SU Global Summit

August 13 - 15, 2017 | San Francisco


August 13-15, 2017 | San Francisco, CA

Converging technologies are accelerating human progress and creating unexpected opportunities at an unfathomable pace. This is your chance to join a world-class collection of thinkers, leaders and doers to help redefine the future of business, technology, and humanity as a whole. SU Global Summit is our flagship event, and the only time each year when the entire SU community comes together. Join us to meet fellow changemakers while discovering the world’s breakthrough innovations.

Get educated alongside fellow leaders about what’s happening on the front lines of technological innovation.

Shift your mindset toward abundance, unlock your potential, and be inspired to take action.

Leave with the connections and actionable steps to be empowered to create meaningful change within your organization and community.


2017 Confirmed Presenters

We source presenters from the front lines of their field. These are the people who spend their days working on the projects they'll be speaking about. More presenters and topics are added weekly.



These sessions will tell you how to adapt to the unexpected ways in which business and society will advance.

Ray Kurzweil

Founder, Singularity University

Craig Newmark

Founder, Craigslist

Future of News

Chris Shipley

Writer, Analyst & Commentator

Ty Stiklorius

Founder & CEO, Friends at Work

Future of Entertainment Brands (Impact & Incarceration)

Rachel Weiss

VP Innovation & Entrepreneurship, L'Oreal

Future of Virtual Beauty


These sessions will show you how to drive change and prevent stagnation in your organization.

Peter Diamandis

Co-Founder & Chairman, Singularity University

Roelof Botha

Chairman, Sequoia Capital

John Hagel

Co-Chairman, Center for the Edge, Deloitte & Touche

Mihir Garimella

Google Science Fair Finalist

Innovation & Invention

Rob Nail

CEO, Singularity University

Marcus Shingles


Lisa Kay Solomon

Transformational Practices, Singularity University

Carin Watson

EVP Learning & Innovation, Singularity University

Salim Ismail

Author of Exponential Organizations and Founding Executive Director, Singularity University

Fixing Civilization


These sessions will cover specific technological advancements, and how you can use them to your advantage.

Jeremy Howard


Artificial Intelligence

Jeff Pulver

VoIP Pioneer & Communications Visionary

Mary Lou Jepsen

Founder, Openwater

Our Translucent Selves & Visible Human Thought

Chris Milk

Founder & CEO, Within

Virtual Reality

Dioselin Gonzalez

Principal Engineer, Unity Labs

Ramez Naam

Energy & Environmental Systems Co-Chair, Singularity University


Esther Wojcicki

Board Member, Planet3

Education & Technology

Jamie Wheal

Executive Director, Flow Genome Project


Co-Founder, Falkora

Mental Health & Neurotechnology

Alex Dainis

PhD Student, Stanford

David Bray


Future of Citizenship


These sessions will focus on how you can use emerging technologies to make a positive impact on the world.

Susan McPherson

Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies

Corporate Impact at Scale (Panel)

Safa Sadeghpour

Bio & Internet Technology Leader

Mental Health & Human Performance

Sylvia Earle

Explorer & Oceanographer, DOER Marine


David Orr

Professor, Writer, Academic, Activist, Oberlin College

Sustainability at Scale

Jon Waterhouse

Explorer, National Geographic

Indigenous Tribes, Water, and Technology

Jen Pahlka

Founder & Executive Director, Code for America


Meighan Stone

Fellow, Harvard

Exponential Impact (Panel)

To view last year's full program, click here.

The most informative, relevant and inspiring conference I have ever attended.

Ghislain Colas des Francs, Digital Transformation Director | Air France-KLM

Who Attends


This was my first SU event, and I went in with REALLY high expectations. I am pleased to say that they were exceeded at every turn. The show, the venue, the off site events and the participants were all world class.

Christopher Bush, Systems Integration for Agriculture | Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society


Join Us

Join more than 2,000 global leaders -- at the one event each year when the entire Singularity University community comes together -- to stay ahead of inevitable change and learn how to positively impact the world.

General Participant

Access to SU Global Summit's immersive, three-day program. Includes:

  • Meals during the event
  • Access to the EXPO - a collection of companies using exponential technologies to change industries and improve the world
  • Interactive evening sessions with attendees and presenters
  • General Seating

Enhanced Participant

Perfect for those looking to realize the most impactful experience possible. Gain unprecedented access to SU Faculty and presenters, exclusive learning opportunities, and additional intimate networking events. Includes all General Participant features, plus:

  • Reserved premium seating
  • Opening reception with special guests
  • Enhanced-only meals with additional programming
  • Exclusive evening content and networking sessions


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“I would recommend every startup that is working on solving problems using exponential technologies to apply for the challenge. Awesome experience!" -Ruchit G. Garg, Founder & CEO, Harvesting Inc.



The part of SU Global Summit that showcases the world’s most promising social impact tech companies.

At Singularity University, we believe that leveraging the convergence of exponential technologies will advance us along the path to solving our Global Grand Challenges (GGC) and will shift humanity from an era of scarcity to one of abundance.

We’re teaming up with some of the world's most influential development organizations and companies to evaluate the potential human and economic impact of GGC Award applicants, and to offer connections, resources, and recognition to their projects.

Are you and your team using exponential technologies to make a positive global impact? Or are you simply wondering what the Global Grand Challenges are about, and who's involved? Either way, click below to learn more.

Past Global Grand Challenge Award Recipients:

The Summit gave me a comprehensive understanding of the importance of exponential technologies to solve the great challenges of our era.

Gustavo Padilla-Montes, Policy Maker | Secretaría de Innovación Ciencia y Tecnología, Jalisco, México

2016 Event Highlights


Explore the Content

Check out a recap of all topics, presenters and takeaways from SU Global Summit 2016.


Experience the EXPO

See where Global Grand Challenge Awards participants demonstrate how they'll positively impact a billion lives.


Discover the Community

Check out how participants, partners, and presenters connect and unwind when the sessions are over.


2016 Featured Topics


AI & Machine Learning

Machine learning and AI will disrupt every industry in the near future. We'll see big improvements in a machine's ability to learn like a human, which will allow AI to surpass people at many work-related tasks. This will bring about major societal change.

"We are going to have true symbiosis between machine and human intelligence."

-Neil Jacobstein

2016 presenters: Neil Jacobstein, Chair of the Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Track at Singularity University; Jeremy Howard, Founder & Deep Learning Researcher at


Open-source platforms and new materials are democratizing robotics. Robots will soon be coupled with AI to bring life to computers to handle much of our daily lives. The next step will be to make them safe enough for human interaction.

"Every physical task will be an opportunity for robotics."

-Rob Nail

2016 presenters: Rob Nail, Associate Founder & CEO at Singularity University; Tim Swift, Co-Founder at Roam Robotics

Virtual & Augmented Reality

Virtual and augmented reality are growing in adoption and sophistication. VR will throw users into new and exciting worlds for education, entertainment and work, while AR could bring a more natural interface to computing.

"We’re erasing the boundaries between the real and virtual work and play spaces."

-Philip Lelyveld

2016 presenters: Philip Lelyveld, VR/AR Initiative Program Lead for the Entertainment Technology Center at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts; Jacki Morie, CEO at All These Worlds; Brent Bushnell, CEO at Two Bit Circus


Blockchain technology enables a whole new era, involving value transfer and information exchange. All forms of property, money, and assets could be transacted with blockchains in the future, impacting entire industries such as mortgage servicing and electronic medical records. More broadly, blockchains suggest new and more flexible models for large-scale coordination.

"Blockchains are a form of trust-making technology."

-Melanie Swan

2016 presenter: Melanie Swan, Blockchain Theorist in Philosophy and Economic Theory, New School for Social Research

Digital Biology

Biology, genetics, medicine, and agriculture are applying new technologies to life itself, and impacting all of us in the process. We're approaching the point at which we're actually able to decode the building blocks of life, and know what it takes to create a human being.

"Genetic engineering is now starting to look like software engineering."

-Raymond McCauley

2016 presenters: Raymond McCauley, Chair of the Digital Biology Track at Singularity University; Riccardo Sabatini, Scientist & Entrepreneur


Technological advances are tackling the nanotech challenge by miniaturizing from the top down and building atomically-precise structures from the bottom up. As these approaches converge, huge gains will be seen in areas from medicine and manufacturing to energy and space.

"With nanotech, you can have shape-changing materials."

-Christine Peterson

2016 presenters: Christine Peterson, Co-Founder at Foresight Institute; Aymeric Sallin, Founder and CEO at NanoDimension

Additional Topics

Energy | Nano and 3D printing | Data | Finance and Economics | Networks and Computing | Medicine and Neuroscience | Bioengineering | Bioinformatics | Space | Security | Human Performance | And Much More

Event Highlights

An exquisitely curated experience that brings about thought-provoking and soul-searching discussions on innovative, impactful, and exponential solutions.

Maria Cavalcanti, CEO global finance & health social-enterprise | Pro Mujer




At each Summit we bring on a select handful of partners and work with them to drive their strategic goals. We incorporate these partners deeply into our events in order to provide enhanced value to them while also leveraging these relationships to enhance the overall Summit experience for participants.

Platinum Partner of Singularity University Summits


Singularity University Global Summit and Global Grand Challenge Awards Partners


Singularity University Founding Corporate Partners


Interested in Becoming an SU Global Summit Partner?

How can we help you create an experience that drives your strategic goals, generates impactful visibility and builds new relationships for your company and clients? Please fill out the form below and our team will reach out to you shortly.

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This year we will gather once again at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, a prestigious landmark hotel in the center of the City by the Bay. Stay at the Hilton to keep yourself on-site and take advantage of early meetups, late night mixers and easy access to everything you need during three days of intensive programming.

The program fee does not include accommodations. Click here to secure a room within our exclusive block at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

Travel Info

SU Global Summit is conveniently located blocks away from the Powell Street station on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). Powell Street Station is 30 minutes from the San Francisco Int'l Airport.

The program will begin midday on Sunday, August 13, and will wrap up by midday on Tuesday, August 15.

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