25th Annual Big Bang Gala
Ignite Your Wonderlust. Come Explore With Us.
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Thursday, May 5, 2011
6:00 pm to midnight
Meet some of the world’s brightest and bravest scientists, contemplate the future of human life, and enjoy a naturally glamorous event where the
music includes a chorus of songbirds, and the brightest jewels in the room are swimming through a colorful forest of coral.
Randi Fisher and Wendy Schmidt, Co-Chairs
Jennifer Caldwell and John H. N. Fisher; Penny and James Coulter; and Margaret and Will Hearst, Visionary Voyagers
Featuring some of the brightest stars in science:
Elon Musk, Space Explorer
Craig Venter, Laboratory Explorer
Eric Schmidt, Technology Explorer
David de Rothschild, Eco Explorer
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Cocktails and a performance by Project Bandaloop
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Explore with Eric Schmidt - a conversation featuring Elon Musk and Craig Venter
8:00 - 9:00 pm
9:00 pm - midnight
Explore the Academy with:
Desserts, music and dancing in the Piazza
David de Rothschild and The Plastiki in the Planetarium
Insider tours of the Academy research collections
The Evening’s Bright Stars
Founder, SpaceX & Tesla
Named one of the “100 people who most affect our world” by Time magazine, Elon founded PayPal and Tesla Motors, championing the advancement of green
technology. As founder and CEO of SpaceX, his cutting edge designs will serve as NASA’s new vehicle for launching cargo into space.
National Medal of Science Winner
Time magazine calls him the man who “jump-started a biological revolution.” The J. Craig Venter Institute made headlines in 2010 by announcing that
its scientists had created the world’s first synthetic self-replicating life form.
CEO, Google Inc.
Having helped grow Google from a Silicon Valley startup to a global enterprise, Eric will become Executive Chairman in April. Prior to joining Google,
he was Chairman and CEO of Novell, and Chief Technology Officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc.
David de Rothschild
Founder of the environmental organization Adventure Ecology, David embarked on his most challenging and high-profile adventure yet in March 2010,
sailing the Plastiki — a 60-foot catamaran made of 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles — across the Pacific. His mission: to beat waste and create a more
Sponsorship and Ticketing Options
Intrepid Explorers ($100,000 for a table of 10)
Includes premium seating for dinner with one of our bright stars
Visionary Voyagers ($50,000 for a table of 10)
Includes premium seating for dinner with an Academy explorer
Bold Adventurers ($25,000 for a table of 10)
Includes reserved seating for dinner and screening in the Planetarium
Knowledge Seekers ($10,000 for a table of 10)
Individual tickets $1,000
Valet parking included for all guests.
Reservations will be held at the door.
Value of goods and services for IRS purposes is $300 per seat utilized.
For additional information, or to purchase tables or tickets by phone, please contact Kristina Kaiser at (415) 379-5414,
California Academy of Sciences Board of Trustees
* Chair † Executive Director ‡ President
Special thanks to our sponsors