Mars City Design

Virgin Galactic


Dec 1st, 2016

6:00PM - 7:00PM PST Workshops

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM PST Panel Discussion



800 Wilshire Bvd. #200
Los Angeles
(Uber / Metro recommended)












1. Vera Mulyani

CEO, Founder & Lead Marschitect of Mars City Design™

President of Mars City Foundation™

Co-Founder and Executive Director of SpaceportLA


Exhibiting the works of:





Thomas Séries

Architect, Visionary


Thomas Sériès is an architect and founder of the architectural visualization firm, Labtop. He has dedicated himself to the specific issue of visual translation of architecture and urban development through 2D imagery and video. Labtop boasts a diverse global clientele; ranging from local startups to established and international offices; SOM, Renzo Piano, BIG, OMA are all repeat customers.

Thomas’s practice, along with his former teaching at Ecole Speciale d’’Architecture in Paris, has positioned him as an active participant in the creative process for hundreds of designs. Thomas has gained insight into a variety of approaches to design by working with design teams across the globe. Learning from these collaborations, he was driven to examine new fields and has formed Sériès et Sériès to further explore and realize his own vision of architecture. Sériès et Sériès has been selected as finalists in a number of competitions including the Keelung Harbor Service Building, Design Boom’s Design for Death and Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor. 



J.R. Skok


J.R. Skok, PhD is a research scientist with the SETI Institute. He has been actively involved with the exploration of Mars since 2000 and has participated on multiple NASA mission teams including the two Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), Spirit and Opportunity and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), as well as contributed to the landing site selection for the Curiosity rover and the upcoming Mars2020 rover. His graduate work at Brown University focused on using remote spectroscopy to determine the volcanic composition of the Martian surface and map the compositional evolution of the planet. This work resulted in the first compositionally confirmed remote identification of a relict hot spring deposit on Mars. He is currently leading multiple NASA funded projects to better understand the earliest history of Mars and to use Icelandic analogs to develop a mission to search for life in the hot spring deposits of Mars. His research has involved a broad experience with Mars analog locations on Earth, including research in Iceland, Hawaii, Antarctica, Spain and the Mojave. Beyond his Mars research, he is an active cave explorer with a focus in western China.  In this talk J.R. will accompany Mars City Design vision about Martian existing geology that will guide us to understand the condition of water and lavatube on Mars.  

2. Loretta Whitesides

Flight Attendant for Zero Gravity Corporation 

Virgin Galactic Founder Astronaut (customer)

Co-creator of Yuri’s Night

Master of Jedi

Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides is one of the first 100 people to buy a ticket for a sub-orbital spaceflight on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and will likely fly in 2018. Trained as an astrobiologist at Stanford and Caltech, Loretta has been to the Canadian Arctic to study plant life in extreme environments and to the hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean with “Titanic” director James Cameron to film a 3D IMAX documentary, “Aliens of the Deep.” She is the Co-creator of Yuri's Night, The World Space Party, celebrated annually all around the planet on or around April 12(and under the Space Shuttle Endeavour here in L.A.). Loretta has over five hours of time spent floating weightless (in 30 second chunks) in a 727 aircraft as a Flight Director for Zero-G Corporation. She has given numerous talks about her life, including TEDxNASA and TEDxPasadenaWomen that you can catch online. She currently teaches Jedi Training at Virgin Galactic and is working on her book about using the power of space to bring out the best in humanity (and you). 





3.James Razzall


James Razzall has been part of the Framestore family for over 14 years. One of Framestore's most recent works is with Lockheed Martin, transforming the yellow school bus into a magical bus traveling on Mars. In this TEDx LA they will invite us to take the bus and experience a tour on Mars. A bus driver will of course check if you have a ticket.


From 2000 to 2004, he held the position of Commercial Producer in London. Over the years, he has played a significant role in the growth of Framestore and was part of the management team that started the New York office in 2004.

In 2013 Razzall moved to Los Angeles to head up the office and expanded the company's share of the US integrated advertising market. He brings Framestore experience to the venture and helps offer the same level of service and creative excellence you would expect from any of our locations.

As Senior Executive Producer he leads the sales team for the US Integrated Advertising division. Along with the other members of the senior management team he has helped the US side of the Framestore group become a formidable creative force, bringing its Oscar-winning images to any platform, whether it's a television spot, an iPhone app or a VR experience.

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Alexandre is an entrepreneur and researcher in hybrid intelligence and exponential imagination. Passionate about our technological age, he explores preferable futures for governments and companies. He leads the Postdigital research lab at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris which imagines and tests various future scenarios for Humanity, related to AI and space. 
Committed to the idea that our Digital Renaissance should be about distributing the future evenly in the world, he went on a developing countries tour to investigate how governments and energy companies could leverage exponential technologies to tackle grand challenges in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He joined XPRIZE as an ambassador for the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE to gather amazing teams committed to bringing the best futures through AI. 
He is now preparing the opening of the actual University for X-Women and X-Men with extraordinary visions and powers. 



Mathieu organizes Hello Tomorrow and The New Worlds. Mathieu is a formerly VP of Marketing for one of the hottest French tech startup, qunb, Mathieu won LeWeb Startup Competition in 2012.  Mathieu is a Techstars Boston Alumni.



Vera is the CEO and Founder of MARS CITY DESIGN.

Vera comes from multidisciplinary background in master planning in various fields of art; architecture, urban design, filmmaking and storytelling, has made her specialized in conceptual strategy in technology, innovation and business development. Vera contributes her expertise in combining these fields, creating a collaborative competition platform for designing cities for Mars, our next step to settle the Red Planet. Vera is the Master Architect and planner of Mars City Design.



Norris Tie currently works at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems as an air-breathing propulsion engineer. He graduated from UCLA Class of June 2014 in aerospace engineering. He is passionate about both aerospace and entrepreneurship. He served as President of UCLA's Technical Entrepreneurial Community (TEC) and founded UCLA's Entrepreneurship Council, which now has around 20 organizations, ranging from the Law School, Anderson School of Business, Startup UCLA, and student groups like TEC. He also participated in UCLA's Rocket Project as safety officer and the UCLA ELFIN cubesat project. In his spare time, he is learning to build rockets. He is interested in anything that moves humans faster around the world and/or through space, namely rockets and high speed propulsion engines. 



Technical Director for Google Lunar XPRIZE


Andrew is the Director for Technical Operations at the XPRIZE Foundation where he supports the operation of the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Coming from a background in the aerospace and mechanical engineering fields, Andrew previously worked in the private space industry in Europe as a technology developer, project manager and entrepreneur. Among other roles, he worked for 4 years as a specialist at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands where he supported the development of space missions, including significant contributions to future lunar and Mars landers as well as the VEGA launch vehicle. As Director of Technical Operations for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, he is responsible for selecting and managing the panel of independent judges, communicating technical aspects of the prize to the space industry and the general public, and he also led the implementation of the Milestone Prizes program held in 2014. Andrew holds a Ph.D and bachelors degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Sydney and a Masters degree in Space Studies from the International Space University.



Monica is a managing partner at LightSpeed Innvations, an aerospace accelerator. Monica has over 22 years of experience in the technology and aerospace industries; with expertise in technology R&D, product development, strategic partnerships, and innovation strategy.  She frequently advises high-tech start-ups and corporations on their business and technology strategies.   As part of the steering committee for the Wharton Angel Network and Wharton Aerospace Ventures, Monica works actively with investors and entrepreneurs.  Monica holds both BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Southern California, a Systems Engineering certificate from the California Institute of Technology, and an MBA from The Wharton School. She currently holds a faculty position at The Wharton School.



Curtis is an Aerospace Systems Engineer with a passion for space. He has more than 10 years experiences in designing, managing, and executing engineering projects and have both technical and management experiences. Curtis earned his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech, and he is ready to making ideas, people, hardware into space.
Curtis specialities: Systems Engineering, Analysis, Design, SysML, Problem Solving, Space Industry, Coding, MatLab, Python, JMP, Communicating in Japanese