Singularity University Cafe blends science, technology at Maker Faire 2010

May 20, 2010

Maker Faire Attendees Can Win a $15,000 Seat at an Upcoming Singularity University Exponential Technologies Executive Program. How would you positively impact a billion people within ten years? How would you use science and technology to address grand challenges such as water, healthcare, and education? Singularity University invites you to visit the “Singularity University Café” at this weekend’s Maker Faire to learn about these grand challenges, and hear how new technologies are empowering teams to work on some of these most pressing issues. Visitors to the Singularity University Café — located at Midway M20 — can also enter for a chance to win a spot in an upcoming Singularity University Exponential Technologies Executive Program valued at $15,000.


Singularity University Café will illustrate the goals and vision of the university with on-going presentations by two exciting companies born from last year’s Graduate Studies Program: CiviGuard and Gettaround. The CiviGuard team will discuss their latest products focused on dramatically improving crisis communications for emergency and disaster response. The Gettaround team will discuss how their person-to-person car sharing community can positively impact the climate, and demonstrate their award-winning car controlling mobile application. In addition, several thought-leading speakers will discuss some of the topics taught at SU, ranging from the latest in medicine and robotics to energy and 3D building construction.

“In a fun and visually impressive fashion, Maker Faire shows what can happen when the current limits of science, technology, and design are pushed,” said Salim Ismail, Executive Director of Singularity University. “As Maker Faire has proven before, one’s imagination is truly the only limit to some of the greatest innovation. We’re looking forward to participating in our first Maker Faire, and sharing the ideas and achievements of SU students, faculty and associates with the Maker community.”


Taught by world-class faculty and some of the leading minds in their respective fields, the Executive Program is an intensive education designed to prepare executives and entrepreneurs to face the dynamic business realities of today and tomorrow. Held quarterly, Singularity University offers its Exponential Technologies Executive Program to a very limited group of C-Level executive participants. All qualified Maker Faire attendees can register at the Singularity University Café for a chance to win a seat, including on-site accommodations at NASA Ames. Registration qualifications will be posted at Singularity University Café. A winner will be selected randomly from all registrations received at the Singularity University Café from 10:30 AM on Saturday May 22, 2010 to 6:30 PM on Sunday May 23, 2010. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 on the Singularity University webpage , via Twitter (@singularityu) and on the official Singularity University Facebook page.

The imaginative and innovative Maker Faire takes place at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23, 2010.

About Singularity University

Singularity University (SU) is an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges. With the support of a broad range of leaders in academia, business and government, SU hopes to stimulate groundbreaking, disruptive thinking and solutions aimed at solving some of the planet’s most pressing challenges. SU is based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley. For more information, go to

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