World Pavilion

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

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Space and Future of Transportation
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Elodie Viau
Elodie Viau
European Space Agency, Dir, Telecommunications & Applications

In this talk, Elodie Viau will highlight the importance of integrating space-based solutions into land, sea and air transportation using examples from ESA projects.

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Humanity In Deep Space™
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Kris Kimel
Kris Kimel
Space Tango, Co-Founder

Humans are rapidly moving toward becoming a true spacefaring species. Are we ready? This session will discuss the hard problems and issues that confront us as humans embrace deep space as part of our living experience... from technology to design, physiology, food, the humanities, human nature/psychology, space/planetary ethics, etc. And how these new understandings and insights can be leveraged now to enhance life and humanity on Earth.

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The Future of Space Medicine (and Benefits for Earth)
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Dr. Shawna Pandya
Dr. Shawna Pandya
International Institute for Astronautical Sciences, Director

In this talk, Dr. Shawna Pandya will discuss the health challenges of human spaceflight, our next frontiers - and how these lessons can be used to address everyday medical challenges on Earth.

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Houston, Space Has a Problem
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Carolyn Belle
Carolyn Belle
Astroscale U.S., Director of Advanced Systems

 Advances in space-based services and capabilities have enabled many of the foundations of our modern society – mobile navigation, banking, weather forecasting, remote communications – humanity depends on space. With 9,400 tons of objects orbiting above us; Houston, Space has a [debris] problem!

If we hope to continue innovating and advancing the space-based services we rely on daily we must adopt a more sustainable approach to how we utilize and explore space. Space Sustainability, including actions to remove debris, prevent the creation of new debris, and strategically extend the operational life of all objects placed into space, will help to secure long-term access to the unique space environment for generations to come.

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Innovation at Large: Creating Holistic Experiences for Technology Users
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Ajit Sivadasan
Ajit Sivadasan
Lenovo, Vice President/General Manager, Lenovo.com

Ajit Sivadasan sees a vast opportunity for Lenovo to lead the tech industry in reimagining the way people engage with technology in their daily lives. He’ll share how he discovered his passion for helping people learn new skills and capabilities and how he’s building on his experiences to help Lenovo and the technology industry create new pathways for engaging with customers. Ajit’s vision for Lenovo is to evolve beyond the transactional to build a holistic experience and community that fosters success, with customer-focused engagement that complements tech innovation with advances in accessibility and ergonomics. He’ll explore how his ideas would transform Lenovo’s relationships with three key customer groups:

Students and education. The COVID-19 pandemic showed how crucial digital technology is to meeting students’ diverse educational needs. Lenovo has an opportunity to take the lead in democratizing education, drawing on the company’s technology strengths to build community and fill the gaps in opportunity and resources that have become even more pronounced during the crisis.
Small business. Ajit envisions a tech industry that offers small businesses transformative support to help them grow and evolve. This could include creative microfinancing options for hardware and services, expert tutorials and knowledge-sharing on business strategies and best practices, and peer-to-peer problem-solving.
Gaming and game development. Digital gaming isn’t just a pastime; it’s a social community, a cognitive workout, and, for many, a pathway to professional success. Lenovo aims to support gaming enthusiasts across a wide range of experiences, from casual gamer to e-sports player to game designer, as well as to let gaming be a gateway to spark their creativity by building skills like coding and STEM learning.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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Creating Multisensory Pleasure of Eating in Space
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Aaron Persad
Aaron Persad
Mission Space Food, Research Scientist

A discussion on the history of space food, the importance of flavor in astronaut health and well-being, and an understanding of the scientific breakdown of creating complex flavor perception in microgravity. This session will cover the challenges of eating in space and the innovative solutions in foodtech that enable us to approach deep space missions in a way that takes the multisensory pleasure of eating out of this world!