Launching the Future

The first comprehensive gathering of people, companies and institutions that will open space to human development and settlement, New Worlds 2015 will include academic sessions, interactive discussions and business presentations, blended with education, and the art, vision and the culture of the New Frontier.

New Worlds 2015 is a different kind of space event. The renaissance affair will be a conference, a gathering of minds, a series of workshops, an art exhibit, a cultural experience, a rock concert, and most importantly, it will be an all-inclusive discussion about humanity’s future as we migrate to new worlds.

What will the first settlers need in order to be successful in their quest to populate new worlds? What technologies, businesses, and cultural support systems will be required to allow these brave explorers to thrive on the new frontier? This is the purpose ofNew Worlds 2015 — to begin to answer these questions.

“New Worlds 2015 is going to be something new in the space field, something that steps out of the airlock of what a space event is supposed to be. Our goal is to take the serious core of science and engineering we will need to build new communities in space and wrap it in a cultural experience that is fun, challenging and generally mind blowing.”

— Rick Tumlinson, Founder of the New Worlds Institute

The New Worlds Institute is producing this event as the first in a series of social gatherings and conferences meant to engage the public, the business world and the scientific community in a constructive dialog about not just how we get there, but how we stay. The two-day event will highlight concepts and ideas about building the first human communities on the Moon, Mars and in the free space between worlds.

Featured talks on space solar power, the space station, its relevance to colonizing the solar system, and asteroid mining will join presentations by New Space startups and business leaders working to create a thriving space economy. Short, high-level talks on such things as life extension, farming on Mars, the military in space, and genetic engineering will provide a broader perspective on our future. ‘I Am An Astronaut’ stories from real space fliers will be interspersed between sessions by top experts in such areas as biology, engineering, design, science and space systems laying out their ideas and their favorite destinations in space.

“Elon Musk says he’ll be landing on Mars by 2030. The premise of the Institute and New Worlds Conference is that while these New Space entrepreneurs, billionaires and others build new space ships to carry people out into space, someone needs to focus on what we will do when we get there — how we will live, prosper and create the next level of human civilization.”

— Meagan Crawford, New Worlds Executive Director

Recently billionaires such as Jeff Bezos of Amazon, PayPal billionaire Elon Musk, Paul Allenof Microsoft, Richard Bransonand many others have begun to build spaceships designed to carry regular people into space. Some such as Musk declare outright that they intend to put the first settlers on Mars. Joining them are national entities like the United Arab Emirates who just announced a multi-billion dollar space program aimed at the Red Planet, China which is designing its own Moon base, and other countries and projects to be announced soon.NASA is also rapidly moving towards supporting the opening of space to ordinary citizens as a focus of its human spaceflight program.

With this hard work of ‘getting us there’ being tackled by some of the leading minds of the 21st century, the New Worlds Institute is designed to think about what’s next — how will we prepare these pioneers in a way that ensures their success. And how do we inspire the generation that will go? New Worlds 2015 will feature a student STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) competition called “Cities in Space” in which middle and high school students will create 3D or video models of a 10,000 person colony. Students of all ages are encouraged to attend and participate in both the conference sessions and the cultural events such as the art show and the rock concert. The New Worlds Institute is offering extreme discounts to students, with prices starting at just $15 a day, to encourage the active participation of the future space settlers.

“Based on ancient cave art, it symbolizes a galaxy embedded within the span of a human hand. Green — the color of life — it represents the wonder and aspirations of our early ancestors to carry the seeds of life to dead worlds, as well as humanity’s eyes, hands and imagination to places unseen, untouched and unexplored.” 

— Rick Tumlinson on the ‘Hand of Humanity’ which embodies the mission statement of the New Worlds Institute


“The age of human space exploration is just beginning, and this event is a sampler of the different ideas and opportunities the Institute will be looking to cultivate. It’s a starting point for professionals and students to tell the community their dreams. We’re also including art, music and various workshops for people to ‘think tank’ what is to come. Your crazy idea is welcome here!”


— Jay Milla, Executive Producer of the New Worlds 2015 Conference

While the Institute itself intends to focus on serious research into the technologies and engineering challenges needed to create real human cities in space, the group believes that there also needs to be a cultural element included in what it calls the “breakout.” Thus the event will feature such unusual elements as an art show and a rock concert/dance party featuring the techno-rock band Arc Attack, known for using Tesla coils and amazing lightning effects in its show (and featured in NBC’s 2010 season ofAmerica’s Got Talent), complimented by performance artists Nadis Warriors and The Clergy.

“New Worlds 2015 is an experiment,” said Tumlinson. “Our goal is to plant the seeds of a new and dynamic space culture that will begin to grow in the years ahead so those who will build the first human space colonies can be prepared when the space ships are ready to carry them out there. It may sound crazy, just as 20 years before the Mayflower saying you might go across the ocean and start a new community in that New World sounded crazy. But it will also be incredibly fun.”

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This time we go together.

This time we take it from no one.

This time we give it to everyone.

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