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Innovators WEEK & Gala

Thank you for joining us as we welcomed the 2021 Class of Astronaut Scholars and honored the 2020 Neil Armstrong™ Award of Excellence Recipient. Stay tuned for details regarding the 2022 Innovators Gala.


Overview

The Innovators Week & Gala celebrates and awards the new class of Astronaut Scholars, the Innovators of Tomorrow. Additionally, the Neil Armstrong™ Award of Excellence is presented to an Astronaut Scholar Alumni who exemplifies personal character, professional achievement and impact in their field. These criteria embody Neil Armstrong’s core values and those of his colleagues, including the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle and International Space Station astronauts.


Honorees & Speakers

A Word From the 2020 Neil Armstrong™ Award of Excellence Honoree

Christina Koch, Astronaut Scholar Alum and 2020 Neil Armstrong™ Award of Excellence Recipient virtually accepts this honor.




Health & Safety for Innovators Week & Gala

COVID Procedures for Innovators Week & Gala (as of August 4, 2021)

* We understand the guidelines are continually being updated, the current CDC guidelines will be enforced during Innovators Week & Gala.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation will be following the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local health and safety organizations, to ensure the utmost safety for all of our guests. ASF staff will continue to wear face masks out of an abundance of caution.

ASF will be taking the following precautions for events during Innovators Week & Gala:

  • Astronaut Scholar Technical Conference: Seating will be set theatre style and socially distant. Masks are strongly recommended for all guests regardless of vaccination.

  • Innovators Pre-Gala Reception: High top tables will be set socially distant. Masks are strongly recommended for all guests regardless of vaccination, while not seated, eating or drinking.

  • Innovators Gala: Gala tables will hold a max of 6 guests, and tables will be socially distant at 8' between tables. Guest count for table can be increased if requested, or if an Astronaut Scholar Family & Friends table is purchased. Masks are strongly recommended for all guests regardless of vaccination, while not seated, eating or drinking.

The Hilton Orlando staff will continue to wear face masks out of an abundance of caution. Hilton has partnered with Reckitt, the makers of Lysol®, to help deliver an even cleaner stay for their guests with the creation of the Hilton CleanStay program. For more details about the Hilton CleanStay program, please visit the Hilton website (link).

 

Health Acknowledgement (as of August 4, 2021)
Please make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to Florida. Visit: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/ for information. By entering the event you are confirming that you and all persons in your party: are not experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at CDC.gov, including: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea; have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine; are not under any self-quarantine orders. Guests who cannot confirm all of the above criteria may not attend. 

By attending Innovators Gala Weekend you acknowledge that you understand and will abide by the above health-and-safety requirements.


For More Information
Please contact the ASF Events Team with any questions regarding the health and safety procedures for Innovators Week & Gala by email at events@astronautscholarship.org.


Dates, Schedule & Location
  • Date
    Saturday, August 14, 2021

  • Schedule
    August 13, 2021
    2-5:30 PM: Astronaut Scholar Technical Conference
    August 14, 2021
    9 AM-1 PM: Astronaut Scholar Technical Conference
    6 PM: Innovators Gala
    Attire: Black Tie Optional (suits, long or short evening dresses)

  • Location
    Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL 32819

Host Hotel
  • Hotel
    Hilton Orlando
    6001 Destination Parkway
    Orlando, FL, 32819
    +1 407-313-4300







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For More Information

For more information about the Innovators Gala, contact us at +1 407-362-7900 or events@astronautscholarship.org.


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