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Sunday, March 15 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
NASA Prizes: Dream it, Make it, Win it

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Giant. Novelty. Check. Need we go on?
NASA is home to some pretty intelligent science and engineering experts, but some of our best ideas come from you, the citizen inventor. And great ideas can lead to big wins in one of our many prize competition programs, where we crowd-source fresh, innovative solutions from the garage tinkerer, the university student or the weekend maker. Helping NASA accelerate technology can put millions in your pocket - and you can take that giant cardboard check to the bank. Well, actually, you can’t. They won’t cash it. But we will definitely also give you a proper-sized check.
In this panel, representatives from NASA’s Prizes and Challenges Programs share how anyone from the public who wants to get involved in helping develop meaningful solutions can participate and hunt for ideas, and win prize money in the process. Dream it. Make it. Win it.

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Jason Crusan

Director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division, NASA
As Director for the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division with the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jason Crusan is the senior executive, manager, principle advisor and advocate on technology... Read More →
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Jenn Gustetic

Assist Dir for Open Innovation, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Ms. Gustetic is the Assistant Director for Open Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she is responsible for scaling the use of open innovation approaches like prizes, crowdsourcing, and citizen science across the Federal Government
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Sam Ortega

Centennial Challenges Program Mgr, NASA
Sam Ortega is the program manager for NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program, NASA's series of technology prize competitions founded in 2005 to stimulate innovation in technologies of interest to NASA and the nation. Centennial Challenges engage makers, hackers, citizen inventors... Read More →
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Zoe Szajnfarber

Asst Professor of Engineering Mgmt & Systems Engineering & Intll Affairs, The George Washington University
Zoe Szajnfarber is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering and of Space Policy at the George Washington University. She also holds a research appointment at MIT in the Engineering Systems Division. Her research seeks to understand the fundamental dynamics... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
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