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What in the world is a space unconference? If you've ever had a great hallway conversation with fascinating people, the kind that makes you want to stay in the hall and talk for hours, you know exactly what an unconference feels like. If you get excited watching a rocket launch or learning about asteroid mining, then you can imagine how awesome it would be to talk with the people who build these things for a living. That's SpaceUp.

SpaceUp brings together the space community – engineers, scientists, teachers, students, fans – to share what excites them in a informal, welcoming setting. (It's an amazing time for space exploration, so there's always something new to talk about.) We borrowed the format from the tech community back in 2010, and it's been going strong at SpaceUp events around the world since then.

Who are we? A group of SpaceUp organizers formed the SpaceUp Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people host local space unconferences so we can bring together as many people as possible. We provide a non-profit structure for hosting the events, manage shared assets like the SpaceUp logo, and promote events from our website and social media accounts. 

What's the money for? Part of your patronage covers basic Foundation expenses, which gives us the time and focus to push forward as many SpaceUps in as many places around the world as possible. We're all volunteers with day jobs, but we're building a strong network of people, companies, venues, and media outlets to make each SpaceUp better than the last.
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That's no Moon colony. Rather, it's a shared workspace in San Diego where SpaceUp staff can coordinate unconference planning and focus away from their day jobs. (San Diego is where SpaceUp started, and the Foundation is incorporated as a public benefit corporation in California, so it makes sense to put down roots there.)
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