Singularity University Appoints Vivek Wadhwa Vice President of Academics and Innovation

Technology executive known for pioneering change and innovation will lead Academic and Research Programs and expand SU’s global network

Mountain View, CA (December 1, 2011) — Singularity University (SU) has announced the appointment of Vivek Wadhwa, a highly respected international scholar, entrepreneur and writer, as Vice President of Academics and Innovation. Mr. Wadhwa will oversee faculty and curriculum development and international outreach for Singularity University, which uniquely focuses on the impact and incubation of exponentially growing technologies to solve humanity’s grand challenges.

“I’m thrilled to have Vivek as a senior member of the Singularity University team.  His global vision and network will allow SU to fulfill its mission of inspiring and working with business leaders, scholars and innovators around the world,” said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Co-Founder and Chairman of Singularity University.  “Vivek will lead SU in building and strengthening both its academic and its research programs.”

“Vivek brings a perfect blend of entrepreneurship and academics to this newly established role at Singularity.  He is active in thinking about the future of technology and education and how we can develop these strengths to solve the grand challenges that face humanity,” said Singularity University CEO Rob Nail.

Wadhwa is equally enthusiastic.  “I am joining SU because I strongly believe it to be one of the few institutions in the world that can positively affect humanity by teaching current and future world leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and innovators about exponentially advancing technologies,” he said.  “Few are aware of the rapid advances occurring in the diverse fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, medicine, biotechnology, and computing or of how these technologies are rapidly converging to enable solutions to our world’s grand challenges.”

Vivek Wadhwa has also accepted a fellowship at the Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University.  He will act as a bridge between Stanford and Singularity Universities.  Additionally, Wadhwa is Director of Research, Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, and Exec in Residence, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Senior Research Associate, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School; Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University; and Visiting Scholar, School of Information, UC-Berkeley.  He is also an advisor to several start-up companies and a columnist for The Washington Post and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and writes occasionally for several international publications.

Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies.  As Vice President of Information Services for CS First Boston, he spearheaded the technology development of new computer systems that became the product of Seer Technologies.  As Seer’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Wadhwa helped grow the nascent startup into a $118 million publicly traded company.  Subsequently, Wadhwa founded Relativity Technologies, in which named him a Leader of Tomorrow.  Fortune Magazine named Relativity one of the 25 coolest companies in the world.

Vivek Wadhwa earned an MBA from New York University after completing a B.A. in Computing Studies from the University of Canberra, in Australia.  He is founding president of the Carolinas chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TIE), a non-profit global network intended to foster entrepreneurship.  He has been featured in thousands of articles in publications world wide, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and Science Magazine, and has appeared on U.S. and international TV stations, including CNN, ABC, NBC, CNBC, and the BBC.

About Singularity University

Singularity University’s mission is to assemble, educate, and inspire a new generation of leaders in business, science, finance, and government who strive to understand and utilize exponentially advancing technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. Founding Partners include Autodesk, Cisco, Google, the Kauffman Foundation, Nokia, and ePlanet Ventures.  Since its founding in 2009, SU has hosted students and industry leaders from 40 countries at its campus at NASA Research Park, Moffett Field, CA.

SU offers both graduate studies and executive programs focused on the impact and incubation of exponentially growing technologies in six key areas: medicine and neuroscience, networks and computing systems, artificial intelligence and robotics, biotechnology/bioinformatics, nanotechnology, and energy and environmental systems.

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  • Singularity University and CNBC Partner to Launch Exponential Finance Conference June 10-11 in New York City

    Two-Day Conference Brings Together the World’s Top Leaders in Technology and Finance

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. & ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.–()–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 conference to 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 Members of the media can receive more information about CNBC and its programming on the NBC Universal Media Village Web site at

    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 (formerly FutureMed). 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: To learn more about the lineup of 2014 Singularity University Exponential Conferences, visit:


    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 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

    Singularity University Launches New Corporate Innovation Exchange To Inspire and Enable Industry Giants To Reimagine and Reinvent Their Future

    The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and UNICEF Are Founding Members

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–()–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 include The 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.

    The Corporate Innovation Exchange will offer:

    • 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.

    For more information regarding Singularity University’s Corporate Innovation Exchange, visit

    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, Follow us on Twitter: @Singularityu; #SuCorpInnovation.

    Singularity University and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Partner to Advance Global Innovations that Benefit Women and Children

    UNICEF to establish New Innovation Lab at Singularity University Campus

    Mountain View, CA (June 27, 2013) –Singularity University (SU) and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF have announced a new partnership to create transformative technologies that will save and improve the lives of the most vulnerable children and women in developing countries. SU and UNICEF will work together to find sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the areas of nutrition, water, energy, security, health, and education.

    “At Singularity University, our mission is to educate and empower the brightest people on our planet with the tools of exponential technology and entrepreneurship to solve humanity’s greatest challenges,“ said CEO Rob Nail. “Our new partnership with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will now give us access to a global network to directly implement these solutions in localities of greatest need.”

    A key provision of the partnership is the creation of a UNICEF Innovation Lab on the campus of Singularity University. The new lab will provide UNICEF with access to SU principals, management, start-up companies and the university’s global network of scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs. Together SU and UNICEF will work with academia, government, and the Silicon Valley business community, as well as young people to expand the network.

    The partnership will allow UNICEF to leverage its expanding network of Innovation Labs and build on its long history of scaling transformative solutions for children, including deploying the first low-cost water hand-pump to rural communities, pioneering the use of radio for social mobilization, and developing RapidSMS, the award-winning open source data collection and communication platform that has improved health systems.

    “UNICEF works to give the world’s most vulnerable children access to education and healthcare to help them thrive on an even playing field,” said UNICEF Advisor on Innovation, Christopher Fabian. “Our partnership with SU can help achieve these goals, while keeping an eye on future potentials. The new UNICEF-SU Innovation Lab will match the world’s toughest problems with the people who can solve them.”

    “Finding a way to expose our Singularity University participants, faculty and staff – especially the participants in our Graduate Studies Program, to the specific needs in the developing world will greatly enhance our institution’s understanding of its mission and social impact globally,” said Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, Chief Impact Officer and Exec VP of Operations, Singularity University, who traveled with UNICEF to tour Innovation Labs in Uganda and Burundi.

    “There is no substitution to seeing these challenges first-hand and understanding them from the user standpoint and interacting with the local populations,” continued Paat-Dahlstrom.  “UNICEF’s global network of experts and experience in country in their Innovation labs, and wealth of case studies will make this easier in the future.”

    About Singularity University

    Singularity University’s mission is to assemble, educate, and inspire a new generation of leaders in business, science, finance, and government who strive to understand and use exponentially advancing technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. Since 2009, SU has hosted students and industry leaders from more than 70 countries at its campus at NASA Research Park, Moffett Field, CA. Corporate Partners include Autodesk, Cisco, Credit Union Roundtable, ePlanet Ventures, GE, Genentech, Google, Intelius, Kauffman Foundation, Nokia, Steelcase, and Triple Ring Technologies.

    About UNICEF
    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when zero children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.

    Deloitte, Singularity University and XPRIZE Form Alliance and Launch the Innovation Partnership Program

    New York, May 14, 2013 – Three recognized leaders advancing innovation in industry, education and business have announced a new alliance to spur global economic development and business commerce, while supporting a mission to help humanity solve its greatest challenges.  The Innovation Partnership Program (IPP) is a three-year alliance of XPRIZE, the leader in solving grand challenges through large-scale, global incentivized competitions;Singularity University, a unique Silicon Valley educational institute and business incubator which explores the disruptive influences and global growth opportunities of exponentially advancing technologies and Deloitte, a leader in strategy & operations, human capital and technology consulting services.  XPRIZE, Singularity University and Deloitte will leverage their respective strengths to drive innovation across multiple industries and business sectors.

    The announcement was made jointly by Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, chairman and chief executive officer of XPRIZE and executive chairman of Singularity University; Rob Nail, associate founder  and chief executive officer of Singularity University; and Marcus Shingles, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and a leader in Deloitte’s Innovation Group.

    The inaugural IPP event took place in March at the NASA Ames Research Park in the heart of Silicon Valley, California.  More than 60 senior business leaders from 30 iconic companies, including Google, Shell, Qualcomm, The Hershey Company and Sprint, met for a four-day executive summit.  The selective membership-based program consisted of a wide array of workshops on crowdsourcing, the rapid advancement of exponential technologies and how to innovate through incentivized competitions. The March IPP event was the first in a multi-year series of events where Fortune 500 leaders will meet innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs to expand their partnership ecosystem across Silicon Valley and reach across global markets to connect the most knowledgeable industry leaders and innovators in a highly curated and unprecedented summit.

    “IPP brings an unparalleled value proposition to the market,” said Diamandis.  “The goal is to bring together the critical elements required by businesses seeking to become ‘exponential’ organizations — awareness, education, relationships and know-how. Deloitte adds a crucial element with the ability to assist companies in customizing and implementing their innovation strategies resulting from IPP.”

    “IPP not only provides unique access to relevant thought leaders and entrepreneurs, but also introduces an important vantage point and exposure to the key drivers and pace in which various emerging innovations – technological and organizational – will transform the business landscape in the near-term and longer-term,” said Bert Alfonso, executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, The Hershey Company.

    Highlights of the inaugural IPP event included seven CEO case studies by crowdfunding and crowdsourcing pioneers, including Quirky. The impact and business relevance of exponential trending technologies were also main topics covered, including digital medicine, biotechnology, sensor technologies, big data, artificial intelligence, 3D printing and advanced robotics.  Also, a signature element of IPP, “The Path Forward,” was a discussion led by Deloitte on their 10 Steps of Innovation and Scaling Edges approach for organizational  characteristics and adoption of innovation.

    “IPP provides corporate leadership teams with access to an expanded ecosystem of some of the world’s top entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, technologists, innovation strategists and business thought leaders, thus providing participating companies with a broader lens as to the potential non-traditional threats and opportunities their industries and businesses are — or will be — facing,” said Shingles.  “IPP is a process versus just an event, giving members continuous exposure to the latest thinking and relationships required to capitalize on innovation-driven business transformation.”

    About Deloitte Consulting LLP
    Deloitte Consulting LLP helps organizations grow their businesses and enhance value by identifying actionable insights. More than 23,000 professionals provide a broad range of capabilities across human capital, strategy & operations and technology that are aligned to the particular needs of specific sectors, businesses and organizations. Deloitte Consulting LLP provides clients with leading business insights that can help generate a tangible and measurable impact. As part of the alliance, Singularity University and XPRIZE will refer their clients to Deloitte for consulting services around innovation, from strategy to execution.

    The innovation capabilities of Deloitte Consulting LLP that will assist IPP member companies include DC Innovation, Deloitte’s Center for the EdgeMonitor Doblin and GBN groups and Deloitte Digital.

    About XPRIZE
    Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is a leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. The organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital for the benefit of humanity. XPRIZE conducts competitions in five Prize Groups: Education; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $10 million Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE. For more information, go to, “like” us and follow us on twitter @xprize.

    About Singularity University
    Singularity University
     (SU) is a unique interdisciplinary and international organization whose mission is to educate, inspire and enable a new generation of leaders who strive to understand and use exponentially advancing technologies to transform their organizations and to address humanity’s grand challenges. Since 2009, SU has hosted leaders in finance, science, business and government at Executive Programs and Global Summits and brings together each summer many of the world’s most talented young entrepreneurs to attend SU’s 10-week Graduate Studies Program. SU programs have received international acclaim and represent the cutting edge of education, impact, entrepreneurship, inspirational ideas and science. Singularity University is based at NASA Research Park in Mountain View, CA, in the heart of the Silicon Valley. For more information, go to and follow us on twitter @singularityu and participate in our dialogue on

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    Singularity University Acquires the Singularity Summit

    Mountain View, Calif. (December 6, 2012) – Singularity University (SU) today announced that it has acquired the Singularity Summit, one of the premier annual conferences focused on Artificial Intelligence, founded by the Singularity Institute (SI) in 2006.

    The acquisition furthers SU’s founding goal to provide the tools and thinking necessary to solve humanity’s greatest challenges, while SI transitions to a more research-focused organization. It also enables SU to broaden its global offerings to include an expanded Summit, designed around the tracks of study currently offered at SU: AI and Robotics, Energy & Environmental Systems; Biotechnology and Bioinformatics; Medicine & Neuroscience; Networks and Computing, Nanotechnology, Entrepreneurship, and Design.

    “The mission of Singularity University is to equip leaders with awareness about the disruptive implications and opportunities of accelerating technologies and to help empower them to become high-impact innovators,“ said CEO Rob Nail. “Our acquisition of the Singularity Summit will be a valuable asset as we continue to enrich our educational content and innovation pipeline, and expand our global network. We are also proud to support ongoing serious research on the implications of AI for which SI is well respected.”

    As part of the agreement, Singularity University will also acquire the Singularity Institute brand, including the domain. The current Singularity Institute organization will continue operations under a new brand to be determined, and will remain as co-producers of the Singularity Summit in some succeeding years.

    “The meaning of the word ‘Singularity’ has broadened since the Singularity Institute was founded in 2000 to investigate the science and ethics of self-improving artificial intelligence,” said Luke Muehlhauser, Executive Director of the Singularity Institute. “We are pleased that we can transition the popular Singularity Summit conference to an organization with a strong commitment to maintaining its quality as it grows. The funding we receive from SU will in turn help us grow our own technical research program — in fact, we are looking to hire mathematicians and theoretical computer scientists.  We will also change our name so that there is no future confusion about the identity of the two organizations.”

    The Singularity Summit was founded in 2006, by Ray Kurzweil, also a co-founder of Singularity University and its current Chancellor, and Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal and a leading thinker and venture capitalist in Silicon Valley.


    About the Singularity Institute

    The Singularity Institute is one of the world’s leading research institutes devoted to studying the societal consequences of advanced Artificial Intelligence. The organization promotes awareness of the potential consequences of advanced artificial intelligence, both positive and negative, and funds technical research intended to ensure that the creation of advanced artificial intelligence has a positive outcome.


    About Singularity University

    Singularity University’s mission is to assemble, educate, and inspire a new generation of leaders in business, science, finance, and government who strive to understand and use exponentially advancing technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. Since 2009, SU has hosted students and industry leaders from more than 70 countries at its campus at NASA Research Park, Moffett Field, CA. Corporate Partners include Autodesk, Cisco, Credit Union Roundtable, ePlanet Ventures, GE, Genentech, Google, Intelius, Kauffman Foundation, Nokia, Steelcase, and Triple Ring Technologies.