SU Global Summit

August 13 - 15, 2017 | San Francisco

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August 13-15, 2017 | San Francisco, CA

Where the world's most innovative leaders gather.

 

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.

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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.

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Craig Newmark

Founder & CSR, Craigslist/Craig Newmark Foundation

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The Future of News

What is the role of news-gathering organizations in the era of unfettered access to information? Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Esther Wojicki, co-founder of the Journalistic Learning Initiative, and Matthew Bishop, Senior Editor for the Economist, in a session moderated by six-time editorial director Gary A. Bolles, will provide insights into the ways that news - and the consumers of news - are dramatically changing.

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Abi Ramanan

Co-Founder, ImpactVision

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Future of the Food Chain

We're reinventing how we create and distribute what we eat. Abi Ramanan of ImpactVision will talk about the ways we can use exponential technologies to change the way we think about food quality in the supply chain.

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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.

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Matthew Bishop

Senior Editor, The Economist Group

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The Future of News

What is the role of news-gathering organizations in the era of unfettered access to information? Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Esther Wojicki, co-founder of the Journalistic Learning Initiative, and Matthew Bishop, Senior Editor for the Economist, in a session moderated by six-time editorial director Gary A. Bolles, will provide insights into the ways that news - and the consumers of news - are dramatically changing.

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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?

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Thomas Ermacora

Urbanist, Technologist & Futurist, Machines Room

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Future of Cities & Revitalization of Rural Communities

This session will be included in the "Future Of" block. Exponential technologies are transforming our societies and our economies. In this wide-ranging block, leading experts will deconstruct the future of cities, food, and our physical selves.

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Cecily Joseph

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Symantec Corporation

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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?

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Barney Pell

Co-Founder, Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer, LocoMobi

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Crucial Questions for Success of AI Applications

In theory, AI algorithms can be applied to a wide set of problems of importance to humanity. In practice, however, technology itself is only a small portion of the overall success of an application. This workshop discusses crucial issues that must be addressed in most successful applications of Artificial Intelligence. Key issues include quality, robustness, usability, optimal mix of humans and automation, trust, evolution, and economics.

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Jane Poynter

CEO, World View Enterprises, Inc.

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Drones: The World’s Microscopes

As the number of registered drones in the U.S. approaches the 1 million mark, drones are becoming the digital eyes of the planet. Hear from experts in search & rescue, environmental preservation, and near-space exploration about new efforts to leverage this exponential technology. With Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance; Howard Schapelhouman, Menlo Park Fire Chief; and 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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Leader as Innovator

This session is part of the "Leadership" block. What are the critical skills leaders must learn to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world? How can you create strategic advantage for your organization, while also building the inclusive, equitable, and abundant future we all want to live in?

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Lynn Carruthers

Producer, Futures Lab at Salesforce

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Leader as Futurist

This session is part of the "Leadership" block. What are the critical skills leaders must learn to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world? How can you create strategic advantage for your organization, while also building the inclusive, equitable, and abundant future we all want to live in?

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Kate Shaw

Director of Learning, Airbnb

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Corporate Learning & Learning Corporations

This session is part of the "Future of Learning" block. How can we transform our education systems to help people navigate disruptive change? Come hear from educators, experts, and corporate learning heads about new strategies for preparing our children and supporting lifelong learning.

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Naveen Jain

Founder & CEO, Viome

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Are Entrepreneurs the Next Superpowers?

According to Singularity board member Naveen Jain, we're at an inflection point in history where innovation is solving many of the world's problems - and it's entrepreneurs, not nations, who are poised to be the superpowers of the future.

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John Kelley

Chairman & CEO, CereScan Corporation

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Breakthrough Braintech Panel

This session is part of the "This is Your Brain on Exponentials" block. We’re getting get closer and closer to unlocking the mysteries of the brain, understanding the connection between our biology and our inner selves - and finding ways to exponentially improve our mental health.

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Anitha Vadavatha

Head of Partner Ecosystem, Edcast

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Corporate Learning & Learning Corporations

This session is part of the "Future of Learning" block. How can we transform our education systems to help people navigate disruptive change? Come hear from educators, experts, and corporate learning heads about new strategies for preparing our children and supporting lifelong learning.

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Uma Valeti

CEO/Co-Founder, Memphis Meats

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Cellular Agriculture: Meat Without the Animal

This session is part of the "Future of:" block. Exponential technologies are transforming our societies and our economies. In this wide-ranging block, leading experts will deconstruct the future of cities, food, and our physical selves.

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Mark Brand

Social Entrepreneur

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Future of Food

This session will be included in the "Future Of" block. Exponential technologies are transforming our societies and our economies. In this wide-ranging block, leading experts will deconstruct the future of cities, food, and our physical selves.

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Karen Tay

Director, Government of Singapore

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Self-driving Everything

This session will be part of the "Future of Transportation" block. As we enter the science fiction world of self-driving cars, trucks, drones, and even flying buses, what will a world of “autonomous everything” look like?

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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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Forces Driving Accelerating Change

SU co-founder Peter Diamandis takes the audience on a breathtaking view of the future, showing how we can all help to create a world of abundance.

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Jonathan Knowles

Head of Faculty, Singularity University

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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.

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John Hagel

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

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Organizations & The Next Economy

To create disruptive innovation, the fundamental decisions that organizations make - like investing in innovations that eliminate jobs, versus creating them - have to be challenged, and new strategies like scalable learning need to be adopted. Clayton Christenson, author of books like The Innovator’s Dilemma, and John Hagel, author of The Power of Pull, will engage in a wide-ranging conversation on exponential opportunities for organizations, guided by Carin Watson, SU EVP Innovation & Learning.

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Mihir Garimella

Google Science Fair Winner, Inventor & Student, Stanford

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Demo

This demo will be part of the "Future of Transportation" block. As we enter the science fiction world of self-driving cars, trucks, drones, and even flying buses, what will a world of “autonomous everything” look like?

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Rob Nail

CEO & Associate Founder, Singularity University

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Singularity University - State of the Union: Building a Global Community

SU CEO Rob Nail talks about the organization’s genesis from a simple idea to a worldwide community of exponential change-makers.

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Marcus Shingles

CEO, XPRIZE

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XPRIZE Update

Marcus Shingles, CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, will provide an update on the world-changing competitions that the Foundation is guiding.

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Lisa Kay Solomon

Chair, Transformational Practices and Leadership, Singularity University

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Future of Learning with Intentional Futures

Deep dive into how technology is helping us understand conditions and drivers for life-long learning and success.

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Carin Watson

EVP Learning & Innovation, Singularity University

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Organizations & The Next Economy

To create disruptive innovation, the fundamental decisions that organizations make - like investing in innovations that eliminate jobs, versus creating them - have to be challenged, and new strategies like scalable learning need to be adopted. Clayton Christenson, author of books like The Innovator’s Dilemma, and John Hagel, author of The Only Sustainable Edge, will engage in a wide-ranging conversation on exponential opportunities for organizations, guided by Carin Watson, SU EVP Innovation & Learning.

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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.

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Robert Poynton

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

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Navigating Ambiguity

Facilitator, coach, author, and creative business thinker Robert Poynton from Oxford University will use improvisational theater techniques with a leadership protocol from Oxford's Praxis Program.

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Roelof Botha

Partner, 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.

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Gary A. Bolles

Partner, Charrette LLC

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Future of Work

The rapid shift to a digital work economy requires us to rethink our schools, our organizations - even the very nature of work. Lecturer and writer Gary A. Bolles will guide a discussion Adobe’s Donna Morris and Deloitte’s Erica Volini to explore strategies for industries, organizations, and individuals to navigate this tectonic shift.

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Rob Frazzini

Principal, Deloitte Digital

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Digital Attack

This session is part of the "Future of Society" block. What new strategies will help us to leverage exponential technologies to entertain, to inform, to empower, and to transform?

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Neil Jacobstein

Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Chair, Singularity University

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Artificial Intelligence

This session is part of the Exponential Bootcamp block. 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.

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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.

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Andy Main

Principal & Chief Executive, Deloitte Digital

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Digital Attack

This session is part of the "Future of Society" block. What new strategies will help us to leverage exponential technologies to entertain, to inform, to empower, and to transform?

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David Roberts

Distinguished Faculty, Innovation and Disruption, Singularity University

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Keynote David Roberts, Business & Technology Disruption Expert

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

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Alex Ryan

VP of Systems Innovation and Program Director, MaRS Solutions Lab

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Citizen-Driven Innovation

Harvard Fellow and former Malala Fund director Meighan Stone, Chief Ventures Officer of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and former CIO of the FCC Dr. David Bray, MakerCities co-author Peter Hirshberg, and MaRS Solution Lab head Alex Ryan will explore the ways that citizens can become involved in driving innovation for communities and countries.

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Jay Samit

Vice Chairman, Deloitte

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Digital Reality

This session is part of the "Augmented/Virtual Reality" block. Will Augmented & Virtual Reality continue to be for gaming and niche applications - or the next major computing platform? Come hear about the latest leaps forward in immersive and augmented experiences - and learn about the pervasive use of ‘bots and artificial intelligence.

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Jeff Schwartz

Principal, Deloitte

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Organizational Transformation

This session will be part of the "Future of Work" block. In a series of rapid workshops, Deloitte’s Jeff Schwartz focuses on talent and organizations, and Charrette’s Gary A. Bolles helps individuals with insights into the new rules of work.

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Mike Sigal

Partner, 500 Startups

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Blockchain

This session will be part of the "Future of Finance" block. What’s blockchain, and why does it represent the future of finance? Can a bank be just an algorithm? How can investors understand and leverage exponentials? And is there actually a new social network that uses minutes as coins?

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Erica Volini

Principal, Deloitte

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Future of Work

The rapid shift to a digital work economy requires us to rethink our schools, our organizations - even the very nature of work. Lecturer and writer Gary A. Bolles will guide a discussion Adobe’s Donna Morris and Deloitte’s Erica Volini to explore strategies for industries, organizations, and individuals to navigate this tectonic shift.

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Brett Wigdortz

CEO & Founder, Teach First

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Future of Education

SU CEO Rob Nail, “Moonshots in Education” author Esther Wojicki, Claremont McKenna College president Hiram Chodosh, 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.

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Thoughts into Things

An introduction to the Creative Keys as an operating system for purposeful innovation. Former Disney Animator Dave Zaboski will share tools, practices and systems used by the highest order of creatives from the world of Art, the Animation Industry and beyond designed to empower your creative heart and mind right now and for good.

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Maryln Walton

Sr. Research Insight Lead, Herman Miller

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Leader as Futurist

This session will be part of the "Leadership" block. What are the critical skills leaders must learn to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world? How can you create strategic advantage for your organization, while also building the inclusive, equitable, and abundant future we all want to live in?

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Clayton Christensen

Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

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Organizations & The Next Economy

To create disruptive innovation, the fundamental decisions that organizations make - like investing in innovations that eliminate jobs, versus creating them - have to be challenged, and new strategies like scalable learning need to be adopted. Clayton Christenson, author of books like The Innovator’s Dilemma, and John Hagel, author of The Only Sustainable Edge, will engage in a wide-ranging conversation on exponential opportunities for organizations, guided by Carin Watson, SU EVP Innovation & Learning.

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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.

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Chuck Ainsworth

Director, America's Coaching Practice Americas, Center for Creative Leadership

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Exponential Re-entry: A Coach Approach to Creating Impact and Reshaping Culture

The Global Summit has been a trip to new places and possibilities. You are forever changed and yet you can’t stay here. How will you transform your Global Summit learning into practical action? How will you avoid the scorching reality of the daily grind and focus on strategic challenges? What can you do to create a culture and community of possibilities and connections? More powerful than strategy and more persistent than vision, the culture of an organization enables sustainable performance or subverts it. Guided by the Center for Creative Leadership, this facilitated session will expose you to some essential coaching behaviors that will create a courageous culture that unearths truth, grapples with the gnarliest issues, unlocks collaboration, and creates liberating space for reinvention and action. Following this session, you will leave the Global Summit prepared to take clear next steps and have conversations that propel you and your team forward.

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Andy Billings

Vice President of Profitable Creativity, Electronic Arts

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Exponential Re-entry: A Coach Approach to Creating Impact and Reshaping Culture

The Global Summit has been a trip to new places and possibilities. You are forever changed and yet you can’t stay here. How will you transform your Global Summit learning into practical action? How will you avoid the scorching reality of the daily grind and focus on strategic challenges? What can you do to create a culture and community of possibilities and connections? More powerful than strategy and more persistent than vision, the culture of an organization enables sustainable performance or subverts it. Guided by the Center for Creative Leadership, this facilitated session will expose you to some essential coaching behaviors that will create a courageous culture that unearths truth, grapples with the gnarliest issues, unlocks collaboration, and creates liberating space for reinvention and action. Following this session, you will leave the Global Summit prepared to take clear next steps and have conversations that propel you and your team forward.

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Peter Hirshberg

Founder, Maker City Project

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Citizen-Driven Innovation

Harvard Fellow and former Malala Fund director Meighan Stone, Chief Ventures Officer of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and former CIO of the FCC Dr. David Bray, MakerCities co-author Peter Hirshberg, and MaRS Solution Lab head Alex Ryan will explore the ways that citizens can become involved in driving innovation for communities and countries.

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Kelley Steven-Waiss

Chief Human Resource Officer, HERE Technologies

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Session Description Coming Soon

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Rachel Weiss

VP Innovation & Entrepreneurship, L'Oreal

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Technology + Beauty

Exponentials have already had a seismic impact on society - and the next wave will impact the $120 billion industry focused on how we look and care for ourselves. What disruptive technologies will reshape that arena - and accelerate societal change?

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Suzanne Fallender

Director of Corporate Responsibility, Intel Corporation

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Corporate Impact at Scale Panel

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?

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Patty Burke

Corporate Leadership - Venture and Innovation Consultant - Executive Education, Center for Creative Leadership

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Exponential Re-entry: A Coach Approach to Creating Impact and Reshaping Culture

The Global Summit has been a trip to new places and possibilities. You are forever changed and yet you can’t stay here. How will you transform your Global Summit learning into practical action? How will you avoid the scorching reality of the daily grind and focus on strategic challenges? What can you do to create a culture and community of possibilities and connections? More powerful than strategy and more persistent than vision, the culture of an organization enables sustainable performance or subverts it. Guided by the Center for Creative Leadership, this facilitated session will expose you to some essential coaching behaviors that will create a courageous culture that unearths truth, grapples with the gnarliest issues, unlocks collaboration, and creates liberating space for reinvention and action. Following this session, you will leave the Global Summit prepared to take clear next steps and have conversations that propel you and your team forward.

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Rick Smith

CEO, Axon

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Future State: The End of Killing

This session is part of the "Future of Us" block. If we are going to move beyond our violent past, we need leading innovators and technologists to engage on this most intractable of human challenges.

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Michelle Drew Rodriguez

Manufacturing Leader for the Center for Industry Insights, Deloitte

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Manufacturing

This session is part of the "Exponentials 201" block.For SU Alumni, faculty will provide lightning talks with updates on the most recent advances in exponential technologies.

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Erika Wagner

Business Development Manager, Blue Origin

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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.

  Presenter Bio

Neal Bhadkamkar

Partner, Bold Capital Partners

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Session Description Coming Soon

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James Cham

Partner, Bloomberg Beta

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The Future of Work

The rapid shift to a digital work economy requires us to rethink major institutions like our schools, our organizations - even the very nature of work. Lecturer and writer Gary A. Bolles will guide a discussion Adobe’s Donna Morris and Deloitte’s Erica Volini to explore strategies for industries, organizations, and individuals to navigate this tectonic shift.

  Presenter Bio

Aliki Helman

Catalyst of Genius/Principal, Leap2Genius

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Session Description Coming Soon

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Allen Taylor

Managing Director, Endeavor Catalyst

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Session Description Coming Soon

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Olha Khilobok

Content Architect, Nimses

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Social + Capital

This session will be part of the "Future of Finance" block. What’s blockchain, and why does it represent the future of finance? Can a bank be just an algorithm? How can investors understand and leverage exponentials? And is there actually a new social network that uses minutes as coins?

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Technologists

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


Jeremy Howard

Founding Researcher, 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.

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Clara de Soto

Co-Founder, Reply.ai

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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.

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Mary Lou Jepsen

Founder & CEO, Openwater

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The Science of Visible Thought and our Translucent Selves

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.

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Muriel Clauson

Founder, Oppticity

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Skills & the Building Blocks of Work

This session is part of the "Future of Work Workshop." In a series of rapid workshops, Deloitte’s Jeff Schwartz focuses on talent and organizations, and Charrette’s Gary A. Bolles helps individuals with insights into the new rules of work.

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Dioselin Gonzalez

Lead Principal Engineer, MR research, Unity Labs

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Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality

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.

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Ramez Naam

Energy & Environmental Systems Co-Chair, Singularity University

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Energy

This session is part of the "Exponentials Bootcamp" block. 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.

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Esther Wojcicki

Founder, Palo Alto High Media Arts Center

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Transforming Education

SU CEO Rob Nail, “Moonshots in Education” author Esther Wojicki, Claremont McKenna College president Hiram Chodosh, 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.

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Jamie Wheal

Executive Director, Flow Genome Project

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Our Best Selves

In a world of exponential change, one of our greatest challenges is to remain centered on what makes us human. Jamie Wheal, co-author of Stealing Fire, shows how we can achieve a state of Flow, helping us to perform at our best, live our happiest and most fulfilled lives - and to be our best selves.

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Khaliya

Founder, Falkora

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Hacking Mental Health

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.

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Alex Dainis

PhD Candidate, Stanford University

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Technology + Beauty

Exponentials have already had a seismic impact on society - and the next wave will impact the $120 billion industry focused on how we look and care for ourselves. What disruptive technologies will reshape that arena - and accelerate societal change?

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David Bray

World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and S.U. Faculty

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Citizen-Driven Innovation

Harvard Fellow and former Malala Fund director Meighan Stone, Chief Ventures Officer of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and former CIO of the FCC Dr. David Bray, MakerCities co-author Peter Hirshberg, and MaRS Solution Lab head Alex Ryan will explore the ways that citizens can become involved in driving innovation for communities and countries.

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Vivienne Ming

Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Socos

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AI Eats the World

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.

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Moran Cerf, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience and Business, Kellogg School of Management

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Hacking Memory

Professor of neuroscience and business, Dr. Moran Cerf, talks about his works at the intersection of free will, dreams, memory, and behavior changes - using a variety of unique methods to study our brain.

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Tom Insel

Neuroscientist, Psychiatrist & Founder, Mindstrong

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Breakthrough Braintech Panel

This session is part of the "This is Your Bain on Exponentials" block. We’re getting get closer and closer to unlocking the mysteries of the brain, understanding the connection between our biology and our inner selves - and finding ways to exponentially improve our mental health.

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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.

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Guosong Liu, MD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Neurocentria

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Breakthrough Braintech Panel

This session is part of the "This is Your Brain on Exponentials" block. We’re getting get closer and closer to unlocking the mysteries of the brain, understanding the connection between our biology and our inner selves - and finding ways to exponentially improve our mental health.

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Joshua Montgomery

CEO, Mycroft AI Inc.

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AI Demo

Joshua Montgomery, CEO of Mycroft.AI, backed by 500 Startups, will demonstrate never-before-seen capabilities of the company’s open-source AI voice platform.

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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.

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Divya Chander, MD, PhD

Medicine Faculty, Singularity University

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Neuroscience Overview

This session is part of the "This is Your Brain on Expoenntials" block. We’re getting get closer and closer to unlocking the mysteries of the brain, understanding the connection between our biology and our inner selves - and finding ways to exponentially improve our mental health.

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Gretchen Gscheidle

Director, Herman Miller

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Session Description Coming Soon

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Robbie Baxter

President, Peninsula Strategies

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Leader as Innovator

This session is part of the "Leadership" block. What are the critical skills leaders must learn to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world? How can you create strategic advantage for your organization, while also building the inclusive, equitable, and abundant future we all want to live in?

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Dan Klein

Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Theater Department

Faculty, Singularity University

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StoryCraft: Personal Storytelling for Impact

We all make sense of the world through stories. How do you use that fact to craft and deliver personal stories in a way that is engaging, enticing, enthralling, memorable and inspirational?

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Ludovic Fourrage

Digital Learning Leader, Microsoft

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Corporate Learning & Learning Corporations

This session is part of the "Future of Learning" block. How can we transform our education systems to help people navigate disruptive change? Come hear from educators, experts, and corporate learning heads about new strategies for preparing our children and supporting lifelong learning.

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Andra Keay

Director, Silicon Valley Robotics

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Robotics

This session is part of the "Exponentials Bootcamp" block. 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.

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Rob Lloyd

CEO, Hyperloop One

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Matt Merrifield

Chief Technology Officer, The Nature Conservancy

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Leader as Technologist

This session is part of the "Leadership" block. What are the critical skills leaders must learn to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world? How can you create strategic advantage for your organization, while also building the inclusive, equitable, and abundant future we all want to live in?

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Amin Toufani

Finance & Economics Faculty, Singularity University

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Exonomics: Business Models of the (Near) Future

Exponentially growing technologies have profound effects on how individuals, businesses and governments operate. The talk covers unifying themes among disruptive trends in business strategy, financial markets, cryptocurrencies, economic policy, rapid innovation, and risk management.

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Davide Venturelli

Science Operations Manager, USRA/NASA Quantum AI Lab, Archon Dronics

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Drones: The World's Microscopes

As the number of registered drones in the U.S. approaches the 1 million mark, drones are becoming the digital eyes of the planet. Hear from experts in search & rescue, environmental preservation, and near-space exploration about new efforts to leverage this exponential technology. With Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance; Howard Schapelhouman, Menlo Park Fire Chief; and Jane Poynter, CEO, World View Enterprises, Inc.

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Adam Leonard

Executive & Organizational Development, Google

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Unleashing Human Exponential Technology

Equip yourself to lead in the new reality. Learn how to accelerate the next version of you, the evolved New Human, by applying exponential inner technology, being bold, and expanding your abundance mindset.

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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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Corporate Impact at Scale Panel

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?

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Safa Sadeghpour

Bio & Internet Technology Leader

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Breakthrough Braintech Panel

This session is part of the "This is Your Brain on Exponentials" block. We’re getting get closer and closer to unlocking the mysteries of the brain, understanding the connection between our biology and our inner selves - and finding ways to exponentially improve our mental health.

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Sylvia Earle

Explorer in Residence, 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.

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David Orr

Professor Emeritus, Oberlin College

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The State of American Democracy

The session is a discussion of the historical and Constitutional origins of the election of 2016 and more important, what must be done to restore and rebuild a democracy that can meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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Jon Waterhouse

Indigenous Peoples Scholar, Oregon Health and Science University

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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.

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Alex Gladstein

Chief Strategy Officer, Human Rights Foundation

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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.

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Meighan Stone

Fellow, Harvard University

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Citizen-Driven Innovation

Harvard Fellow and former Malala Fund director Meighan Stone, Chief Ventures Officer of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and former CIO of the FCC Dr. David Bray, MakerCities co-author Peter Hirshberg, and MaRS Solution Lab head Alex Ryan will explore the ways that citizens can become involved in driving innovation for communities and countries.

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Iain Kerr

CEO, Ocean Alliance

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Drones: The World's Microscopes

As the number of registered drones in the U.S. approaches the 1 million mark, drones are becoming the digital eyes of the planet. Hear from experts in search & rescue, environmental preservation, and near-space exploration about new efforts to leverage this exponential technology. With Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance; Howard Schapelhouman, Menlo Park Fire Chief; and Jane Poynter, CEO, World View Enterprises, Inc.

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Hiram Chodosh

President, Claremont McKenna College

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Transforming Education

SU CEO Rob Nail, “Moonshots in Education” author Esther Wojicki, Claremont McKenna College president Hiram Chodosh, 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.

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Paul Hawken

Executive Director, Project Drawdown

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Drawdown: A Comprehensive Plan to Reverse Global Warming

Renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken believes we can stop global warming in the next 30 years - and he not only has a plan, he knows the top 100 things we can do, today, to reverse its effects. Come hear his breakthrough vision for our exponential future.

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Teymour Boutros-Ghali

Managing Partner, BOLD Capital Partners

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Exponential Investing

This session is part of the "Future of Finance" block. What’s blockchain, and why does it represent the future of finance? Can a bank be just an algorithm? How can investors understand and leverage exponentials? And is there actually a new social network that uses minutes as coins?

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Harold Schapelhouman

Fire Chief, Menlo Park Fire District

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Drones: The World's Microscopes

As the number of registered drones in the U.S. approaches the 1 million mark, drones are becoming the digital eyes of the planet. Hear from experts in search & rescue, environmental preservation, and near-space exploration about new efforts to leverage this exponential technology. With Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance; Howard Schapelhouman, Menlo Park Fire Chief; and Jane Poynter, CEO, World View Enterprises, Inc.

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Heather McLeod Grant

Co-Founder, Open Impact

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Leader as Humanitarian

This session is part of the "Leadership" block. What are the critical skills leaders must learn to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world? How can you create strategic advantage for your organization, while also building the inclusive, equitable, and abundant future we all want to live in?

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Swami Ananda

Founder, Universal Yoga Center

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Yoga with Swami

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Trista Harris

Philanthropic Futurist

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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

 

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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
  • Enhanced-only meals with additional programming
  • Exclusive evening content and networking sessions

 

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$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.

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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 around 5 PM on Tuesday, August 15.

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