New Worlds 2021

The new and re-invented SPACE INNOVATION & ENTERPRISE CONFERENCE will rise in 2021!

2021 – Austin, Texas, USA, Earth

New Worlds is A Space Event Like No other

We start with the credible, and blend in the incredible. From spaceships to settlements, entrepreneurs to educators, astronauts to artists.

The goal is simple – educate, entertain and enable you to become part of what is to come

Then we introduce some of the newest minds and rising stars presenting papers and business concepts reflecting some of the most advanced thinking on the planet.

And then you vote for the best ideas.

After all, it’s your frontier





What needs to be done to protect the Mother World from impacts by asteroids and comets, as well as Solar Flares and anything else that might hit the Earth.



Is Space Solar Power a viable option for taking pressure off Earth’s environment and sustainably unlocking new potential for our civilisation’s progress.



If we fall into a runaway Greenhouse that might overheat the planet and kill all life, could we shade the Earth from the Sun as a solution?

Special Evening Event

The Space Cowboy Ball


Due to the C-19 Pandemic we will be making a decision about the Ball this summer.

November 2020 (Tentative – Check back this summer!)


Join us as we and our Celebrity Master of Ceremonies Cas Anvar (Captain of the Rocinante on “the Expanse”) honour the year’s best science fiction movies and TV shows at a cool and very special event, featuring artists, musicians, food and dance. We will also honour one of the world’s top space educators and of course present the Space Cowboy Award winner! (past recipients have been Jeff Bezos and Buzz Aldrin…who will it be this time?)

It’s 2020. 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 three Space Cowboy Balls were a rousing success. The 2020 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. It’s a little like a second Halloween, this time for grown ups, space geeks and cos play gamers (but even those 21st century retro tuxes and business suites are ok). 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!

Contact Us

Questions? Comments? Want to Volunteer? Use the form below to send us an email and we’ll get right back to you.

Press Passes and Media Inquiries

Are you a member of the media and interested in attending the New Worlds Conference? Click here to email us about a FREE press pass or to learn more about the event.


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 activities. Our Mission is to catalyze, facilitate, enable and help lead the human settlement of space.

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