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Mars One hosts space colony design lab day at Border Sessions conference

Amersfoort, May 2, 2017 - Mars One will host a lab day on June 28th 2017 on working and living in space as part of the yearly technology conference Border Sessions in The Hague, the Netherlands. Participants will be guided by various experts with different backgrounds, including Arno Wielders, Co-founder and CTO of Mars One.

As both the private industry and governmental agencies are setting their sights on expanding humanity beyond Earth’s orbit, human settlements in our solar system may become feasible within decades. One of the key elements is how people will use the resources of the solar system to create small settlements early on and later with larger communities. With large scale developments of space exploration, hollowed asteroids, large space stations, and planetary and moon surfaces could all become viable outpost locations. This raises questions such as “How will people live in space and what local resources can be used?”

During the Border Sessions Lab day, participants will work in groups of six to design a space base for up to 100 people. Depending on where in the solar system their outpost is located, the groups have to make use of certain local resources. Michel Behre, director and programmer of the conference, says: “Border Sessions aims to connect innovators and creatives in lab projects that spark the imagination. Having a unique chance to work with Mars One on the design of the first Mars colony should trigger even the most down to earth.”

Various presentations during the day will encourage the participants to take into account different aspects and disciplines when designing their space base, for example technology, psychology, science, architecture, and finance. “The participants will be designing for the future, so they can think beyond limitations of existing structures and tech applications. The designs will be combinations of existing technologies and upcoming developments. We expect quite some original and innovative designs and really look forward to brainstorming and working with the teams,” says Wielders.

About Border Sessions
Border Sessions is a yearly international technology conference and a year-round lab aimed to kick-start and fuel challenging ideas, experiments and endeavours. They unite the most creative and critical minds from around the globe who share the belief that technology should be a powerful instrument for positive change.

Every edition of Border Sessions participants get to meet new partners and collect new experiences and ideas for their future endeavors. This year, Border Sessions expands to a three-day festival, starting on Wednesday June 28 with five Border Labs on different locations in downtown The Hague. The following Thursday and Friday are all about conferences, workshops, networking opportunities and celebration within the wide field of technology.

The first names that are announced include science fiction authors Alastair Reynolds and Charles Stross, professor and inventor of the first life-like robotic fish Ikuo Yamamoto, To Be a Machine author Mark O’Connell and Technical Advisor for Field Ready Abi Bush. And this is only the tip of the iceberg: the full list of speakers can be found on the website of Border Sessions.

Three-day tickets are available for €150,- ex. VAT. Students are offered a special rate of €45,- ex. VAT.

For more information about Border Sessions and tickets, please visit

About Mars One
Mars One aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Before carefully selected and trained crews will depart to Mars, several unmanned missions will be completed, establishing a habitable settlement waiting for the first astronauts to arrive.

Mars One consists of two entities: the not-for-profit Mars One Foundation and Mars One Ventures AG. The Mars One Foundation implements, and manages the mission and owns the mission hardware. It also selects and trains the crews, and is building an ever growing community of experts and supporters that follow the progress of the mission and contribute to it.

Mars One Ventures holds the exclusive monetization rights around the Mars One mission. There are many revenue possibilities around the mission to Mars: merchandise, ads on video content, broadcasting rights, partnerships, Intellectual Property, events, games, apps, and many more.

For more information about Mars One, please visit