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The Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award

Pete Conrad was one of only 12 men to walk on the moon. His visionary footsteps have led us on a path of exploration continuing to this day. After Pete passed away in 1999, his wife, Nancy Conrad, teamed up with the X PRIZE Foundation in 2007 to create the Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award, as part of Education Day at the X PRIZE Cup. After the inaugural year, which was won by Team Michael and Talia from Los Angeles, CA, Nancy started the Conrad Foundation to run the Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award as an independent education program.

You can find out all about the 2008 Award at the Conrad Foundation website.

2007 Results

The first Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award was held in 2007 at the X PRIZE Cup held on Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Teams from 9 states around the country participated. Industry experts narrowed the field to ten finalists who were invited to the X PRIZE Cup to present their concept to the 85,000 attendees of the event. Finalist teams also participate in special activities and workshops to connect with industry leaders, and help develop their skills as future aerospace entrepreneurs.

 

Finalist teams included:

- Aerospace Concepts, Eustace, Texas.
- GADastro, Northbrook, Illinois.
- Las Cruces CAP Cadets, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
- Michael & Talia, Los Angeles, California.
- PenguinED, Friendswood, Texas.
- SEDS-UCF, Orlando, Florida.
- SUDDS, Lubbock, Texas.
- Team Tangent, Perkasie, Pennsylvania.
- The Royals, Nashville, Tennessee.
- Three Tekna Theos Girls, Orange Park, Florida.

PenguinED was selected as the third place team for their design of a new educational program. Team GADastro was selected as the 2nd place team for their MRVE concept. Team “Michael & Talia” from Los Angeles, California was chosen as the 2007 competition winners. Led by Michael Hakimi and Talia Nour-Omid, the team designed a concept for space-traveler sunglasses that also monitored a body’s vital signs non-invasively.

The first, second, and third place teams were invited to NASA headquarters in Washington, DC to unveil the Spirit of Innovation trophy, created by Erik Lindbergh, the grandson of Charles Lindbergh. This trophy will accompany the Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award display on a tour of museums and science centers throughout the country.