Our March event was SpaceUp Phoenix. This was an un-conference held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 as part of the Arizona Science and Technology Festival. The event ran from 9 am until 4 pm on the campus of Mesa Community College (MCC) and was sponsored by the by the Phoenix chapters of the National Space Society, the Moon Society, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The Arizona State University (ASU) branch of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) were very helpful in promoting the event to their members. Mike Mackowski served as the event chair. Speakers included Planetary Society president Jim Bell, Space Access Society president Henry Vanderbilt, former NSS president Charlie Walker, former deputy director of NASA Glenn Research Center Rich Christiansen, and Pete Swan, president of the International Space Elevator Consortium.
MCC provided several rooms for the event in building PS15 at no cost to the sponsoring groups. Preregistration, including Google Documents sign-up form, survey form, and Paypal registration payments, were provided by the AIAA section. Members of AIAA and SEDS and other volunteers did most of the on-site registration and hospitality staffing. MCC staff purchased refreshments in advance, arranged a coffee service from the campus food service, and picked up pizzas for lunch.
Total attendance, including speakers, was around 65 people, with 42 registered in advance. As people came and went during the day, the average attendance at any one time was about forty. Remarks from visitors and guest speakers suggested that attendees enjoyed the conference and were happy with the content and quality of the presentations. Comments from attendees during the event were very positive. Folks seemed to be having a good time, and I observed a lot of side conversations and interaction among the invited speakers and other attendees.
I thought this event went really well and was a lot of fun. For photos and other information, please see the SpaceUp Phoenix website: