Global Instigator, Science Hack Day
Author, What's It Like In Space?
Ariel Waldman is the founder of Spacehack.org, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration, and the global instigator of Science Hack Day. She is also an Institute for the Future 2013 Fellow. Previously, she worked at NASA’s CoLab program whose mission was to connect communities inside and outside NASA to collaborate. Ariel has also been a sci-fi movie gadget columnist for Engadget and a digital anthropologist at VML.
Recently, Ariel was appointed to a congressionally-commissioned committee run by the National Academy of Sciences on the future of human spaceflight. She is the author of What's in Like in Space? Stories from Astronauts Who've Been There and a white paper on Democratized Science Instrumentation that was presented to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Ariel has been awarded grants for her work on Science Hack Day from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. She has keynoted DARPA’s 100 Year Starship Symposium and O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention, as well as appeared on the SyFy channel as part of their “Let’s Imagine Greater” campaign.