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Design Day at the Yard!
May 20 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
DESIGN DAY AT THE YARD
with partners NYC x DESIGN, Smart Design, Methuselah Foundation, and featuring NASA’s Deep Space Food Challenge
Design open studios: 12 pm – 4 pm
Panel discussion: 5 pm – 6:30 pm
In celebration of NYC x DESIGN Festival, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is a vibrant ecosystem of design – all phases of the design process from concept to prototyping to refinement unfold across our 300-acre campus. Step inside the Yard to meet entrepreneurs defining the future of design from production realization to sustainably sourced food and explore diverse design fields from fashion to photography to applied design and more.
The Yard is one of the city’s most iconic innovation centers with a legacy of supporting technology, invention, innovation, and workforce development for more than 200 years. As we undergo plans for expansion, the Yard is increasingly a hub for design and thought-leadership attracting local, national, and international brands.
This event is geared towards design professionals and innovation leaders – individual designers, business owners, and design-focused media outlets – as well as customers and clients looking to buy direct and collaborate with local designers. The Brooklyn Navy Yard is where the fortune 500 come to work with the most future-facing organizations.
DESIGN OPEN STUDIOS: 12 pm – 4 pm
Featured Partner: Smart Design
Smart Design helps ambitious organizations build the future. We are an independently-owned strategic design company that humanizes products, services, and experiences through deep research, insights and design strategies. Powered by passion and purpose, we design to help people and businesses thrive.
Featured Partner: Methuselah Foundation
Methuselah Foundation is a biomedical charity established to extend the healthy human lifespan. The Foundation incubates and sponsors mission-critical ventures, scientific research, and open innovation challenges that accelerate breakthroughs with the goal of making 90 the new 50 by 2030. In coordination with NASA Centennial Challenges, the Canadian Space Agency, and Impact Canada, the Methuselah Foundation administers the Deep Space Food Challenge.
Featured Guest: NASA Centennial Challenges
NASA Centennial Challenges were initiated in 2005 to directly engage the public in the process of advanced technology development. The program offers incentive prizes to generate revolutionary solutions to problems of interest to NASA and the nation. The program seeks innovations from diverse and non-traditional sources. Competitors are not supported by government funding and awards are only made to successful teams when the challenges are met.
Featured Presentation: NASA Deep Space Food Challenge Innovation Showcase at Smart Design
NASA’s Deep Space Food Challenge is an international competition where teams create novel, game-changing food technologies that efficiently produce nutritious and delicious food for both those on Earth and Astronauts on long-duration space missions. Come meet the teams and see mind-blowing tech demos from both Phases One and Two of the Deep Space Food Challenge.
The Deep Space Food Challenge is a coordinated effort between NASA and the Canadian Space Agency. Subject matter experts at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida support the competition. The Deep Space Food Challenge is one of NASA’s Centennial Challenges, which are part of the Prizes, Challenges, and Crowdsourcing program within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. The agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages Centennial Challenges. NASA, in partnership with the Methuselah Foundation, oversees the United States and international competitors.
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FEATURED PANEL: 5 pm – 6:30 pm
NASA Deep Space Food Challenge and Beyond at Smart Design
Celebrating the spirit of design and innovation that will make deep space exploration possible
Join John Anderson, Executive Technology Director at Smart Design, as he welcomes Ralph Fritsche, Senior Project Manager for Space Crop Production at NASA, and Conrad Zeidler, Engineer, Food Production Team at the Canadian Space Agency for a discussion on the role and impact of design and innovation as we reach for the stars.
Starting with the NASA Deep Space Food Challenge, they will discuss their approaches and perspectives to designing and developing food production systems, terrestrial analogs and the infrastructure needed to sustain long-duration space missions and everyday life in your home and community.
Registering via this Eventbrite page for the Yard’s design open studios ONLY.
SPACE IS LIMITED. RSVP NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON MAY 16. The event will be live-streamed on Zoom for all.
Building 77 (141 Flushing Ave at Vanderbilt Ave)
Sands Street Gate (399 Sands Street at Navy Street)
GETTING TO THE YARD
By car: THERE IS NO PARKING ON-SITE FOR EVENTS. Car services can easily drop you off at either check-in.
By bus: B57 & B69 take you close to both check-ins
By train: The F at York Street is a 10-minute walk to the Sands Street Gate check-in; the G at Clinton/Washington is a 15-minute walk to the Building 77 check-in.
By NYC Ferry: The Astoria line comes into Dock 72 where you can walk over to Building 77 to check-in and get a map.
By bike: There are Citi Bike racks and traditional bike racks at the Yard.
By registering for the event, you understand that photography and/or video may be taken at the event for marketing or promotional purposes and you consent to being filmed or photographed for such use. Furthermore, you release the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, its officers, employees, and agents, from any liability in connection with such photography or videography and the use thereof, and waive any claims you may have for payment in connection with such materials and the use thereof.
Masks are not required for entry; however, individual design studios may request or require masks to be worn inside their spaces. If masks are required by business owners in their spaces, the Yard expects guests to honor these requests and to be respectful of the rights of each business to manage their space as they see appropriate.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard is smoke-free.