Space Generation Congress 2017

SGAC at the International Astronautical Congress


68th International Astronautical Congress - Adelaide, Australia

25 - 29 September, 2017

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SGAC Workshop on Human Space Settlement

Sunday, 24 September 2017, 10:00 – 17:30
Meeting Room L 1 a - Adelaide Convention Centre

This is a workshop proposal for the Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2017, to be held immediately prior to the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), in Adelaide, Australia. This workshop structure is based on the successful "Emerging Space Industry Leaders" (ESIL) workshop series, conducted nine times over the past six years, through the Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation (COE CST), sponsored by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST).

In the influential game theory book, "Co-opetition" (Brandenburger and Nalebuff, 1996), the "game" of market interactions is described by the proposed PARTS model (which stands for the following model components: Players, Added value, Rules of the game, Tactics to manage perceptions, and Scope).  The subject of this workshop will be focused on recent human settlement plans proposed by both the global public and private sectors. The output of the workshop will be recommendations for presentation to the U.N. COPUOS derived from the study's results and conclusions.


Communicating Space Activities Using Visual Stories Workshop
Sunday, 24 September 2017, 10:00 – 16:00
Riverbank Room 1 - Adelaide Convention Centre

On the Sunday prior to the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), SGAC will be organizing a workshop on visual communications and storytelling as a means of communicating space activities.

The aim of the workshop is to unearth the creative potential of those active in the space industry, and familiarize space professionals with visual media tools, and different types of art that could be used to communicate ideas and concepts from the space sector to different stakeholders including the general public. This workshop also aims to bring together a network of individuals interested in art/science, communication storytelling and social engagement to help share ideas and develop new collaborations.


SGAC Booth Reception
Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 15:30 - 16:30
Stand 70 & 71 - Adelaide Convention Centre

Join SGAC, the Space Foundation, and AYAA for drinks at our booth (Stand 70-71) and get acquainted with fellow SGAC members, IAC delegates, speakers and panelists of SGC and IAC.


SGAC Global Networking Forum - SpaceGen Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 16:00 - 18:00
Hall C  - Adelaide Convention Centre

SGAC’s SpaceGen Entrepreneurs will be held at Hall C of the Adelaide Convention Centre on Wednesday, 27 September at 16:00h, followed by a networking cocktail at 17:00h at Foyer E. SpaceGen Entrepreneurs is designed to connect entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs with startup veterans and Venture Capitalists, Investors, Business Angels and Business Incubators. This event is set to attract proactive and high-calibre entrepreneurs that are passionate about commercialising different aspects of the space industry and are looking to meet with mentors/VCs/Investors. The SpaceGen Entrepreneurs format is the following:

  • Startup ecosystem panel (30 min): the panel will feature several prominent space entrepreneurs, investors and experts from the space startup world sharing their experiences and tips for success.
  • Entrepreneurs' TED-style talk (30 min): Three inspiring entrepreneurs from all over the globe will share the personal stories behind their ventures. Learn about the  challenges they overcame,  their experiences in the start-up world, and how they found their path to success.
  • Networking cocktail (1h): after the event there will be a networking cocktail for entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs to meet with investors, VC’s, business incubators and members of the space startup landscape.
SGAC Global Networking Forum: Technology Transfer – The growth challenges of space start-ups: the role of private and public investors
Thursday, 28 September 2017, 11:30 – 12:30
Hall D - Adelaide Convention Centre

In recent years the number of start-ups developing new concepts and technologies in space both in upstream and downstream has been increasing. Several countries have announced incubation and acceleration programmes to support these start-ups. Investment in space companies is rising and the first specific instruments to support space ventures have been created. The participation of private investors is gaining relevance and seems to be extremely important for the consolidation of the business models of the space start-ups. The panel, consisting of space start-ups, private investors and agencies’ representatives will open a discussion on the growth and consolidation challenges of these start-ups. The open dialogue will answer questions on the main issues that space start-ups identify when dealing with investors, the view of the investors on start-ups that may have a longer ROI timeline and with business models that still need to be proven, as well as the role of the public organizations to enable the growth of start-ups, among others. Join this conversation too!


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