As we count down to November 17, check out these answers to some frequently asked questions:

What is Unleash Imagination?

Unleash Imagination is an annual, in-person event that
combines the Arthur C. Clarke Awards Program, intergenerational elements, and the interactive Clarke Conversation on Imagination. It’s supported by a variety of sponsors and partners including universities, museums, and other institutions involved in interdisciplinary work similar to that of Sir Arthur.

What is the Clarke Conversation?

This year’s panel of Arthur C. Clarke Awardees, Michio Kaku, Samuel Delany, and NOVA’s Co-Executive producers, moderated by Steve Scully, exchange viewpoints and ideas on a common topic before a live audience. This year’s topic: Fracturing the “Box” with Fresh Ideas for an Ailing World.

Check out some of our past Conversations

Who attends?

The Unleash Imagination 2021 program is open to the public and offers two ways to attend, either in person or virtually via a link to the live simulcast event.

How do I attend virtually?

to arrange for your link to be sent to you. Virtual event links will be sent starting November 15. Registration for the virtual event ends November 17, 3 pm EST.

How do I attend in person?

and complete the form for one ticket, or a table of ten, at the French Embassy, Washington D.C. Mingle with our guests at the Reception and sit down dinner: 5:00-7:00 pm, followed with the Arthur C. Clarke Awards program and the Clarke Conversation on Imagination 7:30-9:00 pm, and a post program Dessert and Coffee Reception.

What are the rules for attending in person?

Guests will present a government-issued photo ID, and either proof of Covid-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative Covid-19 test dated on or after 5 pm, November 15. Masks will be worn throughout except while enjoying food or drink. Dress code: Business attire.

Who are the sponsors?

With the sponsorship package including promotion on our website and at the virtual and in person event, and a table at the dinner, and a seat at the luncheon with the Awardees, our sponsors continue to grow and include Google, Hughes®, Eutelsat America Corp, Internet Society, Optimal Satcom®, Iridium®, Salesforce, Penguin Random House, Walda W. Roseman, The Honorable Diana L. Dougan, Stacy Swann, Edward and Debbie Horowitz, OneWeb, Joseph Bravman, Timothy Logue, Michael Nelson, Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, Charles Schott, SES, Vincent Walisko. Contact Monica Morgan for more information at mojomo@verizon.net.

Who are some past Arthur C. Clarke Awardees?

Past awardees include Irwin Jacobs, George R.R. Martin, Stephen Hawking, Margaret Atwood, Cixin Liu, Mark Dankberg, Sir Ken Robinson, Vincent Cerf, Elon Musk, Freeman Dyson, Walter Cronkite, and these honored awardees.

Can I nominate someone for the Arthur C. Clarke Awards?

Yes! Click here to submit your nominee. And register now to be there this year to meet our impressive trio of winners!

I want to make a donation.

All donations help to support the on-going work and the future of Unleash Imagination programs, supporting intergenerational events and the legacy of Arthur C. Clarke. Learn more here.

Will there be a Silent Auction?

Yes. This year’s Silent Auction will include 10 autographed sets which include autographed copies of

  • Nova signed by Samuel R. Delany
  • The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything signed by Michio Kaku
  • Four NOVA DVDs which include 4 films and almost 7 hours from the 2020/2021 NOVA seasons: Beyond the Elements, Picture a Scientist, Secrets in our DNA, and Looking for Life on Mars signed by co-executive producers Julia Cort and Chris Schmidt.

The winning bidders can pay by check made payable to the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, by PayPal or credit card. All funds paid above the $125 retail value of the materials are fully tax deductible. ACCF is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

How do I bid on this incredible autographed collection?
  • Bidding in person at the event in Washington: Bids will be collected after dinner. Winners will be announced at the end of the evening. 7 total sets will be awarded at the in person event
  • Attending virtually, and bidding via email: Email your highest bid to: mojomo@verizon.net by 10 pm EST on November 17, including the amount of your bid, your name, address, and phone number. Winners will be contacted by November 19th.  Once payment is received (by PayPal, check, or Credit Card), the materials will be sent to the three top bidders.
Can I submit a question to be asked during the live event?

Yes! In person and virtual attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions.

In person attendees will submit questions at the event. If you’re tuning in to the virtual simulcast, there will be on-screen instructions for submitting a question.

More questions?

Contact Monica Morgan