Florida Institute of Technology


The International Space University is proud to announce that during its 9-week Space Studies Program (SSP), participants will be able to attend a TEDx Event. TEDxISU will be held on

July 6, 2012 — 8:00am-12:30pm EDT

TED started out in 1984 as a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. The main stream is to bring together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. TED holds annual conferences in Long Beach, Palm Springs and Edinburgh UK.  TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

During TEDxISU, leaders from the Space Community address how the power of ideas in technology, entertainment, and design influences and inspires their work in Space.  The audience will be a mixture of leaders from the Space industry, participants of the ISU SSP12 session, host site personnel from FIT and NASA, local Space Companies, and the general public.

TEDxISU theme this year is 'Open Source Space', how the power of new ideas can drive whole new paradigm shifts in our society. TEDxISU 2012 focuses on how Space is of Service to Humanity and the Environment; that is, how our work in Space makes life better down here on Earth. This will be the first joint TEDx event for ISU, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and FIT.

The speakers are:

  • Dr. Peter Diamandis. Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation and is also one of the Founders of ISU, SU, and SEDS.
  • Michael Potter. Founder of Geeks Without Frontiers and is a multi award winning producer and director (Orphans of Apollo), and ISU Alumni (first ISU SSP in 1988).
  • Ron Garan. NASA Astronaut Col Ron Garan is a veteran of two space flights with over 100 days in orbit.
  • Brian Rishikof. CEO of Odyssey Space Research and an ISU Alumni.
  • Dr. Sarah Jane Pell. An artist and a commercial diver, a TED Fellow and an Alumni of the ISU SSP (06).
  • Dr. Thomas Painter. A leading Climatologist from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • Davy Knowles. Rhythm & Blues guitarist extraordinaire.
  • Dr. Michael Simpson. Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation.
  • Cynda Collins Arsenault. Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, and President of Secure World Foundation.
  • Dr. Joseph Ritter. University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy.

TEDxISU site on TED.Com.