[ASC-list] QLD EVENT: A Global League of Asteroid Hunters: Are we smarter than Dinosaurs?
damian.harris at griffith.edu.au
Wed Apr 9 04:59:45 UTC 2014
A public talk with NASA's Jenn Gustetic
66 million years ago, the dinosaurs had a very, very bad day thanks to an
asteroid at least 10 km wide. Since 1998, NASA has led the global effort to
find potentially hazardous asteroids, and has successfully found 95 percent
of the near-Earth asteroids larger than 1km within the last 15 years.
But the work is not over, and it will take a global effort with innovative
solutions through participatory engagement to complete the survey of
smaller, but still potentially hazardous asteroids. NASA's Grand Challenge
to "find all asteroid threats to human populations and know what to do
about them" will employ open innovation tactics "on steroids".
NASA has a rich history of using prizes and crowd sourcing to engage more
than the usual suspects in solving hard problems. This session will explore
how a "new NASA" and open innovation can meaningfully engage people in
space, provide funding opportunities to developers, makers & entrepreneurs,
and help us solve problems of global importance.
About Jenn Gustetic[image: Phot of Jenn Gustetic, who is talking at
Griffith University on Monday 14 April 2014]
Ms. Gustetic is the Prizes and Challenges Program Executive in the Office
of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC. In this
leadership and strategy role, Ms. Gustetic coordinates the use of
challenge-driven open innovation methods, such as prize competitions and
crowdsourcing, at NASA.
Ms. Gustetic also leads NASA's formulation efforts for its Grand
Challenges, most recently resulting in the announcement in June 2013 of a
new Grand Challenge to "find all asteroid threats to human populations and
know what to do about them". She holds a bachelors degree in aerospace
engineering from the University of Florida and a master's degree in
technology policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Date: Monday 14 April 2014
- Time: 4:00PM to 5:00PM
- Where: Griffith University Gold Coast campus, Building G26, Room 4.09,
- Cost: Free (registration essential)
*Damian Harris *
Communications and Marketing
E: damian.harris at griffith.edu.au
T: +61 7 5552 7551
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