New Worlds 2015 Conference, Oct.16-17, Austin, Texas

I wrote here back in August about the New Worlds 2015 conference sponsored by the New Worlds Institute to be held in Austin, Texas, October 16 & 17. Below is the latest info from the conference and includes the agenda of talks, panels, performances, etc.:



Launching the Future

What will the first settlers need in order to actually live long, and prosper? What technologies, businesses, and cultural support systems will be required to allow these brave explorers to thrive on the new frontier? New Worlds 2015 and Lift Off! Concert will address these questions and more as the inaugural event in a series of social gatherings and conferences meant to engage the public, business world, and the scientific community in a constructive dialogue about not just how we get there, but how we stay.

Register now! 

Students: $15/day (with 2 day pass)

Professionals: $100/day (with 2 day pass)
*Includes complimentary access to the Lift Off! concert


Hosted by the New Worlds Institute, the two-day event will feature academic sessions with the world’s foremost experts in space medicine, space solar power, life extension, legislative policy, and the emerging space economy.

The New Worlds 2015 and Lift Off! Concert will be held at the Palmer Events Center on October 16-17 in Austin, TX.


New Worlds 2015 is an experiment. Our goal is to plant the seeds of a new and dynamic space culture that will begin to grow in the years ahead so those who will build the first human space colonies can be prepared when the ships are ready. It may sound crazy, just as 20 years before the Mayflower going across the ocean to start a new community in that New World sounded crazy. But it will also be incredibly fun.

— Rick Tumlinson


Register for the full two-day conference and use discount code NWSEPT15 for 20% off! All attendees of the New Worlds 2015 Conference receive free admission to Lift Off!



October 16, 2015
*Speakers subject to change

9:30 am — Opening Keynote: ‘I Am An Astronaut’

10:00 am —S.T.A.R. Talk: ‘The ISS, The First Step To The Frontier’

  • Robyn Gatens Deputy Director NASA, International Space Station

10:20 am —Session: ‘How To Settle The Moon’

  • Tom Moser, NASA Engineer for the Apollo Command Module
  • Patrick Gray, Director of Lunar Programs at Waypaver Labs

12:00 pm — S.T.A.R. Talk: ‘Island Hopping to Mars’

12:30 pm — Lunch Keynote: ‘The Sun Machine’

  • Dr. John Mankins, Former NASA Chief Technologist; World’s Top Space Solar Power Expert

1:30 pm —TBA

1:50 pm — Session: ‘How to Farm In Space’

  • John Adams, Deputy Director Biosphere 2; Closed Life Support System Expert
  • Jon Friedman, President and Co-Founder, Freight Farms

2:40 pm — S.T.A.R. Talk: ‘Space Medicine’

  • Dr. Jim Logan, Former NASA MD; Long Duration and Space Medicine Expert

3:00 pm — Break

3:20 pm — Session: ‘How To Settle Free Space’

4:40 pm — Student Awards: ‘The Next Generation’

5:30 pm — S.T.A.R. Talk: ‘Designing Space in Space’

6:00 pm — Closing Talk



In celebration of our quest toward preparing a vibrant spacefaring culture through STEAM SPACE Education, the LIFT OFF! benefit concert (tickets here) will be an exploration of sight and sound with a collection of some of the best masters of the flip-side, as we journey through a soundscape of Experimental, Dubstep, Glitch, Downtempo, and Electronic performances by:


Arc Attack
 Using modified dual Tesla Coils to play musical notes through frequency modulation (watch: 2010 semi-final performance on America’s Got Talent), their visual wizardry combines additional homemade, high-tech instruments, guitar, bass, automated musical machines, live performers, a Faraday suit, and wielding electricity through the air, just how Nikola would’ve wanted.

The Nadis Warriors 
Birthed in the hills outside of the musical mecca of Austin, The Nadis Warriors shed the restrictions of commonplace stage shows to create performance experiences unlike any other. Spreading the Message of Healing and Love Through Textures and Rhythms That Vibrate Your Soul.

Deep liquid-laser textures, seamlessly colliding with heavy and hard hitting percussion, Bogtrotter has completed his evolution into a venomous, technologically powered force to be reckoned with.


Register for the full two-day conference and use discount code NWSEPT15 for 20% off! All attendees of the New Worlds 2015 Conference receive free admission to Lift Off!


October 17, 2015
*Speakers subject to change
10:00 am — Intro Talk: ‘Space Economy’

10:20 am — Keynote: ‘Mining the Sky’

  • Dr. John Lewis, Author, “Mining the Sky”; Asteroid Mining Expert

10:50 am — Session: ‘Crowdsourcing/funding Space Panel’

12:15 pm — S.T.A.R. Talk: ‘Economic History of Commercial Space Exploration’

12:30 pm — Lunch

1:30 pm — S.T.A.R. Talk: ‘Space Elevators’

  • Michael Laine, Top Expert on Space Elevators

1:50 pm — Session: ‘Infinite Canvas’

3:00 pm — Break

3:30 pm — Session: ‘Why Mars?’

5:20 pm — TBA

5:40 pm — Final Talk: ‘Gods and Rockets’

  • Rick Tumlinson, Founder of Orbital Outfitters; Co-Founder of the Space Frontier Foundation, Texas Space Alliance; Chairman of the Board at Deep Space Industries and the New Worlds Institute

6:00 pm — Conference End

7:00 pm — Closing Offsite Cocktail


In a classroom right now are the innovators, scientists, artists, settlers and pioneers of new worlds. Where better to begin our future in space than with our children who will be the leading pioneers of this new human endeavor?

New Worlds 2015 will host a global ‘Cities in Space’ STEAM Competition focusing on the development of a sustainable settlement in Free Space, the Moon, or Mars, permitting the human race to survive and flourish into a long-term multigenerational spacefaring civilization. Colonies will be based upon a human population of 1,000 people where student teams will integrate engineering, science, architecture, and genuine innovation to create prototypes through video and 3D modeling.

Throughout the conference, competing students will have the opportunity to listen to speakers and connect with scientists, engineers, astronauts, NASA experts, and NewSpace leaders: 

The members and associates of the New Worlds Institute are dedicated to opening the space frontier in our lifetime for everyone. In support of greater STEAM communication in our schools and leading education communities, students can — through critical investigation — identify and pose solutions applicable to real world problems by studying and developing situations of lunar, Martian and Free Space settlement. 


Register now using the 20% discount code ‘NWSEPT15’ to reserve your spot
at the first space conference devoted toward the human settlement of space!


This time we go together.

This time we take it from no one.

This time we give it to everyone.