The SingularityU Australia Summit brings the world’s leading speakers and experts on exponentially accelerating technologies together with Australia's and New Zealand's leaders of today and tomorrow, giving us the knowledge and insight we need to compete — and win — in an exponentially changing world.
We’re encountering some of the greatest transitions that any generation has ever had to face. Technological disruption is already affecting every part of our lives; every business, every industry, every society — even what it means to be “human.” These changes show no signs of slowing down; in fact, they’re accelerating rapidly.
But the ever-increasing pace of change doesn’t just hold challenges - it holds opportunity. We are shifting from an economic model based on scarcity to one of abundance. What are the strategic implications? What kinds of policies to we need? What is the impact on our economy? What are the ethical considerations? None of the old rules apply.
The Singularity Australia Summit, hosted in Sydney February 2018 had over 1100 attendees from multiple countries.
From the introduction to exponentials and an overview of disruption, to forward thinking AI, transport, crime, and blockchain the SingularityU Australia Summit kick-started conversation about exponential technology and how it can impact your country - and the world. Educators, corporates, non-profits, entrepreneurs, young people and government representatives came together for this three day summit - and were blown away by the content and connections! SingularityU Australia Summit has started a whole new group of exponential thinkers!
Singularity University (SU) is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all. Our global community spans 119 countries and includes entrepreneurs, corporations, impact organizations, governments, investors, and academic institutions.
With over 431 impact initiatives, the SU community is driving positive change in the areas of health, environment, security, education, energy, food, prosperity, water, space, disaster resilience, shelter, and governance.
Peter Diamandis is an entrepreneur, business executive and the founder and Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a 30-year track record of accurate predictions.
Peter Diamandis is an entrepreneur, business executive and the founder and Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. He is the co-author of BOLD, How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World, and Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think. As a futurist, visionary, author and distinguished speaker, he counsels the world’s top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D.https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterdiamandis @PeterDiamandis
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a 30-year track record of accurate predictions. Called “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” PBS selected him as one of the “sixteen revolutionaries who made America.” Kurzweil was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Among Kurzweil’s many honors, he is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds twenty honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents. Ray has written five national best-selling books, including The Age of Spiritual Machines, The Singularity is Near, and How to Create a Mind. He is currently a director of engineering at Google.
Marc Goodman is a New York Times Best-Selling author, global strategist and consultant focused on the profound change technology is having on security, business and international affairs. He is the founder of the Future Crimes Institute and has built his expertise in international cyber-crime and terrorism working with organizations including INTERPOL, the UN Counterterrorism Task Force, NATO and the US Government.
Goodman frequently advises industry leaders, security executives and global policy makers on transnational cyber risk and intelligence and has operated in more than 70 countries around the world. Marc’s book, Future Crimes,is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best-Seller, was selected as Amazon’s Best Business Book of 2015 and has been names on of The Washington Post;s Top Ten Best Books of 2015.
Kaila Colbin is the Australian Ambassador for Singularity University. In 2016, she spearheaded the hugely successful SingularityU New Zealand Summit, the first in Australasia, with more than 1,400 attendees.
She is also a co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, the starting point to make things happen in Christchurch; the Curator and Licensee for TEDxChristchurch in New Zealand and TEDxScottBase in Antarctica; Chairman of the Board of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts; Deputy Chair of CORE Education Ltd; and a Director of ChristchurchNZ, the Christchurch agency responsible for tourism, major events and economic development.
Kaila is a certified ExO consultant, a Climate Project Ambassador who trained with Al Gore, and a Project Management Professional. She is a renowned national and international public speaker, sought after by corporates, government agencies, industry groups, and more.
A native New Yorker, Kaila is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian, holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University and has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.
Amin is the CEO of T Labs and the Chair for Finance and Economics at Singularity University. He was formerly the director of strategy and Vice President of Strategic Relations at SU.
Before Singularity, Amin founded for-profit and social impact organizations in a range of domains including: artificial intelligence, peer to peer lending, bitcoin, human rights, international development, carbon offsetting, and solar energy. Google Search ranks him as the world's best guitar player - a title he readily rejects. In addition to his work at Singularity, he is building the World's first hedge fund for the poor, as well as Reversopedia - a reverse encyclopedia composed of things we know we don't know.
Amin has a degree in artificial intelligence from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from Stanford, and an MPA in economic policy from Harvard. He attended Harvard and Stanford concurrently and graduated an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Mandy Simpson is a professional director, consultant and speaker, with a particular focus on the human and business impacts of changing financial technologies.
Over the past decade, Mandy has held roles as Chief Financial Officer at technology consultancy Fronde, Chief Operating Officer at the New Zealand Stock Exchange, where she was an advocate for the use of blockchain technology, and most recently Chief Executive Officer at cyber security consultancy Cyber Toa.
Originally from the UK, Mandy has a law degree from Cambridge University. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a member of New Zealand Global Women.
Nathaniel Calhoun sits on the Global Impact Faculty of Singularity University (SU), helping to guide the institution’s strategy and curriculum around creating massive, positive global change. He moderates Executive Programs for SU and is the Director of Global Grand Challenges and Team Project Leader for the Global Solutions Program.
Nathaniel specializes in applying technology to solve problems in low income countries and challenging environments. He founded CODE Innovation in 2007 to help development work organizations like UNICEF and DFiD to use web and mobile technologies more effectively in their education programming. His background in education is particularly deep, with several years of direct teaching experience, and pioneering work with online mentoring programs and out of school youth. He also consults for U.S. educational institutions and non-profits, evaluating the strength of existing digital initiatives and encouraging the creation of more effective ones.
Marita Cheng was the 2012 Young Australian of the Year and is a technology entrepreneur and women in technology advocate. She is the founder and CEO of aubot (formerly called 2Mar Robotics), which makes a telepresence robot, Teleport, for kids with cancer in hospital to attend school, people with a disability to attend work and to monitor and socialise with elderly people. As well as telepresence robots, aubot does research and development in robotic arms, virtual reality and autonomous mapping and navigation.
In 2015, Marita attended Singularity University's 10-week flagship Graduate Studies Program, held at NASA Ames in Mountain View, funded by a $40,000 scholarship from Google. While there, she cofounded Aipoly. Aipoly's first application recognises objects in real time on a smartphone using convolutional neural networks and relays them to people who are visually impaired. Since launching at CES in January 2016, Aipoly has been downloaded over 250,000 times and has been translated into 7 languages.
Tiago Mattos is considered an important name among the new generation of Futurism thinkers. He is a futurist, entrepreneur, educator, author and teacher, currently in charge of the Futurism track of the Transdisciplinary Innovation Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In this project, participants can interact and learn from technology experts, including fourteen Nobel Prize winners.
Tiago has also helped to co-found several projects like innovation schools, learning consultancies, technology labs, software bureaus, big data centers, peer-to-peer learning platforms, positive impact accelerators and several others.
On top of that, he’s the co-founder of Perestroika: the biggest school of creative activities in Latin America, which is highly respected by its own way to shape disruptive learning experiences.
Tiago currently leads Aeroli.to, a company that explores future scenarios through an original methodology and has already created experimental projects on virtual reality, internet of things, robotics and artificial intelligence.
David Roberts is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on disruptive innovation and exponentially advancing technology. He is an award winning CEO and serial entrepreneur, and has started ventures backed with over $100 million of investment from Kleiner Perkins, Vinod Khosla, Cisco, Oracle, Accenture, In-Q-Tel, and others. David is Chairman at HaloDrop, a revolutionary global drone services company, Chairman at 1QBit the world’s first software company for quantum computers, and is a formal adviser to Made-In-Space, responsible for manufacturing the first object in Space with a 3D printer on the Space Station.
David has led the development of some of the most complex, state-of-the art systems ever built, to include satellites, drones, and fusion centers. He also worked as an Investment Banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Goldman Sachs Headquarters. He received his B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from M.I.T. was a Distinguished Graduate, and majored in Artificial Intelligence and Bio-Computer Engineering. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Liesl Yearsley is CEO of A·kin, an AI company doing core AI research, creating AI able to form deep relationships with humans, and solve complex problems in uncertain environments. A·kin is a Public Benefit Corporation, with the aim of the responsible co-evolution of AI and humanity
Before that, Yearsley was CEO and founder of Cognea, an AI company which was acquired by IBM, and is now a significant part of Watson. Before that, she was CEO and founder of an applied AI search engine company, which went public in Australia.
She was born in Central Africa, and built a large education organisation there. Yearsley is the inventor on 4 patents in Search and AI, has training in Cognitive Sciences, and her field is Computational Neurosciences. She divides her time between A·kin's Silicon Valley headquarters, and their new Australian AI research hub.
Edie Weiner is president and CEO of The Future Hunters, a leading futurist consulting group. Formed in 1977 as Weiner, Edrich, Brown, The Future Hunters has served over 400 clients in identifying opportunities in strategic thinking, product development, marketing, investment, human resources, and change management. The Future Hunters clients have ranged from national governments to Fortune 500 companies.
Edie was the youngest outside woman ever elected to the board of directors of a major financial institution when she joined the board of Union Mutual Life Insurance Company (now UNUM Provident Corporation) at the age of 29. Throughout her career, she founded and ran a series of programs aimed at mentoring inner city girls, bringing technology to inner city classrooms, preserving modern dance and networking women at various stages in their lives and careers.
She is acknowledged as one of the most influential practitioners of social, technological, political and economic intelligence-gathering. She now serves on numerous Boards and Advisory Boards.
Sarah Bergbreiter joined the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Institute for Systems Research. Sarah brings new skills and interests to our programs, and can help to bridge research in systems and control with research in microsystems and fabrication.
She received her B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1999. After a short introduction to the challenges of sensor networks at a small startup company, she received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 and 2007 with a focus on microrobotics. She received the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2008, the NSF CAREER Award in 2011, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award in 2013 for her research on engineering robotic systems down to sub-millimeter size scales. She also received the Best Conference Paper Award at IEEE ICRA 2010 for her work incorporating new materials into microrobotics.
Raymond McCauley is a scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur working at the forefront of biotechnology. Raymond explores how applying technology to biology, genetics, medicine and agriculture is affecting every one of us.
Raymond is co-founder and Chief Architect for BioCurious, the hackerspace for biotech, where professional scientists, DIYbio hobbyists and entrepreneurs come together to design the next big thing to come out of a Silicon Valley garage. He is also part of the team that developed next generation DNA sequencing at Illumina, where he worked in bioinformatics, cancer sequencing, and personal genomics.
Raymond's postgraduate work includes studies at Texas A&M University, Stanford and UC Berkeley in electrical engineering, computer science, biophysics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and nanotechnology. Past employers are Genomera, Illumina, Ingenuity Systems, TANSTAAFL Media, QIAGEN, Viatel, NASA, and the other federal agencies. Raymond develops and advises a variety of companies and organizations, including Genomera, Vecoy Nanomedicines, Androcyte, and Nanokit.
Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator. With over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation, Kraft has chaired the Medicine Track for Singularity University since SU's inception, and founded and is Executive Director of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare.
Following undergraduate degrees from Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Daniel was Board Certified in both Internal Medicine & Pediatrics after completing a Harvard residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Boston Children's Hospital, and fellowships in hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford. He has multiple patents on medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California, San Francisco.
Larry Rosenstock is CEO and founding principal of High Tech High, a network of thirteen K-12 public charter schools in California, and President of the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. Larry taught carpentry in urban high schools in Boston and Cambridge and was principal of the Rindge School of Technical Arts, and of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
A member of the Massachusetts and U.S. Supreme Court Bars, he served as an attorney at the Harvard Center for Law and Education, and was an instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He directed the federal New Urban High School Project, and was President of the Price Charitable Fund.
Larry and his work have been featured on Oprah, Lehrer, Newsweek, and Forbes. He is a winner of the Ford Foundation Innovations in State and Local Government Award, is an Ashoka Fellow, and won the McGraw Prize in Education
Larry Keeley is a strategist who has worked for over three decades to develop more effective innovation methods. Larry is President and co-founder of Doblin Inc, an innovation strategy firm known for pioneering comprehensive innovation systems that materially improve innovation success rates and innovation return on investment.
Bloomberg Businessweek named Keeley one of seven Innovation Gurus that are changing the field, and specifically cited Doblin for having many of the most sophisticated tools for delivering innovation effectiveness. They also separately selected Keeley as one of the 27 most influential designers in the world.
Keeley’s book Ten Types of Innovation, the Discipline of Building Breakthroughs, codifies much of the research and tradecraft that drives effective innovation, and is available in ten languages.
Dr Cathy Foley is Chair of Science & Technology Australia (STA) Policy Committee. STA is Australia’s peak body in science and technology representing about 70,000 Australian scientists and technologists working across all scientific disciplines. Personally Cathy has made distinguished contributions to the understanding of superconducting materials and to the development of devices using superconductors for a number of applications during her 33 year career in CSIRO. She has also made significant contributions to the scientific community as president of several scientific societies and as a member of committees such as Prime Minsters Science Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) giving advice to Government on scientific and technological matters. She was awarded the `Woman of the Year’ by the NSW Government in 2013 and has won many other prestigious awards. As a leader in CSIRO Manufacturing, she is working to help existing Australian manufacturers to transform to be globally competitive by engaging with Australian researchers and to build new companies to assist with the translation of research for economic prosperity.
Carlo van de Weijer has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the TU Eindhoven and a PhD degree with honours from Technical University in Graz. He carries a broad experience in automotive industry with executive positions at Siemens and TomTom. Currently he is Director of the Strategic Area Smart Mobility at Eindhoven University of Technology. He advises government and companies on mobility and is member of the advisory board of several high-tech companies and start-ups.
Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist, and award-winning author. Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft and founded and ran Apex NanoTechnologies, the world first company devoted entirely to software tools to accelerate molecular design. Ramez is also the H.G. Wells Award-winning author of: The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet (non-fiction), which looks at the environmental and natural resource challenges of climate change, energy, water, and food, and charts a course to meet those challenges by investing in the scientific and technological innovation needed to overcome them, and by changing our policies to encourage both conservation and critical innovations.
Adam Spencer was completing a PhD in Pure Mathematics when he happened to win the national Triple J Raw Comedy championship in 1996. From there, a television and radio career beckoned and Adam completed 15 years as one of Australia’s most respected, wittiest and thought provoking breakfast radio commentators across Triple J and later ABC 702. Adam's TED talk about his book has over 1 million views and he is the ambassador for many charities including Redkite and in 2014 was appointed University of Sydney’s Ambassador for Maths and Science. He also co-hosts Australia’s often No 1 podcast, Sleek Geeks with Dr Karl.
Tim Cannon is an American software developer, entrepreneur, and biohacker based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He currently serves as the CEO of Livestock Labs, a biotechnology startup company that creates implantable technology for cattle and other animals.
Cannon himself has had a variety of body modification implants, and has been referred to in the media as a cyborg. Tim has spoken on subjects including technological ethics, sensory substitution, and citizen science.
Louise Mercer is the Director of Innovation for Everledger, an emerging technology enterprise that tracks the provenance of authenticated high-value assets on a global digital ledger. Everledger has been well-recognised as a leader in the real-world application of blockchain technology, winning innovative technology awards since inception in 2015.
With over 18 years of industry experience, Louise has held senior roles with Australia’s largest general insurers Suncorp and IAG in strategy, innovation and renewal of existing business models. She is a creative and forward-thinking strategic leader and enjoys exploring the interactions between technology, society and business.
Louise has also held directorship and strategic advisor roles with multiple not-for-profit organisations as well as social enterprises, including her own business ventures.
As Director of Innovation, Louise is integral in driving Everledger through a period of unprecedented growth, and designing with clients cutting edge solutions that transform the existing way they do businesses.
Wuruniri Music and Dance is an Indigenous Australian Performing Arts Group, founded by Matthew Doyle over 20 years ago in Sydney.
The group is made up of professionally trained Indigenous Dancers, Musicians, Choreographers and actors. Wuruniri Performers all have a diverse range of professional experience in the Performing Arts from live stage performances to theatre, film and television. Wuruniri Members have performed at the Olympic games opening and closing ceremonies, World Masters games, Rugby union and Rugby league world Cups as well as to the Royal Family and the Pope. They have also performed with Sydney Symphony and Queensland Orchestras, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Jessica Mauboy and Australian Jazz Legend James Morrison.
Max Stossel is an award winning poet + filmmaker. His work has spanned across 14 languages, won two Webby Awards, multiple film festivals, consistently goes viral, and influenced the way digital media organisations tell the stories of mass murder in the news. Max is also the Head of Content & Storytelling for the Center for Humane Technology, an organization of former tech insiders and CEOs dedicated to realigning technology with humanity's best interests. Before joining CHT, Max was a media strategist with an extensive background in social, spending more time learning the ins and outs of the facebook algorithm than any human should. He ran social for Budweiser, where he drove a 3,400% increase in average engagement, before being trained by Gary Vaynerchuk and creating social strategies for Dove and several other major multinational brands.
The merging of these fields provides a fascinating perspective on modern content and culture.
Kaila Colbin is interviewed by John Stanley and Garry Linnell on Sydney radio station "Talking Lifestyle" about our future with autonomous vehicles in Australia.View more
Thirty years ago, we watched Hollywood movies featuring futuristic robots taking over the world in amusement and wonder, writing it off as fantasy. In 2017, the fantasy has come to life with more and more technologies changing the way we do things in our homes and workplaces.Download
New technologies are exploding around the world, faster and faster, changing the way we live, play and work. So, what can we expect in the next 12 months? Singularity University Ambassador Kaila Colbin is working in the forefront of exponential technologies and this is what she predicts for 2018.Download
Kaila Colbin is director of the SingularityU Australia Summit. American-born, she has lived in New Zealand for 13 years and says she has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of seven, when she sold books from a New York sidewalk to raise money to buy a radio.Download
Technologists need to take a long and hard look on fostering inclusivity in the conversation around digital transformation or risk widening the social divide, warns Silicon Valley think-tank Singularity University’s regional ambassador Kaila Colbin.View more
There is no question that this episode will open your eyes and minds to where technology is going and to the many things we need to be considering in and out of work.View more
Exponential technologies - technologies that double in power or processing speed every year while their cost halvesDownload
Kathryn Myronuk is a specialist on the technological advances shaping our future and our jobs. She is a founding member of Singularity University, a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all.View more
What will medicine and healthcare be like in the future? What role will technology play? How much say will patients have in their care? Michael Gillam talks to Kathryn Ryan from Radio NZ about the future of medicine.View more
Kiwis, along with everyone else on the planet, have to make big decisions about which technologies to embrace, and which to reject. The choices are only getting harder, and more frequent as science accelerates at an exponential rate.View more
The organiser of the SingularityU New Zealand Summit Kaila Colbin joined Paul Henry to talk about exponential technology.View more
A school holiday workshop is drawing together fresh young minds to consider ways to solve some of the world's problems.View more
Philip Matthews talks to representatives of the Singularity University ahead of its Christchurch summit.View more
We’re incredibly grateful to our partners. Their vision and commitment to the future of Australasia make this Summit possible.