XPRIZE Co-Founder to Speak at Ignite 2016

By: Tina Shaffer

Destination Imagination is proud to welcome Gregg Maryniak, co-founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, to the 2016 Ignite Innovative Education Summit. Maryniak serves as the Secretary of XPRIZE Foundation, an organization that encourages kids to be push the limits of their imagination and find new, innovative solutions for global issues. He served as the Foundation’s first Executive Director from 1997 through 2005.

He is Chairman of the Energy and Environmental Systems Track of Singularity University, hosted by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

He serves as Vice Chairman of the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation and as a member of the Director’s Council of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

He formerly served as Vice President for Energy and Aerospace of the St. Louis Science Center, Director of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, Senior Scientist of the Futron Corporation, Managing Director of the International Space University and Chief Executive Officer of the Space Studies Institute of Princeton.

An Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Maryniak received the Space Frontier Foundation’s Vision to Reality Award for his role in creating the Lunar Prospector Mission launched in 1998 which discovered ice at the moon’s North and South Poles. He was awarded Russia’s Tsiolkovsky Medal for his work on the use of energy and material resources of free space.

Maryniak will be our special keynote at the Ignite 2016 Welcome Reception on Wednesday, June 20.

In 2015, Maryniak attended Global Finals to see firsthand how creative Destination Imagination students can be. Take a look at his experience at the event and learn more about XPRIZE.

To learn more about our Ignite Innovative Education Summit, visit www.IgniteDI.org.