TEXAS A&M at SXSW 2020
Texas A&M is the only university at SXSW’s Interactive Conference delivering comprehensive programming by incorporating high-profile thought leaders in compelling discussions, one-of-a-kind interactive exhibits and solution-focused brand experiences. SXSW gives the country’s largest university the opportunity to illustrate its interdisciplinary research in front of an international crowd, as well as Fortune 500 recruiters who hire our students.Event Overview
Texas A&M returns to SXSW as it welcomes NASA innovators and technology leaders from a variety of fields to explore the university’s 30 years of space-grant research through conversations and interactive exhibits. The Texas A&M Space Lab discoveries begin at Fleming’s in downtown Austin, where visitors can maneuver a Mars rover prototype, lose themselves in an infinity room and pick up exclusive space-themed Champion apparel giveaways. At the Austin Convention Center, visitors will experience NASA exhibits at the Texas A&M exhibit booth. Evening entertainment at Fleming’s will feature live music, a comedy show and a Pepsi product launch.
Texas A&M continues to unlock humankind’s potential on Earth and beyond. New ideas and innovations, along with solutions and better understanding, will be showcased March 14-16 at the Texas A&M Space Lab in downtown Austin where select leaders from across Texas A&M and the nation will share insights into the future of our world. Just one block away at the Austin Convention Center, Texas A&M will be on the exhibit floor March 15-18.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Texas A&M Space Lab Launch Party featuring Bubly
Featuring a new Bubly product with a “Howdy” tab along with space-themed mixology station, live music and giveaways.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Future of Food
Food policy, precision nutrition and healthcare costs take center stage. The idea of “food as medicine” is more important than ever in preventing and treating illness. Scientists and leaders from academia and one of the largest grocers in the nation discuss this and other means of solving America’s one trillion-dollar diet-related chronic disease burden.
Vice Chancellor and Dean of Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Chief Operating Officer of H-E-B Grocery Co., past president of National Association of Chain Drug Stores
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Broad appeal to a brand is rare, but NASA created a true lovefest when it unveiled its “cosmically cool” merchandise in 2017. Is it nostalgia at work, or a renewed interest in engineering, technology and science? NASA’s top communicator talks with a marketing master and social media expert about remaking traditional organizations into modern trendsetters, as well as what is working on digital platforms and why.
NASA Communications for Spaceflight
Marketing and Social Media Professor at Texas A&M University
Social Media Director at Texas A&M
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pushing Our Bodies And Minds To The Limits
If the future of humankind relies on space, many believe that the mental challenges will be overcome, but what about our Earth-friendly bodies in such weightlessness? A former astronaut, NASA’s Scientist-in-Residence and a sport psychologist discuss the possibilities of long-term human presence in space.
NASA’s first and only Scientist-in-Residence
Director of Texas A&M Counseling and Sport Psychology Services
Director of Texas A&M’s Aerospace Human Systems Laboratory and former NASA astronaut
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
You’re The Expert comedy show
Created and hosted by comedian Chris Duffy, this live episode recorded at the Texas A&M Space Lab features a Texas A&M researcher. Through games, sketches and hilariously misguided guesses, three comedians try to figure out what our expert studies. Over the course of the show, we hear about the latest findings and why the expert’s field is important.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Four leading technologists and construction experts discuss with authority the feasibility of building a life-sustaining environment on other planets, along with creating zero-gravity live-work quarters. This is where space architecture, construction, robots and engineering intersect.
Senior Technologist at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center; Co-founder, Swam Works
Senior Advisor at Bechtel, the largest construction company in the U.S.
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Who on Earth Should Govern Space
Who will make the rules once out of the Earth’s orbit? Can any commercial space company attempt to colonize Mars? These are just the start-off questions for those with insatiable curiosity. A university president, the director of space flight policy at SpaceX and an expert on who owns artifacts discovered in space confer with an award-winning science journalist.
Texas A&M University President
senior counsel and director of space flight policy at SpaceX
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Texas A&M Space Lab Wrap Up event & Presidential Announcement
Featuring live music, food and an announcement by President Michael K. Young.
Texas A&M will return to Fleming’s in downtown Austin and be open Saturday, March 14 through Monday, March 16, 2020. This location will house both Texas A&M programming components and brand experience components.
All Texas A&M SXSW panel discussions and activations at the Texas A&M Space Lab March 14-16 and the Austin Convention Center March 14-18 will be staffed by the Division of Marketing and Communications. They will coordinate interviews, as well as videography and photography.
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