Speaker Spotlight: Senator Martin Günthner

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our speakers, Martin Günthner.

Biography
Martin Günthner

Martin Günthner is the Minister of Economic Affair, Labour and Ports as well as the Minister of Justice and Constitution of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. Throughout the years as a member of the Bremische Bürgerschaft, the parliament of the City-State of Bremen, Martin has held the position of the Chairman of the Port Committee. After attending the Bürgermeister-Smidt School in Bremerhaven, he went on to study cultural history of Eastern Europe at the University of Bremen. He then studied public relations in Heidelberg and graduated as a PR-Advisor (DPRG) and worked as a self-employed communications consultant.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.



[social_warfare]




Speaker Spotlight: Christopher Stott

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our speakers, Christopher Stott.

Biography
Christopher Stott

Christopher Stott is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of ManSat, the world’s leading orbital filing company, and originator of the SpaceIsle marketing and branding concept for the Isle of Man. He has served as the Isle of Man Government’s Honorary Representative to the Space Community since 2003. He is the current President and in coming Chair of the Society of Satellite Professionals International, the space and satellite industry’s largest professional association.
Chris brings over two decades of experience in space markets working with the Boeing Company in the Delta launch vehicle program, and Lockheed Martin in Space Operations. Prior to this, Chris worked Life Education Centers, a UN NGO, and prior to this in US and British politics at a senior level Washington DC, and Westminster.
Chris has a passion for space based STEM education and he serves on the Boards of a number of Not For Profits specifically focused in this area including the Kalpana Chawla and Ilan Ramon scholarships fund for Indian and Israeli students to attend the International Space University, where he also serves on faculty and as the former Co-Chair of the School of Management and Business, the Challenger Centers, the Conrad Foundation, and the United Space School. Chris was also a founding director of the International Institute of Space Commerce and serves on the Institute’s Board today. Chris also serves with the AMAR US Foundation.
In 2013 Chris was appointed to the Advisory Boards of both the Pacific Telecommunications Council and the National Electronics Museum.
Chris is also a published author with the Royal Astronomical Society, the Adam Smith Institute, and the International Institute of Space Commerce, where his work focuses on the economics, ethics, and regulation of space.
Educated at Millfield School in Somerset, England, Chris attended the University of Kent, Canterbury where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in American Studies, Politics and Government. While at Canterbury, Chris also studied at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography where he received a Diploma for his studies in International Relations and Maritime Policy. Chris holds his Masters Degree in Space Sciences from the International Space University, having graduated from the first class of ISU’s Masters program in Strasbourg in 1996.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.



[social_warfare]




Speaker Spotlight: Chris Boshuizen

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our speakers, Chris Boshuizen.

Biography
Chris Boshuizen

Chris Boshuizen is Co-Founder and CTO of Planet Labs. Prior to Planet, Chris was a Space Mission Architect at NASA Ames Research Center, where he co-created the PhoneSat Project – PhoneSat was the cheapest and fastest built spacecraft at NASA – and lead multiple partnership projects between NASA and private space exploration companies. Prior to NASA, Chris was appointed Interim executive Director of Singularity University, coordinated the founding of the University and raised over $2.5 million of initial funding from Silicon Valley sources. In 2014 Chris was awarded the Advance Global Award as Expatriate Australian of the Year. Chris received his Ph.D. in Physics and Bachelors of Science with Honours from the University of Sydney.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.



[social_warfare]




Speaker Spotlight: José Mariano López Urdiales

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our speakers, José Mariano López Urdiales.

Biography
José Mariano López Urdiales

In 2009 he founded Zero2Infinity in Barcelona, Spain; its maiden vehicle is bloon, a stratospheric balloon that will allow people to fly to Near-Space. Thanks to his astronomer father, he has been in close contact with space missions ever since he was a child. He graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and since then has been involved in a host of cutting-edge projects such as building and flying microgravity payloads for the European Space Agency in the Netherlands, airline strategy for the Boston Consulting Group, rocket science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ariane 5 Evolution Space launcher, advanced Air Traffic Management for Boeing “Phantom Works”, or orchestrating a regional aerospace development plan as the Manager of the Barcelona Aeronautics and Space Association from 2006 to 2009. He lectured in Space Vehicles at the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. A graduate of UPM, ISU, CDI and MIT, he enjoys playing badminton and cooking.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.



[social_warfare]




Speaker Spotlight: Frank Maximilian Salzgeber

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our two keynote speakers for Friday April 10, Frank Maximilian Salzgeber.

Biography
Frank Maximilian Salzgeber

Frank M. Salzgeber is the Head of the Technology Transfer Programme Office at the European Space Agency (ESA). Prior this post he was the Head of Commercial Development in the European Astronaut Department of the Directorate of Human Spaceflight Microgravity and Exploration at the European Space Agency. Prior to joining ESA, Frank held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO and CFO) at an IT startup headquartered in Munich, Germany. Frank also spent seven years at Apple Computer initially as an account manager and then as a sales manager, covering Central Europe and being positioned in the US and Czech Republic. Frank is a member of the advisory board of the Triangle Venture Capital Group, the board of directors of European Business Network (EBN) and was founding chairman of the EIROforum working group on Innovation management and knowledge/technology transfer.

Frank is a senior expert and a passionate speaker in the field of open innovation, entrepreneurship, future trends and technologies. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering, is married, has two sons and lives in the Netherlands and Bavaria.



[social_warfare]