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Upcoming Speakers | Past Speakers

Chabot Space & Science Center presents
a series of community conversations
with science and futurist thought leaders

  • Tickets: $23 Members / $26 Guests
    $30 at the Door: No discounts & subject to availability

Ticket proceeds help underwrite the educational programming at Chabot.
Speaker Series tickets make great gifts for friends and teachers!

This series is proudly sponsored by Rudney Associates

 



2014 Season

October 17 (6pm - 7:30pm)
Tom Atchison
Founder & Chairman, Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation




Civilian Space Exploration: Personalizing Your Access to Space!
Thomas Atchison, founder of Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, is leading efforts for the next space race among the general public. Through STEM education activities and professional development opportunities, Mavericks is helping students of all ages discover a passion for rocketry and space flight. Learn about the history of space exploration and Mavericks’ related efforts. You may  be inspired to build and launch a rocket in your backyard!

Bio »

After more than 25 years as a senior executive and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, Tom got the civilian space bug from a lunch discussion with a number of founders of Xircomm, including Dirk Gates, and has never looked back. Having successfully started and run four high technology ventures, he returned to his roots in 2002. Tom had worked for the NASA-Ames chemical research projects office in 1980. He decided it was time to pursue his passion for space exploration again, by joining the civilian space race full time, designing and building his own rockets.

Tom founded the Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to facilitating civilian space research, STEM education and competition as an enabler of civilian space explorers. Tom is a TRA L-3 certified flyer with a passion and drive for developing new experimental propulsion technologies that will reduce the cost and increase the accessibility of civilian space exploration.

Tom holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.S. in Radiochemistry, and has completed graduate studies in Engineering Management at Santa Clara University.

 

November 14 (6pm - 7:30pm)
Will Wright
Game Designer & Creator of Sim City




Constructing a New Gaming Genre
Twenty years ago, a video game that you could neither win nor lose was inconceivable unless you were Will Wright. With five years of college under his belt and no degree, then twenty-something year old Wright created a game based on designing and building cities. In achieving that goal, Will created a new genre in gaming and within it, one of the best-loved game franchises in history, SimCity. An entirely new kind of video game genre, focused on open-ended, non-violent gameplay was born! Hear Will discuss his journey and his upcoming projects.

Bio »

Will Wright (born January 20, 1960, Atlanta, Georgia) is a well-known computer game designer and is co-founder of Maxis. He created groundbreaking games unlike any others such as: SimCity, The Sims and Spore. Known for his unusual ideas and projects, which later have become groundbreaking hits sealing his reputation as one of the most important game designers in the world. Currently CEO of "Stupid Fun Club," he's now working on new concepts to expand the realm of gaming into our everyday lives. When asked what he does he just says "I design stuff." Rolling Stone magazine called him "one of the 100 people that changed America."

 




Past Speakers

2014

  • Carl Haber
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Physicist
    and MacArthur Genius Award Winner
  • Edward Moses
    Director of Fusion Science and Applications Research,
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Alexander Rose
    Executive Director of Long Now Foundation and Clock Project Manager
  • Ray Jayawardhana
    Author and Professor of Observational Astrophysics

2013

  • Jim Capobianco, Derek Thompson & Kevin O'Brien
    Pixar Animation Studios
  • Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon
    Astrobiologist
  • Dr. Alex Filippenko
    Astrophysicist
  • John Romero & Brenda Brathwaite Romero
    Game Designers
  • Robert Weiss
    President of Xprize & Entertainment Movie Producer

2012

  • Brian David Johnson
    Author and FutureCaster at Intel
  • Ben Burtt
    Sound Director, Designer & Engineer for LucasFilms/Pixar
  • Bill Nye the Climate Guy
    Scientist, Engineer, Comedian, Author, and Inventor
  • Ray Jayawardhana
    Author and Professor of Observational Astrophysics

2011

  • Dr. Michio Kaku
    Bestselling Author and Popularizer of Science
  • Mary Roach
    Columnist and Popular Science Writer and Author
  • Bill McKibben
    American Environmentalist and Writer
  • Al Worden
    Apollo 15 Astronaut