SpaceUp Phoenix was Saturday, March 7, 2015

A “SpaceUp” is an “un-conference” with the theme of space exploration. This event was an element of the Arizona Science and Technology Festival.

The event went really well, with great speakers and over 60 attendees! I think everyone had a really good time! There are photos posted on this site (see next tab) as well as on our Facebook page (link below).

Un-Conference Background
No detailed agenda is prepared in advance, as speakers fill out a program schedule spontaneously at the event. This allows for new topics to pop up based on prior topics and splinter sessions. Think of it as a “pot luck” where everyone brings something to share. From the main SpaceUp website:
“Everyone who attends SpaceUp is encouraged to give a talk, moderate a panel, or start a discussion. Sessions are proposed and scheduled on the day they’re given, which means the usual “hallway conversations” turn into full-fledged topics.”

There is an excellent description of how a SpaceUp works here:

See the main SpaceUp website ( for details.

The idea is to be as spontaneous as possible. Traditional Powerpoint presentations are discouraged (but not forbidden) and things like panel, round-tables, demos, etc., are encouraged. The event will be “seeded” with several people willing and ready to give talks. While every attendee is urged to give a talk (or plan a session of just questions!) we will have speakers who are experts on space exploration to ensure the time you spend at SpaceUp Phoenix is worthwhile and who can also answer your questions and be on your panels. The whole vibe is very fun and informal.

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