Arch Mission Crew




Nova SpivackCo-Founder, ChairmanNova Spivack is Founder & CEO of Magical Technologies (, a science and technology venture studio based in Los Angeles. He works as a “venture producer” -- combining his experience as a serial entrepreneur, investor and technologist, to fund and incubate breakthrough companies.

In his 25 year career in technology, he has helped to build dozens of ventures, collectively generating billions of dollars in market value, including multiple IPOs, and acquisitions by Apple, Facebook, Samsung, Disney, and others.

Nova flew to the edge of space in 1999 and zero-gravity training with the Russian space agency. He is a patron of the Commercial SpaceFlight Federation, an early space angel investor in Zero Gravity Corporation (acquired by Space Adventures), and is the co-founder and Chairman of the Arch Mission Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation working to build million year data archives in space.

Nova is ranked among the Top 20 Futurists worldwide and as a Top LA Power Player in Technology. In 1994, Nova co-founded one of the first Internet companies, EarthWeb, in the USA, which led to a record-breaking NASDAQ IPO in 1998, and a second IPO of spinout, DICE, in 2007.

After EarthWeb he worked with Stanford Research International (SRI), to co-found their technology incubator, nVention (now, SRI Ventures). While working with SRI, he also worked on the DARPA CALO program which led to the development of SIRI, the intelligent iPhone assistant (sold to Apple).

Spivack has authored dozens of patents for AI, augmented reality, data visualization, natural language processing and analytics.

Nova earned degrees from The International Space University and Oberlin College. He has advised governments, presidential campaigns, global corporations, consumer brands, venture funds, and tech startups. His grandfather was the management guru, Peter Drucker.

Additional bio details can be found on his blog Bio Page, and his Wikipedia page and on LinkedIn

Nova Spivack

Co-Founder, Chairman

Nick SlavinCo-FounderNick Slavin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Fuzionaire, which is commercializing the breakthrough in “green chemistry” featured in the short film Element 19, based on a revolutionary new catalyst discovered in a Nobel Laureate's lab at Caltech; and Fuzionaire Diagnostics, which is developing customized molecular imaging agents for the non-invasive detection and localization of cancer and other diseases.

Nick is also the Founder and Chairman of the Slavin Family Foundation, whose Slavin Fellowship offers support, mentorship, and a scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing potentially world-changing entrepreneurial projects.

Nick founded his first company as an 18-year-old senior at Yale, and has since founded, advised, and invested in a variety of startups in energy, medicine, education, blockchain, and virtual and augmented reality. He is also the Founder and Managing Partner of EES Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm.

For seven years, he was a corporate attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, which has been ranked the #1 corporate law firm by Corporate Board Member magazine for 17 consecutive years.

He holds a BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Nick Slavin




Michael PaulMichael Paul is the Space Exploration Mission Formulation Lead at the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University, where he is developing missions for the future of solar system exploration, building on APL's success exploring Mercury, Pluto, and other exotic targets.

Michael Paul

Senior Space Science Advisor

Matthew HoerlMatthew Hoerl is the Lead Venture Producer of AR/VR and Space related technologies at Magical Technologies (, a science and technology startup studio that invents world-changing new technologies and incubates them into ventures, founded by serial entrepreneur and innovator, Nova Spivack.

Matthew is also the Founder and CEO of BIOME XR, a social mixed reality classroom ecosystem that significantly advances human potential through immersive, individualized learning.

Formerly he was a TV producer on top-rated shows across a variety of major networks including AMC, Discovery, Spike, MTV, OWN, and more.

Matthew Hoerl

Technical Production Lead

Robert JacobsonRobert Jacobson was inspired by the first XPRIZE competition to personally and professionally involve himself in the entrepreneurial space industry through research, advocacy, investment, and leadership.

Jacobson co-founded 62MileClub focused on connected the emerging commercial spaceflight sector with the mainstream public. Jacobson also co-founded Aerospace& Defense Forum a global aerospace and defense leadership community of over 1500 executives that provides opportunities for sharing of information and analysis, mutual support and encouragement, partnering, innovation, and performance breakthroughs.

Robert was a principal with Space Angels Network which targeted early stage investment opportunities in the aerospace sector.

Jacobson completed the International Space University’s Space Studies Program (2016) at the Technion Institute in Haifa, Israel. During that time, Jacobson co-authored a white paper on ways to improve existing land administration administration infrastructure infrastructure by leveraging blockchain technology and high resolution geospatial data.

Jacobson contributes articles on the emerging commercial spaceflight industry and is completing his first book titled “Astropreneurs.”

Robert C. Jacobson

Operations Lead

Armin EllisChief Mission ArchitectAccomplished scientist, engineer, and explorer, Dr. Armin Ellis spearheaded and architected missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for eight years ranging from Mars missions to those bound for the International Space Station. Parlaying all of his vast and innovative experiences, wisdom, and passion, Dr. Ellis has created Exploration Institute, featuring his i2i Method™, a proven methodology to turn challenges and aspirations into actionable and tangible plans. The results of this methodology and process are limitless providing companies, non-profits and global leaders with uniquely efficient results with applications ranging from cost management and mitigation, product development, and strategy planning.

A Ph.D. graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Ellis has created several entrepreneurial ventures in both the US and his native UK including a space engineering company, Astropioneer (which he started at age 22 and was acquired after 3 years), VentureKits (a non-profit organization with high altitude balloon kits to help inspire high school students with the possibilities of science), and ultimately today, Exploration Institute.

Dr. Ellis is a sought after speaker on innovation, exploration, and the future of humanity in space.

Armin Ellis

Chief Mission Architect


Josh Jones-DilworthJosh Jones-Dilworth is the founder and CEO of Jones-Dilworth, Inc., a boutique consultancy that brings emerging technologies to market.

Josh Jones-Dilworth

Marking and Communications Lead

Bethany CatesBethany Cates is executive director of the Slavin Family Foundation and director of operations of EES Ventures, a venture capital firm. Previously, Bethany managed digital marketing and research at Austin-based communications strategy firm Influence Opinions, and held alumni relations and communications roles at The John Cooper School and Texas Exes, the University of Texas alumni association. Bethany holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Bethany Cates


Molly LavikMolly is the Creator, #AIShowBiz Summit and Founder, Mentor InSight, a media and market maker company with a moon shot mission to facilitate the creation of an Obi-Wan Kenobi style hologram guru you can beam into the palm of your hand for advice on anything, anywhere, and anytime. She has been instrumental in the formation of several seminal industries including digital media, sustainable business, online learning and now AI/Entertainment.

Molly Lavik


June BaldwinJune M. Baldwin is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, of KCETLink Media Group. She joined KCET in 2004 and played a critical role in KCET’s merger with Link Media to form KCETLink. She was one of the lead strategists for the company’s participation in the FCC’s Incentive Auction that resulted in KCETLink receiving sizeable auction proceeds.

She serves as Assistant Secretary to the Board, is a member of the Investment Committee, and previously was responsible for the Human Resources Department.

Prior to joining KCET, Ms. Baldwin held Business Affairs positions at NBC,

United Paramount Network and Columbia TriStar Television and served as Head of Business Affairs for Johnny Carson, Norman Lear, Quincy Jones, and Aaron Spelling.

Ms. Baldwin is the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Corporate Law Departments Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She also serves as a Governor and Secretary of the Institute for Corporate Counsel and is a founding Board member and Treasurer of the Stop Bullying Foundation, Inc.

She was honored with the 2015 Corporate Counsel Leadership Award of the L.A. Black Women Lawyers Foundation and was recently presented with the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel 2018 General Counsel Public Service Award. Ms. Baldwin is honored to be part of the oral history project History Makers housed in the Library of Congress.

Ms. Baldwin has served on numerous boards throughout her career, including: the Hollywood Women's Political Committee; the Hollywood Policy Center; the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation; the California Women's Law Center; Planned Parenthood; the Archer School for Girls; Women in Film; the Women in Film Foundation; Artists For A New South Africa; the Coalition for At-Risk Youth; and the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association. She is a former Chair of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s Educational Program and Services Committee. For more than twenty years, she was a member of the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee.

A Philadelphia native, Ms. Baldwin is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

June Baldwin

Legal Counsel


AdvisorY BOARD


Stephen WolframSpecial AdvisorStephen Wolfram is Special Advisor to the Arch Mission Foundation on how to solve the "hard problems" of encoding and transmitting humanity's knowledge across millennia, civilizations, technologies, and even species. These questions touch on fundamental issues in philosophy, mathematics, information theory, linguistics, computer science, physics and cosmology, and biology.

Stephen Wolfram is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Over the course of nearly four decades, he has been a pioneer in the development and application of computational thinking—and has been responsible for many discoveries, inventions and innovations in science, technology and business.

Wolfram's early scientific work was mainly in high-energy physics, quantum field theory and cosmology, and included several now-classic results. Having started to use computers in 1973, Wolfram rapidly became a leader in the emerging field of scientific computing, and in 1979 he began the construction of SMP—the first modern computer algebra system—which he released commercially in 1981.

In recognition of his early work in physics and computing, Wolfram became in 1981 the youngest recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Late in 1981 Wolfram then set out on an ambitious new direction in science aimed at understanding the origins of complexity in nature. The papers Wolfram published quickly had a major impact, and laid the groundwork for the emerging field that Wolfram called complex systems research.

Through the mid-1980s, Wolfram continued his work on complexity, discovering a number of fundamental connections between computation and nature, and inventing such concepts as computational irreducibility. Wolfram's work led to a wide range of applications—and provided the main scientific foundations for such initiatives as complexity theory and artificial life.

Following his scientific work on complex systems research, in 1986 Wolfram founded the first journal in the field, Complex Systems, and its first research center.

Then, after a highly successful career in academia — first at Caltech, then at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and finally as Professor of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Illinois — Wolfram launched Wolfram Research, Inc.

Wolfram is a sought-after advisor, mentor and speaker in corporate, entrepreneurial and educational settings. He and his wife have four children and live in Concord, Massachusetts.

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Stephen Wolfram

Founder, CEO Wolfram Research

Adam CheyerAdam Cheyer is currently a Vice President of R&D at Samsung. Previously, he was co-founder and VP Engineering of Viv Labs, an artificial intelligence company acquired by Samsung in 2016.

Adam was also co-founder and VP Engineering of Siri, acquired by Apple in 2010 to build their virtual personal assistant. After the acquisition, at Apple Adam led AI development and server infrastructure for Siri.

Adam also was a co-founder of (massively scalable machine learning) and a founding member of (world’s largest petition platform).

Adam is the author of more than 60 publications and 27 patents. At SRI International, he was Chief Architect of CALO, the largest AI project in US history. Adam graduated with highest honors from Brandeis University and received the “Outstanding Masters Student” award from UCLA’s School of Engineering.

Adam Cheyer

VP of R&D, Samsung

Robert BoehmeRobert Boehme is founder and CEO of PTScientists. He took his childhood passion for science fiction to the next level when, together with six friends, he founded the “Part-Time Scientists” and entered the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Over the past decade he has grown the team from a small group of passionate volunteers, to a full-fledged new-space company, employing over 50 people.

Robert wants to increase access to space and enable non-traditional players to take part in lunar exploration. His vision for the future involves developing reusable infrastructures on the Moon that could be used as a blueprint for enabling deeper exploration of the solar system.

Before taking the leap from “part-time scientist” to full time CEO, Robert spent his time as an IT Security specialist working with the German government. He’s probably the only person (foreign agencies aside!) to successfully to hack all eight generations of the so-called “Merkel Phone”, the secure phone that German politicians use – but thankfully he was just testing for security flaws.

Robert Boehme

CEO, PTScientists

Brewster KahleA “digital librarian” with a mission to provide “universal access to all knowledge,” Brewster Kahle is founder and director of the Internet Archive, a free digital library that archives World Wide Web documents and makes them universally accessible. Chronicling over 85 billion pieces of deep Web geology (on his Wayback Machine you can view pages as they actually appeared in web antiquity), Kahle has created a veritable history of the Internet’s formation, and through his work on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Board of Directors, he has been instrumental in helping keep such information free and reachable.

After graduating from MIT in 1982, Kahle helped start Thinking Machines, a supercomputer company that built systems for searching large text collections. In 1989, he invented the Internet's first publishing and distributed search system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server). WAIS Inc. created the online presence for many of the world's largest publishers, and was purchased by America Online in 1995. In 1996, Brewster co-founded Alexa Internet, which provides search and discovery services included in more than 90 percent of web browsers, and was purchased by Amazon in 1999.

Kahle is a key supporter of the Open Content Alliance and has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Brewster Kahle

Founder, Internet Archive


Tzili CharneyTzili Charney is a curator, costume designer, producer, and philanthropist. As a philanthropist, she is devoting all her efforts to improving the fields of education, conflict resolution, and peace.

She upholds her late husband’s position as Chairman of his real estate business at L.H. Charney Associates in New York, and continued his diplomatic legacy by founding the Leon Charney Resolution Center in Israel in his honor. The resolution center welcomes students from all over the world and is dedicated to educating future generations on both peace negotiation and diplomacy.

Tzili serves as Vice Chairman of the University of Haifa’s Board of Governors. In 2019 she established The Leon Charney Forum on New Diplomacy with the University of Haifa. Her vision for this is to deliver the message of New Diplomacy to institutions, governments, and organizations worldwide. Tzili’s moto: “The only permanent element in all of our lives is change.”

Tzili holds an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Haifa and an Honorary Doctorate from Yeshiva University recognizing her tireless commitment to preserving both diplomacy and education in peacemaking.

She also supports Florida Atlantic University’s Diplomacy Program, Yeshiva University, and the NIAD Art Center in California for people with disabilities.

In December of 2017, Tzili created ZAZ10TS, an artistic and culturally based initiative that integrates various art forms into the Charney Associates office buildings in Times Square.

Tzili currently resides in New York City with her sons Mickey and Nati and their dog Chewie.

Tzili Charney

Founder, Leon Charney Resolution Center

Laura WelcherLaura Welcher, Ph.D. is a linguist with interests in the future of human communication, and how it will be mediated by technology. She is currently works at The Long Now Foundation where she is Director of Operations and The Long Now Library. One of the Long Now Library projects she has worked on the most extensively is The Rosetta Project, an effort to gather documentation on the world’s nearly 7,000 languages, and create an archival backup of the collection—The Rosetta Disk—that can last and be readable for thousands of years, a purpose-built “Rosetta Stone” for the future.

Laura Welcher

Director, The Long Now Foundation

Rami KleinmannRami Kleinmann is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (CFHU), which facilitates scientific and humanitarian partnerships. He takes a hands-on approach to philanthropic leadership, bringing together diverse stakeholders in pioneering partnerships that serve a shared purpose.

Rami has spearheaded a number of high-profile collaborations, including: partnerships that foster biomedical research between top Canadian and Israeli scientists. He conceptualized and led a campaign to raise $50 million for the creation of the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC).

Rami also leads the Genius 100 Visions for the Future: Inspired by Einstein, a global project to honor the life and legacy of Albert Einstein and to identify and inspire the next generation of brilliant minds on the planet.

Under his leadership, an estimated 100 million people were exposed to campaigns he helped launch, including the Virtual Marathon for Medical Research, and Searching for the Next Einstein contest that encouraged innovative thinkers to develop novel ideas for improving the world.

Rami travels worldwide to help institutions build effective strategic partnerships. He has been published in numerous publications, including the Jerusalem Post, Status Magazine and The Marker. His views on fundraising have received extensive coverage in Israeli business media, as well as top international financial publications, including the Wall Street Journal.

Rami Kleinmann

President & CEO, CFHU

Michelle HanlonMichelle Hanlon is a space lawyer. She is a Co-Founder of For All Moonkind, Inc., and a founding partner of ABH Aerospace, LLC. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Yale College and her J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. Michelle has more than twenty-five years of corporate transactional experience. She earned her LLM in Air and Space Law from McGill University where the focus of her research was on commercial space and the intersection of commerce and public law.

Michelle Hanlon

Co-founder, For All Moonkind


Peter KazanskyPeter is a professor in the ORC at the University of Southampton pursuing his interests in ground-breaking optical phenomena. He discovered the fundamental constituent of the concept of 5D optical memory, which exhibits unprecedented durability and practically unlimited lifetime ( He is a celebrated scientific author winning awards for his outstanding and imaginative scientific contributions, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.

Prof. Peter Kazansky

University of Southampton

Bruce HaFounder and inventor of NanoRosetta®, Bruce Ha possesses deep technological, R& D, statistical process control, and managerial knowledge through his associations with companies such as Rockwell Science Center, Hughes Aircraft, Raytheon, Pioneer Video Mfg., Technicolor and the Eastman Kodak Company.

After having worked on missiles systems, Bruce spent two years in Japan on research and development of the Laser Disc format. Upon returning to the US, he worked on specifications committees to create the DVD format at Technicolor and developed the world’s first flexible optical trading card for Upper Deck. At Kodak, Bruce invented, developed and commercialized the Picture CD technology, which allows both pre-recorded and recordable areas to be combined onto a single disc. He also led the team to develop the write once SD memory specification.

A graduate of USC with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, a minor in Business Administration, and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, Bruce has been granted 11 patents including high-speed polar raster writing technology to create diffractive optical elements for use in the authentication of optical discs, nano-text engraving, and high-level security holographic technologies.

In addition to his business focus, Bruce and his wife, Sarah, spend much of their free time with their three young daughters. They practice Taekwondo to build physical skill and mental discipline. Bruce enjoys martial arts and was an instructor at one time.

At the age of 10, Bruce fled Vietnam with his family and eventually immigrated to the US. Through hard work and determination, he taught himself English and excelled in school receiving top honors. He is also fluent in four languages.

Because of the adversity he faced, Bruce understands life’s challenges, and is therefore dedicated to his community by helping to alleviate poverty, promoting animal welfare and encouraging the advancement of youths in the fields of math and science. Bruce’s passion is to help endow the archive of humanity’s collected works to preserve human knowledge for many generations to come.

Bruce Ha

Founder, NanoRosetta

William AlbaWilliam Alba is the Assistant Dean for Diversity in the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also serves as Director of the Science and Humanities Scholars Program, Director of the Advanced Placement Early Admission Program, and Associate Teaching Professor of Chemistry. At CMU he is also Fellow of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Arts in Society, and Chapter President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Prior to Carnegie Mellon, Alba served as an academic leader and professor at distinctive institutions, including Bard High School Early College in Manhattan, St. John's College (Santa Fe), the Monte Sol Writing Workshop, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bard College, and Phillips Academy. He builds and enhances programs to support the academic, metacurricular, and residential lives of college and high-school students; develops and teaches courses across diverse disciplines; and collaborates on projects spanning the humanities, engineering, science, and design.

Alba has a long-standing interest in the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. Over the past decade he has worked with artists and designers in the campus Moon Arts Group, along with researchers at the MIT Media Lab (Earth Tapestry) and Sciencenter museum (Sagan Planet Walk). He is active in the METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) scholarly community, presenting at conferences such as SoCIA (Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology), NASA AbSciCon (Astrobiology Science Conference), HASATC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory), International Space Arts Workshop, and ISDC (International Space Development Conference), in addition to public forums. He serves on the Advisory Council for METI International.

Currently Alba teaches a history of ideas seminar on the circle as viewed through the Western canon in philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, architecture, physics, and literature, as well as a seminar for science students to develop as scholars, persons, professionals, and citizens. At Carnegie Mellon he also taught a course on technical, societal, and communication issues in energy, an independent study on Ancient Greek, and a course on the science and history of optics. He has previously taught the mathematics of biological and social phenomena, classical rhetoric and logic, the geometry of art and nature, the chemistry of food and cooking, utopias and dystopias, the rise of modernism, general chemistry, physical chemistry, calculus, and astronomy. At Carnegie Mellon and Bard, he developed and taught a course on time capsules and communicating with potential extraterrestrial intelligence, which confront similar challenges as the Arch Mission: how to convey information to the unknown, distant future.

Alba has a quarter-century of professional leadership across higher education and secondary education. His current focus in this area is the support of students across diverse backgrounds and perspectives, reflected by his interest in access and inclusion when preserving and disseminating knowledge.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He resides with his family in Pittsburgh.

William Alba

Assistant Dean, Carnegie Mellon University

Martin KunzeMartin Kunze is the founder of the Memory of Mankind archive (in short MOM), which aims to pass on a permanently legible snapshot of our era - beyond the digital age. He developed new technologies for extrem-long-term archiving: ceramic data carriers, which are the most durable and resistant ones humanity has ever used.
The content for MOM is a composite of material preselected by institutions, texts collected by automatisms and contributions by individuals.

A siginficant part of MOM´s content is the "bottom up told history": Until now, history has been written by rulers, historians and professors - in retrospect. In the era of open source and open access it is only consequent that we write the open edited history book ourselves during our livetime. Everyone around the globe is invited to contribute to humanity´s story. This bottom up told history will be preserved by other projects too, one of them is Arch Mission.

Martin Kunze has a MA form Art and Design University in Linz, Austria and is invited as an expert for long term questions at conferences and gives speeches at events such as TED or Brain Bar Budapest. Not only the questions what but also for whom and why are in the focus of his passionate research.

Martin Kunze

Founder, Memory of Mankind


Frank WhiteFrank White is a leading communications professional and author of 10 books including "The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution", which is considered by many to be a seminal work in the field of space exploration and development. He is currently serving as a mentor for the IBM Watson X-Prize Challenge and working on a new book titled "The AI Question". Frank is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Rhodes Scholar, and earned his M.Phil in Politics from Oxford University.

Frank White

Mentor, IBM Watson X-Prize

Paul JonesPaul Jones is Clinical Professor in University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science

Over 25 years, Jones has directed the largest, in terms of numbers globally engaged of any UNC project. accounts for the largest data flow leaving the UNC campus engaging several million people per day world-wide. While is a major repository for free and open source software, we host over 1500 projects that are not software related including Project Gutenberg (legally free books), eTree (legally free recordings of live concerts), Degree Confluence (documenting the full degree intersections of latitude and longitude on the mostly dry surface of the earth), (documentary films of American folk practices), and Folk Den (0ver 250 folk songs collected and performed by Roger McGuinn).

Having invented radio simulcasting in 1994, continues to provide streaming radio services to not-for-profit stations -- including WCPE, WNCW, WDAV, WXYC, WCOM, and WHUP. has been recognized by the Electronic Frontier Foundation for its contributions to anonymity and privacy networks, by Computer World for its overall contributions to Internet culture.

Jones has published poetry many journals, including Poetry (Chicago), Southern Poetry Review, Georgia Review, Ohio Review, and Carolina Quarterly, but also in cookbooks, in travel anthologies, in a collection about passion (What Matters?), in a collection about love (…and love…), and in The Best American Erotic Poems: 1800 - Present (from Scribner).

Jones was co-chair of the 2010 International World Wide Web Conference.

As a personal commitment to improving communications and their impact on our lives, Jones gave up using email for more social, mobile, interactive means of information sharing and communications on July 1, 2011.

Paul Jones

Professor, University of North Carolina

Ben LammBen Lamm is a serial technology entrepreneur that builds intelligent and transformative businesses. He is currently the CEO and founder of Hypergiant. Lamm was the CEO and founder of Conversable, the leading conversational intelligence platform that helps brands reach their customers through automated experiences on all major messaging platforms. Conversable was acquired by LivePerson in 2018.

Lamm was also the the founder and CEO of Chaotic Moon, a global creative technology powerhouse acquired by Accenture. During his time at Chaotic Moon and as a Managing Director at Accenture, Lamm spearheaded the creation of some of the Fortune 500’s most groundbreaking digital products and experiences in the emerging tech world of IoT, VR, Connected Car, Mobile, Tablet, and Wearables.

After leaving Accenture, Lamm focused his attention on other ventures, including the consumer gaming company he co-founded, Team Chaos. Team Chaos was focused on making original games that people can play across a variety of platforms. In 2016, Team Chaos was acquired by Zynga.

In addition to leading and growing his own companies, Lamm is very active in angel investing, incubators and startup communities, with investments in the software and emerging tech space. He is both an active voice in the tech community as well as actively mentoring fellow entrepreneurs on how to build disruptive businesses through accelerators and corporate programs.

Lamm is often quoted in the press on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, and has appeared as a thought leader in outlets such as Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Wired, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and Newsweek.

Ben Lamm

Founder/CEO, Hypergiant

Lewis DartnellLewis Dartnell is a research scientist, presenter and author based in London, UK.

He graduated from Oxford University with a First Class degree in Biological Sciences and completed his PhD at University College London in 2007. He now holds the Professorship in Science Communication at the University of Westminster. His research is in the field of astrobiology and the search for microbial life on Mars. Lewis has also held a STFC Science in Society Fellowship and is very active in delivering live events at schools and science festivals, working as a scientific consultant for the media, and has appeared in numerous TV documentaries and radio shows. He has won several awards for his science writing and outreach work and regularly freelance for newspapers and magazine articles. Additionally, he has also published four books: The Knowledge was a Sunday Times Book of the Year, and ORIGINS: How the Earth Made Us.

Lewis Dartnell





Paul AnastasPaul is the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering and the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment at Yale University. Previously, Paul was an Assistant Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Research and Development and the EPA’s Science Advisor from 2010-2012. He is widely known as the “Father of Green Chemistry” for his work in founding the field of designing chemicals that have reduced toxicity and processes that produce less waste. He has published over a dozen books on the science and engineering of sustainability and has won numerous awards, including the Heinz Award (Environment), the Scientific American 50 Award, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents Leadership in Science Award, and the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Prize. Paul previously served in the White House in both the Clinton and G.W. Bush Administrations, where he held posts in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Prof. Paul Anastas

Jeffrey AndrewsJeff Andrews is a Partner with the Houston-based law firm Yetter Coleman LLP, where his law practice focuses on IP counseling and patent litigation. Jeff also holds a PhD in biogeochemistry from Duke University, where he was a NASA Earth Systems Science Fellow.

Jeffrey Andrews

Tobias BattonTobias Batton is the Founder of Signal Zero. He has been an entrepreneur building entertainment technology companies for over a decade. His first company which helped independent filmmakers publish their films digitally and was launched in 2006 and acquired in 2008. Batton then focused his attention on developing and publishing social games with his next startup Resistor. This effort lead to a variety of popular web and mobile games, including the widely played Clan Wars and the cultural phenomenon iGirl.

He was a designer in IGN’s IoH incubator, and is a thought leader in the evolution of digital platforms. He was profiled in the reality series, “The Next Game Boss”. In 2009, Silicon Valley pioneer Nova Spivack asked Batton to help design his temporal search technology Live Matrix, a crowd-sourced popularity system with real time tracking of event popularity. In 2012, He was hired by the Emerge Digitial Group to build a mobile division for the organization. This effort helped the organization be named America’s #8 fastest growing company in the Inc. 500.

He has been profiled by Forbes, Fox Business Network, the New York Times, WIRED, IGN, Cnet and VentureBeat, and his published “Variable Dopamine-Wavelength Mapping Theory”—a system based on Dopamine (the organically produced neurotransmitter responsible for reward-driven learning) spikes in the brain, applied directly to an overlap of both Maslow’s pyramid and Pavlov’s trigger-based framework—has been featured at numerous conferences and articles, including Forbes.

Tobias Batton

Anamaria BereaAnamaria holds a PhD in economics (2010) and computational social science (2012) and her current research is focused on the emergence of communication in biological and social networks, by applying theories and methods from economics, complex systems and data science to reinterpret historical, anthropological, biological and artistic data regarding the fundamental aspects of communication on our planet, from signaling in simple biological organisms to complex human and computer languages. She is an interdisciplinary scientist and uses a wide range of computational methods (agent-based modeling, network analysis, predictive analytics, natural language processing techniques, Bayesian Networks, semantic analyses and machine learning) as well as complexity science and economic modeling to study heterogeneous, noisy, complex systems phenomena. Anamaria hopes to develop further the current research in communication into hybrid, coevolving natural-computational techniques necessary for next generation AI technologies that will open new possibilities for space exploration and search for life in space. Anamaria was also one of the 12 selected data scientists to participate in the 2017 NASA Frontier Development AI research accelerator and she was part of the solar storm prediction team.

Anamaria Berea


John BishopJohn Bishop is the Founder and President of Norsam Technologies, Inc., a Hillsboro, Oregon based company engaged in focused ion beam technology and other nanoscience applications. Norsam was the manufacturer of the nickel Rosetta Disc for Long Now Foundation. The Rosetta Disc was aboard the Rosetta spacecraft launched in 2004 by the European Space Agency which landed on a comet in 2014. He has had a life long interest in archival preservation. Mr. Bishop is also the Founder of The MASTERS Program, an early college charter high school, located on the campus of Santa Fe Community College.

John Bishop

Don BrancatoWith 25 years of experience as an enterprise architect, including domain experience in advanced aerospace and security applications, Mr Brancato is a standards author and insightful consultant. He has demonstrated strong engineering and applied math/physics capabilities in space and aviation modeling/simulation. He has had full-lifecycle software development roles, successfully creating solutions, traceable from business strategy to capability to complex, service-oriented applications. His architecture work is standards based: TOGAF, FAIR, CMMI, ITIL, et al). Today, he is the Chief Enterprise Architect for Vertica, a Big Data platform, supporting enterprise and IIoT data aggregation and analytics. He publishes through the Open Group on topics ranging from IoT to the Open Platform 3.0.

Mr Brancato earned a BS from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a former licensed master mariner, having sailed for Crowley Maritime, Exxon, and the US Army globally.

Don Brancato

Bram BorosonBram is an astrophysicist and educator. He studies gas flows around black holes and neutron stars using X-ray and UV telescopes, studies the stellar winds of hot stars, and the interstellar medium (gas between stars). He has done research at NASA, Harvard, and MIT, and taught at several colleges and universities. Currently tenured at a branch of the University of Georgia system, Bram teaches all levels of physics and astronomy and involves students in his research and supervises the university's astronomy club. He has also co-taught a science fiction class with a biologist and English professor. Bram has taken part in televised debates with the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting network on the meaning of life with a pastor and psychologist. Bram earned his undergraduate degree (majoring in mathematics and physics) at Oberlin College, where he scored highest on the Putnam math competition. Earlier in high school he was one of 40 winners of the Westinghouse Science Talent Search. He received his PhD in astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Bram Boroson

Luis CezeLuis Ceze is a Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on the intersection between computer architecture, programming languages, machine learning and biology. His current focus is on approximate computing for efficient machine learning and DNA-based data storage. His research has been featured prominently in the media including New York Times, Popular Science, MIT Technology Review, Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, the IEEE TCCA Young Computer Architect Award and UIUC Distinguished Alumni Award. He is an active member of the DARPA ISAT and MEC study groups, consults for Microsoft and Madrona Venture Group and co-founded Corensic, a UW-CSE spin-off company.

Luis Ceze


Matthew DiMarcantonioMatthew DiMarcantonio is a CS student at Brown whose work includes research aboard NASA's zero-gravity airplane, satellite communications work for predator drones, and work on advanced infrasonic and electromagnetic sensor development at NASA.

Matthew DiMarcantonio

Doug FreemanDoug Freeman is a senior director of marketing and founding member of Jones-Dilworth, Inc, a communications consultancy that brings emerging technologies to market. He is interested in how technology informs our social and cultural narratives, with specific expertise in artificial intelligence, new media, and nanotechnologies.

Doug earned his Master’s degree studying digital rhetoric at the University of Texas. He also writes for the Austin Chronicle, covering music, film, and technology, and profiling some of the most interesting artists and personalities throughout Texas. He has written for numerous publications and is co-editor of the Austin Chronicle Music Anthology, published by University of Texas Press.

Doug Freeman

Jeff GarzikA futurist, entrepreneur and software engineer, Jeff Garzik is co- founder and CEO of Bloq, a blockchain enterprise software company.

Jeff serves on the board of Coin Center, and the advisory boards of BitFury, BitPay,, Netki and WayPaver Labs. He has delivered presentations on bitcoin and blockchain technology at TEDx, State of Digital Money, Scaling Bitcoin, as well as private briefings to corporations, governments, central banks, and hedge funds. Jeff was also recently appointed to the Linux Foundation Board of Directors, as well as the World Economic Forum Expert Network as an expert in Information Technology.

Jeff Garzik

Stephan HaasStephan Haas received his PhD at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in 1998 and has been a professor at USC since 1998, where he chaired the Physics & Astronomy Department since 2015. Stephan Haas is a theoretical condensed matter physicist, working on the properties of quantum many-body systems. He is an expert in material realistic simulations, using a wide array of state-of-the-art numerical tools, including density functional theory, Quantum Monte Carlo, and numerical renormalization group techniques. Recently, he has focused on light-matter interactions, quantum phase diagrams, quantum phase transitions, quantum dynamics, thermodynamics and transport. Specifically, he has studied the interplay of screening and superconductivity in low-dimensional materials, valley plasmonics, and topological protection mechanisms.

Stephan Haas


Andy HicklAndy Hickl is currently the Principal Group Program Manager for Cognitive services at Microsoft's CloudAI group. Previously he was Chief Product Officer for the Intel® Saffron™ Cognitive Solutions Group in Hillsboro, Oregon. He was a Senior Director for Innovation at Vulcan Inc., where he led teams that tackled some of the world's most important problems, from climate change and clean energy to biodiversity and global health.

Andy Hickl

Stephen IbarakiFounding Managing General Partner and Chairman Board REDDS GP LLC (Venture Capital Fund General Partner company)

Founding Chairman Investment Committee REDDS Venture Investment Partners LLC (VC Fund management company)

Manager REDDS Technology Fund I, LP (VC LP—limited partners investors)

Founding Chairman, advisory board member, REDDS portfolio companies

Founding Chairman Technology Advisory Council, Financial Services Roundtable (FSR: 100 CEOs, 92.7 Trillion US Dollars in Managed Assets, 1.2 Trillion Annual Revenue); Founder CEO-invite FSR Fintech Ideas Festival summit (No 1 financial services CEO-only summit)

Co-Chair Practitioner Board, Association for Computing Machinery (No. 1 Computing Science)

Chair Global Industry Council, International Federation of Information Processing (No.1 Computing Federation)

Board member, IEEE computer society (No.1 computer engineering)

United Nations ITU Founding Chairman outreach, ICT Discovery Journal

United Nations ITU Founder AI for Good Global Summit (No.1 AI summit), Chairman Outreach

Invited Futurist Future of Everything Joint Session United Nations General Assembly Second Committee and Economic Social Council Oct 13th, 2017

Invited Keynote, UN Industrial Development Organization General Conference Industry 4 Nov 28th, 2017

Invited organizer, speaker/host Wuzhen Summit World Internet Conference AI Forum, Dec 4, 2017

Stephen Ibaraki

Ellen JorgensenChief Scientific Officer - Carverr, Inc.Prior to joining Carverr, Dr. Ellen Jorgensen was a co-founder Scientific Director of Brooklyn Bio, a research collective in Brooklyn New York. In 2017, Fast Company magazine named her one of their Most Creative Leaders in Business. She holds a Ph.D. in Cell & Molecular Biology from New York University, spent over 30 years in the biotechnology industry, and is currently adjunct faculty at The Cooper Union. Dr. Jorgensen is passionate about increasing science literacy in both student and adult populations, particularly in the areas of molecular and synthetic biology. In 2009 she cofounded Genspace, a community biolab in Brooklyn that was named one of the World's Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education. She is a SynbioLEAP fellow, an alumni of the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership THNK, and a member of the GP-write consortium to construct a human genome. She recently founded the nonprofit Biotech Without Borders to help provide access to biotech education to all. Her TED talks, “Biohacking: You Can Do It Too” and “What You Need To Know About CRISPR” have each had over a million views.

Ellen Jorgensen

Dan KammenDan Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is a frequent contributor to and commentator in international news media. He was a coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and hosted the six-part Discovery Channel series Ecopolis. He received his PhD in Physics from Harvard.

Dan Kammen


Josh KirschenbaumJosh Kirschenbaum is Visual Effects Supervisor for Nomad Editing Co. in Los Angeles. For 25+ years, Josh has worked closely with some of the world's top brands and studios- Apple, Facebook, Google, Ford, Honda, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Paramount and others, helping bring their vision to life by designing visual effects shots and sequences, workflows, and creative solutions to today's challenging media landscape.

In 1992, while working at Avid Technology, Josh served as liaison to James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment, providing close technical and workflow support for the post production department on Terminator 2: The Special Edition as well as the blockbuster hit True Lies.

Josh then moved into film production, serving as graphics display supervisor on such films as Congo, Spawn, Twister, Jerry Maguire, Dante's Peak, Titanic, and others.

After his stint in the Hollywood system, Josh moved to commercials, leveraging his production and post-production skills to provide on-set and in-the-box VFX services for several companies and projects before arriving at Nomad Editing Company in 2009. Since then he has been closely involved in expanding Nomad's VFX and finishing services worldwide, helping establish offices in New York, London and most recently, Tokyo.

Josh Kirschenbaum

Eric KnightEric Knight is a business pioneer, futurist, serial inventor, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor.

He is the President of Remarkable Technologies, Inc., a company he founded in 1994. (

In the 1980s, Eric created what many now recognize as one of the world's first global "e-commerce" systems.

In 1996, he created one of the world's first online travel agencies.

During the 90s, he was a principal of a leading Web-development company that had over 250 employees, spanning 18 offices in 13 countries.

Eric's career also includes projects with literally out-of-the-world goals.

For instance, from 2000 - 2004, Eric was one of the team leaders (Avionics Manager) who designed, built, and launched the world's first civilian rocket into space. This historic event occurred on May 17, 2004.

Eric is also a co-founder of the Time Capsule To Mars™ project -- the world's first student-led interplanetary mission that intends to design, build, launch, and land a time capsule on the surface of Mars. The state-of-the-art time capsule will be engineered to carry messages provided by people from all points on Earth in the form of text, images, audio, and video clips, and will remain as a lasting repository of today's human race to be rediscovered by future colonists of the Red Planet. (

Eric has a wide range of patents and products in the marketplace.

As an inventor, he has appeared on numerous television programs and talk shows -- including a guest appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

As seen in the news recently, Eric is part of the esteemed team working to tackle Alzheimer's disease -- a horrific disease that takes the lives of millions of people, worldwide. Eric's patented invention (U.S. Patent 9,037,268, is a head-wearable device that emits electromagnetic waves for therapeutic use. No treatment in the world has yet been discovered to be effective in the fight against Alzheimer's, but the assembled team is hoping to change that. NeuroEM Therapeutics has an exclusive license to Eric's / Remarkable Technologies' patented technology. NeuroEM also developed an associated device which is now in a Phase I clinical trial with Alzheimer's patients. View a sample of the media coverage at these links: TV: Print: To review details of the clinical trial, please visit at this link:

Eric Knight

Chun MingChun Ming is Microsoft's technical program manager, working on search and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques for Bing search and Azure cloud. He built prototypes and published a patent as solo inventor around software for searching non-web, proprietary big data. To further develop the software for use, he managed teams and worked with Microsoft enterprise partners like the US fashion retailer, Nordstrom, increasing ads click through rate on it's fashion product catalogue data by 5.9% In another application scenario to help small businesses with customer sales lead generation, the software is used to increase the searchability of company contacts data (Contact person name, phone numbers, emails etc.) collected by the S&P500 enterprise Dun & Bradstreet. In yet another scenario, he worked with another Microsoft partner, the US government's space agency, NASA, to improve the discoverability of big data collected by NASA's satellites such as Earth's light pollution and cloud cover data.

Chun Ming also has consulting engagements. He has advised Japanese firms like the eCommerce company Digitial Media Mart (DMM) on machine learning projects. He also taught undergraduates at the University of California (UC) Berkeley as a lecturer on topics in AI and advised a project to build an AI virtual tutor for educational games.

When Chun Ming was a student at UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, he also built and cofounded the computer vision iPhone mobile app, Waygo that let's you translate real world Asian text (e.g. Street signs, food menus). As a Singaporean fluent in English and Chinese, his vision was to help westerners better connect with Asian languages and culture.

Additional bio details can be found on his blog and LinkedIn

Chun Ming

Bella MirandaBella Miranda is an Executive Consultant, Executive Strategic Planning Coach and Life Coach to a wide array of influential people in Fortune 100 Companies, CEO's, Entertainment and Professional sports industries. She is a captivating public speaker and author of her upcoming self-help book based on her training philosophies and success.

Bella holds a certification in Micro Expression from the Emotional Intelligence Academy and is a Robbins-Madanes Coach. She is also trained in Body Language Surveillance and is in the process of acquiring her certification in Positive Psychology.

In 2018, she will complete a certification in Innovation & Strategy from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education and another in Applying Psychology in the Workplace from the Cambridge Institution of Continuing Education. That same year, she will also complete Cosmonaut Training to help provide an insight to the future of space travel. Bella is passionate about the human exploration of outer space through spaceflight.

As an affiliate of the National Speakers Association, Bella has participated in the Virgin Unite Leadership Gatherings and is a member of the Disruptors Group. She is also an Association of Spaceflight Professionals (ASP) sponsor, is on the Patrons Board for Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Observer to the Board of CSF and on the Advisor Board for Space For Humanity.

Bella engages in numerous charitable and philanthropic endeavors and charity events to stop animal poaching. Whatever time that remains in her busy schedule is devoted to nonprofit organizations focusing on families affected by cancer, helping children, environmental advocacy, planet protection and the Mars Movement.

Bella Miranda


Pri NarangPri Narang is an Assistant Professor of Computational Materials Science at Harvard University, where her research explores novel quantum engineered materials and devices with applications in sensing and photodetection, energy conversion, and quantum information processing. She is a Forbes 30 under 30 in Science (2017) and MIT Rising Star in Physics (2016), and received her PhD in Applied Physics from Caltech.

Pri Narang

Dmitry NovoseltsevDmitry Novoseltsev (Дмитрий Новосельцев) is Deputy CEO of the Siberian Mechanical Engineering, Non-Profit Partnership ( He has a PhD in Technical Sciences, awarded by Omsk State Technical University, for his thesis “Vacuum, compressor technics and pneumatic systems”. He is a regular contributor to the Space Colonization Journal (

Dmitry Novoseltsev

Hyunjun ParkHyunjun is passionate about applying biological solutions to complex problems. As co-founder and CEO of CATALOG, he is currently leading the charge to commercialize DNA-based digital data storage. With its novel platform, CATALOG is poised to provide the first large scale data archival service using DNA molecules. Prior to founding CATALOG, Hyunjun was a postdoctoral associate in synthetic biology at MIT. He received a PhD in microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BS in biological sciences at Seoul National University.

Hyunjun Park

Paul QuastPaul Quast is a SETI/ METI scholar and independent researcher working within the fields of message construction, deep-time communication and information preservation.

His research investigates the role of human partiality within the aggregate of ‘messages’ (physical artefacts and transmission events) we dispatch into space for a variety of applications and analyses how this extant cultural signature of Earth may convey alternative impressions of our generations/ civilisation within apparent meta-message content. In addition to this expertise, he is also actively involved within developing comprehendible deep-time marker strategies for our descendants as well as proposing ethical guidelines for activities that stand to influence the indelible legacy of Earth.

He is the director of Beyond the Earth – a non-for-profit, public benefits and education foundation which aims to engineer comprehendible ‘companion guide to Earth’ artefacts. These intelligible libraries of information, placed aboard satellites near Geo-synchronous orbit, will provide a ‘bottom-up’ interpretative pidgin encyclopaedia using empirical observations for accessibility and also function as introductory marker strategies to help coordinate the archaeological of the future.

Paul Quast


Jeff RichJeff is a serial entrepreneur and early stage venture capitalist. He is currently the founder and CEO of Xplore, founder and Managing Partner at Hemisphere Ventures, and founder and CEO of BrainyQuote.

Xplore is an agile space company dedicated to science. We are infinitely curious about our solar system and we believe in pushing the boundaries of human knowledge. Our mission is unfettered exploration.

Hemisphere Ventures is a family office run by Jeff and Lisa Rich dedicated to investing in frontier-technology: Space, Synthetic Biology, Robotics, Nanotechnology and Artificial Intelligence. Hemisphere has invested in over 200 early-stage companies including 12 in the space industry.

BrainyQuote was created in 2000 and has become the most extensive quotation resource ever built. The site and app reaches hundreds of millions of people each year and continues to evolve using advanced machine learning systems to manage the user experience and monetization.

Jeff's career started at the birth of the internet where he lead a teams at DDB, Neoglyphics and his own experience design firm that built many of the first internet sites for the Fortune 500.

Jeff earned his B.S. in Industrial Design, Strategic Planning and Information Architecture from the prestigious Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. The Institute of Design is the direct descendent of the Bauhaus from Germany and was created by Lazlo Moholy-Nagy and continued by Jay Doblin, the legendary design theorist who was Jeff's professor.

Jeff is a member and supporter of the Planetary Society, the Mars Society, B612, The Keck Foundation, the National Space Society, SENS Research Foundation, the Pacific Northwest Research Institute and the Methuselah Foundation.

Jeff Rich

Stephen RothStephen was the director of a decades-long project that developed new applications for micro-lithography by fusing chemical elements to high-tolerance ceramic substrates. Born and raised in San Francisco, he attended the University of California (Berkeley) and San Francisco State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in research psychology and a master’s degree in visual perception. He attended a doctoral program in visual perception at the Maudsley Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.

Stephen Roth

Ken SchafferKen Schaffer is best known as a prolific inventor of electronic communications systems.

Having invented the first wireless guitar and microphone, as used by an inclusive roster of the leading musicians of the 70’s and 80’s, he went on to develop unique satellite communications systems, most notably a landmark system that allowed US agencies and universities to monitor the live, internal television of the then Soviet Union. Schaffer later invented the first “placeshifting” system, that made it possible for users to enjoy their cable/satellite programming subscriptions from anywhere.
Schaffer founded the largest overlay telecommunications provider serving Western companies operating in the territory of the former Soviet Union, eventually selling the company to COMSAT (Lockheed Martin). In his role as president of BelCom, Inc., he traveled between the former Soviet Union and the US more than 100 times, and is considered an expert on getting things done in the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan.

Schaffer’s latest project was to develop a system allowing recording of the entire radio spectrum. Before devoting himself to communications systems, Schaffer worked as publicist/strategist for a long list of luminaries that included Jimi Hendrix and Alice Cooper.

Ken Schaffer

Marc Serra-GarciaDr. Marc Serra-Garcia is a Caltech (MS 2013) and ETH Zurich (Ph.D. 2017) trained aerospace engineer researching materials with improved mechanical properties. He was the technical co-founder of the startup TapTools, focusing on the development of cost and time-efficient material testing devices for manufacturing, aerospace and construction industries.

Marc Serra-Garcia


Henry ShevlinDr Henry Shevlin is a researcher with the University of Cambridge's Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), a new institute dedicated to exploring the impact of artificial intelligence. His background is in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and his research focuses on animal and machine cognition, consciousness, and the evolution of the mind. He is part of the CFI's Kinds of Intelligence project, which aims to map the space of possible intelligences, and is the chair of the student committee of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness.

Henry Shevlin

Olav SorensonOlav Sorenson is the Frederick Frank ’54 and Mary C. Tanner Professor of Management at Yale University, where he has investigated entrepreneurship and the relationships between basic science and innovation, and won numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching.

Olav Sorenson

Chris StottChris Stott is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ManSat, the company he cofounded with his father, Bryan, in 1998. In 2000 he left his position as Director of International Commercialisation and Sales with Lockheed Martin Space Operations to become ManSat’s President. Prior to his work with Lockheed Martin, Chris was an executive with the McDonnell Douglas and the Boeing Company working in International Business Development on the Delta Launch Vehicle program.

Chris received his Masters degree (MSc) from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France in 1996, where he has served on Faculty since 2003 and is a former Co-Chair of the School of Management and Business. He also serves as Faculty at Singularity University and is a Guest Lecturer for the TED Fellows program.

Chris is a long time supporter of Space and S.T.E.M. education and serves in this capacity on the Boards of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), where he serves as President of the SSPI, the International Space University (ISU), the Challenger Foundation, the Conrad Foundation, the United Space School, and the International Institute of Space a Commerce. He is also a strong proponent of Social Entrepreneurism, Co-Chairing the Manna Energy Foundation and Geeks Without Frontiers working to bring clean water, clean energy, and clean telecoms to the world via the power of market economics.

An author and published Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, the International Institute of Space Commerce, and a member of the International Institute of Space Law, Chris was the co-author of Europe’s first work on space privatization and commercialization, “A Space For Enterprise; the aerospace industries after government monopoly”, Stott & Watson, Adam Smith Institute, London, 1994. Chris has also contributed to a number of other publications, most recently “Space Commerce”, Morris & Cox September, 2010.

Chris Stott

Karin StraussKarin Strauss is a senior researcher at Microsoft and an affiliate faculty at University of Washington. Her research spans computer architecture, systems, and biology, and her focus is on scaling technologies to push the IT industry forward. Most recently, she has been investigating the use of synthetic DNA to store digital information. Previously, she has done research on the implications of other emerging memory and storage technologies on system architecture, hardware acceleration of machine learning, and the impact of mixed reality on social interactions, among others. She has been named one of the 2016 "100 Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company, and the DNA data storage project has been chosen as "Best of What's New" by Popular Science in 2016. Karin's research has been highlighted by influential publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review, and Scientific American. She is also part of ACM's Special Interest Group in Computer Architecture Executive Committee.

Karin Strauss


Dylan TaylorDylan Taylor is a leading angel investor, thought leader, futurist, and founding partner of Space Angels, a global network of commercial aerospace investors and entrepreneurs. As an early-stage investor in more than 40 emerging ventures, including Planet, OmniEarth, Accion, York, Kepler, and Vector Space, Dylan has played a key role in the growth of the private space industry.

Dylan Taylor

Bill TomlinsonBill Tomlinson is a Professor of Informatics and Education at the University of California, Irvine, and a researcher in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. He studies the fields of ICT for sustainability, human-computer interaction, and computer-supported learning. His book Greening through IT (MIT Press, 2010) examines the ways in which information technology can help people think and act on the broad scales of time, space, and complexity necessary for us to address the world's current environmental issues. In addition, he has authored more than 100 publications across a range of journals, conferences, and other venues in computing, the learning sciences, sustainability, design, and the law. His work has been reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the LA Times,, Scientific American Frontiers, CNN, and the BBC. In 2007, he received an NSF CAREER award, and in 2008 he was selected as a Sloan Research Fellow. From 2014-2017, he served on the EPA's Board of Scientific Counselors, Sustainable and Healthy Communities subcommittee. He holds an A.B. in Biology from Harvard College, an M.F.A. in Experimental Animation from CalArts, and S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the MIT Media Lab.

Bill Tomlinson

Anton ToutovDr. Anton Toutov is the Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Fuzionaire. He received his PhD in organic chemistry from Caltech in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Robert H. Grubbs, where he held Dow-Resnick, NSERC, and Bristol-Myers Squibb fellowships. Anton collectively has over 30 scholarly articles and patent grants and applications to his name spanning the fields of chemical synthesis, drug discovery, advanced materials, and clean energy.

Anton Toutov

Alexey TurchinAlexey Turchin (1973) is the author of several books and articles on the topics of existential risks and life extension. From 2010, he works in the Foundation Science for Life Extension in Moscow, Russia. He is the founder of Digital Immortality Now startup working on the collecting data about a person for the future return of this person to life. He is a member of the advisory boards of IEET, Open Longevity, AI agents.

Alexey Turchin


Shawn WhiteheadShaun Whitehead is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has been involved in space and archaeological exploration technology for three decades, both in academia and as an entrepreneur.

His space engineering work has been with most major space agencies, from X-ray satellites to planetary landers. He was project engineer for the EPIC MOS cameras on ESA’s XMM Newton, the largest ever European scientific satellite, and his company ThumbSat has developed the world’s smallest practical satellite – no larger than a human thumb. Shaun was Chief Engineer for the PAW on the British Beagle 2 Mars Lander, and consultant for thermal aspects of NASA’s SWIFT telescope. He has contributed to India’s Chandrayaan and China’s Chang’e lunar missions, and he is currently leading the technical development of Anilore Banon’s “Project Vitae” lunar art installation, recently deploying his own hand-built deployable sculpture on the International Space Station.

He is leading the development of the miniature “StratoBooster” stratospheric launch vehicle at Teesside University in the UK.

His archaeological robotics work includes the development of minimally-invasive devices that have been successfully deployed on sites as diverse as the Great Pyramid in Egypt and slate mines in Europe.

His particular research interests in exploration technology are ground and flying robots that can pass through very small apertures (<25mm) and transform and deploy to do useful work.

Shaun believes strongly in inspiring future generations, and has funded and mentored many student projects related to exploration technology.

Shawn Whitehead

Loretta WhitesidesA Stanford and Caltech trained astrobiologist, Loretta has worked in the Astronaut Office, done research on plant life in the Arctic, dove to the bottom of the ocean with Titanic Director James Cameron, floated weightless as a Flight Director for Zero G Corp, Co-Created Yuri’s Night, The World Space Party and is a Virgin Galactic Founder Astronaut.

Loretta Whitesides