In partnership with Future Space Leaders Foundation (FSLF) and SATELLITE 2016, SGAC will host it’s first technology focused event, SGx. SGx will bring together young professionals , experts in the industry and government leaders to discuss pressing issues and innovative ideas in a brand new way. The aim of SGx is to engage and intrigue the audience with fast-paced lightning talks that focus on  story-telling rather than business pitches in order to communicate about technology that matters most in the satellite industry.


When: Monday, March 7 from 9:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, Washington DC


Young Professionals and Students (Age 18 to 35):  USD$50
Professionals:  USD$150

Registration includes access to SGx (Monday 7th March), programme, coffee breaks, and lunch.

To register, please visit the SGx SATELLITE registration website:


Schedule of Events


Opening Remarks and Welcome



Speakers 1-5

  • Dr. T.S. Kelso – SDC Operations Manager, AGI Center for Space Standards & Innovation (CSSI)
  • Mālama Lani: Protecting the Space Environment
  • Alex MacDonald – Program Executive, Emerging Space, NASA
    John Quincy Adams as America’s First Space Advocate
  • Clay Mowry – President, Arianespace Inc.
    From Liberal Arts to Launching Rockets
  • Matt O’Connell – CEO, OneWeb
    What if Internet Were Available to Everyone, Everywhere
  • John Finney – COO, EMC
    A World With Zero Latency?




Speakers 6-11

  • Steve Oldham – VP, Information Systems, MDA Corporation
  • Furniture, Legos, and Satellites – All The Same?
  • Bill Klanke – President, Space News Inc.
  • Disruption: It’s Personal!
  • Fred Thompson – President, FT Consulting
  • The New Frontier: Recruiting and How to be Recruited
  • Michael Brett – CEO, QxBranch
  • Leveraging Quantum Computing for Space
  • John Apostolides – Senior Vice President (Director) at Macquarie Capital
  • In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity – The Middle Seat, or First Class?
  • Jim Crocker - Vice President & General Manager, Space Systems Company International
  • Deliver the Future Faster




Speakers 12-18

  • Ariane Cornell – Business Development & Strategy, Blue Origin
  • 5 Lessons I Learned from Business School That Can Be Applied to Space
  • Brad Cheetham – CEO/President, Advanced Space, COO, Black Swift Technologies
  • On the Shoulders of Giants
  • Phil Smith – Senior Space Analyst, The Tauri Group
  • Pigments as Propellant: How Art Inspires Spaceflight
  • Devin Brande – Program Manager, In-Q-Tel
  • Ugly Baby vs. Ugly Product: What Your Mother Never Told You
  • Jon Kirchner – Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Product Management, Globecomm Systems
  • A Trillion Connections, Really?
  • Carissa Christensen -  Founder & Managing Partner, The Tauri Group
  • Visionary or Crazy? Honing Your Critical Thinking About Space Ventures
  • Kay Sears – President, Intelsat General
  • Congested Space, The More the Merrier


Afternoon Break


Speakers 19-22

  • Jason Dunn - CTO & Co-Founder, Made in Space
Finding New Purpose On the Edge of the Gravity Well
  • Randy Segal – Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

What ‘The Martian’ and Space Startups Have In Common

  • Ric vanderMeulen – VP of DoD Satellite Services at ViaSat Inc.

  Five Things You’ve Probably Never Done, But Will Do Soon



Closing Remarks



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