Makerspaces Hacking the Space Industry by Enabling Effective Cross-Industry Collaboration and Enhancing the Space Workforce Development
2:53PM Jul 29, 2020
Welcome back to home, 2020, we have our next speaker, with us right now Nancy Wilson. Thank you very much for attending. Hope 2020 Nancy and you can go right into your presentation. Thank you.
Thank you. Thank you for having me. Yes. Welcome, everyone. This is Nancy c Wilson, and I'm really happy to be with you. My presentation is called makerspace bigger spaces hacking the space industry by enabling effective cross industry collaboration and enhancing the space workforce development. All right. I am the vice chair of International Astronautical Federation on Near Earth Objects, president of this room in a space company, and the designer of belong to all research program. These non technical presentation intends to outline, best practices for everyone, including a space specialist who wishes to participate in or organized cross industry multidisciplinary initiatives, as well as building relations and partnerships with the maker community.
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base belongs to our program and what was the space between seven connecting spaces specialist, and the maker community. What is cross industry collaboration, and our line of cross communication, organizational and workplace culture process, and its implementation, organizing cross industry projects do during covid knighting. Get involved in a space activities conclusion. This presentation is part of the ispace belong to our program. This program was inspired by the outer space treaty signed on January 27 1967 article one.
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especially in seven move we'll examine the lessons learned, achievements and difficulties, from an important unprecedented partnership formed between space professionals tree maker spaces in the DMV area and Wikipedia Wikimedia nonprofit organization this members from the United States
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Since then, my work as an independent scholar in science, technology, and cross collaboration process, winning the space industry, I was invited to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy nation of makers meeting in Washington DC, 2016. Okay, this is the last thing about me. Just so you know, my work in education communication and research within the space industry is what I seek to inform and inspire the general public to learn more about space exploration planetary defense Neil's, and the cosmos through my academic and outreach global activities. I advocate for gender equality to increase woman involvement by making mentoring opportunities more accessible. Across the space industry, great part of my work focuses in the implementation of non traditional models in academia, business and education for various sectors of the space industry. My research studies, the connection between space concepts and societal aspects. I am meant to foster our futures, sustainable diverse and healthy human human colony in aerospace. Alright, let's get to it.
What is this Space Treaty.
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Okay. The Outer Space Treaty was signed on 27th of January, 1967 article one of the Space Treaty, the exploration and use of our space, including the moon and other celestial bodies shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interest of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic and scientific development, and shall be the province of all mankind.
What does the auto space really mean to us.
represents the basically what legal frame work of international space law and the beginning of outer space exploration, due to the advancements in space technology and new research, the idea of living and working in outer space is closer to becoming a reality that previously thought. We can add a space and non space a specialist. Most people know a space through news stories and entertaining. So my know the space technology is making their life easier, but they would not, they will not consider themselves able to contribute in any way. At the same time, the space community has remained mostly among itself. We argue that it is the responsibility of this space especially is to create a new partnership and collaborative projects that connects a space and non space actors and explore new non traditional academic models in environments that can ignite creativity to foster cross industry collaboration, if we wish to continue innovating, as well as enhancing the space industry workforce development.
What was the space belong to all program.
So, five phase, non traditional educational, cultural initiatives that involve a diverse range of activities that included, but was not limited to knowledge transfer new technology research and post them product and project, cultural and educational events in the describe initiative, a space was brought directly to people, and was designed to create partnerships agreements and formalized relations between a space and non space individuals. By applying non traditional collaborative techniques we enable a specialist from other industries, with technical and non technical backgrounds to get involved in space activities. Furthermore, with standard. They initiative repertoire of collaboration formats to make your spaces and nonprofit organizations in order to further disseminate space knowledge, and to get the public involved in space activities.
This initiative has been in Belgium. India and the United States. And today we're going to focus in the one on the United States. In December, 2017 maker spaces and Wikimedia Wikipedia organizations, joined forces through a high altitude alone project called spaceplane will examine the lessons learned, achievements and difficulties, from this unprecedented partnership formed between the space industry professional tree maker spaces in the DC DMV area and Wikipedia Wikimedia as a space claim was a project that included but not limited to knowledge transfer new technology research, and both academic and cultural evidence in here I will describe the spaceplane seven project. I designed this project, looking for it to serve as a blueprint for effective cross pollination thinkery cross industry communication and collaboration process regarding logistics alternative organizational structures and workplace culture as well as providing, problem solving, strategies with innovative solutions to challenges.
This non technical presentation in intends to align best practices for anyone, including space a specialist who wishes to participate in or organized cross industry multidisciplinary initiatives, as well as building relations and partnership with the maker community. Cross industry collaboration, as the new norm for innovation, whereas the growth of any industry, used to be determined by efficiency. These days, it is mostly driven by inspiration and creativity. It is not enough for organizations to give the project within the confines of their own company, or even their own branch of industry, project managers, entrepreneurs, business owners are starting to discover the benefits of cross industry collaboration and learning how to modify the project plan and execution to effectively achieve a strategic innovation.
spaceplane. kyolic development project was designed to bring people together for a shared interest going to space. We will use this space we employ a Sonic, and an examiner cross industry collaboration process, but we will focus on management, organizational logistical communication aspects as well as the project design will outline the most effective steps when working in a cross industry project. When working with a cross industry collaboration concepts. Our first step will be design in a well thought communication plan execution and resources, comes secondary. And what is the main component in cross industry collaboration, communication, communication and communication in the space between seven project, understanding the challenges in organizing a group from different backgrounds, working vitamins styles, communication styles and locations was crucial to ensuring the success of the project to keep the project inclusive educational research oriented and functional, the missions of objective requirements. You have to remain flexible and to a certain degree organic based on individuals capacities. In order to achieve the mission and scope when only five months. As a project manager. I view myself as a translator. Ambassador, and an ambassador. Here are a few things you must consider including in your cross industry project design. You are the one in charge to find common vocabulary, between space and non space actors. If there is conflict, you want to keep a calm, but firm attitude to de escalate situations, considered including in your project design a system that creates an environment where all space and non space actors can communicate effectively. Review your original plan and adjust it as needed in order to achieve the goal of the project. effective cross industry communication, acknowledging the different perspectives of each team approach to differing opinions with inquiry, avoiding the Ask versus them mentality remain positive and see the positive intent of your collaborator. Remember you bought one this don't have a negative reaction to antagonistic behavior but remain positive and focus on the end goal of the project. Be proactive in addressing, and resolve conflict in a sensor professional manner. Ready to rephrase communication between technical and non technical teams can be challenging and non technical. The same goes for teams coming from different industries. You should adjust your vocabulary and terminology accordingly. This is just a quick outline. We're now going into details because it will each aspect can take hours and hours. So this is just an outline. Identify the common factors in relation to all the different aspects of the project, communication goes both ways. design a system that allows everyone to express their thoughts, and to listen to each other without judgment. This is an active skill miscommunication goes both ways. Agree to disagree. This is a subtable. It can be part of a creative process, and it can be it can push the boundaries of innovation. Give the end goal as a priority. Want the project to succeed. The company to win, and the client to want to receive the end product. Appreciate the technical and non technical approach. Equally, because both are required to achieve success.
Do not focus on the problem focus on the solution. Avoid reacting but instead, ask questions to understand where the disconnect happened, set a communication ground rules and watch for communication patterns possible, get a third party in both to make sure both parties are on the same page. Your tone and context. Instead, focus on the team. Not the individuals, this is crucial. accountability is important. Therefore, keeping notes, email, meetings reports in across industry project becomes vital.
Do your best to not take things, personal
communication differences between
space organizations and maker spaces. So let's start with a space organization's communication. It is a good idea, in an initial introduction to include your bio in our CV and definitely include your LinkedIn profile to join a project. Find your big find application is state your reasons clearly in writing, and follow protocol. Get an industry space industry can be a little challenging. So these are a few tips that you want to remember makerspaces based on my experience and research. It is a good idea to have a gentle approach and feel welcome to join their activities without much protocol. It's a very welcoming community. Let's go and talk about the spaceplane seven. I knew organizing a project of this magnitude will be challenging, and many hours were dedicated to logistics communication over 50 documents were written and endures during the process, the project had technical logistical educational outreach goals, as well as to foster creativity, connecting participants to space concepts and to enter the maker culture, operating a team as spread across multiple locations was challenging as the decided of the project, 50% of the communication was with me holding meetings with each organization individually. And this is mostly for people from different industry that wish to create connections with a maker space maker spaces. I had driven to each location at least twice a week for months, it was important to establish those more personal relationship when working with members from maker spaces, which is quite different than the space industry. We don't base, our relationships in personal relationships, we'll be setting, more, more like professional aspects. We use the mixture of communication tools to stay connected, such as conference calls in person meetings, and all participant locations, maintain a Google Groups and a Google Drive account. Cross industry collaboration, non traditional organizational structure. Be willing to explore alternative organizational models, when you are working in a cross industry project. Avoid micromanaging build trust by clearly explaining your intentions, and follow any agreements may practice transparency. This inclusiveness, self learning and self management is in Quraysh basic organizational differences between the space organizations and maker spaces in our industry, just based industry.
We are used to use traditional categorical models
that I believe should change. And I don't see, I don't see it happening anytime soon. Now, makerspaces non traditional they use non traditional organizational models, there is a word of the right of directors to mostly deal with the organization's logistics. So it's a little more flexible in the way that they organize their projects, their decisions, and how they interact with their own community. As spaceplane seven claws cross industry non traditional organizational structure. I implemented a hierarchical group structure, but with a twist. It was only adopted to design responsibilities and what accountability was required self management was encouraged, in order to avoid bureaucratic obstacles we divided the roles and responsibilities between technical and non technical subjects in giving the participants the opinion to get involved and make amendments, according to their own skills, availability and interest in the project. Let's talk about the workplace culture. Cross industry workplace culture, things that you want to keep in mind is what is their social environment. And this is for both ways, both sides have to be questioning itself. So I suggest both of you to do your research. We are about the workplace culture of the organization you all team you want to collaborate with. Keep in mind, different organizations have different ways of interacting with each other, management, clients, etc. to the employment, the employees work in a large offices cubicles alone or together. Most of the time, remain flexible and adaptable, encourage participants to share their ideas, innovation comes from creativity. Okay, do all makerspaces share the same workplace culture. And this is for people that wishes to collaborate with maker spaces so it's an easy answer. No. Each makerspace has its unique workplace culture. They have different styles in terms of communication project development, social interaction, etc. This tip is for professionals from other industries that wish to collaborate, or work within the maker maker space community. Do your research in terms of workplace culture to find the best fit for you. If you don't, I can guarantee you that you will run into issues. It's quite different from how we handle our workplace culture within the space industry, organizations, basic workplace cultural culture differences between the space organizations and maker spaces. The space organizations, workplace culture, the etiquette and rules will be usually easy to find. It will be in the project or company, HR documents makerspaces their workplace culture, various, and it can be for as outsiders, it can be a little tricky to learn. So again, I suggest you to go to different maker spaces do your research and find the best fit for you. Organizing cross industry projects to bring COVID-19 between a space, especially as a maker spaces. Now we do have a current project ongoing an ongoing current project. I can't really give much details about it because we're still in the planning phase, but a few things that we have learned in these few months, is that the global crisis due to go COVID-19 has somehow forced us to rethink how we could take cross industry communication and collaboration to the next level.
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One thing that we're doing more than ever, is holding between meetings with our own teams as necessary to clarify information before bringing it to the general meeting. That will save you a lot of time, and it will be less confusing for both things. One of our breakout is, is to keep everyone safe, avoid unnecessary traveling travel and gatherings prioritize and make use of online technology. Some of us are still learning about it, have an honest conversation with your project managers, team members, sponsors of client or clients about the future of the project. During the current global crisis. It is possible to continue during this time, or do we need to pass them. These are questions that you that you want to that you want to ask yourself, and you want us your team revisit your procurement commitments, discuss all possible scenarios for your project, de might be affected due to COVID-19. Consider increasing the frequency of your meetings. I know not everybody likes that. But it's all about communication now. Now more than ever, open and honest communication, could potentially save your cross industry project. Again, and I'm going to keep repeating this, keep an optimistic approach when there is some uncertainty. Remember, we are learning to deal with the current circumstances, as we go.
Implement the review cycle.
Again, implement the review cycle, be ready to adjust your project plan as needed. And I suggest you review cycle should go. If it's not weekly at least every other week.
You never know what is going to happen in this days.
Let's see, a cross industry project between a space, especially a makers maker spaces. So here I'm going to give you a few a few. A couple of makerspaces that already has.
They're already happening working with, with
have been working in a space activities. So one of them is the garden is a co working space in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The main organizers of the garden are also involved in one of the most popular space parties, called jurists night. Now we have of course they have a space blame my integrated and multidisciplinary approach may collaboration between a space especially is and members of Iraq, Bill Science Center, maker spacing Marian and allocated hacker space in Maryland and hack dc in DC possible. Okay. These are some examples of space activities connected to maker spaces. We already talked about the garden juries not what is yours now. You might ask, yours nigh Patty's on events are held around the world, every April in commemoration of the astronaut George Tonkin, becoming the first human to venture into space. On April 12 1961. Then we have correlator maker space, who used to host superset. Now, unfortunately, Kyle current correlator makerspace closed, a year or so ago, unfortunately. So currently, silver sad is operating from the Rob. Rob Bell Science Center, which is in a library in brockville. Silver sat is a community based nonprofit for students in grades six to 12 in silver as well. Now in Rockville, Maryland, rockville Michigan in rockville. With A Mission of building and launching cube SATs. This is actually a really quite interesting local project, that if you're interested in the space activities I suggest you to contact them. They are always looking for volunteers. When I brought that high altitude balloon project proposal to each of the tree maker spaces, I had to carefully think how I will answer the next question. And again, if you weren't an outsider.
You're coming from a different industry and you wish to collaborate with the maker community. We're ready
to answer this question. Why should I care about getting involved in a space activities, such as a high altitude alone. Ah, it took me months to answer that question and if I go into those details. It took many hours, many meetings, which each organization. And in a different presentation we can go into the details. Or you can always contact me. Now, I want to give you a song.
A few of our most famous
organizations and projects. Space related and hoping that you will want to get involved with us and volunteer with us. So we have Astro day, what is our three day is an organization supported by the UN, and we celebrate them we celebrated. We celebrate Astro day in June, 3, June 30, every year. We have a very nice volunteer programs so if you wish to learn more about asteroids NEOs and Planetary the files, probably this is an organization that you could potentially, potentially, join and volunteer with. Then we have word space week now war space week will give you the opportunity as a non as Space Act or to create your own space project. And they will help you with advertising your own project through a space Warwick, through their own channels. So this is a quite interesting. Base project the sprays organization that we have, they will have satellite satellite for the ones that are in Washington DC is
a space conference. And he haven't seen they have been seeing the convention center. Every year, unfortunately this year.
We have to. It was disrupted, and we couldn't really go through all three or four days, that the conference supposed to last but I'm
disrupted. A lot of a lot of things, not just for the space industry but for all different industries, but this is a great place to also collaborate and volunteer they are, they are very welcoming. In terms of volunteers. Then we have juris knife. Another project that is always looking for volunteers. And you can also organize your own space, buddy. And that will give you guidance and they have the resources to help you out. Now, explore Mars, if you are obsessed. Most of us coming from the industry are. This is an organization that isn't charged to to organize every year, they humans to Mars summit is going to happen. Virtually in October. 2020. Then we have assent Power BI ay ay ay ay ay ay ay ay ay ay ay ay ay. And unfortunately, this is another conference that is going virtually well actually is a great way to tell us how virtual conferences, look like. It will happen in November, from the 16th to the 18th 2020. And they also are always looking for volunteers. So, these are one of the feel, organizations that are very flexible. And they always have
a volunteer program.
Let's see, let's continue. Now, the ISC International Astronomical conference, which is powered by the International Astronautical Federation, based in Paris, the IC is in one place and time of the year we're all global space, actors come together. The event attracts more than 6000 participants participants. Each year, covering all space sectors and topics. It offers, everyone the latest space information and developments in academia, industry networking opportunities, contacts, and potential partnerships. And as always, we have great people coming into our conferences like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and they choose. They choose conference like this one, too, to talk about the new developments in the space activities. Okay cross industry collaboration building bridges between space industry and the maker community maker spaces provides, and this is the reason why I created this this presentation, which goes into the outline of some, some basic practices that we can have when organizing across industry project maker spaces provide hands on learning how critical thinking skills blast they both sell the most self confidence makerspaces are also fostering entrepreneurship and are being generalized as incubators and accelerators for business startups. We argue that maker spaces technology, knowledge transfer model can enhance the space workforce development, and lead to innovative research, inspiring the next generation inside and outside the space community. And this is one of the reasons when I'm sending my presentations to do a space conferences and I talk to my peers and my colleagues. I talk about maker spaces to them, which is quite important to get to know each other.
Go see industry collaboration, get involved in space activities. These are very interesting facts and not to not to know everybody knows
this called disruptive technology
is a space technology is what is best technology is used in everyday life. And these are just found facts. The technologies behind inventions, like portable vacuum cleaners, blankets, invisible braces, and many more were first discovered by NASA solely for space exploration. Other technological advancements Viognier by Space Research include cardio pumps, artificial limbs, the internet. And the camera sensors, among many, many more diverse baby formula. So if you want to learn more about disruptive technology, I suggest you do some research is quite interesting. Okay, we're almost at the end. And this presentation was titled makerspaces hacking the space industry by enabling effective cross industry collaboration and enhancing the space workforce development. Cross industry, building bridges between space, and space industry and the maker community. Wow This presentation is each aspect mentioned in this presentation can take many hours of explanation. In this presentation, we outline. Only the basic components of cross industry collaboration between a space a specialist and the maker community. If you wish to learn more about cross industry collaboration process, please contact me on LinkedIn. As Nancy Wolfson, or you can email me at lessons by firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you,
Thank you. Thank you very much, Nancy that was very an excellent presentation and learned a lot about the space program and how important makerspaces are, and I had a question. Also, has there been any efforts by the main private space companies like SpaceX and those types to also collaborate with maker spaces or is it mostly like NASA and government agencies, collaboration,
well as right now. They're quite focused on their own thing. Unfortunately, some of us think that having a bigger vision of what is out there, outside our industry will really truly benefit our space industry, and our space program. Unfortunately, and I said, unfortunately, The major actors in the space industry are not necessarily looking into opening doors for close collaboration with a maker community, but this is why one of my one of my missions is to start building those bridges in between. So, I said before. One of the things that I usually do is I talk about education, and I bring the maker culture I bring the maker spaces. Invite them and then and what I have learned from his from connecting them and from collaborating with them is, and I bring that to my peers to my colleagues in the space industry, but just to answer your question, unfortunately at this point. As you can see, we're making. We're taking bigger steps, winning the space industry. But in terms of collaboration across industry collaboration, psi our own industry. We still have a long way to go.
I hope I answered your question.
The questions was, the,
the challenge between collaboration and competition. However, you know, I think the maker spaces are a great way for people to get involved with the space and and advance their personal developments and technology like that.
Oh yes, absolutely, especially if the maker spaces have activities you know with 3d printing and robotics and all of these. All of these activities are connected to things that we, we are generalizing and we talk about in the space industry. So, you know, I definitely see that connection between the in the space industry, as well as actors and the maker culture. So, let's let's make that bridge bigger louder and more clear for both sides.
All right. Well, thank you very much. We. I think we've covered all the questions we have. I want to thank you for presenting here at hope 2020 and on behalf of all the attendees and the volunteers and everybody here I hope 2020. We thank you for sharing with us.
Thank you so much for having me. And see you next time.
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