What is SpaceUp Houston?
SpaceUp Houston provides an engagement platform for those passionate about space exploration to nurture new and radical concepts, help develop partnerships, and is meant for you to create a future worth living in. You decide what happens next.
In general SpaceUp is a space unconference, also known as a user-generated conference or a BarCamp. Participants will decide the topics, schedule, and structure of the event. While other unconferences have been held about technology, science, transit, and, even, cupcakes, the SpaceUp series is focused solely on space exploration. There are no spectators at SpaceUp, only participants. All attendees are expected to give a demo, present a talk (without slides), present a T-5 Talk, or participate in a panel or roundtable.
SpaceUp, founded in 2010, has successfully been held in San Diego, Washington D.C., and Houston. Houston built upon the SpaceUp success formula by involving the Houston-Clear Lake community in sharing and discussing the possibilities for space exploration covering NASA programs, hobbyist projects, start-up companies, research, and arts. SpaceUp is not just for space professionals, but also strive to include children, university students, and anyone else who has a passion for space exploration. SpaceUp Houston provides a mechanism for people to share knowledge, enthusiasm, and develop new ideas for the future to be enacted upon.
And SpaceUp Houston took it even further as we wanted to keep the community engaged throughout the year and not just at the annual unconference event. In 2011 we brought two Commercial Spaceflight Panels to Houston, fostered Spacepoints which is a mechanism to promote space outside of the space community, and brought engineers and entrepreneurs together to take products to market and create businesses together. 2012 looks to be a promising year as the annual unconference was held February 25-26 and Spacepoints will be presented at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) in Austin on March 12.
Now, regarding the unconference … SpaceUp is your unconference
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.
This video from the 2012 SpaceUp Houston Unconference does a good job of explaining how an unconference works.
But, this video from SpaceUp DC is a lot more fun to watch –