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SpaceUp Afterhours

New this year, SpaceUp has organized a night out.  Starting at 9pm, after the Saturday evening dinner party and T Minus 5 talks, we’ll head over to Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company at Liberty Station (2562 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92106).

After a fun day space discussions, presentations, brain storming and creativity, gather with fellow SpaceUpers for a brew or two.  We have the heated patio reserved (but still bring a jacket) and Happy Hour prices.

Check out their Beer Blog!

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Swag and Webcasting

Only a few days left until SpaceUp San Diego! If you won’t be with us in person this weekend, you can still participate.

Webcasting

Each year we try to webcast SpaceUp San Diego. This year webcasting will be provided by Spacevidcast. All session PODS are planned for webcasting including Opening/Closing Session and the T Minus 5 talks in the main room (Pod One).

A dedicated volunteer will monitor the Spacevidcast chat room during each session, relaying your questions and comments to the room. Check the agenda for an outline of our schedule both days.

Pod One is also where those wonderful T minus 5 talks will be. Tune in during the Saturday night party from 7pm to 9pm Pacific time.

T-shirts, Patches, Stickers

One of my favorite parts of organizing SpaceUp is designing the swag, the t-shirts, patches, stickers, and other fun stuff our attendees get. This year it features wonderful art by Leo!

 

After the event, any leftover swag items will be available for sale from San Diego Space.  Email us for swag inquiries.

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60 Seconds to Land videos and T minus 5 talks

SpaceUp San Diego is this weekend!  After many weeks of planning and logistics, we can hardly believe it’s almost here.  You’ve registered, booked your hotel and arranged transportation. And we’ve planned the meals and ordered this year’s swag (although we’re still open to more sponsors to help cover it all).

Now comes the fun part: getting together to talk about space!

We’ll have a whole weekend to talk—and we’ll need it!—but one set of talks is special: T minus 5. They’re as short as a Youtube video, as fun as karaoke, and as nerdy as a 3D-printed turbopump.

Get more details on the T minus 5 Talks page.

Anyone is encouraged to give a talk, and that includes YOU. A few that have been proposed already, but we have room for more.

What do YOU want to talk about? Write down a title and a sentence describing your idea and email it to us by this Friday. We have room for lots of talks, so don’t be shy.

60 Seconds to Land

If you want to take part in a SpaceUp and you can’t be there in person, SpaceUp Stuttgart had a great idea for how to contribute: Send a one-minute video of yourself that they can play to the assembled crowd, just like a mini T-5 talk. Each SpaceUp gets to decide if and when they want to show your video – maybe during the opening session, maybe in with the other T-5 talks – but many of them are more than willing! See@60secondstoland on Twitter for examples.

If you have an idea for a video, you still have time.  When ready, email it to us by Friday midnight. These videos will be part of the Opening Session!

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Hotel and Parking

SpaceUp San Diego 2013 will be held at the McMillin Event Center at NTC Liberty Station at Liberty Station.

McMillin Event Center at Liberty Station
2875 Dewey Rd
San Diego , CA, 92106 (map and directions)

Parking

A large parking lot very close to the event center is available to us (corner of Truxrun and Dewey Roads).  Signs will direct you to the parking lot and then to the event center.

Hotel

We recommend the COURTYARD SAN DIEGO AIRPORT/LIBERTY STATION

Guests are able to call the hotel directly at 619/221.1900 or toll free number 800/321.2211.  Please ask for the “San Diego Space Society” group rate &/or group code “SDS”.  Be advised that the discounted rate applies to the nights of March 23 – 25, 2013. Below are the reservation links to make online reservations.

If you’re interested in sharing a room, you can post a request to the SpaceUp SD Sharing group or email us at sandiego@spaceup.org for assistance.

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Webcasting and Swag

Only a few days left until SpaceUp San Diego! If you won’t be with us in person this weekend, you can still participate.

Webcasting

Each year we try to webcast SpaceUp San Diego on Spacevidcast. This year it’s more difficult for a variety of reasons, but we’re still committed to webcasting all the sessions in the main session room (Pod One).

A dedicated volunteer will monitor the Spacevidcast chat room during each session, relaying your questions and comments to the room. Check the agenda for an outline of our schedule both days.

Pod One is also where those wonderful T minus 5 talks will be. Tune in during the Saturday night party from 7pm to 9pm Pacific time.

T-shirts, Patches, Stickers

One of my favorite parts of organizing SpaceUp is designing the swag, the t-shirts, patches, stickers, and other fun stuff our attendees get. This year it features wonderful art by Joi!

You can get the whole set of swag by signing up as an Online Attendee before Saturday. After the event, individual items will be available for sale at the Space Travelers Emporium.

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The fun part: T minus 5 talks

The past few weeks have been all about logistics. You’re getting registered, booking your hotel and arranging transportation. We’re setting up the food, ordering the fun swag, and finding sponsors to help cover it all.

Now comes the fun part: getting together to talk about space!

We’ll have a whole weekend to talk—and we’ll need it!—but one set of talks is special: T minus 5. They’re as short as a Youtube video, as fun as karaoke, and as nerdy as a 3D-printed turbopump.

Get more details on the T minus 5 Talks page.

Anyone is encouraged to give a talk, and that includes YOU. A few that have been proposed already:

  • Emily Lakdawalla of The Planetary Society has something to say to the former 9th planet: “Get Over It, Pluto.”
  • Francis French of the San Diego Air & Space Museum will tell us why the 12 guys who went around the moon had a better time than those who landed.
  • This year I’m giving a talk, too, about how we can “Reboot the Franchise”, because newspace needs a new Trek.

What do YOU want to talk about? Write down a title and a sentence describing your idea and email it to me this week. Easy peasy! We have room for lots of talks, so don’t be shy.

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Amazing Attendees, Awesome Sponsors

Two weeks until SpaceUp San Diego, and just look at this attendee list! Already we have engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, project managers, historians, educators, students, advocates, and kids participating.

Thanks to sponsors like Measured Voice, XCOR, and Ansir Innovation Center, we’ve been able to keep registration fees lower than last year while still covering our costs. We still need a few more sponsors to make this an outstanding weekend, though.

We Still Need Sponsors

If you know a company that wants to get their name in front of all those amazing people, please ask them to sponsor SpaceUp San Diego. It costs less than attending an ordinary space conference, and your name gets promoted online, at the event, and (at some levels) on the t-shirts and webcast!

SpaceUp is an all-volunteer event put on by a non-profit organization. Every dime you donate goes straight to the attendees: for better food, smoother webcasting, and the little touches that make everyone more comfortable.

We’ll accept sponsorships right up until the opening session, but if you want your logo on the t-shirt we need to hear from you before Wednesday, January 25th.

For more information, contact sponsors@spaceup.org soon!

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SpaceUp SD 2012! Already?

It looks like the future snuck up on us while we weren’t looking. Is it really almost 2012 already? It certainly looks like it, with private spacecraft in production, robots heading back to Mars, personal satellite kits, Earth-sized exoplanets, and more asteroids than you can shake a stick at!

Luckily we have this SpaceUp thing down pat, so there’s a place for us to get together and talk about it all. We have a great venue, a great weekend, and all the tools and people we need to make this thing happen. All we need now is you! First, details:

What:
SpaceUp San Diego 2012
(see the Agenda page for details)

Where:
Ansir Innovation Center
4685 Convoy Street #210, San Diego

When:
February 4-5, 2012
(starting a bit before noon on Saturday, ending in mid-afternoon on Sunday)

If you’re available that weekend, up for a jaunt to beautiful San Diego, and want to roll up your sleeves with the people who are making 21st-century space exploration happen, then register now to make sure you have a seat.

Register for SpaceUp San Diego 2012

See you there!

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Send SpaceUp to SXSW

We need your help!

SpaceUp organizers Mike DoornbosDennis BonillaChris RadcliffTim Bailey (also of Yuri’s Night), and Jen Scheer (also of the Space Tweep Society) are teaming up with astronaut Ron Garan to show the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference what an awesome group of space enthusiasts can do when united by social media.

The proposed panel is called How to Win Friends and Influence Space Exploration. As the description says:

Learn why these people got so passionately involved in space, how they became good friends over the Internet, and what they’ve created to make measurable change toward a more awesome tomorrow.

SXSW judges will ultimately decide whether to include our panel, but you can help by voting for us or adding your comment to the panel picker page.

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SpaceUp San Diego 2011 Registration is OPEN

Whew! That took longer than I thought. Most of that time was spent looking for my GO FAST button; turns out it was buried under a big pile of to-do items and “while you were out” messages. Who knew?

Now we’re ready to go! We have a great venue, a firm date, a great team, and a solid plan. All we need now is you! First, details:

What:
SpaceUp San Diego 2011
(see the How It Works page for details)

Where:
The Loft at UC San Diego

When:
February 12-13, 2011
(starting a bit before noon on Saturday, ending in mid-afternoon on Sunday)

If you’re available that weekend, up for a jaunt to beautiful San Diego, and want to roll up your sleeves with the people who are making 21st-century space exploration happen, then register now to make sure you have a seat. (Seriously, we only have a limited number of them, and no overflow room.)

You may have noticed that this is the same weekend as SpaceUp Houston. If you’re planning to fly, we encourage you to go to Houston that weekend. (They have an astronaut on the guest list!) We’re also working on ways to connect the two events, possibly using some Internets and/or point-to-point suborbital rockets. Stay tuned.

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