Singularity University Announces Winners of the 2013 Global Impact Competitions

18 Participants Selected to Attend Singularity University’s 2013 Summer Graduate Studies Program

Mountain View, CA (May 28, 2013) – With the prize of attending Singularity University’s (SU) Graduate Studies Program, entrepreneurs around the world competed in the 2013 Global Impact Competitions. The winners, announced today, will come to SU’s Silicon Valley campus for 10 weeks this summer to study the impact and opportunities of accelerating technologies with the top thinkers in the world. The goal: create innovations and organizations that will impact a billion people in a decade and identify solutions to humanity’s grand challenges.

“The competitions serve as a platform to identify promising innovators and then connect them – and their ideas – to a larger circle of mentorship within their city, country and region,” explained Salim Ismail, Global Ambassador for Singularity University, who started these competitions four years ago. “They create and foster local networks of mentors and participants who can then work together on new and innovative projects.”

In 2013, 13 countries hosted competitions that represented finalists from more than 20 countries, including regions across South America, Europe, Israel, Russia and Australia. Eighteen participants were selected from the hundreds that participated in the competitions. SU now has 40 global ambassadors, with nearly half conducting competitions worldwide with the support of local partners.

“We’re looking for makers and doers who can not only propose a radical idea, but also go forward with implementing it to some degree,” continued Ann Rogan, Director of Global Development. “The Global Impact Competitions are based on the power of the SU community – countless Ambassadors, alumni, and volunteers who set up, run and raise money for the Competitions that enable others to share in the experience of SU’s 10-week Graduate Studies Program.”

Winners’ projects ranged from an online translation platform for use by the hearing impaired, to a next-generation ceramic material for water purification and a smart composting bin technology. And, among the participants arriving this year, one has studied with Stephen Hawking, another is a private pilot from Argentina, while another young student entrepreneur patented his idea for biomimetic prosthetics at the age of 16.

SU explained that the accomplishments of these next-generation global leaders are not solely technical. One winner founded a software company to provide services to the growing Arab market. In doing so, he brought together Palestinian developers and Israeli technology companies — fostering cross-conflict communication and cooperation.

“Our goal at Singularity University – with the Global Impact Competitions and our Graduate Studies Program – is to prepare the best-informed and connected leaders to return to their home regions to implement new solutions and train others in social entrepreneurship,” stated SU CEO Rob Nail. “The GSP core curriculum is structured to provide a broad, cross-disciplinary understanding of the biggest ideas and issues in disruptive technologies.”

“We want to positively change the lives of a billion or more people each decade,” explained SU Co-Founder Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Executive Chairman of Singularity University and Chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation. “The participants who attend our Graduate Studies Program are at the forefront of realizing this challenge as each participant is explicitly tasked with positively impacting our planet. During the last five years of SU’s growth, we have fostered more than 26 student enterprises.”

A full listing of Singularity University Global impact Challenges winners, can be found at:

Opening Ceremonies for the Graduate Studies Program are scheduled for June 17th. Tickets can be purchased at Early bird tickets are available until June 1st, and the event is expected to sell out.

About SU Graduate Studies Program

Now in its fifth year, Singularity University’s GSP alumni now number 280 from 70 countries, creating a powerful global network of newly emerging innovators and entrepreneurs. SU is also viewed as an important springboard for its participants to create their own companies in the areas of medicine and neuroscience, biotech and bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and robotics, energy and environment, and networks and computing. Through SU Labs, initiated in 2012, SU is serving as an important accelerator in startups aligned with SU’s mission. To date, 26 companies have been formed by SU alumni. Many of these companies have been successful in crowdfunding campaigns, acquiring funding from angel and venture capital investors, and have received grants and awards from governments and foundations.

In the past, many GSP participants have received partial scholarships. For the 2013 GSP, SU has initiated eight new full scholarship offerings: two for outstanding women, and three each for exceptional applicants from Africa and Asia. These new offerings are in addition to the 18 full scholarships provided by local sponsors, to the winners of SU’s Global Impact Competitions.

About Singularity University

Singularity University’s mission is to inspire, educate, and enable a new generation of leaders in business, science, finance, technology and government who strive to understand and use exponentially advancing technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. Corporate Partners include Autodesk, Cisco, ePlanet Ventures, GE, Genentech, Google, Kauffman Foundation, and Nokia.

Media contact: Diane Murphy: [email protected]

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.

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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