Spacevision Conference

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Upfront Information

The 2019 conference is taking place at Arizona State University starting November 7th to November 9th. To learn more direct information of SpaceVision 2019 - Exploration: A Human Imperative, visit the website

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What is SpaceVision?

Spacevision is hype. Since 2004, SEDS has provided the opportunity for its chapters to bid and vote on the next host of SpaceVision, an annual, national, student-led conference. Each year, a different chapter hosts the conference, giving the selected chapter(s) the opportunity to show off their unique attributes. SpaceVision attracts over 400 student attendees yearly from SEDS chapters across the country. The conference in 2019 is expected to reach an audience of over 500 attendees and will be the first SpaceVision to host students from its international chapters.

What do you do?

At this conference, students attend lectures, workshops, career fairs, and social events to not only grow their knowledge on all things space, but to also connect with their peers while building their professional network. The conference is concluded with a banquet, where awards for both individuals and chapters are given out. Each banquet will have an inspirational keynote, and offers students the chance to continue fostering new relationships over a three-course meal. Any student, professional, or interested party is invited to attend the banquet. Banquet tickets are typically sold separate from the conference registration.

But I don't know any other chapter?!

Of course you don't silly! This conference is a time for everyone who is impacted by SEDS to converge and meet face-to-face. I am 100% confident that when you or you and your chapter attend, you will instantly find a friendly face to greet you. I first attended SpaceVision with my chapter and felt instantly welcome.

The Impact and Meaning

For myself, I owe basically my entire professional career and my closest friends to SEDS, and SpaceVision gives you the opportunity to travel as a family to another place in the country and learn, grow and connect with more passionate students like yourself. Spacevision is the reason why SEDS is as strong of an organization as it is.

Hosting SpaceVision

At the end of each spring semester, a bid to host SpaceVision is opened. Any SEDS USA chapter within the US is eligible to apply to host the conference. Each application consists of a written proposal, which covers the what, where, when, why, and who portion of the conference. Where will it be hosted? When do you propose your chapter will host? Why should your chapter be selected to host? Who will be hosting? Who will be speaking? This application is only reviewed by the Board of Directors. After submitting this form, chapters will present their theme, potential venue and speakers, and the unique characteristics of their school/chapter during a CoC meeting. These presentations will be recorded and sent out to the chapters via email and will include the question and answer portion of the presentation. Each chapter that is in good standing will be given a vote and the selected chapter will be notified after the votes are tallied. In the event of a tie, the Board of Directors will refer to the written proposal to make their final selection.


Sponsors

Take a look at our sponsors for the 2019 year!!! They are some pretty amazing companies... They have representatives, sometimes even handing out internships and jobs!

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Quotes

“I go to a few space conferences every year and SpaceVision is always my favorite. I have met so many incredible people through SEDS.”
"I met my best friends at this conference, and even though I don’t live in the same state as any of them, they are the people I am closest to and who I call dear friends.”
“SpaceVision gets you riled up and excited for space exploration!”
“I mean it’s not just the hundreds of people, it’s that you can talk to ANY person at SpaceVision and it’ll change your life. Every single person who goes has some kind of space story to tell that’s just so inspiring to hear.”

Conclusion

THIS CONFERENCE IS AMAZING! Just checkout the website to see how many connections and useful information you gain from attending with your chapter or just yourself. Do not hesitate to contact one of the board members or the lead on the SpaceVision project (Jess!) to learn more. If you are a SEDS organization that has never gone, the primary outcome of attending is the connections you will form of the SEDS chapters throughout the country. What makes the future of space promising? The people.

Point of Contact

Jess Maschino
jess.maschino@seds.org
Charlie Nitschelm
charlie.nitschelm@seds.org