Student's Guide to ISDC 2013
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Ignite Your Space Ideas Or Research and Launch It At ISDC 2013!

ISDC 2013 is offering an opportunity for students to present their ideas or research during a T minus 5 session. The ISDC has reserved academic sessions on Sunday and Monday mornings, May 26 and 27, for high school and college student presentations. Individual students or groups of students who are interested in participating in these sessions are encouraged to submit abstracts for a five minute PowerPoint slide presentation. Submit your presentation topic title and abstract by Monday, May 6 at:

T minus 5 is a series of short talks in the Ignite format. Each speaker gets 5 minutes to talk, with 20 slides that rotate automatically every 15 seconds. Itís a fun format thatís more like karaoke than giving a presentation; itís tough to keep up with your slides, but the friendly crowd cheers you on.

Topics for discussion may be about any original ideas or research related to humankind?s advancement into space including robotics, habitats, art, agriculture, education, railroads, health care, and astronomy.

If your abstract is accepted you will be required to provide your T minus 5 PowerPoint presentation electronically no later than Monday, May 15.

For information about how to make a T minus 5 presentation go to

Conference Registration*

Youth and Full Time Student registration only for ISDC 2013 is cheap:
only $55 through April 15 and $65 thereafter. We will also have single day tickets available soon for which you can register. We are aiming to have that option available by April 30. You can register now at Conference Registration website. Please be advised that NSS and ISDC reserved the right to ask for verification of your student status at anytime before or during the conference.

Transportation Angles

San Diego, California is nicely located and easy to reach by road, rail or air. Non-stop flights to San Diego are available from major cities across the country and around the world.

The hotel (Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine) is conveniently located across the University of California San Diego campus

For more information about San Diego, please visit San Diego Tourism Authority website. Rental cars and public transportation are available.

Lodging Angles

The conference hotel (Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine) "Conference Rate" per night will be $130 plus tax. Taxes ARE ADDITIONAL.

Important Message to Attendees Under 18 Years of Age

All persons under the age of 18 desiring to attend ISDC must have their parent/guardian complete the Waiver of Liability and Medical Authorization for Students (Available soon) and the Student Medical Information (Available soon). Students who do not have this information on file with National Space Society headquarters by May 15, 2013, will NOT be given their registration badges and will NOT be permitted to participate in the Conference in any way. If there is any possibility you will attend ISDC, even if you do not have your Visa yet, we strongly recommend that you have these forms completed and send them Ė before May 15, 2013 Ė by email or fax to: National Space Society, [email protected] or 202-530-0659. You should also bring a copy of the forms with you to be presented at the Registration Desk, just in case there is any problem. Please check back later to download the form.

Networking Opportunities

Bring enough business cards to spread around

*Fine Print. Youth less than age 23 or full-time student (undergraduate and graduate) with current ID are eligible for the Youth and Student Rates. For full-time student rates, we reserve the right to ask for verification of your full time student status at any time.

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