“Who will be first to lash together industry, commerce, and military strength to unleash new horizons of national prosperity? In this new space race there won't be many prizes for second place.”

– Lieutenant General Steven Kwast

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EDPA's annual conference and event showcases, celebrates and stimulates innovation to drive the economic growth and future of Alabama. It's the largest and most comprehensive innovation event in the state. Through talks, discussion, entertainment, awards and networking it brings thought leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders together to imagine, innovate and inspire.
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The Black Jacket Symphony performed Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon!

The 2019 Apollo 11 movie clips and conversations with technical producers Robert Pearlman and Stephen Slater

Keynote Speaker

Lieutenant General Steven Kwast

Sharing the future vision for space as a frontier in cyber security protection, telecommunications, manufacturing and defense.

Alabama’s and America’s space pioneers were honored for their Lifetime Achievement in Innovation.

Dr. Wernher von Braun

Dr. Katherine Johnson

Dr. Joyce Neighbors

Mary Jackson

Dorothy Vaughan

Alabama Launchpad Pitch Competition Finale

$150,000 was awarded!


Concept Track Winner

Seed Track Winner

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