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Singularity University empowers a global community with the mindset, skillset and network to create an abundant future. For the first time in South Africa, leading-edge speakers from SingularityU will join South African leaders and innovators for an unforgettable experience.

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SingularityU South Africa Summit 2017

August 23-24, 2017

See you and 1 300 of your fellow futurists on Wednesday the 24th at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit


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The Future of Mobility

Future of Work Panel

The Cutting Edge of Human Rights

The Future of Work

The Allure of the Unknown


Medtech Fireside chat

Exponential Energy

Sharing-Economy and Crowdsourcing


A Safer Cyberspaace

The Future of Banking

Mandy, Stephen, Funeka & Jaya

Welcome to the SU South Africa Summit

The Journey Begins

Intro to Exponentials

Global Grand Challenges and Impact

Discussion Panel

The Robots Are Here

The Future of Education

The Future of Human Potential


"Singularity University, where the world's brightest minds convene to attack the world's toughest challenges."


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. SU’s collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. A certified benefit corporation, SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis and is partnered with leading organizations such as Google, Deloitte, Genentech, and UNICEF.

SingularityU Global embodies the alumni community of Singularity University. Our alumni are at the forefront of driving ideas, impact, and change using exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges in local communities. Singularity University is a platform for education and action that is focused on understanding how exponential technology can be leveraged to drive global impact. Singularity University aspires to create a global community of doers. SingularityU Global activities are designed in the spirit of Singularity University’s mission but powered by our alumni community around the world.

SingularityU Summits are two-day conferences held across the globe to help local leaders understand how exponential technologies can be used to create positive change and economic growth in their region. Summits become an annual point of connection and inspiration for the local community, a catalyst to accelerate a local culture of innovation, and an opportunity to highlight breakthrough technologies, startups, and ideas. A grass-roots movement of South African alumni and supporters have come together to ensure South Africa seizes this unique opportunity to lead the way by launching the first annual SingularityU South Africa Summit.

Our Host

Jason Silva is a media artist, futurist, philosopher, keynote speaker and TV personality.

He is the creator of Shots of Awe, a short film series of "trailers for the mind" that serve as philosophical espresso shots exploring innovation, technology creativity, futurism and the metaphysics of the imagination.

Shots of Awe has received more than 13 million views. He is also the Emmy nominated host of National Geographic Channel's hit TV series Brain Games, airing in over 100 countries.



Check out this video done with Singularity University and Transcendent Man

Posted by Jason Silva on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Speakers to Date

Adetayo Bamiduro

The Sharing Economy: Crowdsourcing

Alex Gladstein

Chief Strategic Office
Human Rights Foundation

Ashley Anthony

Geophysicist and Entrepreneur - Co-founder of Isazi Consulting

Bohdanna Kesala

Director of International Summits Singularity University

Carlo Van de Weijer

Strategic Area Smart Mobility

David Roberts

Distinguished Faculty, Innovation and Disruption

Divya Chander

Physician and

Dr. Adriana Marais

Space Mining
Going to Space

Dr. Dan Barry

School Alumni

Dr. Ryan Noach

Deputy CEO - Discovery Health Medtech Fireside

Funeka Montjane

Chief Executive, Personal and Business Banking Standard Bank

Jaya Baloo

KPN Telecom

Larry Keeley

President & Co-Founder
Doblin Inc

Mandy Simpson

Chief Executive
Cyber Toa

Mxolisi Mgojo

The Future of

Nicholas Haan

Global Grand Challenges,SU

Ramez Naam

Co-Chair, Energy & Environmental Systems

Raymond McCauley

Digital Biology

Sarah Bergbreiter

Maryland Microrobotics Laboratory

Sizwe Nxasana

The Future of

Stephen van Coller

VP: Digital Services, Data Analytics, Business Development MTN

Valter Adão

The Future of
Work Panel

Vivienne Ming

Cognitive Neuroscience


Learn about Exponential Improvements in Tech


Learn about ways technology is enabling us to solve global challenges


DAY 1 - 23 August 2017

07:30 - 09:00 Registration  
09:00 – 09:10 Welcome and Introduction Jason Silva
09:10 – 10:50 Exponentials & Global Grand Challenges Intro to Exponentials David Roberts W / Q&A
Global Grand Challenges & Impact (Nick Haan) W / Q&A
The Future of Education: (Sizwe Nxasana)
10:40 – 11:35 Break  
11:35 – 13:10 Robotics & Artificial Intelligence The Future of Human Potential (Vivienne Ming) W / Q&A
The Robots are Coming Here (Sarah Bergbreiter)
AI, & Robotics Panel (w / Ashley Anthony, Vivienne Ming, Sarah Bergbreiter)
13:10 – 14:30 Lunch  
14:30 – 16:50 Crowd Sourcing and Fintech Sharing-Economy and Crowdsourcing for Inclusive Growth (Adetayo Bamiduro)
Blockchain - Securing the Future (Mandy Simpson)
The Future of Banking (Funeka Montjane)
United for a safer cyberspace (Jaya Baloo)
Fintech panel (w / Stephen van Coller, Mandy Simpson, Funeka Montjane, Jaya Baloo)
16:50 – 17:35 Break  
17:35 - 18:35 Space The Allure of the Unknown - Adriana Marais
Sensations of Space Flight - Dr Dan Barry W / Q&A
19:00 – 22:00 Networking Cocktail Function  



DAY 2 - 24 August 2017

07:30 - 09:00 Breakfast  
09:00 – 09:10 Welcome and Introduction Jason Silva
09:10 – 10:35 Biotech and Medtech Digital Biology: Hacking the Code of LIfe (for Fun and Profit) (Raymond McCauley) W / Q&A
Medtech (Divya Chander)
Med Fireside chat w / Raymond McCauley & Ryan Noach
10:35 – 11:20 Break  
11:20 – 12:30 Energy & Mobility Exponential Energy (Ramez Naam) W / Q&A
The Future of Mobility (Carlo Van de Weijer) W / Q&A
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 – 15:15 Innovation & the Future of work 10 types of Innovation (Larry Keeley) W / Q&A
The Future of work (Mxolisi Mgojo) W / Q&A
Future of Work panel W / Jason Silva, Larry Keeley, Mxolisi Mgojo, Valter Adão
15:15 – 16:00 Break  
16:00 - 18:20 Decoding Democracy & Disruption The Cutting edge of Human rights (Alex Gladstein)
Decoding Democarcy Panel W / Andrew Benson, Alex Gladstein, Jean Scrimgeour, Nick Haan, Leo Mutuku, Omar Mohammed
    Singularity University - Whats Next (Bohdanna Kesala)
Africa Leapfrogging (David Roberts)



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I am thrilled that Singularity University is bringing its remarkable eye-opening programme to South Africa. There is no doubt that Humanity’s Grand Challenges are magnified on our continent, and in South Africa in particular, understanding the possibilities that exponential technologies hold will be crucial in addressing these challenges. The pursuit of Radical Technological Transformation offers hope that inequality, poverty and unemployment can be addressed and that a better future can be created for all in our beautiful country and extraordinary continent.

Nic Kohler. Group Chief Executive | Hollard   

Singularity University gives you an in depth understanding of the future world of disruption. You come out of the conference with an ability to assess problems differently. In short attending SU is a game changing experience

Stephen van Coller - MTN VP : Digital Services, Data   

“Technology is a resource-liberating mechanism. It can make the once scarce the now abundant.”

Peter Diamandis   

“If ever a continent needed exponential thinking to overcome it’s many challenges - it’s Africa”

Simon Carpenter CTA SAP South Africa   

In the end, our minds and their ability to create new ideas are the ultimate source of all human wealth. That's a resource nearly without limit."

Ramez Naam   

"Be your own scientist. Find the simplest idea or thing that you can test, prototype, try it and see.”

Raymond McCauley   

“Our technology, our machines, are part of our humanity. We created them to extend ourselves, and that is what is unique about human beings.”

Ray Kurzweil   

In collaboration with

Global Partner

Strategic Partners

“By partnering with Singularity University since 2013, we have brought a new mindset into our firm and to our clients. Competitors are no longer just the large, local and multinational organisations. They’re the agile organisations and entrepreneurs that are leveraging exponential technologies to compete and disrupt effectively. Business leaders must begin to ask how, as large and already successful organisations, do they construct a business environment and entrepreneurial culture that is quick to recognise these challenges, adapt and innovate effectively to compete in a world of disruption. Large organisations need to recognise these challenges, adapt and innovate effectively to remain competitive. We encourage our clients to embrace the disruptive nature of these technologies to define and secure their organisation’s future. While it’s important to focus on the improvements at the core, we need to develop or re-imagine the next wave of growth for businesses. This must be done confidently and swiftly to get the edge on potential competitors. In a world of exponential technology innovation, one of the most pressing questions on the mind of many business executives and entrepreneurs is, what’s coming next? Deloitte and Singularity University (SU), as part of a multi-year strategic alliance, are helping business leaders prepare for this leap – from idea to execution. This alliance combines Deloitte’s strategic consulting, digital and innovation practices, combined with SU’s deep experience in producing world-leading innovation across multiple industries and business sectors"

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"The Standard Bank Group is committed to driving positive, sustainable and truly-embedded technological change across the continent and will not stand still when it comes to encouraging digital innovations that matter. Says Funeka Montjane, Chief Executive Office
for Personal and Business Banking at Standard Bank, “Our client interactions across our vast demographic of customers has shown that they want personalized, cost-effective and digitally-efficient solutions and services that will move their businesses, families and lives
forward. Standard Bank is committed to providing this for them, internally and through external avenues, such as our sponsorship of SingularityU South Africa Summit. Africa is our home, we drive Her growth and we strongly believe that this partnership will not only be an
immense learning experience for all those that attend, but also advance our own internal thinking, and ultimately assist in finding new, uniquely African solutions to futureproof banking in Africa.”

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“As an organisation with operations in 17 African countries, MTN understands the challenges the continent faces and the opportunities that technology and innovation present to change mind sets, prepare for digital disruption, and ensure the long-term sustainability of the
business and the communities within which it operates. We are inspired by how SU Summits help people utilise technology for positive change and to boost economic growth. MTN is optimistic about that exposure to global change leaders, exponential technologies and new,
futuristic ways of thinking could have on our people, our business, and on the African continent,”

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“SAP Africa aims is to bring exponential thinking to our employees, partners and customers, which will have a profound impact on our organisation, South Africa and the rest of the continent. Singularity University aims to educate, inspire, and empower business leaders to
apply exponential technologies, in the quest to address humanity’s grand challenges. This resonates with SAP’s vision to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. SAP has a global relationship with Singularity University and co-funds the Singularity University in
Germany. The Singularity University Africa Summit is bound to catalyse this type of thinking and accelerate Africa’s move into the digital economy,”

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