2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

NASA Prizes: Dream it, Make it, Win it

Sunday, March 15
3:30PM - 4:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon 2
110 E 2nd St


Giant. Novelty. Check. Need we go on?

NASA is home to some pretty intelligent science and engineering experts, but some of our best ideas come from you, the citizen inventor. And great ideas can lead to big wins in one of our many prize competition programs, where we crowd-source fresh, innovative solutions from the garage tinkerer, the university student or the weekend maker. Helping NASA accelerate technology can put millions in your pocket - and you can take that giant cardboard check to the bank. Well, actually, you can’t. They won’t cash it. But we will definitely also give you a proper-sized check.

In this panel, representatives from NASA’s Prizes and Challenges Programs share how anyone from the public who wants to get involved in helping develop meaningful solutions can participate and hunt for ideas, and win prize money in the process. Dream it. Make it. Win it.


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Jason Crusan

Dir Advanced Exploration Systems Division


Jason Crusan is a Program Manager with a passion for a entrepreneurial approach to managing projects through leveraging investments and technology partnerships with industry, academia, government agencies and national laboratories.

Jenn Gustetic

Asst Dir for Open Innovation

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Sam Ortega

Centennial Challenges Program Mgr


Sam Ortega is the program manager of NASA's Centennial Challenges Program at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Ortega leads day-to-day oversight and management of the Centennial Chal...

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Zoe Szajnfarber

Asst Professor of Engineering Mgmt & Systems Engineering & Intll Affairs

The George Washington University

Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at the George Washington University. Her research seeks to understand the fundamental dynamics of inn...

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