Room 2 

11:40 - 12:40 


Talk (60 min)

On Becoming a Space-Faring Civilization

What will it take for humanity to become a space-faring civilization?


Join Richard Campbell as he talks about the near-term technologies that are moving this idea closer to reality. The first problem is getting up there - and improvements in rocket design have substantially lowered the cost of access to space. Then the question - what do we do up there? And how do we stay? And is that even possible in the long term? Why bother being a space-faring civilization?

Richard Campbell

Richard Campbell wrote his first line of code in 1977. His career has spanned the computing industry both on the hardware and software sides, development, and operations. He was a co-founder of Strangeloop Networks, acquired by Radware in 2013, and was on the board of directors of Telerik, which was acquired by Progress Software in 2014. Today, he is a consultant and advisor to a number of successful technology firms and is the founder and chairman of Humanitarian Toolbox (, a public charity that builds open-source software for disaster relief. Richard also hosts three podcasts: .NET Rocks! ( for .NET developers, RunAs Radio ( for IT Professionals, and Windows Weekly (