Astronaut Ron Garan: Earthgazing 101
Sunday, March 13
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Westin Austin Downtown
310 E 5th ST
"For the first 15 years of my adult life, I trained to fight the Russians as a fighter pilot during the Cold War. On April 4th, 2011, two and a half decades after joining the U.S. Air Force, I stood at the base of a rocket that would take me and my two Russian crewmates into space from the same launchpad as Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, fifty years before."
Join Ron Garan as he recounts the life changing experience of travelling to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz rocket and seeing the Earth for the first time, along with director Guy Reid (Planetary) and moderated by Jeremy Boxer (former Creative Director at Vimeo).
Guy Reid is an award-winning director, speaker and photographer. Most recently he directed the documentary films Overview (2012) and Planetary (2015), groundbreaking space and natural history films...Show the rest
Guy Reid is an award-winning director, speaker and photographer. Most recently he directed the documentary films Overview (2012) and Planetary (2015), groundbreaking space and natural history films that challenge and inspire viewers to think deeper about our relationship with planet Earth. Planetary, a feature length documentary, premiered at SXSW 2015 and screened at over 25 festivals around the world. On Earth Day it went on to become Vimeo's very first theatrical and VOD released film. For the last eight years he has pushed the boundaries of documentary filmmaking and continue to explore storytelling through other nascent technologies. Guy is currently working on his next film Orbital (2017) for theatres and large format screens.Hide the rest
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Jeremy is an award winning filmmaker and creative director based New York and London. For over 15 years Jeremy has worked at the leading edge of where film, technology and art intersects. As Vimeo’...Show the rest
Jeremy is an award winning filmmaker and creative director based New York and London. For over 15 years Jeremy has worked at the leading edge of where film, technology and art intersects. As Vimeo’s Creative Director of Film & Video, Jeremy was responsible for and led the editorial and creative strategy across all Vimeo platforms and brand partnerships. Jeremy was instrumental in the creation of the Webby award winning Vimeo On Demand and was Co-founder and Directer of the Vimeo Festival & Awards. During his tenure at Vimeo, Jeremy was the lead spokesperson for Vimeo, frequently asked to speak to media and lead panel discussions at all major film festivals around the world including the Toronto Film Festival, Sundance, SXSW, IDFA, and Cannes. Previously Jeremy was a creative director at Hide&Seek, a London based social gaming company, and was instrumental in creating the award winning “221b.sh" for Warner Brother’s "Sherlock Holmes" franchise. As a curator, Jeremy has been Head of Programming for Tribeca Enterprise’s Tomorrow Unlimited as well as 8 years as Head of International Operations and Senior Programmer for the first ever global digital film festival, RESFEST. Throughout his career, Jeremy has worked with the world biggest brands and festivals, including: Warner Brothers, Nike, PlayStation, TED, Tribeca Enterprises, Arts Alliance, Palm Pictures, British Film Institute, Sundance, SXSW, Sonar, and most recently Vimeo. Jeremy graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (Film) with honors in 1996. His thesis film "The Last Supper” won several awards and was screened at Sundance. As a DP, Jeremy has shot over 40 films. He is currently on the advisory board for SXSW Film, Sonar +D, Pause Fest, Hackateer Ventures, and is also a mentor for NYU’s Cinema Research Institute.Hide the rest
Ron is a highly decorated Fighter Pilot and Test Pilot, Explorer, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problem...Show the rest
Ron is a highly decorated Fighter Pilot and Test Pilot, Explorer, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world.
Ron is a current NASA astronaut who has traveled 71,075,867 miles in 2,842 orbits of our planet during more than 178 days in space and 27 hours and 3 minutes of EVA during four spacewalks. He flew on both the US Space Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Ron is also an aquanaut and participated in the joint NASA-NOAA, NEEMO-9 mission, an exploration research mission held in Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research laboratory. During this mission he and the crew spent 18 continuous days living and working on the ocean floor.
Ron’s present assignment is in NASA's Open Innovation Initiative, which seeks to increase openness, transparency, collaboration, and innovation within government. In this capacity, Ron has been involved in many global mass collaboration and citizen science programs.
Ron has a very large social media following and has been effectively using these platforms to tell the success story of the US and International Space Programs and started an initiative called Fragile Oasis (fragileoasis.org) to use the "Orbital Perspective" to inspire people to improve life on Earth.
Working in partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Ron is leading an effort called Unity Node to develop a universal, open source, collaborative platform to enable humanitarian organizations around the world to work together toward their common goals and is assisting USAID to establish an applied research for development program.
Outside his work with the US government, Ron is also a serial entrepreneur and has founded multiple business enterprises and social-impact focused startups including Manna Energy Ltd. which was created to leverage the $120B/year Carbon Market to finance humanitarian projects in developing countries. Manna Energy Ltd. is the first organization in the world to successfully register a United Nations Clean Development Mechanism carbon credit program for water treatment. Manna also developed, under contract with a partner organization the largest water treatment intervention conducted by a private organization – a four million person program operating in Kenya, completely funded by carbon credits.
Ron represented Manna Energy Ltd. as one of ten global innovators in the field of water purification during the 2009 Launch-Water forum (sponsored by NASA, US State Dept., USAID, and Nike).Hide the rest