Here's some information about upcoming space conferences, including some comments about space prizes and other topics.
International Space Development Conference 2011 - May 18-22, Huntsville, Alabama - This conference includes workshops on ISS Payload Integration, Commercial Crew and Cargo, and Space Launch System Mission Development. As in past ISDCs, the NASA Space Settlement Contest winners will be honored. There will be a Google Lunar X PRIZE Plenary, and 4 teams have already signed up. The conference includes numerous speakers, exhibits, tours, and other activities.
ISSMars-DC Conference - April 6-7, George Washington University (DC) - ExploreMars, the group organizing the Mars Education Challenge and the ISRU Challenge, will investigate how the ISS can help lay the foundation for exploration. Numerous prominent speakers such as NASA Administrator Charles Bolden are on the schedule. Themes include use of the ISS as a Mars analog, an exploration technology development and demonstration platform, a market for commercial services that can later help exploration, and as a governance model for international exploration missions.
Civil Commercial Imagery Evaluation Workshop - March 29-31 - Boulder, Colorado - I noticed this conference about the time the 2011 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference, which prominently featured the services of several prize-related ...