Welcome Social Spotlight – MARS & Networking

The Welcome Social is being made possible by the world-class team at SUSE

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

The Welcome Social 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.

Steven Vaughan-Nichols and Adam Steltzner will sit down for a 30 minute interview about space, the MARS 2020 Mission, and open source

Sir Walter Raleigh Plaza will serve as the host location

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.
QUESTIONS:[email protected]

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.