Singularity University kicks off first executive program tomorrow

November 5, 2009

After a great inaugural Graduate Studies Program this summer, SU is readying to welcome the first Executive Program class on Friday. SU chancellor Ray Kurzweil will set the stage for the program in his opening keynote tomorrow evening. With world-class faculty, a inter-disciplinary, 9-day curriculum, and a few special guests including author Jonathan Zittrain, we believe the Executive Program is set to create a new standard for executive education.

Beginning with this first Executive Program, Autodesk joins us the first annual Corporate Partner with a very generous donation.

The full press release is below. Stay tuned for news on open events and more during the 9-day program.


New Nine-Day Executive Program Focuses on How to Harness Current and Future Disruptive Technologies to Benefit Companies and Industries

World-Class Faculty and Innovative Interdisciplinary
Curriculum Establish New Model for Executive Education

Silicon Valley Software Leader Joins University as First Corporate Partner

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – November 5, 2009 – Singularity University (SU) today announced the first SU Executive Program designed to educate, inform and prepare executives for the imminent disruption and opportunities resulting from exponentially accelerating technologies. Led by a world-renowned faculty and featuring a unique, interdisciplinary curriculum, the SU Executive Program is establishing a new model for how to prepare executives and MBA students to face today’s dynamic business realities. As part of the program, faculty, staff, and students will be encouraged to leverage social media channels to distribute content in real and near-real time, providing the entire world with access to the program’s exceptional curriculum. The SU Executive Program is scheduled for November 7-15, 2009 at the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

“Our Executive Programs are focused on educating C-suite executives in a fashion that allows them to understand what is in the lab today, and what is likely to make-or-break their businesses in the next 5 to 10 years,” said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, co-founder and Chairman of Singularity University. “Today’s executives have a choice. They can bury their heads in the sand and rely on old ways of thinking. Or, they can immerse themselves in a program and conversation to be aware of the road ahead. SU’s Executive Program is designed to be insightful, inspiring and hands-on.”

The SU Executive Program addresses six fields experiencing exponentially accelerating change, including AI and Robotics, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Medicine and Human Machine Interface, Networks and Computing Systems, and Energy and Environmental Systems. The faculty includes some of the world’s most distinguished leaders in their respective fields: Dan Barry, Robotics; Christopher deCharms, Medicine; Michel Gelobter, Energy; Andrew Hessel, Biotech; Neil Jacobstein, AI; Rohit Khare, Networks; Stuart Kim, Biotech; Daniel Kraft, Medicine; Ralph Merkle, Nanotech; David Orban, Networks; Barney Pell, Networks; David S. Rose, Entrepreneurship; Melanie Swan, Future Studies; Dr. James Canton, Future Studies.

Participants in the SU Executive Program will gain an understanding of how disruptive technologies may impact their industry, explore growth solutions based on disruptive innovation, and develop response strategies relevant to their industries. They will also have an opportunity to expand their network of contacts and become part of the Singularity University Network (SUN), which fosters an ongoing community and develops and promotes follow-up activities.

“The SU Executive Program goes beyond the lecture and workshop models of typical intensive business programs and creates a real-world think tank for sharing knowledge and information,” said Salim Ismail, Executive Director of Singularity University. “We will use social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, to distribute content from the program and foster a broader discussion of the key concepts discussed during the sessions. This model is an important foundation for increasing the global discussion around these key topics.”

The SU Executive Program is limited to a maximum of 40 participants, who are selected based on the level of achievement in their field, recommendations, and a personal essay. A tuition fee of $15,000 includes accommodation on the SU campus, all tuition and academic activities and visits to leading Silicon Valley companies. For more information on applying for the program, which will be repeated in February of 2010, please visit

Autodesk Partners with SU

Autodesk, which joins SU as its first Corporate Partner, will provide executives with access to its state of the art technology. This will allow executives and partners who concentrate on technology to advance and drive change.

“Autodesk is focused on providing our customers with the latest software to bolster innovation and realize their vision,” said Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer of Autodesk. “In Singularity University, we see a shared mission and passion around preparing leaders to harness new and accelerating technologies. Based on the Graduate Studies Program and its innovative and interdisciplinary approach, we look forward to a long partnership as well as the exciting developments that are sure to come from Singularity’s programs throughout the next year.”

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is a world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art Digital Prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit

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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 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