Singularity University (SU) has announced its first international summit on the African Continent. The two-day SingularityU South Africa Summit (#futureproofAfrica) is set to highlight the impact of AI, robotics, blockchain and other exponential technologies in healthcare, security, design and finance.
It will take place from 23-24 August 2017 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, and is being hosted in collaboration with Standard Bank, and with key strategic partners, including Deloitte, MTN, 702 and SAP. Tickets are not cheap though, ranging from R12 500 for early birds (available until 06 July 2017) to R15 000 for standard ones, with a limited number available. A complete list of speakers for SingularityU South Africa can be viewed here.
The SingularityU South Africa Summit will convene exponential thought leaders, SU faculty and organisations from around the world, to provide participants with insights into emerging exponential technologies and how they can be used to create positive change and economic growth in the region.
In addition to expert presentations, participants will explore questions ranging from trending technological change, to their impact on industry growth and region-specific challenges. The Summit will also showcase African entrepreneurs and innovations in the interactive exhibitor halls. Summits become an annual point of contact 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.
“South Africa represents a microcosm of the challenges facing humanity worldwide and is fast gaining a solid reputation as a global centre. Through this Summit, we hope to connect and inspire leaders in the region to effect global impact,” said Rob Nail, associate founder and CEO of Singularity University. SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter H. Diamandis, and is partnered with leading organisations, including Google, Deloitte, and UNICEF.