2011 Graduate Studies Program Team Projects Announced
Each summer, the Graduate Studies Program class (GSP) is challenged with “Ten to the Ninth Plus” team projects – a highlight of the ten week program. The students spend several weeks working toward the goal of developing ideas and solutions that have the potential to positively impact at least one billion people within ten years. Teams from GSP09 and GSP10 have already made significant progress. This year, GSP11 students will choose one of six “grand challenge areas” to focus their projects, and we are excited to share them. The challenge areas (in no particular order) are:
Education Many of the world’s critical problems have a common root in ignorance, and educational technologies provide an unprecedented opportunity to reach billions of people, and build a future characterized by informed dialog, foresight, and systems that work. How can technology be used to provide personalized education to the world’s developing areas?
Security In a world plagued by wars, terrorism, and crime, nations seek many different kinds of security for their citizens, as well as freedom from fear and corruption. How can exponential technology be used to address and improve global security issues?
Energy Our civilization fundamentally depends on energy, and we need to make a rapid transition from low-efficiency systems and high dependence on fossil fuels, to high efficiency systems and cost-effective renewable fuels. How can exponential technologies be used to provide humanity with low-cost and abundant energy to meet their needs for prosperity?
Global Health There are large and growing discontinuities between current knowledge of public health and medicine and its effective application around the world – millions suffer and die from preventable diseases, and the entire world remains at risk of pandemics. How can technology be used to provide billions with low-cost, ubiquitous healthcare, and help to identify and prevent pandemics?
Poverty Living standards have increased significantly in the past two centuries, but more than 20% of the world today lives in extreme poverty – unable to access resources that address their problems. How can exponential technologies be leveraged to create new jobs and wealth to alleviate poverty?
Space The grand challenge of space includes abundant energy and material resources, a planetary-scale network of sensors and systems measuring global conditions, and a vast, open frontier for exploration – but humans haven’t yet built industrial-strength solutions to realize these opportunities rapidly and cost effectively. How can the vast and abundant energy and material resources of space be used to address many of humanity’s grand challenges?
These areas were chosen because they are among the most pressing global grand challenges. And, based on the caliber of applications we’ve reviewed and students already selected, the class of GSP11 will be some of the most ready to develop the future-focused and innovative solutions required to effectively address each area. As always, we look forward to working with GSP11 to addressing these areas, and to help shape a more positive future!
Lowe’s Innovation Labs introduces retail service robots to help customers shop smarter, navigate stores more efficiently, and instantly access information to confidently complete home improvement projects
MOORESVILLE, N.C – This holiday season, Lowe’s Innovation Labs will introduce two autonomous retail service robots in a flagship Orchard Supply Hardware store in midtown San Jose, California to study how robotics technology can benefit customers and employees.
Called OSHbot, the robots will assist customers to quickly navigate stores by directing them to specific products and providing real-time information about product promotions and inventory. In the coming months, OSHbots will also be able to communicate with customers in multiple languages and remotely connect with expert employees at other Orchard stores to answer specific project questions.
“Using science fiction prototyping, we explored solutions to improve customer experiences by helping customers quickly find the products and information they came in looking for,” said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs. “As a result we developed autonomous retail service robot technology to be an intuitive tool customers can use to ask for help, in their preferred language, and expect a consistent experience.”
For store employees, OSHbot will provide an additional layer of support by helping customers with simple questions, enabling more time for them to focus on delivering project expertise. Applications designed to support employees also include real-time inventory management and connecting with employees in other locations to share know-how and answer customer questions.
The OSHbot incorporates scanning technology first developed for the Lowe’s Holoroom home improvement simulator. For example, a customer may bring in a spare part and scan the object using OSHbot’s 3D sensing camera. After scanning and identifying the object, OSHbot will provide product information to the customer and help guide them to its location on store shelves.
The OSHbot was developed through a partnership between Lowe’s Innovation Labs and Fellow Robots, a Silicon Valley technology company specializing in the design and development of autonomous service robots. The partnership was initiated through SU Labs, a Singularity University program that connects corporate innovation teams with startups and other organizations to explore exponentially accelerating technologies and create new sustainable business solutions.
“The last decade was one of rapid technological advancement and prototyping, especially in robotics,” said Marco Mascorro, chief executive officer of Fellow Robots. “With OSHbot, we’ve worked closely with Lowe’s Innovation Labs to take autonomous retail service robot technology out of the sandbox and into the consumer market – enhancing the in-store consumer experience and creating smarter shoppers.”
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company serving approximately 15 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2013 sales of $53.4 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,835 home improvement and hardware stores and 260,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.
About Orchard Supply Hardware
Orchard Supply Hardware operates neighborhood hardware and garden stores focused on paint, repair and the backyard. Based in San Jose, California, Orchard was originally founded as a purchasing cooperative in 1931. Today, it operates 71 stores in California and two stores in Oregon. The stores average approximately 36,000 square feet of interior selling space and 8,000 square feet of exterior nursery and garden space. For more information, visit http://osh.com.
About SU Labs
SU Labs, a division of Singularity University, is an open innovation campus where large organizations, startups and field impact partners come to use rapidly accelerating technologies to create new sustainable business solutions and tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Singularity University is headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley and offers education programs and innovative partnerships to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand and use technology to positively impact billions of people around the world.
About Fellow Robots
Fellow Robots, located in Silicon Valley, is at the forefront of reimagining retail using exponential technologies. Founded in 2012, Fellow Robots presented its first robot concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2013. With a diverse team of experts experienced in robotics, software, design and manufacturing, Fellow Robots works closely with its partners to enhance the consumer retail experience through robotics.
Singularity University Applauds New Book Crowdsourcing the Paths to Success of Hundreds of Women in Science and Technology
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 9, 2014)—Innovating Women, a new book co-authored by Singularity University (SU) distinguished fellow Vivek Wadhwa and award-winning author, journalist and professor Farai Chideya, holds no punches in challenging the old-boy networks in science and tech around the world to foretell that women are prime to lead the new era of innovation.
Created with the support ofSingularity UniversityandGoogle for Entrepreneurs, Innovating Women crowdsources the personal journeys of hundreds of women from Tehran to Mumbai to Silicon Valley and shares first-hand accounts of these pioneers’ challenges, barriers, discriminations and roads to success. Contributors to the book include Prodea CEO and the first female private space explorer Anousheh Ansari; Google(x) VP and recently announced United States CTO Megan Smith; physicist, physician, founder and CEO of Nanobiosym Dr. Anita Goel; and venture capitalist Heidi Roizen.
Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation called Innovating Women “a must read for every woman looking to affect change and join today’s global innovation economy.”
“This powerful new book illustrates that there are women in tech doing amazing work, even though less than 15% of senior executives are women,” said Lajuanda Asemota, director, Strategic Relations for Diversity at SU. “I’m excited to help SU ensure the future is as inclusive and diverse as it should be.”
Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author, futurist, a director of engineering at Google and co-founder of SU remarked: “As someone whose family has been dedicated to advancing women’s careers for one and a half centuries, I am excited by Vivek and Farai’s compelling book which shines a light on the remarkable achievements of brilliant and pioneering women in technology.”
“We have the ability today to create the era of abundance, but not without the leadership of women. Innovating Women explains why and how women, at every level of business and research will transform society. Of particular note is contributor Megan Smith, appointed just last week by President Obama to serve as the US CTO. We applaud Megan and all the contributors of this inspiring book,” stated Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, executive chairman, SU; chairman, XPRIZE Foundation; author, Abundance: The Future is Better Than you Think.
Vivek Wadhwa is a distinguished fellow at SU. He lectures at Stanford and Duke, is an advisor to several governments, and is a regular columnist for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal Accelerators, LinkedIn Influencers blog and Forbes. He was named a Top 100 Global Thinker in 2012 by Foreign Policy Magazine and one of the 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech by TIME Magazine in 2013.
Farai Chideya has combined media, technology and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor and lecturer. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about race, politics and culture. She also hosts a series of town hall meetings in both New York and San Francisco, with New York Public Radio and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, respectively.
ABOUT SINGULARITY UNIVERSITY
Singularity University (SU) is a benefit corporation headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley. SU provides educational programs, innovative partnerships and a business accelerator to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand and use cutting-edge technologies to positively impact billions of people. From its inception in 2008, SU has empowered individuals from more than 85 countries to apply exponentially growing technologies—artificial intelligence & robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology & digital fabrication, networks & computing systems and medicine & neuroscience—to address humanity’s grand challenges. SU’s Founding Corporate Partners include Genentech, Autodesk, Cisco, ePlanet Ventures, Google, Kauffman Foundation and Nokia.To learn more, visit singularityu.org.
Mountain View, CA (August 27, 2014) — Singularity University (SU), the Silicon Valley educational institute and business accelerator, completed its sixth Graduate Studies Program (GSP) last week and paid tribute at the Closing Ceremony to the 80 participants and showcased the 21 Team Projects developed within the 10-week program that employ accelerating technologies to address global grand challenges.
The 80 participants, who hailed from 35 different countries worldwide, were immersed on the SU campus at NASA Research Park in an unparalleled learning environment focused on identifying and using rapidly accelerating technologies to find solutions to humanity’s greatest challenges: Education, Energy, Environment, Food, Global Health, Poverty, Security, Space and Water. Each year, SU challenges GSP participants to design a sustainable solution to one or more of these “Global Grand Challenges,” leveraging exponential trends, innovation and the power of entrepreneurship to positively impact more than one billion people.
The 21 Team Projects ranged from the use of AI to enhance literacy and learning to biotech solutions to improve health and wellness to new solutions for renewable energy and poverty eradication. Five teams were showcased during the Closing Ceremony for developing unique solutions to challenges in Education, Energy, Global Health, Poverty and Security. All 21 GSP Team Project videos can be viewed on the Singularity University website.
Team: Besense Grand Challenge: Global Health Goal: Creating smart and simple to use solutions that empower women with actionable insights about their health. Project: Develop a revolutionary smart-pad built to measure selected biomarkers in menstrual blood to discover, diagnose and provide valuable insights to the health of women. Team Nations: Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, Poland
Team: Bibak Grand Challenge: Education, Environment, Security Goal: Bibak’s “podtector” is a landmine detector that is effective, cheap and can be assembled on-site. It is delivered in a way that is sustainable, coordinated and community-led. Project: Bibak’s “podtector” is a landmine detector that is effective, cheap and can be assembled on-site. It is delivered in a way that is sustainable, coordinated and community-led. Team Nations: Australia, Italy, Peru
Team: Mitera Grand Challenge: Global Health Goal: Reduce disease by revolutionizing healthcare with personalized, precise and democratized early diagnostics Project: A device that allows early disease detection through weekly, in-home saliva analysis using nanotechnology. Through collection of continuous, non-invasive health data, the team’s solution can identify undiscovered biomarkers of disease, monitor changes over time and create a deeper understanding of the human body. Team Nations: Germany, Italy, UK, USA
Team: Peared Grand Challenge: Health, Security Goal: Empower seniors to live their lives fully Project: A lifestyle company for seniors. Peared’s first product is “Bridgey” a smart earpiece designed to enhance hearing, monitor health and boost memory by providing every day contextual information. Team Nations: Australia, Austria, Brazil, France
Team: Tridom Grand Challenge: Poverty, Energy Goal: Solve the housing crisis for the estimated 4 billion people who will be in need of affordable and adequate housing Project: A retrofit kit and work tool for cranes and transform any crane in the world into an automated tool for printing multi store buildings, that would function as houses and small businesses. The crane will handle 80% of the movement and precision and the kit would handle 20%. Also, the cranes could be mobile or static ones, preferably hydraulic. Team Nations: Brazil, Israel
“We are extremely proud of this year’s 2014 graduate studies class for turning big ideas into practical solutions, with a number of breakthrough innovations and working prototypes”, said Nicholas Haan, Director of Global Grand Challenges and Team Project Leader.
Each summer, Singularity University convenes future leaders, entrepreneurs and technologists from around the world for its Graduate Studies Program (GSP) , a 10-week collaborative experience to develop team-based technology solutions to widespread global challenges. Participants apply directly or are invited to attend by competing and winning SU’s Global Impact Competitions (GIC), which act as a global platform to identify outstanding applicants with the most innovative ideas for positively impacting millions of lives.
Singularity University (SU) is a benefit corporation headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley. SU provides educational programs, innovative partnerships and a startup accelerator to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand cutting-edge technologies and how to utilize these technologies to positively impact billions of people. From its inception in 2008, SU has empowered individuals from more than 85 countries to apply exponentially growing technologies—artificial intelligence & robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology & digital fabrication, networks & computing systems and medicine & neuroscience—to address humanity’s grand challenges: education, energy, environment, food, global health, poverty, security, space and water.
Two-Day Conference Brings Together the World’s Top Leaders in Technology and Finance
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. & ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Singularity University (SU), the widely acclaimed technology-focused education institute and business accelerator, today announced it is partnering with CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, to launch Exponential Finance, a first-of-its-kind conferenceto explore the impact of exponential technologies that are disrupting and reshaping finance and the world as we know it.
Exponential Finance will take place June 10-11, 2014, in New York City. The event will bring together top business leaders and government officials with the next generation of entrepreneurs to engage in dynamic and forward-thinking discussions on the exponential technologies that are creating the next greatest wave of transition in industry, business and finance.
“In the next decade, 40 percent of today’s S&P companies will not be here,” explains Executive Chairman Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, who co-founded SU with Futurist and Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil. “AI, Robotics, Synthetic Biology, Big Data, 3D Printing, Nanotechnology and other exponential technologies are not only transforming how we start companies, deliver services, analyze and invest, but also dramatically accelerating the rate at which decisions are being made.”
“CNBC’s 25th anniversary celebration this year has brought with it a heightened awareness of the tremendous changes in the last quarter century,” said Nikhil Deogun, SVP and Editor in Chief, CNBC Business News. “The content and context this event offers will set the tone for the next 25 years and continue CNBC’s tradition of bringing actionable information to our audience first.”
CNBC Chief International Correspondent Michelle Caruso-Cabrera will serve as co-emcee of the conference with SU Chairman Peter Diamandisand Salim Ismail, SU Founding Executive Director and Global Ambassador, and former Yahoo VP who led Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal “ideas factory.”
CNBC is the exclusive media partner and will feature live interviews throughout the two-day conference during CNBC’s Business Day programming and on CNBC.com. Members of the media can receive more information about CNBC and its programming on the NBC Universal Media Village Web site at http://www.nbcumv.com/mediavillage/networks/cnbc/.
Exponential Finance is the first in a new series of Exponential Conferences being produced by Singularity University. The 2014 series includes: Exponential Finance, Exponential Manufacturing, Singularity Summit and Exponential Medicine. Will Weisman, Executive Director of Conferences at SU, said that these events “are oriented to anyone who characterizes themselves as an early adopter, and individuals and corporate executives who want to ensure that they are the ones doing the disrupting—not the ones being disrupted.”
For more information about the Exponential Finance Conference, details of the venue, and to register, visit: http://xfin.co. To learn more about the lineup of 2014 Singularity University Exponential Conferences, visit: http://exponential.singularityu.org.
Singularity University’s (SU) mission is to educate, inspire and empower a generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. Since 2009, SU has hosted innovators, entrepreneurs, government and industry leaders from more than 85 countries at Graduate and Executive Programs, Global Summits and other conferences. In 2013, Singularity University launched SU Labs and more recently a Corporate Innovation Exchange. To learn more, visit www.singularityu.org.
The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and UNICEF Are Founding Members
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Singularity University (SU), the widely acclaimed technology-focused education institute and business accelerator, has announced the launch of a new initiative for accelerating corporate innovation, the Corporate Innovation Exchange. The SU program will enable large enterprises to establish an innovation outpost in Silicon Valley and regularly access SU’s global community of world-renowned tech experts, startups, NGOs and other forward-thinking organizations. Founding members includeThe Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and UNICEF.
“The Corporate Innovation Exchange is the next step in the evolution of Singularity University from an educational institute and startup accelerator, to a diverse global community of innovators that includes the largest organizations in the world,” explained Rob Nail, CEO and Associate Founder, Singularity University. “These companies not only seek to make bold leaps and drive disruption in their industries, but they also want to contribute to SU’s larger mission to positively impact the lives of billions of people.”
SU’s Corporate Innovation Exchange will convene R&D, new product development, innovation, and insights/foresight teams at SU Labs on the Singularity University campus at NASA Research Park. Members of the Corporate Innovation Exchange will immerse themselves at SU, continually learning from recognized science and technology experts, working alongside the latest tech startups and like-minded corporate innovators, exploring uncommon partnerships and experimenting with ideas at the periphery of their industries.
Private office space at SU Labs that companies can permanently staff year-round
Access to world-class experts in exponentially accelerating fields, including artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, nanotechnology and biotechnology
Opportunities to connect and partner with cutting-edge startups and brilliant young entrepreneurs from around the globe
Silicon Valley immersion, including university tours, corporate/lab site visits and innovation roundtables
Opportunities to support a unique group of dedicated global collaborators to help tackle humanity’s grand challenges
“The Corporate Innovation Exchange helps large companies think beyond next quarter’s earnings report…way beyond,” says Carin Watson, SU’s Managing Director of Corporate Innovation. “This is where organizations come to look several horizons out…to reimagine and reinvent their future. Being here 24/7 gives these teams the tools to fast-track execution of their established innovation road maps and the freedom to explore the unknown, exchange ideas and experiment in disruptive spaces.”
Deloitte Consulting LLP, SU’s strategic alliance partner, will play a key role in the Corporate Innovation Exchange by offering thought leadership and advising members on practices and capabilities for driving innovation in their organizations. “We see the SU Corporate Innovation Exchange as an excellent forum for our clients to sequester small, autonomous teams in a non-traditional environment that fosters and encourages creativity, idea exchange and rapid prototyping,” says Marcus Shingles, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and a leader in Deloitte’s innovation group.
SU plans to selectively expand membership in the Corporate Innovation Exchange in 2014, as it strengthens its network of the most innovative global organizations. In time, the Exchange will be home to numerous organizations in myriad business, science and technology sectors.
About Singularity University
Singularity University’s (SU) mission is to educate, inspire and empower a generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. Since 2009, SU has hosted students and industry leaders from more than 85 countries and has prepared both individuals and organizations for exponential technology changes through a series of events, conferences and education programs. SU’s Founding Corporate Partners include Genentech, Autodesk, Cisco, ePlanet Ventures, Google, Kauffman Foundation and Nokia. To learn more, visitwww.singularityu.org. Follow us on Twitter: @Singularityu; #SuCorpInnovation.