Mentoring is a popular aspect of the EMER-GEN Program

The 3rd annual EMER-GEN® program is going virtual and extending itself to a longer schedule and a wider reach.  A joint initiative of the AMOS Conference and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), EMER-GEN is designed especially for young professionals and students enthusiastic about careers in space.

EMER-GEN has grown to include webinars before and after the main event with a focus on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship among the cohort. The program kicks off August 26 with an introductory webinar and there will be a second webinar one week later before diving into the four-day intensive September 12-15.  The main event overlaps with the annual AMOS Conference which will also be virtual and runs September 15-18.

Through the whole EMER-GEN program, participants will be challenged to solve/hack a problem to create new opportunities for space-based technologies.  Four additional webinars after the main program will provide further mentoring as teams complete the hack-a-thon challenge.

The program is developed with the help of the young professionals of the planning committee including two representatives from the SGAC – Quentin Verspieren, Intelligent Space Systems Laboratory, The University of Tokyo; and Michael Barton, a.i. solutions and 2018 and 2019 Cohort.  They are joined by Amber Imai, a member of the 2019 EMER-GEN cohort and an Avionics Engineer with Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory.

“EMER-GEN was one of the best experiences I ever had.” said Amber Imai-Hong, Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory. “I got to network with other young professionals and with the mentors as well. It was interesting to work with people from so many different backgrounds in the space industry and learn new things that I am not necessarily familiar with. I want to help expand the space industry in Hawaii so our young professionals can work here.”

With a registration deadline extended to August 12, the virtual program has already attracted applications from a diverse range of countries including Angola, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Mexico, New Zealand, as well as the United States.

The EMER-GEN program offers professional development with presentations, panel discussions and mentoring with renowned space leaders from the public sector (military and civil), private sector, academia, and NGOs.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Communication in Multicultural, Generationally Diverse, Sector, and Team Settings
  • Leadership
  • Consensus Building
  • Emerging Nations

Participants will also be exposed to a technical short course which serve to upgrade or expand technical job skills and help remain abreast of recent developments in respective fields of interest.

SGAC is a global non-governmental, non-profit organization and network that aims to represent university students and young space professionals ages 18 to 35 to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia.

The 21st Annual Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference, a program of the Maui Economic Development Board, is the premier technical conference in the nation devoted to space surveillance. The cross section of military, contractor, and academic participation fuels important dialogue and collaboration on a national and international scale.

For further details on the EMER-GEN program and registration, please go