Beyond the Cradle


Space Exploration Initiative

Space Exploration Initiative

Beyond the Cradle 2024

MIT Media Lab
Building E14, 6th Floor

Beyond the Cradle
Thursday, April 4, 2024
In-person with livestream

Email for a link to register to join us in-person.

This event will be livestreamed starting at 8:45am ET on Thursday April 4. 

This year at our eighth annual Beyond the Cradle event, co-presented by Aurelia Institute and the MIT Media Lab's Space Exploration Initiative (SEI), our theme as we emerge from a remarkable year of advancements made in space exploration will focus on The Eclipse: Aligning Earth and Space. 

Mark your calendars and join us virtually or in-person as we investigate and design new dimensions to interplanetary life with experts from the space industry, scientists, designers, engineers, artists, authors, and more. 

Beyond the Cradle 2024 will be a day-long event with multiple networking breaks, plenary talks and panel discussions, breakout sessions, and workshops. 

Keep your eye on our Program as we update with Panels, Speakers, and Workshops!


8:00 AM     Breakfast and registration

8:45 AM     We are go for launch | Opening Remarks

9:00 AM     Keynote

9:40 AM     Our Sci-Fi Space Future panel

10:20 AM   Break

10:40 AM    Democratizing Access to Space panel

11:20 AM      Space Architecture panel

12:00 PM     Lunch

1:00 PM     (A) Future Worlds

(B) SEI Alum & Student Talks

1:40 PM     (A) Space and the Arts panel

(B) Start-Up Talks

2:20 PM    Break

2:30 PM     Breakout Workshops

4:15 PM     Explorer Fireside Chat

5:00 PM     Closing remarks

5:30 PM     Reception 

Please contact if you have questions, or are interested in attending but have not received an in-person invitation.

Check out our 2023 event here.

Past years Beyond the Cradle archive here.

Follow @Aurelia_Labs,  @ExploreSpace_ML, @ariel_ekblaw, and @medialab on Twitter for photos and quotes from the day! #BeyondTheCradle #SpaceExploration