Singularity University Announces First SingularityU Summit in Latin America

January 28, 2016

Mountain View, CA and Santiago, Chile (January 28, 2016) – Singularity University (SU), a benefit corporation focused on empowering leaders to leverage exponential technologies to solve the world’s greatest challenges, has announced that it will host its first Latin American Summit in Chile. SingularityU Chile Summit will take place in Santiago, April 26-27, 2016, at CorpArtes, Rosario Norte 660, Las Condes.

An intensive program for business executives, entrepreneurs, financial and government leaders, the SingularityU Chile Summit will feature 12 influential leaders in science, technology and innovation, who will address global trends being impacted by the rapid rise in technology and analyze future challenges facing Chilean businesses, organizations and industries.

Singularity University CEO, Rob Nail, explains that participants can expect “two days to learn to see the world differently”. The discussion will focus on key issues affecting productivity in the coming decades, which are applicable to the various areas of economic development in Chile including: industrial production, trade, retail, financial markets, energy, health, mining, education, food, astronomy, services, transportation and urban planning.

Topics to be covered include: Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology, Smart Cities, Nanotechnology, Robotics, Connectivity from the Internet of Things, 3D Digital Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Medicine of the Future, Networks and Computing Systems, New Financing, and the Work Culture of the Future.

SingularityU Summits were first launched in Europe, in Hungary, The Netherlands and Spain. In addition to Chile, SingularityU’s 2016 Summits will be held in Mumbai, India, and Berlin, Germany, with future Summits to be announced.

“Chile, and Santiago in particular, are examples of thriving business ecosystems with multiple stakeholders: companies, startups and government working together to innovate and create an impact,” said Emeline Paat Dahlstrom, Chief Impact Officer at Singularity University. “We hope the SingularityU Chile Summit will strengthen solution-seeking innovators across Chile and throughout Latin America.”

The approximately 600 participants who will attend SingularityU Chile Summit will explore questions such as: How can technologies impact the exponential growth of an industry and what are the responsibilities leaders must assume to solve the great challenges driven by technological change?

In addition to lectures, the Summit provides myriad opportunities for networking, including an Innovation Lab, where a selection of companies and enterprises will showcase their developments; participatory “fireside chats”; and even a uniquely-designed space for children, where they will learn about robotics and other technologies, creative thinking, and be able to meet with a NASA astronaut.

Barbara Silva, Director of SingularityU Santiago Chapter and CEO of BeSTinnovation, noted that the meeting “aims to provoke discussions of value, and expose new questions about the impact of innovation on productivity, talent, industries, public policy, and implications for a long-term view of Chile’s growth. “Our aim,” Silva adds, “is for the Summit to mark a ‘before and after’ for Chile, and to spearhead a series of initiatives that will foster innovation in Chilean industries”.

Speakers include:

  • Rob Nail, Associate Founder and CEO, Singularity University
  • Neil Jacobstein, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Co-chair, Singularity University
  • Dr. Daniel Thomas Barry, MD, three-time NASA Shuttle Astronaut, scientist, and engineer
  • Kathryn Myronuk, Synthesis and Convergence Chair, Singularity University; named among seven top Tech Superheroes in 2015 by CNN
  • Raymond McCauley, Scientist, engineer and entrepreneur at the forefront of biotechnology; biotechnology & bioinformatics chair, Singularity University
  • Brad Templeton, Networks and Computing Chair, Singularity University and expert on self-driving cars and software architecture
  • Marcus Shingles, Partner, Deloitte Consulting LLP and leader in the Innovation Group of Deloitte Consulting
  • Gregg Maryniak, Energy and Environmental Systems Chair, Singularity University; Secretary and Director of the XPRIZE Foundation
  • Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, Chief Impact Officer, Singularity University

The SingularityU Chile Summit is sponsored by Deloitte, Telefonica and Agrosuper, and supported by CORFO. Other partners include the Ministry of Economy, País Digital Foundation, American Chamber of Commerce of Chile, Independízate Foundation, the Faculty of Science and Mathematics of the University of Chile, and Universidad del Desarrollo.

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SingularityU Summits are two-day conferences held around 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 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. SingularityU Summits are attended by the general public, government officials, entrepreneurs, investors, NGOs, impact partners, and educators, and may include educational tracks for government and youth.


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The SingularityU Chile Summit is brought to Chile by BeSTinnovation ( through its partner and creator, Barbara Silva. BeSTinnovation encourages investment in innovation, managing and developing business networks to promote the transfer of knowledge, technologies and innovative models across industries, States and academic institutions in Latin America and throughout global markets.


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