SU Global Summit

August 13 - 15, 2017 | San Francisco

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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.

It’s a new world with new rules...Singularity University’s Global Summit was so good because for three days it created a platform to foster communication and exchanges on this dialog.

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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.

 

Futurists

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


Ray Kurzweil

Founder, Singularity University

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Touching the Future

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. In an interview with Will Weisman, SU’s Executive Director of Summits, Ray will explore the major trends defining our future.

Craig Newmark

Founder, Craigslist

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The Future of News

What is the role of news-gathering organizations in the era of unfettered access to information? Experts like Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and Esther Wojicki, co-founder of the Journalistic Learning Initiative, will provide insights into the ways that news - and the consumers of news - are dramatically changing.

Abi Ramanan

Co-Founder, ImpactVision

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Future of Food

We're reinventing how we create and distribute what we eat, from synthetic meats to digitally-enabled supply chains. Hear entrepreneurs talk about the ways in which they're disrupting the business of food.

Ty Stiklorius

Founder & CEO, Friends at Work

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Entertainment & Impact

How can artists help move our hearts - and then move us to action? Friends At Work’s Ty Stiklorius, who steers the careers of John Legend, Ciara, and Lindsey Stirling, talks about how entertainment and impact can combine to change minds at scale.

Matthew Bishop

U.S. Business Editor, The Economist

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The Future of News

What is the role of news-gathering organizations in the era of unfettered access to information? Experts like Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and Esther Wojicki, co-founder of the Journalistic Learning Initiative, will provide insights into the ways that news - and the consumers of news - are dramatically changing.

Patsy Doerr

Global Head of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters

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Corporate Impact at Scale

Organizations are increasingly expanding their focus to include the needs of a range of stakeholders, leveraging their resources and processes to generate a more positive impact for employees, customers, partners, communities, the planet - and their shareholders. What are the most effective strategies to generate positive impact at scale?

Thomas Ermacora

Urbanist, Technologist & Futurist, Machines Room

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Cecily Joseph

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Symantec

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Corporate Impact at Scale

Organizations are increasingly expanding their focus to include the needs of a range of stakeholders, leveraging their resources and processes to generate a more positive impact for employees, customers, partners, communities, the planet - and their shareholders. What are the most effective strategies to generate positive impact at scale?

Barney Pell

Co-Founder, Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer, LocoMobi

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Jane Poynter

CEO, World View Enterprises, Inc.

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Carissa Carter

Director of Teaching and Learning, Stanford d.school

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Lynn Carruthers

Producer, Futures LAB at Salesforce

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Innovators

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


Peter Diamandis

Co-Founder & Chairman, Singularity University

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Space: The Next Frontier

Citizens in space. Micro-satellites. Mining asteroids. SU co-founder Peter Diamandis anchors a lively segment to show how widespread space exploration and even colonization may soon be within our grasp.

Will Weisman

Executive Director of Summits Singularity University

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Intro to Exponentials

After a kickoff by Summit host Will Weisman, a variety of SU faculty will provide rapid-fire introductions to exponential technologies, including AI, Robotics, Energy, and next-generation Computing, providing the foundation for understanding that they are rapidly transforming our world. If you’ve never attended a Singularity event before, you won’t want to miss this session.

John Hagel

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

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Mihir Garimella

Google Science Fair Finalist

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Rob Nail

CEO, Singularity University

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Exponential Thinking

SU CEO Rob Nail shows how an understanding of exponentials can lead to a completely different way of thinking about how to solve some of the most challenging problems of our time.

Marcus Shingles

CEO, XPRIZE

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Lisa Kay Solomon

Transformational Practices, Singularity University

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Carin Watson

EVP Learning & Innovation, Singularity University

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Salim Ismail

Author of Exponential Organizations and Founding Executive Director, Singularity University

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Fixing Civilization

Former Executive Director of SU, Salim Ismail, says that for the first time in history, the power to shape society lies in the hands of individuals, not governments. Accelerating technologies are democratizing the creation of a new kind of civilization – one in which organizations and institutions built for the past will not survive.

Robert Poynton

Facilitator, Coach, Author, & Creative Business Thinker, Oxford University

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Roelof Botha

Chairman, Sequoia Capital

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Fireside Chat with Roelof Botha & Peter Diamandis

How does breakthrough innovation today create the exponential technologies of tomorrow? Roelof Botha, who leads Sequoia Capital’s US venture business, explores the ways that investing in leading technologies can create game-changing companies.

Gary Bolles

Partner, Charrette

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Rob Frazzini

Principal, Deloitte

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Neil Jacobstein

Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Chair, Singularity University

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Daniel Kraft, MD

Medicine & Neuroscience Chair, Singularity University

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Exponential Medicine

Dr. Daniel Kraft is SU’s Founding Executive Director & Chair of Exponential Medicine, helping people to understand how many rapidly developing and converging fields affect the future of wellness, prevention, clinical practice and the biomedical industry.

Andy Main

Chief Executive, Deloitte

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David Roberts

Distinguished Faculty, Innovation and Disruption, Singularity University

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David Roberts, Business & Technology Disruption Expert

On leadership, decision making and performance in a world of technology disruption, exponential change and global problems

Alex Ryan

VP of Systems Innovation and Program Director, MaRS Solutions Lab

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Jay Samit

Vice Chairman, Deloitte Digital

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Jeff Schwartz

Principal, Deloitte

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Mike Sigal

Partner, 500 Startups

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Erica Volini

US Human Capital Leader, Deloitte

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Brett Wigdortz

CEO, Teach First

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Future of Education

SU CEO Rob Nail, “Moonshots in Education” author Esther Wojicki, and CEO of Teach First Brett Wigdortz will discuss the seismic trends affecting the world of education, reshaping the way we teach our youth and adults.

Dave Zaboski

Artist

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Maryln Walton

Sr. Research Insight Lead, Herman Miller

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Clayton Christensen

Professor, Author, Entrepreneur, Missionary

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Technologists

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


Jeremy Howard

Founder, Fast.ai

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Transformative AI

Artificial intelligence is transforming industries and businesses, revamping the ways we understand information, and automating human work. SU Networks & Computing Systems faculty Jeremy Howard, in discussion with Socos CEO Vivienne Ming, will explore where AI may lead us in the coming years.

Jeff Pulver

VoIP Pioneer & Communications Visionary

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Lots of Bots

Intelligent messaging applications - often known as ‘bots - are infusing a range of business processes, from customer service to interpersonal communications. Longtime industry expert Jeff Pulver will provide a lively overview of the broad range of uses of ‘bots.

Mary Lou Jepsen

Founder, Openwater

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Our Translucent Selves & Visible Human Thought

Globally recognized by TIME magazine’s as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and as a CNN top 10 thinker, and by the leading global professional societies in optics, display and electronics, Mary Lou Jepsen’s Openwater is building a portable MRI for consumers - with the goal of being able to actually read human thoughts.

Chris Milk

Founder & CEO, Within

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Exponential Story-Telling with VR

One of the greatest opportunities for virtual reality is its ability to deliver immersive experiences that can transform perspective. Come hear from experts like award-winning filmmaker and Within CEO Chris Milk, and Unity’s Dioselin Gonzalez, about immersive story-telling using virtual reality.

Dioselin Gonzalez

Principal Engineer, Unity Labs

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Exponential Story-Telling with VR

One of the greatest opportunities for virtual reality is its ability to deliver immersive experiences that can transform perspective. Come hear from experts like award-winning filmmaker and Within CEO Chris Milk, and Unity’s Dioselin Gonzalez, about immersive story-telling using virtual reality.

Ramez Naam

Energy & Environmental Systems Co-Chair, Singularity University

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Esther Wojcicki

Board Member, Planet3

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Future of Education

SU CEO Rob Nail and “Moonshots in Education” author Esther Wojicki will discuss the seismic trends affecting the world of education, reshaping the way we teach our youth and adults.

Jamie Wheal

Executive Director, Flow Genome Project

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Khaliya

Co-Founder, Falkora

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Hacking Mental Health

Also known as Princess Khaliya Aga Khan, Khaliya is an advocate for mental health and a Columbia University-trained public health specialist. Through her foundation, Falkora, Khaliya is working to transform society's understanding of mental health issues and push for faster innovation in the field.

Alex Dainis

PhD Student, Stanford

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Our Genetic Future

Popular vlogger (“Bite Sci-zed”) and doctoral candidate Alex Dainis will lead an onstage discussion about the dramatic changes in our understanding about our genetic inheritance - and our future.

David Bray

Chief Ventures Officer, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

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Civic Innovation

Code for America founder Jen Pahlka, MaRS Solution Lab head Alex Ryan, and Dr. David Bray, Chief Ventures Officer of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and former CIO of the FCC, will explore the ways that citizens can become involved in driving innovation for communities and countries.

Vivienne Ming

Founder & Executive Scientist, Socos

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Transformative AI

Artificial intelligence is transforming industries and businesses, revamping the ways we understand information, and automating human work. SU Networks & Computing Systems faculty Jeremy Howard, in discussion with Socos CEO Vivienne Ming, will explore where AI may lead us in the coming years.

Moran Cerf, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience and Business, Kellogg School of Management

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Tom Insel

Neuroscientist, Psychiatrist & Founder, Mindstrong

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Chris Lewicki

President & CEO, Planetary Resources

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Space: The Next Frontier

Citizens in space. Micro-satellites. Mining asteroids. SU co-founder Peter Diamandis anchors a lively segment to show how widespread space exploration and even colonization may soon be within our grasp.

Guosong Liu, MD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Neurocentria

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Joshua Montgomery

Co-Founder, Mycroft.ai

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Bob Richards

Founder & CEO, Moon Express Inc.

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Space: The Next Frontier

Citizens in space. Micro-satellites. Mining asteroids. SU co-founder Peter Diamandis anchors a lively segment to show how widespread space exploration and even colonization may soon be within our grasp.

Divya Chander, MD, PhD

Medicine Faculty, Singularity University

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Gretchen Gscheidle

Director, Herman Miller

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Robbie Baxter

Author, Membership Economy

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Humanitarians

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

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Safa Sadeghpour

Bio & Internet Technology Leader

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Sylvia Earle

Explorer & Oceanographer, DOER Marine

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Managing the Planet

We’ve never had such insights into the ways that our planet works - and never so many challenges to preserving its abundance. Legendary ocean explorer Sylvia Earle and Jon Waterhouse, an expert on helping indigenous peoples use technology to manage their natural resources, are interviewed by Autodesk explorer-in-residence Jonathan Knowles.

David Orr

Professor, Writer, Academic, Activist, Oberlin College

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Jon Waterhouse

Explorer, National Geographic

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Managing the Planet

We’ve never had such insights into the ways that our planet works - and never so many challenges to preserving its abundance. Legendary ocean explorer Sylvia Earle and Jon Waterhouse, an expert on helping indigenous peoples use technology to manage their natural resources, are interviewed by Autodesk explorer-in-residence Jonathan Knowles.

Jen Pahlka

Founder & Executive Director, Code for America

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Civic Innovation

Code for America founder Jen Pahlka, MaRS Solution Lab head Alex Ryan, and Dr. David Bray, Chief Ventures Officer of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and former CIO of the FCC, will explore the ways that citizens can become involved in driving innovation for communities and countries.

Meighan Stone

Fellow, Harvard

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Scaled Voices

How can we channel the energies of citizens on a national scale? Meighan Stone is an Entrepreneurship Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, and the former President of the Malala Fund. She’ll guide a conversation about recent efforts to help large numbers of people to take action.

Jonathan Knowles

Explorer in Residence, Autodesk

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Managing the Planet

We’ve never had such insights into the ways that our planet works - and never so many challenges to preserving its abundance. Legendary ocean explorer Sylvia Earle and Jon Waterhouse, an expert on helping indigenous peoples use technology to manage their natural resources, are interviewed by Autodesk explorer-in-residence Jonathan Knowles.

Hiram Chodosh

President, Claremont McKenna

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Paul Hawken

Author, Activist & Executive Director, Drawdown

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Teymour Boutros-Ghali

Managing Partner, BOLD Capital Partners

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Harold Schapelhouman

Fire Chief, Menlo Park Fire District

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Heather McLeod Grant

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Open Impact

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Iain Kerr

CEO, Ocean Alliance

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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

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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:

  • 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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SU Alumni Pricing

General Participant

$1,196

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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

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Explore the Content

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

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Experience the EXPO

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

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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 fast.ai

Robotics

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

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

Nanotechnology

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

 

Partners

 

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

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Singularity University Global Summit and Global Grand Challenge Awards Partners

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Singularity University Founding Corporate Partners

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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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Venue

 

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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