Session: Welcome Social Spotlight – MARS & Networking

Immediately following the Inclusion & Diversity Program on Sunday, October 17 we’ll “officially” kick things off with the 2021 Welcome Social. 

The Welcome Social, made possible by the world-class team at SUSE, will once again be an opportunity for everyone registered for the conference to network, relax and prepare for the two conference days ahead.

A few highlights:

  • The event will be hosted outdoors on the north Convention Center plaza by the Sir Raleigh statue. Fresh air is a good thing, and attendees will get plenty of it.
  • Drinks and light food will be served.
  • Featured programming will begin at 7pm and will include a sit-down conversation between Steven Vaughan-Nichols, Contributing Editor at ZDNet and former NASA contractor, and Adam Steltzner,  Leader & Chief Engineer, MARS 2020 Mission, Rover Perseverance. *note, this event will take place indoors in a large area and will be socially distanced to maximize safety.

The Details

What: ATO 2021 Welcome Social
WHEN: Sunday evening, October 17
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET
LOCATION: Sir Walter Raleigh Plaza, Raleigh Convention Center
ADDRESS: 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
SPONSOR:The world-class team at SUSE
PROGRAMMINGSteven Vaughan-Nichols, Contributing Editor at ZDNet and former NASA contractor, and Adam Steltzner,  Leader & Chief Engineer at NASA, MARS 2020 Mission, Rover Perseverance sit down for a 30 minute interview. Interview starts at 7:00 pm ET in the Convention Center.
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Safety Protocols

All attendees of the Welcome Social will have to pass through the Wellness Check Station area before entering. What does this mean? Basically, proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of the event (bring it with you) and a quick wrist-based temperature check will also be conducted (takes 2 seconds, literally)- a temperature of 100.3 and below is acceptable. *Note, a face covering will be required inside for the Steven Vaughan-Nichols and Adam Steltzner interview at 7:00.