2016 Innovation Summit

The Innovation Summit is the launch pad for breakthrough technologies from the Finalist Teams of the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge.

You will experience a competitive, yet intimate, environment where leading entrepreneurs, government officials, and scientists will join you in a collaborative, social forum to learn from each other and help guide the development of your 21st century technologies.

Each finalist team will present their product to the judges. In addition to your presentation, you will have opportunities to join innovative discussions about cutting edge topics in science and entrepreneurship. 

The key to the Innovation Summit is to know that YOU are the stars. The great innovators attending are coming to connect with you. Make it what you want the Summit to be. Don't be afraid to ask someone to discuss whatever topics may be on your mind.

Summit Diplomats Logistical Information

Congratulations again to the teams selected as Summit Diplomats. As Diplomats you are amongst a select group that have the rare and valuable opportunity to attend the 2016 Spirit of Innovation Summit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This year's Summit is sure to be our best ever. The location is second-to-none and the schedule is amazing. The three-day Summit will be jam packed with awesome speakers, fun activities, entertainment and even a little free time to explore the Space Coast.

**You must complete the registration form at the bottom of this page no later than Friday, March 18 at 5:00 PM EST.

Air Travel Information

We recommend air travel into one of two airports. The easiest option is into Orlando International Airport (MCO) as they have numerous air carriers and flights available to offer you the best airfares and schedules. As a second option you can fly into Melbourne International Airport (MLB) but flight options are very limited via Delta Airlines and US Airways.

The Orlando airport  (MCO) is 45 miles from the Courtyard by Marriott Cocoa Beach & Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach and the Melbourne airport (MLB) is 25 miles.

Hotel Accommodations

We have secured a block of rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott and Hampton Inn located next to each other on Cocoa Beach, Florida with a great discounted rate but you need to book your room(s) NOW!  You must reserve your hotel room at one of the hotels no later than 5 p.m. EST, Friday, March 18 to receive the discounted rate of $149 per night per room (2 queen beds) which includes complimentary breakfast buffet each morning you are at the hotel.  If you fail to register by March 18, the room rate will increase to $189 per night.

To secure your hotel room(s) at the Courtyard by Marriott, please call 321-784-4800 and mention the Conrad Innovation Summit OR click here: Book your group rate for Conrad Summit

To secure your hotel room(s) at the Hampton Inn,  please call 321-799-4099 and mention the Conrad Innovation Summit OR click here: Book your group rate for Conrad Summit

And, don't forget to bring your swimsuit…they have great pools and are located on the beach!

Ground Transportation Information to/from Orlando International Airport (MCO)
For teams traveling to Florida on April 20, here’s what you need to know regarding your ground transportation from the Orlando International Airport to the Courtyard by Marriott/Hampton Inn:

Buses will depart at the following times: 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (all times EST).  Please be sure to arrange your flight based on these pick-up times, otherwise you will need to find your own transportation from the airport to the hotel. Please take note that you will need to land at least 30-45 minutes prior to the shuttle departure time in order to make that scheduled time slot (if you have checked your bags, you may need up to an hour prior).

We will provide a return shuttle service on Sunday, April 24 from the hotel(s) to MCO at 8 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.  (All times EST)  When deciding what return shuttle to take, please note that it is a one hour drive from the Diplomat hotel(s) to MCO. 

We will have more specific information about pickup locations at the Orlando Airport as we get closer to Summit.

Should you chose to fly into the Melbourne International Airport you can access immediate taxi service or rental cars at your own expense.

During your Stay

Once you are at the hotel, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) will provide buses to and from the Summit events. We will provide a detailed schedule of morning pickup and afternoon or evening return times in the coming weeks as we finalize the schedule.

If you don't have a car during your stay, it's OK. During your free time, you can catch The Cocoa Beach Trolley to dine at Grill's, Fish Lips or other casual restaurants at the Port. You may even see a cruise ship leaving or returning. Or if you're into shopping, you won't want to miss the world famous Ron Jon Surf Shop and the Cocoa Beach Surf Company. The trolley runs from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from Port Canaveral to 13th Street South in Cocoa Beach. A ride on the trolley costs .60 cents each way. Or is you prefer a taxi that's easy too. Cocoa Beach Taxi.


The following meals will be provided during the Summit:

  • Wednesday night dinner during registration - at the hotels
  • Thursday lunch and dinner - Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
  • Friday lunch - Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
  • Saturday Awards luncheon - Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Please indicate any special dietary needs of any traveler(s) on the registration form.

Wednesday, April 20: Students and Coaches

All Day: Students arrive and register at Host Hotels

12:00 – 7:00 p.m. -  Team Registration Opens – Courtyard by Marriott - Jupiter Room

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner Beach Party - Courtyard Galaxy Room

Thursday, April 21: Innovation Summit – Day 1

Breakfast at Host Hotels

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.   Late Registration – Courtyard by Marriott Lobby

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.   Welcome and Schedule Review Courtyard Galaxy Room

8:10 – 8:15 a.m.    Move to Power Pitch locations

Note: The schedule for team Power Pitches will be distributed at registration on Wed., April 20th as team’s check-in

8:15 – 9:30 a.m.                 Preliminary Power Pitches at Host Hotels (Jupiter 1 & 2 at Courtyard and Orion at Hampton Inn)

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.                 Break

9:45 – 11:00 a.m.              Preliminary Power Pitches at Host Hotels (Jupiter 1 & 2 at Courtyard and Orion at Hampton Inn)

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.            Board KSCVC buses in front of Host Hotels (Prompt departure at 11:15 a.m.)

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.            Travel time to NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC)

11:45 – 12:00 p.m.            Lunch – All Attendees to Event Pavilion at KSCVC

12:00 – 12:20 p.m.            Welcome by Jack Griem

                                                 Remarks by Nancy Conrad

                                                 Pete Conrad Scholar Finalists Announced

12:20 – 12:30 p.m.            Break

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.              Student Diplomats in Event Pavilion

                                      ·         Leadership Session

                                             Teachers & Coaches in Astronaut Encounter Theater

·         Welcome by Jack Griem

·         Professional Development Session

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Break and move to Astronaut Encounter Theater

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Cyber Technology Power Pitches in Astronaut Encounter Theater

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Aerospace and Aviation Power Pitches in Astronaut Encounter Theater

5:15 – 5:30 p.m. Board KSCVC buses to Apollo/Saturn V Center (Prompt departure at 5:30 p.m.)

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Travel to Apollo/Saturn V Center - NASA Bus Tour

6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Apollo/Saturn V Center Shows & Time to Explore/Shop

6:45 – 7:00 p.m. Seating for 10th Anniversary Dinner

7:00 – 8:45 p.m. 10th Anniversary Dinner at Apollo/Saturn V Center

8:45 - 9:00 p.m.  Board KSCVC buses for transportation to hotels (Prompt departure at 9:00 p.m.)

9:00 – 9:30 p.m. Travel time to Host Hotels


Friday, April 22: Innovation Summit – Day 2

Breakfast at Host Hotels

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.   Board KSCVC buses in front of hotels (Prompt departure at 8:45 a.m.)

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.  Travel time to KSCVC

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.  All Attendees to Astronaut Encounter Theater

9:30 – 9:35 a.m.   Introduction of County of Georgia Diplomat Team

9:35 – 9:45 a.m.   Country of Georgia Diplomat Team Presentation

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.   Cosmic Chat

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 – 12:30 p.m.  Energy & Environment Power Pitches in Astronaut Encounter Theater

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.   Move to Event Pavilion for Lunch & Guest Speaker

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.   Lunch in Event Pavilion

1:10 – 1:40 p.m.     Guest Speaker·   

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.     Move to Astronaut Encounter Theater

2:00 – 3:45 p.m.     Health & Nutrition Power Pitches in Astronaut Encounter Theater

3:45 – 5:45 p.m. Explore KSCVC or Return to Host Hotels

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.  Board KSCVC buses for transportation back to hotels (Prompt departure at 4:00 p.m.)

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Travel time to Host Hotels

Open Evening to enjoy pool, beach, Ron Jon’s & Cocoa Beach Surf Shops, Port Canaveral and other area attractions


5:45 – 6:00 p.m.  Board KSCVC buses for transportation back to hotels (Prompt departure at 6:00 p.m.)

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Travel time to Host Hotels


Saturday, April 23: Innovation Summit – Day 3

Breakfast at Host Hotels

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.   Board KSCVC buses in front of hotels (Prompt departure at 8:15 a.m.)

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.   Travel time to KSCVC

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.  l Attendees to Atlantis Exhibit/Shuttle Launch Experience

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Atlantis Exhibit/Shuttle Launch Experience

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Move to Astronaut Encounter Theater

10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Cosmic Chat

11:30 – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch in Event Pavilion

12:10 – 12:45 p.m.   Guest Speaker

 12:45 – 1:00 p.m.    Break

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.      Closing Ceremonies in Astronaut Encounter Theater

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. 2016 Innovation Summit Group Photo in Rocket Garden

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Board KSCVC buses for transportation back to hotels (Prompt departure at 3:45 p.m.)

3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Travel time to Host Hotels


Registration and Payment


There is a $225 fee per person that covers meals described above during Summit, transportation to/from Summit and to/from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and includes a special Summit t-shirt and goodie bag from the Conrad Foundation and our sponsors.

Please select the payment button below and checkout with Paypal. Indicate the number of registrations at checkout. Only paid registrations will be registered.  If you are paying for multiple people in one transaction, please be sure to list all names.

Registration Fee - $225 each.

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For anyone, planning on attending Summit (including students, coaches, parents and additional family members must individually register for the Innovation Summit by Friday, March 18, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST.

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