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Theme: Future 2.0

This event occurred on
June 6, 2014
4:00pm - 8:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Budapest, BU

With our speakers from all around the world we try to measure the distance between Budapest and the Moon.

TEDxBudapest Future 2.0
Budapest–Moon distance

I. When we step on the Moon... (English speaking session)

1. Joel Carnes – Vice President, Prize Operations, XPRIZE
The Power of Prizes

Prizes have been used for hundreds of years to drive innovation in everything from navigation the oceans to canning of food. Why do prizes work? Prizes inspire. They focus. They bring people together around a shared challenge. People do not compete in Prizes for the money. They compete because of their passion. They compete to make a difference. They compete because they know that together, a community of dedicated solvers can overcome obstacles that they could never take on on their own.

2. Dr. Tibor Pacher – CEO / Leader, Team PuliSpace
Everything is hard for one, nothing is impossible for many

Tackling a seemingly impossible project is no business as usual. It needs 100% dedication, power, endurance, belief – and always a pinch of luck as well – to go a way which is more than unusual. Team Puli's and my personal way from Earth to the Moon and beyond.

3. John Walker – Rover Development Lead/Team Hakuto
What do we do with a lunar cave after we find one?

There are many underexplored aspects of the lunar surface and potential for commercialization, such as mining for water ice or Helium-3, or even as a waypoint for further solar system exploration. A permanent base or habitat on the lunar surface is almost certainly required to seriously develop mining or construction technology on the moon. But what could be the basis for a permanent base, offering natural protection from extreme temperature and radiation exposure?

4. Sergio Cabral Cavalcanti – Team SpaceMETA
Space – a perfect place to expand the humanity

Earth is a perfect place to born, but for sure will not be the perfect place to live once, the competition and limitation of resources are starting to appear in the pipeline. One day we will need to choose about if the future of Earth will be to born or to grow.

5. Mohd Izmir Yamin –Team Leader / Independence-X Aerospace
Spinoff 2.0

Back on earth, space technological spinoff has been used across fields. However in the field of farming and agriculture are still at under utilization status. There are about 1 billion people suffer from chronic hunger while 36 million people are displaced. Space technology must be packaged and its applications have to be delivered to rural and hard to reach areas by modern civilizations. The solution is not just through precision farming, but education, water and energy.

6. Justine Kasznica – Chairman/Innovation Practice Group
Who owns the space?

Let’s discuss the future of Space Law. As part of the discussion, I will emphasize the critical role of law and policy in shaping (and preparing for) the privatization of space. I will touch on public-private partnerships and cross-border relationships as critical ingredients for successful development of the commercial space industry.

7. Derek Webber – Executive Director/Spaceport Associates
Claiming the future; protecting the past

The Lunar heritage sites are diverse, and the interesting science and engineering data that can be obtained from such visits is huge. How can one be sure that in landing on the Moon will not cause damage or disturbance to the existing lunar heritage artifacts?

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Joel Carnes

Joel Carnes has 20 years of experience as a leader in strategy and management in the high tech, entertainment, and consulting fields. At XPRIZE he heads the Prize Operations group, supporting innovators around the world as they compete to bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition. Prior to joining XPRIZE, he lead Central Operations at Activision, supporting global franchises including Call of Duty and Skylanders. As Director of Business Operations and Strategy at Disney Online, he managed a complete reboot of the Technology Group, responsible for Disney websites, games, and application development. Acting as Sr. Strategist at Disney Imagineering, he defined and managed multiple Corporate Alliance partnerships, including Wellpoint and T. Rowe Price. He has held leadership positions in both boutique and major consulting firms, including BLITZ and KPMG/BearingPoint.

Tibor Pacher

Born in Hungary, Dr. Pacher earned his PhD in physics at the University of Heidelberg. He worked on general relativity and cosmology, and quantum chemistry, as well as on the European Space Agency's Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) mission. Besides leading Team Puli to the Moon, he also runs the project „Faces from Earth”, which focuses on creating interstellar message artifacts to be carried on future deep space missions, and „Mini Space World”, which aims to create a big, live scale-model layout for Spaceflight and Astronomy.

John Walker

John Walker earned a BSc. Mechanical Engineering degree. He worked throughout Canada as an automated machine designer and project manager, primarily in the railroad industry for 7 years. He decided to pursue a career in the space industry in 2010 and attended the International Space University’s summer program in Strasbourg France. This was followed by an internship at the Space Robotics Lab at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan where he began doing research related to the GLXP. He joined Team Hakuto officially in 2012 and is working towards a PhD in Aerospace Engineering. John is managing the team’s rover development and testing.

Sergio Cabral Cavalcanti

Founder of IdeaValley and IdeaLabs, and recently he created SpaceMETA , a startup with the goal to land on the Moon in the next years as part of the Google Lunar XPrize Competition. Sergio is one of the pionners on Digital Inclusion initiatives around the world and have received several awards as biggest wireless project in the world and best digital city, deploying projects in South America and Africa.

Mohd Izmir Yamin

He is a Malaysian citizen and earned a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree and a Diploma in Aerospace Engineering from the MARA University of Technology, Shah Alam, Malaysia. He worked as a Project Engineer for a British Aerospace firm based in Malaysia working on Airbus Engineering projects for 3 years. Later he moved to the University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, to pursue his Masters of Engineering studies in Biomimetic Flapping Winged Micro Aerial Vehicle (Robotic Dragonfly). He currently is running two technology based companies, Independence-X Aerospace and Pulsar UAV

Derek Webber

Derek Webber is one of the team of 9 international judges monitoring the Google Lunar XPrize. Derek is a former Docent at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, and author of the book “The Wright Stuff: the Century of Effort Behind Your Ticket to Space”. He is Executive Director of Spaceport Associates in the USA, and has been working for over a decade developing business cases and the regulatory environment to bring about a space tourism industry. He is a former satellite engineer, Head of Procurement at the satellite communications services provider Inmarsat, and Managing Director of the European operation of Tachyon, a US-based satellite broadband provider.

Justine Kasznica

She is a corporate attorney and the Chairman of the Innovation Practice Group at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. She services cuttingedge technology clients that are building innovative products, companies, and industries. Her services includes business formation, initial capitalization, as well as angel, venture, equity and debt financing, protection and exploitation of intellectual property, commercial agreements, and exit planning.

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Budapest, Hungary


Budapest, Hungary