Balloons, Microgravity Experiments, CubeSats, and more. You can learn more about us at our website.

    What projects are STAC members working on ?

    We are working on many exciting projects. We have a High Altitude Balloon project, where we launch unmanned helium balloon into near space with scientific payloads. We are launching several Interstellar Microgravity Experiments (TIMEs) to outer-space with Blue Origin rockets, where we further aerospace research by testing how a low-gravity environment - like space - will affect lifeforms, optics, and physical mechanics. Our CubeSat Deployer project aims to deploy smaller swarm of Wafer Scale Spacecrafts (WaferSats) into space to pioneer the work in laser communication. Our SEED project researches into how humans can create a habitat with an earth-like environment sustained by a biologic engine and harvestable resources. Lastly but not the least, our Autonomous Rover project is working on developing a resource rover, in collaboration with NASA Ames, that is fully controllable and autonomous in order to extract and utilize resources on moon.

    What motivates STAC members to work on space projects ?

    There are many great ideas that people just assume are being worked on, but this may not be the case. We cannot just assume these ideas are being worked on. Some one has to work on small incremental steps that get us one step closer to these long term goals: that is exactly what STAC is trying to do. We work on projects that get humanity one step closer to long term space innovations.

    I really love what you guys are working on. Can I sponsor ?

    Yes! Your support ensures that we can continue innovating and breaking through new barriers in space. You can learn more about our sponsorship on our website. If you are interested in shaping the coming age of space exploration along our side with a sponsorship or donation, please contact us at sponsor@stac.berkeley.edu.

    Is there a dress code ?

    Yes: comfortable. Keep in mind the amazing people you’ll be meeting at this conference, and dress to impress and connect with them. However you style yourself, make sure it’s respectful of the beautiful venue and other guests attending the event.

    Is this event open to everyone ?

    Definitely! Anyone passionate about space is welcome and encouraged to attend our Symposium! Don't forget to grab your tickets in advance!

    Is there a discount for students ?

    Yes! Student tickets are 50% off and costs only $15.

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Ariel Waldman

Ariel Waldman sits on the council for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, a program that nurtures radical, science-fiction-inspired ideas that could transform future space missions. She is the co-author of a congressionally-requested National Academy of Sciences report on the future of human spaceflight and the author of the book What’s It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who’ve Been There. She 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 prototype things with science that is now in over 25 countries. In 2013, Ariel received an honor from the White House for being a Champion of Change in citizen science.

Adam Arkin

Adam Arkin is the Dean A. Richard Newton Memorial Professor of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley. Adam's synthetic biology lab seeks to uncover the evolutionary design principles of cellular networks and populations and to exploit them for applications. In 2013, Adam received the US Department of Energy's highest honor, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, for his research on the physical theory and processes of cells that make life possible.

Daniel Ceperley

Daniel is the CEO of LEOLabs, a startup founded in 2016 to map debris in low earth orbit to enable the LEO economy. Prior to founding LEOLabs, Daniel served as the program director of SRI International and developed its satellite tracking operations. Daniel holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Garrett Goldberg

Garrett is a Partner at Bee Partners, a pre-Seed stage venture capital firm focused on supporting passionate founders with deep market insights. He focuses on identifying founders and startups servicing enterprises and enabling new marketplaces. He actively seeks investments in frontier technologies (drones, AI, NewSpace) and invests time in building companies that matter.

John Gedmark

John Gedmark is the CEO of Astranis, is building the future of telecommunications satellites, and plans to spread the internet to the four billion people that currently lack access. Before Astranis, John founded the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and was the Director of Spaceflight Operations at the X Prize Foundation. John holds a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford.

Shahin Farshchi

Shahin Farshchi is a Partner at Lux Capital, which invests in seed and early stage startups spanning a variety of industries including 3D printing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, flying robots, surgical robots, synthetic biology, genomics, satellites, space, drones, computational imaging and recognition, new materials and much more. Shahin is particularly interested in AI, the brain, space, robots, cars, and engines. Previous investments of his include Astranis, Planet Labs, and Flex Logix.

Tess Hatch

Tess is an investor in Bessemer Venture Partners' Menlo Park office. She is focused on frontier tech, specifically commercial space, machine/deep/reinforcement learning, blockchain, and quantum computing. She currently serves as board observer for Rocket Lab, Spire, Auth0, Endgame, Distil Networks, Team8, Virtru, Claroty, CyberGRX, and Illusive Networks.

Zachary Manchester

Zachary Manchester is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. He is the founder of the KickSat project, and has previously worked at Harvard University and NASA Ames Research Center. His research spans robotics, control, optimization, nonlinear dynamics, and spacecraft.

Chris Kemp

Chris Kemp is currently the CEO of stealth mode space company based in San Francisco. He currently serves as an advisor to Planet and Ripcord and sits of the board of directors of Scalr. In 2010 Chris founded OpenStack and in 2013 he founded Nebula. Chris also served as NASA's CTO for IT.

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith is currently a Senior Data Scientist at Orbital Insight where she leads the research and development of new capabilities for U.S. Government clients that leverage Orbital Insight’s expertise in using computer vision and machine learning to derive insights from geospatial data. During her postdoc tenure at UCSF she published a dozen journal articles, presented at national conferences, and had research findings featured in the New York Times.