“The Best 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 amazing talks by amazing people:





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

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

6 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

Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux

Cofounder, Global Space Ventures and Escape Dynamics, Truman National Security Fellow

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

Educator, Director of STEAMSPACE Education / New Worlds

New Worlds Special Guests

Bill Gerstenmaier

NASA Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations

Dr. Noah Raford

COO/Futurist in Chief, Dubai Future Foundation

New Worlds Speakers

Dr. Howard Bloom

Space Settlement Steering Committee

Richard Citron

Senior Partner, Citron and Deutsch

Melanie Corcoran

Chief Technology Officer, Ursa Space Systems

Meagan Crawford

Managing Partner, SpaceFund

Lena De Winne, PhD

CEO, Asgardia

Colin Doughan

Founder & CEO, SpaceBridge Logistics

Austin Dula

Principal at Hunt Pennington Kumar & Dula, and Legal Advisor at Heinlein Prize Trust

Negar Feher

VP of Product and BD at Momentus

Michelle Hanlon

Co-Founder For All Moonkind, Inc.

Nathan Johnson

Executive Director of the Texas Space Foundation

David A. Johnston

Chairman of the Board at Factom, Inc.

Sagi Kfir

General Counsel, VP Policy and Co-Founder at Deep Space Industries

Dr. James Logan

Former NASA Senior Flight Surgeon, CEO, Space Enterprise Institute

Alexander MacDonald

NASA Senior Economic Advisor, Office of the Administrator

John Mankins

Founder & President, Mankins Space Technology, Inc.

Jancy McPhee, PhD

Executive Director, SciArt Exchange

Ayşe Ören

Chief Architect, DesignArt, Turkey

Joe Quirk

President, Seasteading Institute

Gabriel Rothblatt

VP and Pastor, Terasem Movement

Brent Sherwood

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

Olga Stelmakh-Drescher

International Institute of Space Commerce

Dennis Stone

Commercial Space Executive at NASA

Bart Womack

CEO of Eden Growth Systems

Dr. Robert Zubrin

Mars Society

Space Settlement Paper Sessions

Do you have an idea worth sharing?


Four papers about each of the two locations will be accepted (Mars/Free Space). Winners will be selected by the Chairs and attendees.

Papers will be published in a known/respected forum/publication.

Click below to learn how to submit a paper, and see the papers from last years’ Space Settlement Symposium. The deadline for submissions will be on October 7, 2018, 11:59 pm (Central Time).


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.

Featured Topics

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?

Women 2.0 - Astronauts to Entrepreneurs

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?

Farmers in the Sky -Agriculture and Space

We are about carrying the life of Earth to places now dead. Farmers may be some of the first space citizens. Amazing new closed systems ecologies are being developed right now and will be ready in time for the first colonies. What are they? How do they work? What are the challenges ahead? And can they help us save the future both here and out there?

Financing Space - Nobody Stays Until Somebody Pays

The pilgrims formed a corporation to finance their frontier settlement plans, the Mormons had a church to fund theirs. Given the ships may be ready in as few as ten years to carry groups of people into space, what can and should they be doing now to fund their dreams?

Who Owns the Moon? Law and Policy on the Frontier

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?

Sex in Space - Reproduction Beyond Earth

The idea of an exotic liaison in space is always hanging “out there”, and some believe it has already happened. But what of reproduction? What happens to embryos in different gravities, or levels of radiation? Will those who grow up on Mars, the Moon or floating in space be a new species?

BlockChain - The Missing Link of 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.

Special Event

Sharks in Space

presented by

Six 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. 

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:

The Space Cowboy Ball

A STEAMSPACE Education Fundraiser

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 the space year.

The dress code is Future/Frontier or Formal. Wear what fits you, be your own star from The Expanse, FireFly, BladeRunner, Star Wars or perhaps something a little more STEAM Punk… or Old West…or a toga or black tie. It’s your future, so create it! First we feast, then we honor the heroes who are teaching our kids about the frontier. Next, we celebrate the Space Cowboys (and Cowgirls) who are opening that frontier today. And then we dance like there’s no tomorrow!  Come and support Space Education.

In Case You Missed It

Images and video from previous years

Venue & Acommodation

Book Your Hotel Room Now

AT&T Hotel and Conference Center

The University of Texas at Austin

1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705, USA

Phone: +1 512-404-1900

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 a component fund of the Austin Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charitable organization. For more information about STEAMSPACE and Cities in Space, please visit our website at www.steam-space.org.