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PopTech 2022: Departure/Arrival

We are excited to share our first programmatic announcement for PopTech 2022: Departure/Arrival. True to form, the curatorial group has designed an eclectic, provocative program that promises to inspire conversation and raise more questions than answers. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be adding additional speakers – keeping in step with the fact that the world is always changing and you never know who might have something important to share. 

The PopTech community is about taking action, so now is the time to click the REGISTER button and grab a ticket to what promises to be another not-to-miss-event. We’re covering a lot of territory, both on stage and off the stage! And we’ll say it again – we’ve created a cool campus right in the middle of DC! Get all the details on what’s happening and where to stay on the Departure/Arrival page of PopTech.org

A Few Highlights with updates coming every week!

Jonathan Gardner will be dropping in from Goddard Space Flight Center with an update on the James Webb Space Telescope

Ariel Ekblaw is going to share her passion for designing around her “Life in Space” and “Space for Earth” vision 

Robert Samuels and Cedric Alexander will join in a conversation that explores the life of George Floyd, the global change movement his killing sparked and a vision that aims to transform public safety in the city of Minneapolis

Catharine Dockery entered the VC world working in retail M&A at Walmart. She became exasperated by the “vice clause” and started Vice Ventures where she is investing in top brands and seizing pockets of market opportunity

Bring some friends…

For information on special group rates or student discounts, please email Registration@poptech.org. We’re happy to help.

Prepare to be renewed, transported and transformed.

The PopTech Team

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Departure/Arrival

What have we left behind – Office Spaces, Suits and Ties, Commuting? Where are we going – Cryptographic Records, Outerspace, Electric Vehicles?

We’ve put a lot of things in the rearview mirror in a short period of time. Seems like a good time to reflect on what we’ve left and where we’re going.

Worth a Watch

There’s something magical about space exploration. As we await the launch of Artemis 1 and marvel at stunning images from the James Webb Space Telescope, we are enjoying a look-back at 2016 talks by John Mather and Adam Steltzner. John is currently the Senior Project Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope and Adam is the Chief Engineer of the Mars Sample Return Program. Be sure to join us at PopTech 2022 for an update from the JWST team!

Like these talks? Visit the PopTech YouTube Channel – home to a treasure trove of timeless content.

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Reading Corner

The Stolen Year: How COVID Changed Children’s Lives and Where We Go Now by Anya Kamenetz exposes the long-running decline in America’s commitment to children and families in the context of COVID school shutdowns that have resulted in tremendous setbacks in learning. Heat, Water, Fire: How Climate Change is Transforming the Pacific Crest Trail by Rowman Moore Gerety, NYT covers the impact of climate change on the 2650-mile trail that traverses deserts, meadows and mountains from Mexico to Canada.

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Community Spotlight

Ariel Ekblaw, Founder, Aurelia Institute and MIT Space Exploration Initiative

We are delighted to welcome Ariel to PopTech 2022. Her work reflects a love affair with space exploration and intrigue with science fiction. At MIT, Ariel founded and leads the MIT Space Exploration Initiative, a team of 50+ researchers, staff and faculty actively prototyping our Sci-Fi space future. As the founder and CEO of the non-profit Aurelia Institute, she is shaping an effort to prepare humanity to become a thriving space-faring species. Aurelia’s incubation ecosystem supports new space exploration start-ups that align with our “Life in Space” and “Space for Earth” vision. Be sure to check out her recent interview on the future of space stations in FastCompany. 

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