The future is becoming increasingly difficult to predict.
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. Singularity University Global Summit is SU’s flagship event, and is the place to meet fellow changemakers while discovering the world’s breakthrough innovations.
Organizations That Attended Last Year's SU Global Summit
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Check out a recap of all topics, presenters and takeaways from SU Global Summit 2016.
See where Global Grand Challenge Awards participants demonstrate how they'll positively impact a billion lives.
Check out how participants, partners, and presenters connect and unwind when the sessions are over.
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
2016 Featured Topics
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."
2016 presenters: Neil Jacobstein, Chair of the Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Track at Singularity University; Jeremy Howard, Founder & Deep Learning Researcher at fast.ai
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."
2016 presenters: Rob Nail, Associate Founder & CEO at Singularity University; Tim Swift, Co-Founder at Roam Robotics
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."
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."
2016 presenter: Melanie Swan, Blockchain Theorist in Philosophy and Economic Theory, New School for Social Research
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."
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."
2016 presenters: Christine Peterson, Co-Founder at Foresight Institute; Aymeric Sallin, Founder and CEO at NanoDimension
Energy | Nano and 3D printing | Data | Finance and Economics | Networks and Computing | Medicine and Neuroscience | Bioengineering | Bioinformatics | Space | Security | Human Performance | And Much More
To view last year's full program, click here.
Even as a techie & futurist, I learned. It's great to be able to interact with world-changers in such a relatively informal setting.Steve Burgess, Computer Forensics; COO | Foresight.org
To view all speakers from the 2016 SU Global Summit, click here.
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
SU Global Summit is your chance to stay ahead of inevitable change and learn how to positively impact the world through your work. Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to connect with other globally conscious leaders, discover what the future truly holds, and get empowered to improve the world.
- Connect with innovators, investors and business leaders who are driven to solve humanity’s grand challenges.
- Gain a tangible grip on the future of tech from globally recognized presenters.
- Leave with the tools and inspiration to make an impact on your organization, your community, and your world.
Read more about how to participate below, and apply to join us in San Francisco this August.
General Participant registration provides access to SU Global Summit's immersive, three-day program. Learn from our incredible collection of presenters, network with fellow participants and leave with an actionable set of knowledge that can fundamentally impact your organization. Includes:
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
- Access to the EXPO - a collection of companies creating exponential technologies that are changing industries
- Interactive evening sessions with GP attendees and presenters
- General Seating
Enhanced Participant registration is perfect for those looking to realize the most impactful experience possible. Our Enhanced Participants will enjoy unprecedented access to SU Faculty and presenters, exclusive learning opportunities, additional intimate networking events, and more. Includes all General Participant features, plus:
- Reserved premium seating
- Opening reception with special guests
- Enhanced lunches with additional programming
- Exclusive evening content
- Evening small group gatherings
“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.
Global Grand Challenge Awards
Part of SU Global Summit. Showcasing 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’ve teamed 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, opportunities, resources, and recognition to their projects.
If you and your team are using exponential technologies to positively impact humanity on a global scale, we encourage you to sign up to be notified when applications become available for the Global Grand Challenge Awards.
“Weaving disruptive innovation, exponential technology, futuristic thinking and strategic implementation to discuss the world's most urgent concerns.”
- Radia Funna, Head of Innovation, United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology
“I was very impressed with the innovation, ideas and technologies showcased at the Global Grand Challenge Awards.”
- Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Head of Technology & Human Rights, Amnesty International
“In four days, my entire worldview of what's happening in technology, design, non-profits, and culture was given a much needed update. I made dozens of great contacts with people all over the planet and united in their commitment to a better world.”
- Joseph Chinnock, Director, BeeTech
Past Global Grand Challenge Award Recipients:
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Development Organization Partners
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
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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.
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.