TNW2019 Daily: We have an astronaut!


There are only 30 days left until TNW Conference, our tech festival in Amsterdam. In exactly one month, 17,500 attendees will spend two days watching keynotes from the biggest names in tech.

Yesterday, we surpassed 300 speakers, and we’ve confirmed a really big name: André Kuipers! I’m doing something different by dedicating today’s entire newsletter to his awesomeness, because I’m kind of in awe.


André Kuipers is the first Dutch astronaut to have two space missions to his name. He lived and worked on the International Space Station, serving a number of roles, including doctor, scientist, engineer, teacher, cleaner, and handyman.

Back on Earth, he dedicates his time promoting science and technology to children. His new passion project is SpaceBuzz, which calls upon his experiences in outer space to instil a love of sustainability into the next generation.

Through virtual reality, SpaceBuzz provides a unique view of the Earth that until now, only astronauts have been able to see. It’s called the overview effect, a feeling of protectiveness some astronauts get when seeing our planet from a distance. André is using new technologies to share this experience with children, to create new ambassadors for Earth.

At TNW Conference,