Singularity University was co-founded in 2008, by Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, who serves as Executive Chairman, and Ray Kurzweil, Chancellor.
Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive prize competitions, longevity, and commercial space. In 2014, he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine. He serves as Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), Co-Founder/Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources and the Co-Founder of Space Adventures and Zero-Gravity Corporation. Peter is the New York Times Bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD – How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World.
Ray Kurzweil is a futurist, author, and a director of engineering at Google, Alphabet, Inc. He has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. Magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS selected Ray as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America,” along with other inventors of the past two centuries. He is considered one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a 30-year track record of accurate predictions.
Mr. Steve Leonard joined Singularity University in May 2020 as the Chief Executive Officer. Steve is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experiences, having played key roles in building several global technology companies in Software, Hardware, and Services. Although a US citizen by birth, Steve considers himself a member of the worldwide community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years.
Before joining Singularity University, Steve was the founding CEO of SGInnovate, wholly owned by the Singapore government, under the National Research Foundation’s purview. He was responsible for building an organization that helped entrepreneurs utilize some of the science and technology. R & D. Singapore has gained a global reputation and commercial success by working with local and international partners.
Steve served as the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the statutory board within the Singapore Government Ministry of Communications and Information, with various responsibilities for Singapore’s technology and telecommunications environment. Steve continues to serve as the Deputy Chairman of IMDA at the request of the Minister. Steve serves on the advisory boards of a range of universities and organizations in Singapore.
Our mission is to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.
We believe that by catalyzing an exponentially transformed, engaged, and activated community of inspired solvers, startups, corporations, development organizations, governments, academic institutions, and investors, we can better address systemic problems we face globally today.
Singularity University (SU) is a global, digital Community and Content Platform.
Singularity University is a global, digital Community and Content platform. Our Community shares the belief that rapidly-changing technologies can be powerful tools in improving human lives. Through our Community and content, we inspire, educate, and connect members to understand better the potential of these technologies to positively impact all aspects of society. Members can access digital learning experiences, expert and practitioner insights, future-focused narratives, and a diverse global network of individuals, companies, and governments who are like-minded in wanting to create a better future for all.
Singularity University is a global, digital Community and Content platform. Our Community shares the belief that rapidly-changing technologies can be powerful tools in improving human lives.
Our collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. Our offerings include educational programs, conferences, innovation workshops, corporate and startup accelerators, social impact programs, and online news and content.
Our global community spans more than 110 countries and includes entrepreneurs, corporations, development organizations, governments, investors, and academic institutions. With over 370 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.
A certified benefit corporation, SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter H. Diamandis and is partnered with leading organizations such as Google, Deloitte, Genentech, UNICEF, and Autodesk. To learn more, visit SU.org, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SingularityU.
Singularity University’s offerings include digital community and content platforms, Executive Programs, and corporate memberships. SU has historically produced three industry-targeted, high-level conferences each year: Exponential Medicine, Exponential Manufacturing and Exponential Finance, in addition to a Global Summit.
Our in-person programs and events are subject to change due to the current global pandemic. Once it is safe to convene in person again, we will reevaluate our programming schedule.
Executive Programs (EP) are week-long intensive and interactive programs designed to bring together leaders across a variety of fields — corporate executives, entrepreneurs, academics, government leaders and influencers — to learn about the technologies, tools, and mindsets that will best help them understand and respond to the current wave of accelerating change.
Corporate Memberships – Singularity’s digital memberships for organizations serve as a strategic guide throughout our members’ innovation and learning journey, activating SU’s global ecosystem and an exclusive peer network to empower our members to keep pace in our exponential times and tackle the biggest challenges facing business and society.
Individual Memberships – SU’s Abundance Digital membership includes full livestream access to unique SU events including Global Summit, SU’s largest annual gathering that addresses how exponential technologies are shaping the future of humanity, and Abundance 360, an exclusive summit held once a year for 360 Founders and CEOs that’s packed with key learnings and strategies. For Abundance 360, you’ll gain access to world-class leadership and enjoy behind-the-scenes content throughout the summit, all online.
Singularity University is Global, with Chapters being organized in scores of countries around the globe and SingularityU Global Summits, two-day programs that showcase the profound influences of exponential technologies and the opportunities for impact created by the resulting disruptions. In 2016, Summits were held in India, Chile, Germany, The Netherlands and New Zealand. In collaboration with its alumni, community and corporate partners in The Netherlands, SU opened its very first Exponential Partnership and Innovation Hub in Eindhoven.
To achieve our mission of finding solutions to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the use of exponential technologies, SU concentrates on the following tracks of study:
SU has attracted a world-class experts, which is complemented by cutting-edge practitioners and thinkers, experts in their respective fields who serve as guest lecturers, mentors, and advisors. SU Experts includes scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and researchers from Stanford, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, and other major educational institutions, and experts and executives from businesses including Alphabet, Cisco, Deloitte, ePlanet Ventures, Genentech, Google, the Kauffman Foundation, Nokia, and others.
SU programs and memberships complement formal, for-credit curricula and as such, SU does not offer degrees. Participants who wish to negotiate academic credits at their home university or individuals who would like to get tuition reimbursement for programs credited towards their degree should contact their individual universities for specific credit requirements. Upon successful completion of the SU Executive Program, participants receive a transcript of their results and a Certificate of Completion.
Costs vary for each program and memberships. For detailed information about all Singularity University Programs, see the specific pages for each of our programs at: www.su.org. For corporate training and innovation programs, you may also email our strategic relations team.
The inspiration for Singularity University is derived from Ray Kurzweil’s book, “The Singularity is Near,” where he defines the Singularity as “a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed. Understanding the Singularity will alter our perspective on the significance of our past and the ramifications for our future.”
Singularity University programs cover myriad tracks of technology from AI to robotics to energy and environment, breakthroughs in medicine and neuroscience, computing and networks as well as entrepreneurship and exponential organizations in order to understand the disruptions and opportunities presented by exponential technologies.
SU is dedicated to using technology as a catalyst for change, not only through education programs such as the Executive Program and digital content platform, but also by enabling innovation in organizations through SU’s digital platform and organizational memberships.
A global network of local teams whose mission is to facilitate engaged communities to solve humanity’s global grand challenges by leveraging exponential technologies. Chapters are formal partnerships with SU. SU has an active alumni network in more than 110 countries.
Chapters are responsible for inviting and encouraging local innovators to share ideas and projects. Chapters organize events and can support SU Global Impact Challenges (GICs).
SU’s biggest asset is our global community, now in more than 106 countries. SU creates a unique environment for continued learning and engagement through digital content, individual & corporate memberships, in-person programs and historically through our Summits, and other locally produced programs around the world.
More than 90 percent of our Executive Program participants “highly recommend” SU, with many saying it has been the “best program ever.” Many of these quotes can be found on the SU website.
Singularity University supports efforts by our partners, chapters and members to work on innovative solutions to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Singularity Hub chronicles technological progress by highlighting the breakthroughs, players, and issues shaping the future as well as supporting a global community of smart, passionate, action-oriented people who want to change the world. Since 2008, Singularity Hub has offered daily news coverage, feature articles, analysis, and insights on key breakthroughs and future trends in exponential technologies as well as highlighting how they’re being leveraged for social impact and utilized to tackle the world’s grand challenges. Singularity Hub joined Singularity University in 2012. With a dedicated editorial staff and a network of expert contributors, stories are targeted at futurists, researchers, entrepreneurs, science enthusiasts and technophiles in addition to the global Singularity University community.
As a certified California Benefit Corporation, SU is supported through investments from individuals and organizations. Singularity University welcomes partnerships and collaboration with companies, individuals, educational institutions, and other innovation organizations, including media, technology, and science museums and business organizations worldwide.
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