Australian Artist and Space Advocate, Sarah Jane Pell, to Speak at TEDxISU 2012

Australian Artist and Space Advocate, Sarah Jane Pell, to Speak at TEDxISU 2012

During TEDxISU, leaders from the Space Community will address how the power of ideas in technology, entertainment, and design influences and inspires their work in Space.  The audience will be a mixture of leaders from the Space industry, participants of the ISU SSP12 session, host site personnel from the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) and NASA, local Space Companies, and the general public.

TEDxISU theme this year is 'Open Source Space', how the power of new ideas can drive whole new paradigm shifts in our society. TEDxISU 2012 focuses on how Space is of Service to Humanity and the Environment; that is, how our work in Space makes life better down here on Earth. TEDxISU marks the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the ISU Summer Session Program and launches the official ISU Alumni Weekend celebrations at KSC, and FIT.  

The event will be webcast live via the TEDxISU website July 6th 8:00am-12:30pm (Florida time). Australian artist, diver and ISU Alumi, Dr Sarah Jane Pell, is part of the distinguished speaker list.

"In typical surrealist fashion, I am preparing my presentation from a little harbour town on the west coast of Tasmania at the edge of the Gordon-Franklin world heritage wilderness area. In between repetitive diving and remote life, I am connecting open-source space material and my own aquatic practice to devise new works of art - somewhat like civilian ground-based space analogues - in an effort to champion that 'every space project needs an artist'." Sarah Jane Pell

The full list of speakers is:

Dr. Peter Diamandis. Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation and is also one of the Founders of ISU, SU, and SEDS.
Michael Potter. Founder of Geeks Without Frontiers and is a multi award winning producer and director (Orphans of Apollo), and ISU Alumni (first ISU SSP in 1988).
Ron Garan. NASA Astronaut Col Ron Garan is a veteran of two space flights with over 100 days in orbit.
Brian Rishikof. CEO of Odyssey Space Research and an ISU Alumni.
Dr. Sarah Jane Pell. An artist and a commercial diver, a TED Fellow and an Alumni of the ISU SSP (06).
Dr. Thomas Painter. A leading Climatologist from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Davy Knowles. Rhythm & Blues guitarist extraordinaire.
Dr. Michael Simpson. Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation.
Cynda Collins Arsenault. Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, and President of Secure World Foundation.
Dr. Joseph Ritter. University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy.

TED started out in 1984 as a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. The main stream is to bring together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. TED holds annual conferences in Long Beach, Palm Springs and Edinburgh UK. TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.