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Sep 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will continue its new Innovators series, a destination for young entrepreneurs and space start-ups in the New York City area. Innovators will be held on September 27, October 18 and November 8 at the Intrepid Museum located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue). Doors open 7:00pm, events begin at 7:30pm.

During each of the sessions, technology leaders in the new space economy will discuss the innovations developed for space that are benefiting life on Earth. Following each presentation, attendees are invited to enjoy networking and conversation with both the speaker(s) and fellow entrepreneurs.

Innovators is free to attend. Guests must be 21+. Beer and wine will be available for purchase with a valid ID. For more information and to register please visit intrepidmuseum.org.

Friday, September 27: New York: The New Houston

New York State – particularly Upstate New York – is benefiting from new technologies in a post-industrial world and has the means to become an important hub in the new space economy. How? Meet a few of the innovators leading the rise of the new Empire State.

About the speakers:
Louis Zacharilla is a social entrepreneur who is credited with initiating the global Intelligent Community movement. As one of founders of the Intelligent Community Forum, he developed the Intelligent Community of the Year Awards program. He speaks to groups of community leaders worldwide to help them understand and implement the best practices of the world’s leading communities. Mr. Zacharilla is the co-author of four books including Brain Gain: How innovative cities create job growth in an age of disruption and writes a regular blog titled Community as Canvas.

Derek Edinger is the chief strategy officer and co-founder of Ursa Space. Ursa Space was founded in 2014 to connect people to information-rich data derived from satellite-based synthetic aperture radar. The company’s vision is to create a living mosaic of the Earth, providing truth to businesses, industries and individuals about what is really happening worldwide through satellite data analytics.

Clayton Banks is the CEO and co-founder of Silicon Harlem whose goal is to combine technology and innovation with affordable connectivity that can enable a sustainable economic engine in emerging communities across the United States. Under his leadership, Silicon Harlem has attracted over $50 million dollars into Upper Manhattan for advanced infrastructure research and test bedding. Mr. Banks has positioned Upper Manhattan as a tech and innovation hub that is one of the fastest growing areas for tech startups, entrepreneurs and companies. He has established critical STEM programs in public schools and several non-profits to prepare citizens for 21st century jobs and careers. These programs have become gateway opportunities for many students to pursue further education.

October 18: To Brooklyn and Beyond: New Lab in Space

Brooklyn has emerged as one of the nation’s leaders in the innovation economy fueled by tech start-ups, creative companies and next-generation manufacturers. New Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard is at the heart of this growth. Transformed from a site where naval ships were built, the location supports entrepreneurs focused on AI, robotics and more. Many of these are key to the ever-growing space economy. New Lab CEO Shaun Stewart will moderate an engaging discussion with founders of companies working in space and rocket sectors that call Brooklyn their home.

About the speakers:
Shaun Stewart, CEO, New Lab
Shaun Stewart is the CEO of New Lab. He is accelerating New Lab’s growth as it supports companies leading the most cutting-edge innovations in frontier technologies. Previously, he was the chief business development officer at Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous vehicle company based out of Google X in Mountain View, CA. He joined Waymo after fourteen years in the travel industry including work at Airbnb, Jetsetter and Expedia.

Max Haot, Founder and CEO, Launcher
Launcher is developing the world’s most efficient rocket to deliver small satellites to orbit. Prior to Launcher, Mr. Haot founded and led Livestream for ten years, until its acquisition by IAC/Vimeo in 2017. He has over twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur and a lifelong passion for space.

Nikolay Moiseev, Co-Founder, Final Frontier Design
Final Frontier Design is a dynamic small business of artists and engineers working together to build and test spacesuits. Mr. Moiseev holds a masters of aeronautical engineering and his designs have flown on Mir, Buran and the ISS. He is the lead designer and chief engineer at Final Frontier Design which was awarded a NASA Space Act Agreement in 2014. He also holds four patents in spacesuit designs.

Deborah Navarro, Co-Founder, AirLev
AirLev is developing low-cost, efficient air levitation for Hyperloop high-speed travel. Ms. Navarro collaborated with the MIT Hyperloop team which utilized her air levitation technology. The team placed first out of all US participants at the recent SpaceX Hyperloop challenge.

Benjamin Pietro Filardo, Founder, Pliant Energy Systems
Pliant Energy Systems conceptualizes, patents and develops highly novel technologies in the fields of marine robotics, propulsion, electricity generation and pumping. Through a series of awarded patents, Mr. Filardo set up Pliant Energy System’s lab in 2011 with funding from the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, USDA, NYSERDA and private money. The lab has since turned foundational insights into a series of technologies with applications that go beyond renewable energy to include the company’s swimming/ice skating Velox robot, a self-powered irrigation pump for streams and rivers, and a highly novel airship concept.

Xin Liu, Artist-in-Residence, New Lab
Xin Liu is an artist and engineer with work ranging from performances, apparatus and installations to scientific experiments and academic papers. Ms. Liu is currently the arts curator in the MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative and she is the creator of Living/Distance: Everything Beautiful is Far Away. This art project explores one’s relatively inconsequential, but ever so unique, role in this universe through a zero-gravity dance performed by a crystalline robotic sculpture that was launched in sub-orbital space. The launch was almost a year in the making, as she led a team of designers, engineers, programmers and fabricators to create a sculpture that could move autonomously in zero-gravity.

November 8: Start-Ups Fueled by NASA Technology

As NASA explores further and further into space, its innovations have impacted and transformed life on Earth. Join Steven González as he discusses the NASA roots of everyday innovations and how NASA continues to share technology with the world.

Curious about launching a new venture using NASA technology? Hear from local companies that have licensed NASA tech, such as Thornton Tomasetti, who applied rocket technology to prevent swaying in a new prefab building in Brooklyn and CapCell Biologics, who are using NASA tech for a novel drug delivery system.

About the speakers:
Steven González has applied his skills in visioning, strategy, innovation and fostering collaborations for nearly 30 years to benefit the human exploration of space. At NASA’s Johnson Space Center, he led the team to develop the twenty-year strategy for the center and was instrumental in creating numerous strategic initiatives that connected NASA to the entrepreneur and innovation community in Houston. Earlier in his career he led a number of technology labs focused on providing advanced technologies to support the human operations of space missions. He also instructed the crew of the space shuttle Columbia STS-65 mission on the vehicle’s computer and navigation system.

Jon Zaikowski is a graduate student at Columbia University where he is studying bioethics and the health challenges associated with human spaceflight. His background is in business development and in January of 2018 he co-founded CapCell Biologics.

DATE: September 27, October 18 and November 8

TIME: 7:30pm; doors open at 7:00pm
LOCATION: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue)
About the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery.

The Intrepid Museum fulfills its mission to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth by connecting them to history through hands-on exploration while bridging the future by inspiring innovation.

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and tour the Museum virtually on Google Arts & Culture.

Museum Hours:
April 1 – October 31:
Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
November 1 – March 31:
Monday-Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Museum Cost of Admission:
Adult: $33.00
Seniors (65+): $31.00
Child (5-12): $24.00
Children under 5: Free
*Retired and Active U.S. Military and U.S. Veterans: Free
Free admission for U.S. military and veterans generously provided by Bank of America.
*Proper ID required.
Tickets are available for purchase on the Intrepid Museum website, www.intrepidmuseum.org.

Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue), Manhattan

Public Transportation:
Directions by NYC Metro Bus:
Take cross-town buses west. M34 (34th St.), M42 (42nd St.) or M50 (49th St.) to 12th Ave. and Hudson River. Intrepid is a short walk north from the M34 and M42. The M50 drops off directly in front of the Intrepid Museum.

Directions by NYC Metro Subway:
Take the A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, 1, 2, 3 or 7 train to 42nd St., then walk or take the M42 West bus to Hudson River (12th Ave). Walk north to Intrepid.

Directions from water:
Take New York Water Taxi to Pier 84 and walk one block north to the Intrepid Museum. From New Jersey, take the New York Waterway to Midtown (38th St.) and walk north on 12th Avenue to the Museum.


Sep 27, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm