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Featured Speakers Announced for Space Technology & Investment Forum

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The Space Foundation’s Space Technology & Investment Forum (ST&IF) 2017 will be held in the heart of San Francisco, Aug. 30 and 31, joining together top venture capitalists and angel investors with space industry experts who can explain the technical, legal and business issues critical to market analysis and risk assessment.

The Space Foundation is connecting the people who are shaping the future of the space industry through in-depth discussions, content-rich briefings, networking activities and private meetings. Attendees are invited to participate as technical experts, advisors, mentors and service providers to facilitate new business ventures and bring big ideas to fruition.

A featured speaker at ST&IF will be Janna Lewis, who manages Strategic Innovation Partnerships & Sourcing – Emerging Technologies for Facebook. She will speak about “Connecting the World: Facebook’s Mission to Bring People Closer Together” and will discuss why Facebook is in space. Lewis will also be featured speaker for the Aug. 31 luncheon.

Amir Blachman, Vice President, Strategic Development, Axiom Space Company is confirmed as a ST&IF featured speaker to address how Axiom is creating the first international commercial space station to host government astronauts, private companies and individual explorers.

Also featured is Greg Autry, Ph.D., NASA Landing Team Member and Interim White House Liaison, who will speak on the subject of “The Trump Space Policy and the Investment Climate.”

Other featured speakers confirmed to date are Ed Swallow, Vice President, Civil and Commercial Systems, at The Aerospace Corporation, who will speak on startups and the government customer; and Thomas E. Zelibor, Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer, giving the introductory remarks.

Discussion topics at ST&IF will include:

  • Innovation
  • Big Data
  • Cis-Lunar Investment
  • International Investors
  • Hot New Technology
  • Commercialized Space Technology

Register now
The Forum will include a Startup Showcase Reception on Aug. 30 for new companies to gain exposure to the investment community. ST&IF registration includes breakfast and lunch both days, access to the Startup Showcase Reception and a networking reception on Aug. 31. See the agenda and registration details at

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This article is part of Space Watch: August 2017 (Volume: 16, Issue: 8).