Don't miss these breakout periods at TC Periods: Area 2020

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Are you ready to join thousands of attendees around the world at TC Sessions: Space 2020 on December 16-17? Focused on space technology and designed to help startups succeed in this exciting but daunting industry, the event features panel discussions and interviews with the world's leading figures, visionaries and makers.

Do you want to save $ 50? Buy your pass beforehand Tuesday, December 15 at 11:59 p.m. PT secure the late registration price before prices go up.

While you can find plenty of these brilliant experts speaking from the main stage, don't miss the targeted programming we have planned for the breakout sessions. Here you will find our partners who share their extensive expertise on a range of topics. Check out these outbursts waiting to let the knowledge of a galaxy fall on you.

Wednesday December 16

(all times in PST)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Easy Money – SMC Space Ventures, AFWERX and Space Force Accelerators

Learn how SMC Space Ventures, AFWERX, and Space Force Accelerators are working together to connect startups with government organizations and resources in the space industry.

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Funded by SP8CEVC

Launched the world's first Rolling Fund for Space Technology and Longevity in partnership with AngelList

Fireside chat with the general partners and the SP8CEVC team about the space technology and human longevity industries.

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Fast money – working with the army to operationalize science for transformation transgressions

Learn about the DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory and the xTech program of prize competitions that accelerate innovative solutions that can help solve the challenges facing the Army.

11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Pitch feedback session

Attend a pitch feedback session, open to all startups exhibiting at TC Sessions: Space 2020 and moderated by TechCrunch staff.

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Funded by the Aerospace Corporation

University Showcase – Bold Innovation In Space For Space (Part 1)

Technologies That Boldly Go Into Space – For half a century, space exploration and technology have been Earth-centric. We have explored the earth, orbited the earth and sent images back to earth from distant places. In the next ten years we will make a new commitment: We will go into space to stay. We are committed to space trading, colonizing space, and exploring space not only to stay in space but to expand our human footprint to this solar system. To be successful, we need courageous people and new technology to build and deliver the next generation of space capabilities. We need to seize these space opportunities, avoid potential threats and keep the promise of multi-planet humanity. This session shows our partners USC and MIT giving insights into their space programs. Then there are the university partners UCLA, ASU and Caltech, who are presenting a range of new space technologies. Working with Aerospace Corporation, these new capabilities can be evaluated and incorporated into state space missions for communication, navigation and exploration in space with NASA, NOAA and the Air Force.

Thursday 17th December

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Cislunar Space: Building a self-sustaining lunar economy

We stand on the threshold of a human future after scarcity. The cislunar space, the area between the earth and the moon, holds the keys to an enormous wealth of possibilities.

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Fast Money – Advanced Space Technology with NASA SBIR

Learn more about NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Fast money – NAVWAR SBIR / STTR Primer: The SBIR / STTR is a robust program designed to help small businesses meet government needs while promoting commercialization. This session is dedicated to introducing the program with tips on how to participate and get involved with the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR).

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Quick Money – Introduction to In-Q-Tel Investing in the Commercial Space Sector: In-Q-Tel is a strategic investment firm working with the United States National Security Community. In-Q-Tel has served a mission for 20 years: to provide the US government and its allies with the most sophisticated strategic technical knowledge and skills through its unique investment model. For the past decade, In-Q-Tel has been one of the most active investors in the commercial space sector with a broad investment thesis that touches many aspects of the sector. This session provides an overview of In-Q-Tel as a whole, as well as a discussion of the company's activities in the commercial space sector.

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Fast Money – Enabling a Dual Use Business Model with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)

Learn how you can participate in DIU's development of on-demand access to space, permanent satellite capabilities, and broadband space data transmission

11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Starburst x TechCrunch – Pitch Me to the Moon: Starburst Aerospace and TechCrunch team up to launch a pitch competition like no other – Pitch Me to the Moon. Think of "Startup Battlefield" but for space. Ten promising early-stage space startups (selected by Starburst) have the opportunity to present their innovations live to a jury of top-class jurors from across the industry.

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Funded by the Aerospace Corporation

University Showcase – Bold Innovation In Space For Space (Part 2)

Brave Missions – Space exploration and technology have been Earth-centric for half a century. We have explored the earth, orbited the earth and sent images back to earth from distant places. In the next ten years we will make a new commitment: We will go into space to stay. We are committed to space trading, colonizing space, and exploring space not only to stay in space but to expand our human footprint to this solar system. To be successful, we need courageous people and new technology to build and deliver the next generation of space capabilities. We need to seize these space opportunities, avoid potential threats and keep the promise of multi-planet humanity. This session shows our partners USC and MIT giving insights into their space programs. Then there are the university partners UCLA, ASU and Caltech, who are presenting a range of new space technologies. Working with Aerospace Corporation, these new capabilities can be evaluated and incorporated into government space missions to communicate, navigate, and explore space with NASA, NOAA, and the Air Force.

Phew, talk about a great lineup. You could say it's out of this world – which begs the question, can you hear a rimshot in space? Don't forget to read the rest of our schedule in the Events Agenda and start planning your schedule now.

Pro tip: Say goodbye to FOMO. Our virtual platform makes it easy to switch between the main stage and the breakout sessions. Plus, you'll have access to video when you need it, so you won't miss a beat (excluding the Expo ticket).

Remember, the savings ends with late registration Tuesday December 15th at the 11:59 pm (PT). We also offer discount cards for groups, students, and government, military, and nonprofit employees. Buy the pass that's right for you today!

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