Attacking Austin’s Transportation Woes: Personal Rapid Transit

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Richard Garriott de Cayeux

Richard Garriott de Cayeux
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Stateside Theater, 719 Congress Ave.
Downtown Austin
5:15 p.m. – Doors and Bar Open
6:00 p.m. – Presentation, Q&A
7:00 p.m. – Reception
Free and open to the public

Austin’s tremendous ‘success’—in technology, entertainment, and more—have led to high annual growth rates that create constant transportation challenges and traffic concerns. How do we embrace our success and manage our growth while addressing the transportation issues that threaten to undermine our unique culture and high quality of life? Come hear renowned entrepreneur, explorer, and visionary Richard Garriott discuss an innovative, creative, self-funded solution that would enhance Austin’s character, culture, and communities.

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Dr. Richard Garriott de Cayeux is a founding father of the videogame industry. He has been inducted into the computer gaming hall of fame as well as received the industry lifetime achievement award. He is credited with the creation of the now ubiquitous term “avatar” for one’s virtual self, and the entire category of massively multiplayer games, where players connect together in a vast virtual world, often referred to as MMORPG’s. He authored the famed and very successful Ultima Series and has built 3 leading gaming companies: Origin Systems (sold to Electronic Arts), Destination Games (sold to NCsoft) and most recently Portalarium where he is building “Shroud of the Avatar”, the successor to his previous works.
Richard is also a principal shaper of commercial human spaceflight. He co-founded Space Adventures which remains the only company to arrange space flights for private citizens. He is the sixth private astronaut to have lived aboard the International Space Station, and as the son of a NASA astronaut he became the first second-generation astronaut. He remains a key leader in civilian and commercial space as an investor and Board member of institutions such as the X-Prize Foundation, Space Adventures, Planetary Power, Planetary Resources and Escape Dynamics.
Richard is an avid explorer, having traveled around the globe from the jungles of the Amazon to the South Pole, the deep seas of the Titanic, hydrothermal vents and deep wrecks as well as orbiting the earth aboard the International Space Station. His non-profit and philanthropic works include serving on the boards of The Explorers Club and The Challenger Center for Science Education.

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