Plenary Application - THE NEXT GENERATION PLENARY: Small Sats - Involving Everyone Through Their Applications
THE NEXT GENERATION PLENARY- Small Sats – Involving Everyone through Their Applications

Small Sats are making the vision of a more diverse space sector reality today. The standardization of small busses, sharing of design, use of off the shelf components, and reduction in launch costs are enabling entrepreneurs, startups, universities, high schools, and even grade schools to engage in outer space projects regardless of where they are geographically or the sophistication (or even existence) of a national space program.

More important than the satellites themselves is their utilization. The expanding pool of developers is finding more diverse ways of using the satellites well beyond that imagined a few years ago. Through new and innovative applications, the global space network will affect the lives of people around the world.

The expanding knowledge base and reduced cost of engagement are enabling the Next Generation to be in the front ranks of the industrial expansion regardless of generation, gender, or geography. Here they have the opportunity to be leaders in finding the new ways to use space resources to affect life on earth.

In this plenary, students and young professionals (approximately 35% of the IAC attendees) who are contributing to these efforts will bring the story of how they are engaged in developing or using these applications. They will tell how they expect to advance knowledge, improve conditions, protect life and property, and increase prosperity for an expanding portion of the global population through the use of Small Sats. This will be a discussion of Small Sat use around the world, not Small Sat development.

This plenary has been formulated to address the congress theme and support the IAF 3G initiative. It will bring together a diverse panel of talented young professionals from around the globe that are using their talents and imagination to increase public participation in the space sector by providing them products and services.

The plenary will be moderated in a format similar to a talk show, interweaving clips from the panelists’ audition videos with questions and comments from the moderator, other panelists, and the audience. The video clips will be used to enhance the audience’s understanding of the ideas of the plenary participants.

Panelists will be selected via a global competitive process to identify the best candidates and showcase the diversity of successful efforts in “Small Sats – Involving Everyone through Their Applications”. Their contributions to the space community will be assessed by a group of subject matter experts from the IAF Space Education and Outreach Committee, IAF Workforce Development-Young Professionals Program Committee, Space Operations Committee, and Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee.

Having a panel of young professionals and students address this topic is especially poignant given that their respective career paths will see them taking the reins of the projects that are penned today. This plenary will examine new methods that will take firm hold in a future when the “Next Generation” participants will be in the prime of their careers, executing the decisions of the day and ultimately driving the industry.

The panelists will be mentored by senior members of the organizing committees. If the panelists have expertise in a discipline not covered by these committees, the organizers will reach out to the relevant IAF committees to ensure appropriate mentors are found for each panelist.

QUALIFICATION: Work of the applicants must meet the two criteria below
• You must be a student or young professional, 21-35 years old who is directly involved in the applications of Small Sats. The applicant must be a key player directly involved (for example, application developer, lead engineer, systems engineer, principal investigator, co-investigator, project manager, etc.)

ROUND ONE: 15 Seconds of Fame!
By 20 January 2018 (11:59 pm GMT), create a 15-second video telling us very briefly the subject of the project you are working on that you would speak about on the panel and why you should be chosen to address the IAC. The video must be posted on You must be on screen and be speaking for the full 15 seconds. We will only watch/listen for 15 seconds, so be sure to watch the time of your video! Then complete the Plenary Application at

Please record your video in a high-quality audio and video format. If you are selected as a panellist, segments of your videos will be used during the plenary and leading up to it to promote the plenary. Please limit special effects and no music. The video is about you, not your video editing skills. Please do not use copyrighted video, images, or music.

ROUND TWO: Three Minutes!
The IAF will select the Round Two subset of candidates from the above and notify all entrants by 3 February 2018. Specific details of Round Two requirements will be sent to the candidates in the notification. Selected candidates will be asked to create and post a three-minute video on a specified YouTube site by 3 March 2018 (11:59 pm GMT).

The IAF will select the finalists from these entries based on their creativity, efficacy of messages and relevance to the plenary topics. We will be looking for concrete ideas on what you are actively doing to manage space debris and why this idea is important as well as your expertise in this area.
The IAF will make the final selection of plenaries for the IAC in Bremen the week of 26 March 2018 and will notify the finalists of its decision by 1 April 2018.

First Name (Given Name) *
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Last Name (Family Name) *
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Email address *
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Gender *
Date of Birth. Must be younger than 35 years old on October 1, 2018 *
Country of Citizenship *
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Country of Residence *
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What city do you live in? *
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Are you a student or young professional? *
Will you submit an abstract to the IAC? *
Have you attended the Student Programme at the IAC before? *
Have you attended the Young Professionals Programme at the IAC before? *
How will your trip to the IAC be funded? *
Link to YOUR 15 second You Tube Video. Please make sure this is public so all judges can see it *
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The IAF has been granted permission to use my video submissions for this contest on IAF websites before, during and after IAC 2018 and to attendees of IAC 2018. I authorize IAF to film my speech, to post on IAF-run websites and make it available for consultation by the Congress participants. (note, selecting no will disqualify you from being a candidate for the Plenary) *
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