Ames to Host Innovation Summit with Conrad Foundation


On April 2-4, 2009, the Conrad Foundation will host its Innovation Summit in partnership with NASA Ames Research Laboratory. During the course of this three day event students, educators, and entrepreneurs will participate in a series of presentations, workshops, and judging for the Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards.

Finalists in the competition from across the country will present their innovative products in the three challenge categories: personal spaceflight, lunar exploration, and renewable energy. Members of the public will be able to help select the most innovative teams by attending their presentations, viewing the student trade show, and voting for their favorite products.

The teams participating in the final Conrad Awards program at the Innovation Summit are building the products of the future. They are the Innovation GenerationTM. Join us for this great event celebrating the most innovative students of the year.

If you are an educator, parent, student, or interested member of the public wishing to attend the Innovation Summit but do not have a team competing in the competition, please contact the Conrad Foundation. There are a limited number of slots available for participation in our workshops and activities during the summit.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 2, 2009

3:00 pm         Registration opens at the Conference Center
5:30 – 7 pm    Reception
7 – 8:30 pm    Opening Ceremonies

WELCOME: Nancy Conrad, Chairman of The Conrad Foundation, and Dr. Simon “Pete” Worden, Director of the NASA AMES Research Center.

PROGRAM: JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, composer & Director of Allosphere Research Laboratory; Judy Estrin, author of The Innovation Gap & Tim Draper, Founder of Draper, Fisher, Jurvetson (global venture capital firm)

Friday, April 3, 2009

7 – 8:30 am   Breakfast Reception with Dr. David Pensak, author of Innovation forUnderdogs and creator of the first commercial internet firewall

8:30 am – 12:45 pm    Student Presentations: open to all teams and the public. Teams not presenting attend breakout meetings with coaches     during assigned time slots

1 – 2 pm   Lunch Buffet with Alan Pomerantz, Partner with Orrick (law firm)

2 – 2:45 pm   Workshop 1A: SPACE AVAILABLE—personal spaceflight & lunar exploration, Workshop 1B: LIGHTS ON—renewable energy

3 – 3:45    Workshop 2: KICKIN’ BUTT IN BUSINESS

4 – 4:45 pm    Workshop 3: MASTERMIND YOUR MARKETING

5:30 – 6:30 pm    Presentations: Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at SETI Institute; Dr. Eric Haseltine, scientist, former Associate Director of the National Intelligence for Science and Technology and VP for Disney Imagineering

6:30 on    Dinner and Air Guitar Mixer with Bjorn Turoque

Saturday, April 4, 2009

8:30 – 10 am    Working Breakfast

Workshop 4: THE LOCKBOX — protecting your intellectual property

10 – 11 am    Workshop 5: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY — A candid discussion about the Spirit of Innovation Awards Program

11 am – 12 noon    Closing Ceremony & Awards

  • Nancy Conrad
  • Dr. Pete Worden
  • Doug Comstock, Director of NASA’s Innovative Partnership Program
  • Dr. Bernice Alston, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Education at NASA