Announcing the SpaceBall Auction Items: Live Auction and Online Auction Options!

SpaceBall: An Out of this World Gala takes place April 22, 2017 at the Hilton San Jose Convention Center. It will be like no other gala. Held in conjunction with Silicon Valley Comic Con, the gala will feature Lightning Space mini-talks with SETI scientists, a Discovery Dome planetarium, virtual reality, and more.

There will also be auction items up for bid – both in person and online. Auction items include:



Artificial Intelligence Crash Course with John Gianndrea, Senior VP Engineering at Google; lecture, tour of Google’s core engineering campus in Mountain View, lunch, and Google swag

Breakfast with Bessemer Ventures Vice President Sunil Nagaraj, with a behind-the-scenes tour of nanosatellite company Spire Global, in San Francisco

One-of-a-kind magnum of “Drake Equation 2015 Le Cigare Volant Red Wine of Earth” from Bonny Doon Vineyards, signed by SETI pioneer Frank Drake and winemaker Randall Grahm

Behind-the-scenes tour of Autodesk’s Pier 9 Creative Workshop for Design & Fabrication (not open to the public!) with Explorer in Residence Jonathan Knowles

Are we alone? Find out the state-of-the-art in the search for life in the Universe during your private tour of the offices of the SETI Institute and lunch with CEO Bill Diamond and SETI Institute executives

Tour for 4 of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at the Stanford Linear Accelerator, followed by dinner with Pierre Schwob in Palo Alto

Two 3-day adult VIP passes to San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2017 in August with 2 nights hotel accommodations and 2 invitations to the Summer Fest kickoff party in June 2017

An out-of-this-world private tour and picnic at Martian Ranch & Vineyards with owner Nan Helgeland and winemaker Eric Bolton

A private, winemaker-led tour of “Paradise” – Bonny Doons’ newest vineyard, Popelouchum, in San Juan Bautista - hosted by winemaker Randall Grahm

Book club engagement with Mary Roach, a New York Times bestselling popular science writer and author of “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void”, in San Francisco

Power lunch in Silicon Valley with Khosla Ventures partner, artificial intelligence expert, and data mining pioneer George John, on Sand Hill Road

Lunch with Saad Khan, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Grammy award winner, venture capitalist and investor in Lyft, Lending Club, and many others