NASA, Partners Announce LAUNCH: Systems Challenge Forum
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2013
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA, the U.S. Agency
for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and Nike Inc.
will host the fifth forum of the LAUNCH initiative at NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28.
This year's forum, LAUNCH: Systems Challenge, seeks to identify and accelerate
solutions in futuristic materials that will help enable exploration beyond our
atmosphere and reduce humanity's harmful footprint on our planet. Ten
finalists were chosen to attend the forum to work with experts from government
During the forum, LAUNCH innovators will discuss their most pressing business
and program issues with LAUNCH Council members, who represent the business,
textile, investment, international development, policy, engineering, science,
communications and sustainability sectors. The sessions are designed to
identify key challenges and opportunities for the entrepreneurs' innovations
in an effort to accelerate their solutions toward greater global impact.
Innovators were chosen for their groundbreaking technologies and programs.
Considerations included the potential to revolutionize the future of fabrics
and low-impact production; demonstration of a clear commitment to positive
social and environmental impact and reducing the harmful consumption of
planetary resources; and the potential to help unlock a new era of
A link to live video of the conference, along with additional information on
the innovations, is available online at:
Media interested in attending the forum should contact Molly Conroy at
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