Star Trek and Science Nerds Unite at These Panels at SXSW


As you may have noticed over the past few days, there are a ton of panels, screenings, and concerts at SXSW this weekend and next. While there’s no way for a single person to cover everything, here are 3 panels the nerds among us will love:


Panel: Giving the Tricorder Life Fifty Years After Star Trek

Sunday, March 13, 11:00am, JW Marriott, MedTech Stage

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and an important cultural milestone where science fiction inspires reality, thanks to the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. The epic sci-fi series was first to imagine a future where we all have portable, handheld wireless devices that monitor and diagnose our health conditions. Now, the Tricorder is coming to life.  Come hear medtech experts and Star Trek’s original doctor, Robert Picardo, explore the voyage of science fiction to reality and the future of personalized medicine.

Panel: Oceans vs Space: Which is Really the Final Frontier?

Sunday, March 13, 5:00pm, Westin, Paramount 2-3

While many consider space to be the “final frontier,” human beings have only explored an estimated 5% of our oceans. Over 500 people have journeyed into space and a dozen have walked on the surface of the moon, while only three human beings have explored the deepest known point of the ocean. Come listen as #TeamOcean dukes it out with #TeamSpace over which frontier will have the greatest impact on generations to come.

World Premiere of Moon Shot. The story of the Google Lunar XPRIZE

Monday, March 14, 12:30pm, Austin Convention Center, Ballroom C

The screening will be followed by a panel and Q&A with the filmmakers

 Moon Shot— the documentary web series made in partnership between Bad Robot, Epic Digital, Google about the Google Lunar XPRIZE will have its WORLD PREMIERE at SXSW on Monday, March 14th. This 9-episode series directed by Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel and Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, tells the remarkable stories of the 16 groups vying to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a $30 million competition for privately-funded teams to land a robot on the surface of the Moon.  Following SXSW, Moon Shot will debut on Google Play on March 15th and on YouTube on March 17th.


Moon Shot After Party Hosted by Google, Bad Robot and Epic Digital

Monday, March 14, 7:00pm, The Belmont, 305 W. 6th St.

Appearances by Google Lunar XPRIZE teams, Series Filmmakers, Lunar Rovers, and a Top-Secret Special Guest



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