The 5th Annual EMER-GEN® program has launched registration for young professionals enthusiastic about a career in space. A joint initiative of the AMOS Conference and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), EMER-GEN kicks off September 7 with a series of pre-event webinars with a focus on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship among the cohort.

The cohort will come together on Maui, Hawaii September 25-27 for the main program that features professional development, skill building, mentoring and networking. Throughout the program, participants working in teams will be challenged to solve/hack a problem to create new opportunities for space-based technologies.

Four young professionals on the planning committee help shape the program along with the host organizers, Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB.) Two representatives nominated by SGAC, Rishin Aggarwal, Indian Space Research Organization, and Eniko Molnar, Satellite Applications Catapult (UK) are joined by 2021 Alum Zachary Stein, of The Boeing Company, a resident of Maui. 2020 alum, Quentin Verspieren of the University of Tokyo, returns to the committee to provide his experience and knowledge of the program, space policy and consensus building.

The young professionals in the planning committee help us to keep the program both fresh and relevant to our target audience,” said Sandy Ryan, Conference Director for MEDB. “It is good to hear new approaches or topics as well as what worked well from the previous years to continue to grow.”

MEDB draws upon the help of guest speakers and advisers from industry, government, academia and NGOs for an EMER-GEN experience that offers:

  • Mentoring with renowned space specialists from the public sector (military and civil), private sector, and nongovernmental organizations
  • Networking with other young professionals
  • Technical Short course presented by specialists in space situational awareness
  • Professional Development sessions to enhance effectiveness in a global environment

Scholarships are available for Hawaii-based residents as the program looks to help build the Hawaii aerospace sector.

Learn more about the program and schedule and how to apply at

The Space Generation Advisory Council is a global non-governmental, non-profit (US 501(c)3) organization and network which aims to represent university students and young space professionals ages 18 to 35 to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia. The SGAC network of members, volunteers and alumni has grown to more than 13,000 members representing more than 150 countries .

The 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 domain awareness. The cross section of military, contractor, and academic participation fuels important dialogue and collaboration on a national and international scale.