“The Best (little) Space Settlement Conference on Earth”

New Worlds 2018

November 9 – 10

Austin, TX

The Spacer Tribe gathers in Austin again this fall.

Join us for an intimate event, featuring amazing talks by amazing people:





250 space science, business, engineering and policy leaders will discuss plans to settle space and Return to the Moon.

6 New Visionaries will present leading edge scientific papers on how to settle Mars and Free Space

7 Space Entrepreneurs will present their ideas for the next space blockbuster business

YOUR VOTE decides who wins THE PRIZE.

At New Worlds there is no “audience” – YOU are part of the action!

In the next room, over 500 school children will design their own cities on the Moon and Mars.

And through it all will be the music, art, and culture of space, culminating in the awesome Space Cowboy Ball.

New Worlds Conference Co-Chairs

Dr. Philip Metzger

Co-Founder NASA KSC SwampWorks, Planetary scientist at UCF Florida Space Institute

Richard Garriott

Private Astronaut, Entrepreneur, Video Game Developer, Author

New Worlds Conference Hosts

Rick Tumlinson

Founder New Worlds, Deep Space Industries, Co-Founder-Space Frontier Foundation

Holly Melear

CEO and Founder, STEAMSPACE Education Outreach® and Cities in Space

Haroon Oqab

Executive Director, EarthLight Foundation & New Worlds Institute

New Worlds Special Guests

Dr. Andrew Aldrin

Director, Aldrin Space Institute
Florida Institute of Technology

Bill Gerstenmaier

NASA Associate Administrator,
Human Exploration and Operations

Cas Anvar

Actor, The Expanse
Alex Kamal, Pilot, Rocinante

New Worlds Speakers

Mark Baskinger

Project Director, MoonArk

Grant Bonin

Chief Technology Officer and Principal Engineer, Deep Space Industries

Dustin Boyer

Commercialization Manager, Strategic Analysis

Joe Carroll

President, Tether Applications, Inc.

Richard Citron

Senior Partner, Citron and Deutsch

Meagan Crawford

Managing Partner, SpaceFund

Lena de Winne, PhD

CEO, Asgardia

Colin Doughan

Founder & CEO, SpaceBridge Logistics

Austin Dula

Heinlein Prize Trust
Hunt Pennington Kumar & Dula

Dr. Bonnie Dunbar

NASA Astronaut, Director at TEES Institute for Engineering, Education and Innovation (IEEI), Director Aerospace Human Systems Laboratory

Negar Feher

VP of Product and BD at Momentus

Yvette Gonzalez

Managing Director, Gonzalez Global Solutions, Scientist-Astronaut Candidate, Project PoSSUM

Michelle Hanlon

Co-Founder For All Moonkind, Inc.

Dr. Andrea Harrington

Associate Professor of Military and Security Studies, Air Command and Staff College (Air University)

Nathan Johnson

Executive Director, Texas Space Foundation

David A. Johnston

Blockchain Thought Leader, Founder, Yeoman’s Capital. Chairman, Factom, Inc.

Sagi Kfir

Chair, US Bar Space Law Committee, VP Policy and Co-Founder at Deep Space Industries

Michael Laine

President, LiftPort Group

Dr. Alexander Layendecker

Researcher, Human Sexuality & Reproduction Off-Earth

Dr. James Logan

Former NASA Senior Flight Surgeon
CEO, Space Enterprise Institute

Rachel Lyons

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Space for Humanity

Alexander MacDonald

NASA Senior Economic Advisor, Office of the Administrator

Jancy McPhee, PhD

Space Educator, Executive Director, SciArt Exchange

Luke Moloney

Founder, Upshot Space Delivery

Ayse Ören

Founder & Chief Architect DesignArt, Turkey

James Pricer

Generative Artist, JEPricer Studio

Joe Quirk

President, Seasteading Institute

Ben Roberts

Vice President, Government Affairs, Moon Express

Henk Rogers

Founder, International MoonBase Alliance

Jeremy Schiel

Co-Founder & Global Business Development Officer, Orbit Fab, Inc.

Brent Sherwood

Program Manager, Solar System Mission Formulation at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dennis Stone

Commercial Space Executive at NASA Johnson Space Center

Bart Womack

CEO of Eden Growth Systems

Dr. Robert Zubrin

Founder, Mars Society, Author, Mars Direct

Musical Performances

Aaron Hermes

Audio Telepathy

Emily Grace Clark

One of Austin’s Hottest Musicians

Space Settlement Paper Sessions


Be it life support, construction or transportation to space and back, what will it take to live on the Red Planet? Papers will be presented on the full range of technologies, products and systems needed to build and sustain human colonies on Mars.


From private space stations to cities in space, from asteroid mining to in space manufacturing, the space between worlds is a unique environment. Presenters will offer us their newest ideas about what may turn out to be the heart of the action on the High Frontier.

Interactive Discussions

Commercial Lunar Missions

By 2019 the first private sector spacecraft will be landing on the Moon, with half a dozen others to follow. These small but scrappy companies are in the trenches (craters?) and are the leading edge of a wave of private plans for how to develop the Moon and its resources. What’s it been like so far? Can they work together? What does the future hold for them?

Diversity on the High Frontier

The first person to step on Mars may be a woman. The next to step on the Moon may be as well. To date 59 women have flown in space. Stunts and headlines are one thing, but there are only a handful of female CEOs and executives in the space industry. Changing this is our next frontier. How? What can space leaders do now?

BlockChain: the Bridge to Space?

The advent of the blockchain has occurred just as the new space economy is developing. From the tracking of property, goods, materials and supplies to the use of tokenized assets and unlocking the liquidity of long term space investments, this new technology can help propel the space revolution.

Who Owns the Moon?

As we begin to return to the Moon we will start to face all of the basic legal issues that must be handled to enable the settlement of space. Resource rights, safety, property rights and the general rules of law and order, all will have to be applied or created for the first time. Who will decide? By what right? How will they be enforced?

Special Event

Sharks in Space

presented by

Seven of the most exciting space startup companies will pitch their business plans to a panel of judges for the chance to win cash prizes. This is your chance to be a “shark” and help determine which business models should be funded.

Startups who are interested in competing can learn more here. 

The Space Cowboy Ball

A STEAMSPACE Education Fundraiser

Sat. Nov 10, 7 PM, AT&T Executive Center Grand Ballroom

Join us as we and our Master of Ceremonies Cas Anvar (Captain of the Rocinante on “the Expanse”) honour the hit Hulu TV series “The First” and its producers (who also did a little show called “House of Cards”) at a cool and very special event, featuring artists, musicians, food and dance. We will also honour one of Texas’s top space educators and have a very special guest TBA…

It’s 2118. You’re invited to a formal affair at a space colony on the Moon or Mars. What on Earth (or space) will you wear? The first two Space Cowboy Balls were a rousing success. The third edition will be a must-attend event of both the space and Austin celebrity year.

Space has been too boring for too long. We are committed to both the technology and culture of tomorrow. From tux to tech, all are welcome to our celebration of the future. It’s a little like a second Halloween, this time for grown ups, space geeks and cos play gamers. From the Expanse to Serenity, Star Wars to Star Trek, and all the best science fiction futures in between, come join us on a micro-Burning Man rocket ride. We’ll give out some awards, eat some great barbeque and then we Party!

Cities in Space

Student Conference and Competition

New Worlds believes the first space citizens are alive right now. So why are they are just sitting in classrooms?

500+ students from around the world gather for a one day, one of a kind educational event where imaginations and creativity meet science and engineering to showcase the next generation’s ideas for the cities of tomorrow on the worlds of the frontier.

This exclusive conference occurs concurrently with New Worlds, allowing attendees to interact with the students and view their projects.

Brought to you by:

Open to the Public

Exclusive Film Viewing
Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future

Directed by: Douglass M. Stewart, Jr.


What do the Chrysler Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the film “Destination Moon” and America’s space program all have in common? They were each touched by the creative vision of a forgotten artist named Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986). His mesmerizing depiction of “Saturn As Seen From Titan” became known as “the painting that launched a thousand careers.” Told by the people who were influenced by or knew Chesley personally, and punctuated with rare interview footage of Chesley himself, this documentary chronicles the extraordinary, nine-decade life of a quiet, artistic visionary, whose beautiful paintings continue to inspire us to reach for the stars. More information about the film at www.chesleybonestell.com


  • Audience Award winner at the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival
  • Best Documentary at Comic-Con San Diego 2018 Film Festival

In Case You Missed It

Images and video from previous years

Venue: AT&T Conference Center

AT&T Hotel and Conference Center

The University of Texas at Austin

1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705, USA

Phone: +1 512-404-1900


Hotel Rooms at AT&T are now SOLD OUT. 

Nearby hotels:
DoubleTree Downtown Austin
Hotel Ella
Pearl Inn

New Worlds Registration

Tickets price range from $75 for just one day to $300 for the two days, plus two VIP lunches, and a ticket to the VIP Gala.

New Worlds Conference 2018

Choose this option if you’d like to register for the conference. You’ll be able to select the custom ticketing package that’s right for you, including admission to both days of programming (November 9 – 10), as well as lunches, and the Space Cowboy Ball on Saturday evening.

Space Cowboy Ball

Choose this option if you’d like to register for the Space Cowboy Ball only, on Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased individually, or by the table (8 seats). Corporate sponsorships are also available.

College Student Rates

We understand if you are a college student and have no money left after paying for your Spotify, pizza and beer. We also know that you are the ones who will help create the future. If you have a student ID, you can attend New Worlds for as low as $15 a day (or the cost of three iced lattes!)

Countdown to New Worlds 2018

November 9th and 10th








New Worlds 2018 Sponsors

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New Worlds Conference and New Worlds Institute are part of the EarthLight Foundation, an international 501c3 charitable education and research organization registered with the IRS and the Texas Secretary of State. EarthLight and its affiliates and DBAs do not participate in lobbying or any political or direct advocacy or other policy activities. Our Mission is to catalyze, facilitate, enable and help lead the human settlement of space.


The Cities in Space Student Conference and Competition is an initiative of STEAMSPACE Education Outreach®. STEAMSPACE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which supports inclusive best practices for all youth globally and the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, and Space Education. The STEAMSPACE Education Fund is under STEAMSPACE Education Outreach as a 501(c)3. For more information about STEAMSPACE and Cities in Space, please visit our website at www.steam-space.org.