Singularity University Establishes Local Chapter in Phoenix, AZ

SingularityU Phoenix to explore and foster the use of exponential technologies for good with local businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs
SingularityU Phoenix | October 11, 2018

Singularity University (SU), a global community with a mission to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges, has established a new Chapter in Phoenix, Arizona. SingularityU Chapters are created in partnership with local program participants and SU alumni and are located in some of the most innovative and upcoming global technology centers in the world. To date, there are 126 SingularityU Chapters in 63 countries.

“As our regional leadership teams build local communities in support of the development of exponential technologies, the ability for meaningful global and local impact grows,” said Dharmishta Rood, Senior Director of Community Leadership. “Our new chapter inPhoenix, Arizona marks another milestone in the scale and scope of our Singularity University community.”

SingularityU Chapters are central to enabling local regions to jump-start innovation through the curation of events featuring local experts, sponsorship of SU Global Impact Challenges (GICs), and other initiatives at the local level. Since launching the first program in 2015, SingularityU Chapters have hosted a number of unique events focused on applying exponential technologies to create impact. In 2017 SingularityU Chapters launched 320 events, involving more than 25,000 attendees.

SU focuses on positively impacting the world’s greatest challenges through the use of exponential technologies – those which are rapidly accelerating and shaping major industries and all aspects of our lives, including artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), data science, digital biology, medicine, nanotech and digital fabrication, networks and computing systems, robotics, and fintech.

“Phoenix is an expanding center of innovation and the focus of our new chapter will be fostering tech for good within our community,” said, Sheila Kloefkorn, Chapter Lead. “We are launching the SingularityU Phoenix Chapter to help expand the reach and impact of technology in our region and will be working with the program participants in the Phoenix Metro Area to build the Chapter’s leadership team to partner with local business and academia to host local events.

“Aaron Bare, Carl Kaselek, and I are energized by our experiences with Singularity University internationally and are excited to have formed a local chapter of Singularity University here in Phoenix to increase exposure and activity around exponential technology. We look forward to highlighting local innovations and helping to increase the visibility of Phoenix as a center for technology advancements globally,” said Kloefkorn.

Singularity University’s mission is to create a global community of action. SingularityU Chapter events are designed in the spirit of Singularity University’s mission, yet powered by local leadership teams who are at the forefront of driving ideas, impact and change using exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges in their home communities.

The first leadership team meeting will be at 4 PM on November 13. Those interested in helping to lead technology innovation in the areas should contact us for details and location.

About Singularity University

Singularity University (SU) is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build a better 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 headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter H. Diamandis with program funding from leading organizations including Google, Deloitte, and UNICEF. To learn more, visit SU.org, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @SingularityU, and download the SU App.

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