How can exploration across the Antarctic ready us for going to space? Exploring innovations for the future of life; including NZ's Space Challenge Final
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New Zealand is an "Incubation Nation" for the global space economy AND already has the ingredients for our own sustainable space industry.

Join this event looking at tech and innovation in the extreme environments of the Antarctic and Space. 

Our programme features world-class speakers, including Eric Dahlstrom who was previously involved in the design of the International Space Station for NASA and is currently a consultant for space startup companies in Silicon Valley, and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom who has worked on the intersection of education, impact, and space at Singularity University. 

Zephyr Airworks' Chief Executive Fred Reid joins us to talk about Zephyr's innovation partnership with New Zealand and how that relationship could be a game changer for how we think about personal mobility.  With more than 30 years' aviation experience in the aviation industry, including as President of Lufthansa and of Delta Airlines, and as founding CEO for Virgin America, Fred brings a wealth of experience and insight.

Hear from New Zealand's only space lawyer Maria Pozza, named the New Zealand Woman in Law to Watch; and Miranda Satterthwaite from Ara Institute of Canterbury who runs one of the only NASA supported education programmes outside of the US.

The day will be broken down into individual speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions. This will include Peter Beggs - Chief Executive of Antarctica New Zealand; and Mark Rocket who was an investor in Rocket Lab, responsible for establishing the first space startup in New Zealand and was the first Kiwi to book a flight into sub-orbital space with Virgin Galactic.

We're thrilled to bring together leaders from across the eco-system and promise a day of surprises that will challenge your thinking, allowing you to connect with others in the eco-system and to gain insight into innovations that really are making a difference in our world.   

The day will culminate in the Grand Final of the inaugural NZ Space Challenge, where regional finalists pitch their Antarctic navigation innovations to a panel of national and international judges. 

This event will appeal to those from science, research, technology, innovation, the education eco-systems and anybody who has an interest in the Antarctic and space.

*Photo Credit: Bruce Davies of the GPR tracking equipment used in the traverse. Supplied by Antarctica New Zealand.

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Dr Maria A Pozza is a senior corporate lawyer and internationally recognised expert in space law, and the official legal adviser on space law to the Royal Astronomical Society in New Zealand. Dr Maria’s expertise extends to the law of Drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) and cybersecurity including cryptocurrencies and block chain - of which Dr Maria course coordinates and teaches at the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, University of Victoria, Wellington.

Dr Maria is well known and regarded for her strategic legal advice and ability to offer outside of the box solutions for her clients. Recognised as a skilled lawyer, Dr Maria was announced as a Finalist for the 2017 Young Private Practitioner Award at the New Zealand Law Awards. AI Global Magazine has referred to her as the New Zealand Woman in Law to Watch.
Dr Peter Crabtree is the General Manager Science, Innovation and International at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. He currently has responsibility for science and innovation policy, international science and innovation partnerships, trade and regulatory cooperation, international strategy and leadership of the New Zealand Space Agency functions.

Prior to this role, Peter was Deputy Chief Executive, System Strategy and Policy at the Ministry of Science and Innovation. Peter has also held other senior roles across the New Zealand public service with the Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Justice.

Peter has a PhD in natural resources management.
Emeline is a Co-Founder of SpaceBase, a social enterprise to democratize access to space starting in New Zealand. Emeline is on faculty and the former Chief Impact Officer of Singularity University, a Co-Founder of International Space Consultants, and an Edmund Hillary Fellow.
Emeline has Physics, and Earth and Space Science degrees, and attended the International Space University Space Studies Program. She has worked and consulted for several space startups including Space Adventures, Odyssey Moon, and Moon Express. Emeline is co-author of the book Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Space Flight.

Eric Dahlstrom is a co-founder of SpaceBase and International Space Consultants, and an Edmund Hillary Fellow. Eric is a space engineer, astronomer, and consultant who has worked on spacecraft design, space science, and project management for 35 years, both for NASA and the commercial space industry. Eric worked on the design of the International Space Station and studied the risk of Shuttle accidents for NASA. He studied physics, astronomy, and space systems engineering and is currently the chair of Space Science at International Space University, having taught in ten countries.
Fred is an experienced global leader, executive, and board director. During his career of over thirty years in the aviation industry, he has earned a worldwide reputation as a leader who has launched, grown and strengthened businesses. Fred was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Virgin America, now the most decorated airline in North America. Prior to that, he was president at Delta Air Lines and president of Lufthansa Airlines, where he was co-architect of the Star Alliance. He has also worked in senior positions for Pan American World Airways and American Airlines.
Grant is a serial entrepreneur, a director of ChristchurchNZ and former director of the New Zealand Government’s $140 million Venture Investment Fund and $430 million Foundation for Research Science and Technology.

He will talk about why NZ is a great place to test tech and innovation for space and the Antarctic.
Joanna Norris is chief executive of ChristchurchNZ, the agency responsible for the economic development and promotion of the city. ChristchurchNZ helps people understand the historic and ongoing relationship between the Antarctic and Christchurch as a gateway to the continent.

Christchurch city is a place of exploration and has particular strengths in working and researching challenging environments such as the Antarctic and Space. ChristchurchNZ launched the first NZ Space Challenge in 2018 – with the final being held at this event.

Prior to joining ChristchurchNZ in late 2017, Joanna was editor-in-chief of The Press in Christchurch and dispatched many crews of journalists to the ice.
Internet and aerospace entrepreneur. Mark founded two internet companies in 1998 and sold one of those ventures to a telecommunications corporate. Mark was the first New Zealander to book a ticket with Virgin Galactic. He was the seed investor and co-Director of Rocket Lab from 2007 to 2011. In 2018 Mark formed Kea Aerospace, a research partner of the University of Canterbury currently working on a range of projects.

He will talk about his passion and the investment and innovation opportunities he sees.
Miranda Satterthwaite studied Sciences at University of Otago and ICT at the University of Canterbury. She holds both a Masters Degree in International Business Law and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership.

Currently, she works as the STEM Coordinator for Ara Institute of Canterbury. Part of this role involves engaging students in science, technology, engineering and maths-related activities, aiming to get more students enrolling in and completing STEM courses. This portfolio of STEM courses focuses on developing skills in young New Zealanders to cope with the engineering design and scientific challenges of surviving extreme environments.

Currently, Miranda is the academic lead of the SpaceBase project at Ara Institute of Canterbury, an initiative designed to assist the development of a Space ecosystem in Canterbury and across New Zealand. This year she will be taking a team of Canterbury students to NASA and Spacecamp in the USA, as part of the development of the skills pathway needed for growing the Space Industry in New Zealand.
Peter Beggs is the Chief Executive of Antarctica New Zealand, a Crown Entity of the New Zealand Government responsible for developing, managing and executing New Zealand Government activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, in particular the Ross Dependency.

He is passionate about supporting scientific research, conserving the intrinsic values and raising public awareness of the international significance of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

As a veteran of four Antarctic seasons, Peter leads New Zealand's Antarctic Programme and represents New Zealand's Antarctic interests in a number of advisory and governance roles. These include: the Advisory Board of the Victoria University Antarctic Research Centre; the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) and also participates in international Antarctic Treaty discussions.
Rafael is a seasoned entrepreneur, telecom and space executive, director of operations for Centre for Space Science Technology and board member of several space startups. Rafael has founded his first successful business when he was only 19 years old and successfully sold it to telecommunications giant. Over thirty years of his career, he has led multibillion telecom corporation, developed new businesses in challenging places around the world, created several successful space startups and shaped space strategies in several countries. He has been co-chairman of International Telecommunication Union and is an active member of NASA's Space Operations Executive Committee and Asia Pacific Regional Satellite Forum, winner of several European Space Agency innovation awards and Scandinavian Leader of the year in 2012.

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