Mayor Villaraigosa and Endeavour STS-118 Space Shuttle Crew To Open WIRED NextFest 2007 In Los Angeles On September 13th

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Opening ceremony to be followed by Major X Prize Foundation announcement and Education Day for more than 9,000 local students.

WIRED Magazine's annual WIRED NextFest kicks off in Los Angeles on Thursday morning, bringing the future of entertainment, transportation, health, robotics, energy and sustainability, security, communications and more to the LA Convention Center. WIRED NextFest, open to the public September 14-16, is a unique world's fair-style event that showcases the people, ideas and technologies that will change our world in the coming years. Hitachi is the presenting sponsor of WIRED NextFest 2007.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will help open the festivities with a speech to elementary through high school students in attendance for the event's Education Day. Also on hand will be the entire Endeavour STS-118 space shuttle crew.

Immediately following the event's Opening Ceremony, the X PRIZE Foundation will announce its largest prize yet. Joining with an internationally-recognized partner, the new X PRIZE will motivate and inspire new generations of inventors and engineers, much like the previous ANSARI X PRIZE, which challenged participants to build and launch a privately-financed human vehicle into space.

Education Day is open to 3rd-12th grade students, as well as qualified media.

NextFest is open to the general public Friday through Sunday.

WHEN:
Thursday, September 13

Education & Media Day - Thursday, Sept. 13, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Opening Ceremony - Thursday, Sept. 13, 10:00am - 10:30am
X PRIZE Announcement - Thursday, Sept. 13, 10:30am - 11:00am

Open to public - Friday, Sept. 14, 12:00pm - 7:00pm; Saturday, Sept. 15, 9:00am - 6:00pm; Sunday, Sept. 16, 9:00am-6:00pm

WHERE:
Los Angeles Convention Center
South Halls J & K, Opening Ceremony takes place in the South Hall Lobby
1202 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

To register for WIRED NextFest 2007, please visit: http://www.wirednextfest.com/inform/press_registration.php

PREVIEW OF EXHIBITS:
Links to full descriptions and photos of the hands-on, interactive exhibits that will be on display at WIRED NextFest - as well as select sample descriptions - are included below:

The Future of Entertainment: http://www.wirednextfest.com/inform/entertainment.php

Brainball - A game in which you compete in relaxation. The players' brainwaves control a ball on a table, and the mellower player scores a goal over the opponent.

The Future of Play: http://www.wirednextfest.com/inform/play.php

Kick Ass Kung-Fu - an immersive game installation that transforms computer gaming into a visual, physical performance like dance or sports. You can fight and defy gravity like kung-fu movie actors - only there are no wires or post-production thanks to the real-time embodied interaction and virtual set technology.

The Future of Robotics: http://www.wirednextfest.com/inform/robot_row.php

REEM-A - A life-size robot that recognizes casual questions and commands, hold objects, and can play chess.

Human-Carrying Biped Walking Robot - A robot that people can ride - sort of like a cross between a Segway and a wheel chair, it balances and can navigate stairs with its two feet.

Android Twin Robot - A remarkably life-like body double of the robot's creator.

The Future of Transportation: http://www.wirednextfest.com/inform/transportation.php

WheelSurf - A monocycle - part motorbike and part skateboard - it's a giant motorized wheel that you sit inside of steer by leaning.

ABOUT WIRED NextFest 2007
WIRED NextFest 2007 builds on the success of the previous three years, where the four-day festival attracted more than 100,000 attendees combined in New York (2006), Chicago (2005) and San Francisco (2004). The event brings together innovations from inventors and research and development labs from around the world for both children and adults alike. Staged in thematic pavilions covering more than 150,000 square feet in the Los Angeles Convention Center, the exhibition will feature advances in communication, design, entertainment, energy, the environment, exploration, medicine/health, robotics, security and transportation. Please visit: http://www.wirednextfest.com.

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