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NASA Social at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive
March 10, 2013

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NASA will host a one-day event for 20 of its social media followers on March 10, 2013, as part of the week-long 2013 SXSW® Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The SXSW Interactive Festival features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, the SXSW Trade Show and a lineup of special programs showcasing the best new digital works, video games and innovative ideas the international community has to offer.

Participants will get special one-day access to NASA's SXSW interactive panels and hear from and meet NASA scientists, engineers, astronauts, managers and the folks behind the agency's social media efforts.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Take part on Sunday, March 10, in one of the most energetic, inspiring and creative events of the year.
  • Learn about NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, the most ambitious telescope ever constructed. Hubble's tennis court-sized successor will be 100 times more powerful and orbit far beyond Earth's Moon, where it will beam back images of the universe's first galaxies as well as celestial objects hidden by clouds of cosmic dust.
  • View the full-sized Webb telescope model outdoors, and then get an in-depth look at the perplexing questions the telescope is designed to answer: How did the universe form? Is our solar system unique? Are we alone in the cosmos?
  • Visit the NASA Experience Tent, filled with displays, videos, multimedia products and hands-on activities. As part of the NASA tent, Microsoft Research will be running their World Wide Telescope on a 10'x20' visualization wall that lets users fly through the universe and explore planets, stars, etc.
  • Join Astronaut Ron Garan and others from NASA to socialize and discuss the latest innovations in space technology. Mingle with the pros and exchange stories about your favorite space mission.
  • Meet the people behind NASA's Mars Curiosity landing social media campaign, see what helped NASA capture the public's attention and what's in store for the mission.
  • Meet NASA designers who want to share a little about the history of the user experience in space, check out state-of-the-art tools aboard the space station and learn how to use free online tools to engage with NASA missions.
  • Attend a star party with speakers ranging from astrophysicists to astronauts to Nobel laureates.

For more information about the SXSW Interactive Festival, visit: http://sxsw.com/interactive

What is a NASA Social?
A NASA Social is an informal meeting of people who use social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Participants at this event will be provided a unique NASA in-person experience at SXSW, which they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite social network.

Guests will have an opportunity to see a life-sized model of the world's largest space telescope, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, along with bigger-than-life exhibits, educational events, interactives, visualizations, scientists and much more at the South by Southwest (SXSW®) Festival. The NASA Social at SXSW® will be free. Registration badges are required for access to the SXSW Conference, Festival and Trade Show events. For more information about the festival, visit: http://sxsw.com/interactive

How do I register?
Registration opens at 10 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, and closes at 5 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 21. Participants will be randomly selected from qualified online registrations. Registration is for one person only (you) and is non-transferable.
Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Do I need to have a social media account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for active social media users who follow NASA on Twitter (@NASA, @NASASocial), Facebook (NASA) or Google+ (NASA). The goal of NASA Social is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via social networks to meet in person and discuss science and exploration.

Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the hashtags #NASASXSW and #NASASocial. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @NASASocial and via posts to Facebook and Google+.

If you are not a regular user of social media and just want to learn more about NASA, we offer other ways to connect with us. You can begin at www.nasa.gov

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to Austin, Texas, and attend the one-day event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities.

Some events and participants scheduled to appear at the event are subject to change without notice. NASA and SXSW are not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. NASA and SXSW, moreover, are not responsible for loss or damage incurred if the event is cancelled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

NASA has made special guest access arrangements for the participants of the NASA Social. To attend other sessions or parts of the event, you must register separately for SXSW.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Does my registration include a guest?
Because of space limitations, you may not bring a guest. Each registration provides a place for one person only (you) and is non-transferable. Each individual wishing to attend must register separately.

What if I cannot come to Austin, Texas?
If you cannot come to Austin to attend the NASA Social in person, you should not register. You can follow the conversation using the #NASASocial hashtag on Twitter.

If you cannot make this NASA Social, don't despair; NASA is planning others in the near future at various locations. Check back on http://www.nasa.gov/social for updates.

When will I know if I am selected?
After registrations have been received and processed, an email with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected and those on the waitlist. We expect to send notifications no later than Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Does registration for and/or attendance at the NASA Social qualify me for media accreditation?
Your NASA Social registration and/or attendance does not qualify you for news media credentials now or in the future.

Have a question not answered here? Need more information? Help is available by sending an email to HQ-Social@mail.nasa.gov.

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