Ignite UtopiaX and Singularity University Partner to Launch SingularityU Australia

SingularityU Australia will empower leaders to leverage exponential technologies to create a better future

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia – September 4, 2019 – Singularity University (SU), a global community with a mission to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges, today announced a partnership with Ignite UtopiaX to launch SingularityU Australia, its first Country Partner in the Pacific Region. SingularityU Australia will also be the first Country Partnership to be led by an all-female executive team.  

Australia joins a growing global network of business partners across Europe, Africa, South America, and Canada. Local experts, currently undertaking training to become certified as SingularityU Faculty, will deliver localised versions of SU’s flagship programs, such as the Executive Program and Enterprise Solutions.

“We Australians have always been very innovative out of necessity. We are now in a unique position to give focus to that innovative spirit, and be a leading voice in the global impact conversation,” said Lisa Andrews, Co-CEO of SingularityU Australia. “This partnership with Singularity University enhances our ability to empower and inspire leaders and entrepreneurs in Australia, by providing access to local experts and the highly regarded portfolio of SU programs.”

Based in Sydney, SingularityU Australia will work with the Australian innovation ecosystem including governments, educational institutions, foundations, non-government organisations, and industry leaders. Co-CEOs, Lisa Andrews and Christina Gerakiteys are committed to addressing challenges such as education, governance, health, and prosperity: four of the twelve global grand challenges that are foundational to Singularity University’s mission. SingularityU Australia will collaborate with corporate sponsors, including Deloitte, CSIRO, ANSTO, and Work Club to accelerate the pace of innovation in the country. 

“Australia has always performed with grit and determination. Now it’s time to demonstrate and celebrate those qualities on a global scale. We will collaborate with our local and global communities to lead the way to create a future we design,” said Christina Gerakiteys, Co-CEO of SingularityU Australia. “We aim to transform the current fear rhetoric around technology and change to enable our leaders to deploy new capabilities at exponential speeds.”

Faculty will be certified by Singularity University in exponential technologies, leadership, innovation, and organisational transformation. SingularityU Australia will continue to collaborate with Work Club, and will develop a physical lab and classroom space to host courses, lectures, workshops, and events in 2020. The team will be a catalyst for connections between startups, innovation labs, co-working spaces, and other projects. Programs will begin in November 2019 with the first on-shore Executive Program set to be a truly transformational experience.

“This partnership aims to accelerate innovation in Australia by enabling a team of change agents to deliver localised versions of SU’s programs, events, and community activities,” said Rob Nail, CEO and Associate Founder of Singularity University. “By applying exponential technologies to Australia’s challenges in learning, wellness, governance, and prosperity, while also accelerating innovation in areas of strength such as energy, environment, and agriculture, SingularityU Australia can take  Australia’s innovation leadership to a global level.”

Australians, New Zealanders, and other international guests are invited to attend the SingularityU Australia Summit on October 22-23 in Sydney where the theme will be “A Future by Design.” During the Summit, eight distinct global grand challenges—Energy, Health, Food, Learning, Environment, Prosperity, Security, and Governance—will be addressed.

ABOUT SINGULARITYU AUSTRALIA

SingularityU Australia aspires to educate, empower and inspire change-makers, leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and government organisations to leverage exponential technology to address humanity’s global grand challenges and to create impact for good. The organisation connects, collaborates, converses, and converges community to bring sustainability through the use of exponential technologies. 

SingularityU Australia is a strategic partnership between Ignite UtopiaX and Singularity University (SU) that customizes SU’s transformative programs for local context, and delivers them to entrepreneurs and executives in Australia.

ABOUT SINGULARITY UNIVERSITY

Singularity University (SU) is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build a better future for all. SU’s collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. A certified benefit corporation headquartered in Silicon Valley, SU was founded at NASA Research Park in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Dr. Peter H. Diamandis with program funding from leading organizations including Google, Deloitte, and UNICEF. To learn more, visit SU.org, read the SU Blog, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @SingularityU, and download the SU App.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

SingularityU Australia: Christina Gerakiteys – christina@singularityuaustralia.com

Singularity University: pr@su.org