March 05, 2014 09:30 ET

Friday Panel at SXSW Interactive Examines Taking the Collaborative Economy to Space

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Mar 5, 2014) - What does the future of the space economy look like; will it be the first true realization of a collaborative economy? A collaborative economy, as Jeremiah Owyang explains, is "an economic model of shared ownership and access between people, startups and corporations all working together." 

On Friday March 7, 2014, a panel of four renowned individuals in the space industry will examine how this notion of a Collaborative Economy relates to the space industry, at South by Southwest® Interactive (SXSW®). SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today by providing a big-picture analysis of the future.

Within the long debate of building collaborative public and private partnerships to improve global relations and create a new global economy, many argue that we're constrained by our current constructs. However, what if society moves in a different direction -- more specifically, upward, to space?

The four panelists, brought together by Google Lunar XPRIZE, will offer perspective and insight during the panel, Taking the Collaborative Economy to Space. Established by varying backgrounds, goals, and personal challenges, and a familiar interest in space and the Google Lunar XPRIZE, guests can listen to an inspiring discussion from:

  • Andrew Barton,
    Director of Technical Operations, Google Lunar XPRIZE
  • Anousheh Ansari,
    First Female Private Space Explorer & First Space Ambassador
    Member of XPRIZE Board of Trustees
  • Bob Richards,
    Founder & CEO of Moon Express
    Competitor in the Google Lunar XPRIZE
  • Ruben Nunez,
    Director & Project Lead of Omega Envoy
    Competitor in the Google Lunar XPRIZE

"The Google Lunar XPRIZE is excited by this concept; our goal is stimulating a NewSpace economy around low cost, efficient access to the Moon, and inspiring and engaging citizens around the world with science, technology and innovation," says Andrew Barton, director of technical operations for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. "We look forward to the panelists' perspective on space economies today and their energized debates about the future of the NewSpace economy and what this means for the world."

The discussion takes place on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 3:30pm - 4:30pm in the "Lone Star" room at the Omni Downtown (700 San Jacinto Blvd) in Austin, TX. For more information, visit Follow the conversation at social tags @glxp and #spaceECON.

About the Google Lunar XPRIZE:

The $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a privately funded team must successfully place a robot on the moon's surface that explores at least 500 meters and transmits high-definition video and images back to Earth. For more information, go to

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