Mindshare LA ” The Cosmic Frontier” / Thursday, January 19th
The Mezz Bar, Alexandria Hotel – 2nd Floor, 501 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
7pm / Doors & Happy Hour
Mix and mingle with the most exciting minds of LA and enjoy music, hors d’oeurvres, games & prizes! Happy Hour is from 7-8pm.
8:30pm / Talks
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
- Carl Sagan
MC, “The Cosmic Frontier”
Are we alone in this universe? The odds seem unlikely, so why does the universe seem so ‘quiet’? Kepler is finding potentially habitable planets. Will we be able to colonize another planet before it’s too late? Join us for a night of interstellar insights!
Doug is a community constructor, experience engineer and tuxedo traveler. He co-founded Mindshare LA in 2006 as well as the interactive collective Syyn Labs in 2009. He likes wearing tuxedos for charitable escapades.
Building the Future of Space Exploration
Space is the new economic frontier and one of the greatest adventures that awaits humanity. What is holding us back? Why aren’t we building space colonies and travel to the moons of Jupiter in search for new life forms? Why aren’t we getting unlimited energy from Space Based Solar Power satellites predicted decades ago? The answers to these questions represent an unprecedented opportunity and present an extremely exciting challenge that will be addressed through the interplay of exponentially evolving technologies and new business models pioneered by young, innovative teams.
Dmitriy is a space scientist and entrepreneur devoted to the mission of opening space for large scale commercial, scientific and social exploration. He holds a M.Sc. degree in physics from Carleton University in Ottawa and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Caltech. Dmitriy is also a recent graduate of the Singularity University. In 2010 Dmitriy co-founded Escape Dynamics LLC with the goal of developing new space launch and space exploration systems based on exponentially growing technologies.
9:30pm – Late / Interactions & Music
Stay for the interactive technology installations, stocked bar, music and entertainment!
Explore the MUSIC, GAMES & ART on display!
ART, GAMES & INSTALLATIONS FROM
DAN GOODS: While creating a pipe organ out of soda pop bottles, gardening at the Huntington Gardens and designing four-dimensional objects, I developed a passion. It is to give people experiences where they interact with something beautiful, meaningful, and/or possibly profound. I now get to do this as the Visual Strategist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where I create ways of communicating ideas, and through public and private art commissions. I am currently working on projects in Pairs, Sao Paulo, Atlanta, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Reno, and the AxS festival in Pasadena. I live in South Pasadena with my wife and 3 kids.
KASEY MACMAHON is a creative director and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her work is driven by interest in Space exploration and curiosity regarding our distinctly individual interactions with technology, the world and each other. Influenced as much by hardware stores and the monsters underneath her bed as by science, technology and fine art, Kasey believes imagination is a superpower we all possess and encourages the occasional sidestepping of grownup life to recall a child’s eager fascination with the mundane. Kasey loves exploring the connection between art and science, tinkering with technology, climbing mountains and trying to figure out how to get to outer space. Her work has been covered in a variety of print and online publications including Popular Science, Wired, CNET, AdBusters and Forbes and she was recently selected as one of LA Weekly’s Best People in LA.
ERIC GRADMAN is a founding member of Syyn Labs. As a roboticist and interactive artist, he has developed computer vision software for such disparate applications as military robots and sock-puppet karaoke machines. His computer-vision-based art has been seen in museums and at events far and wide.
JOHN PARK is gifted live painter who mixes layers of mixed media to create compelling narrative.
Coined “The League of Extraordinary Nerds” by Fast Company Magazine, Syyn Labs is a Los Angeles-based organization that fuses the worlds of technology and interactive sciences with artistic mediums to design and construct visually dynamic spectacles that inspire thought and provoke conversation. (Read more…)
Wise Guys will be in the house once again, conducting another social game!