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What we do

SingularityU New Zealand exists to support New Zealand to understand, adapt and thrive in an exponentially changing world. The group was originally formed to bring the SingularityU New Zealand Summit to Christchurch, but we know this is only the beginning of our journey. SingularityU New Zealand is currently working on training a local cohort of Singularity University faculty who can deliver tailored programmes as well as lots of other exciting ideas on how we can support New Zealand to thrive in an exponential world. Stay tuned by following us on Facebook, twitter and signing up for our newsletter!

SingularityU New Zealand Summit 2016

The Singularity New Zealand Summit was hosted in Christchurch in November with over 1400 attendees from 16 different countries. The goal was the kick-start the conversation about exponential technology and how it can impact New Zealand and the world. The Summit brought together educators, corporates, non-profits, entrepreneurs, young people and government for a full on three days of mind blowing content and connections! We are still buzzing!

SingularityU Australia Summit 2018

The SingularityU Australia Summit is produced by the same team that brought you the SingularityU New Zealand Summit. It will bring the world’s leading speakers and experts on exponentially accelerating technologies together with Australia's and New Zealand's leaders of today and tomorrow, giving us the knowledge and insight we need to compete — and win — in an exponentially changing world.


Dr. Peter H. Diamandis

Co-founder & Executive Chairman

Peter Diamandis is an entrepreneur, business executive and the founder and Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.  He is the co-author of BOLD, How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World, and Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think. As a futurist, visionary, author and distinguished speaker, he counsels the world’s top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D.

Ray Kurzweil

Co-Founder & Chancellor

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a 30-year track record of accurate predictions. Called “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” PBS selected him as one of the “sixteen revolutionaries who made America.” Kurzweil was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Among Kurzweil’s many honors, he is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds twenty honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents. Ray has written five national best-selling books, including The Age of Spiritual Machines, The Singularity is Near, and How to Create a Mind.  He is currently a director of engineering at Google.

Press & Media

SingularityU comes to NZ

Ahead of the SingularityU conference in Christchurch this November, Francis Cook talked to event organiser Kaila Colbin about what the singularity means for work, leisure, sex, and the future.

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A presidential reception in Chile

The Singularity University delegation had the privilege of meeting with President Michelle Bachelet while in the country for the SingularityU Chile Summit.

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Artificially intelligent lawyer “Ross” hired by law firm

Ross, the world's first artificially intelligent attorney, has its first official law firm. Baker & Hostetler announced that they will be employing Ross for its bankruptcy practice, currently comprised of almost 50 lawyers.

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AI teaching assistant helped students online—and no one knew the difference

Meet Jill Watson, a first-time teaching assistant at Georgia Tech assigned to moderate an online forum for a computer science class. Jill was 1 of 9 TAs assigned to help answer questions about coursework and projects from the 300 students enrolled in the advanced course.

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Five startups to watch from Singularity University’s 2015 Global Solutions Program

For 10 weeks each summer, a group of impact-driven individuals from around the world come to Singularity University’s Silicon Valley campus to embark on our flagship Global Solutions Program(GSP).

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Singularity U: understanding exponential change

Kaila Colbin, is the NZ ambassador for Singularity University. She talks to Kathryn about the summit she's part of in November, where world experts in leading technologies will gather in Christchurch, to talk about understanding and adapting to an expontentially changing technological world.

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Silicon Valley comes to Christchurch for conference

A conference about the radical impact of future technology featuring some of the world's most forward-thinking experts is coming to Christchurch.

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Robots ready to take the driver's seat

Brad Templeton, a keynote speaker at the SingularityU New Zealand Summit, says that in the future, fewer cars will be owned and more will be rented. Robo-cars are just around the corner and the auto industry faces a stark choice over the next decade - adapt or die.

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Technology for good: Find Your Billion

Nine to Noon talks to award-winning educational innovator Chris Clay, about Find Your Billion, a series of free workshops getting young people involved in cutting-edge technologies to help others.

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The 'elephant chart' explained

Kaila Colbin explains the reality of the 'elephant chart' and what makes it so terrifying. 

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We made a comic!

Lots of people have been asking what the heck we mean by “exponentially accelerating technologies.” So the SingularityU New Zealand team made a comic. Enjoy...

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Tech to help 1 billion people

Young people will learn how technology can be harnessed to help billions of people at Find Your Billion workshops.

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Driving to the end of the Oil Age

Falling demand — not an oil shortage — will create the energy industry’s next revolution, a futurist tells Grant Bradley.

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The genetic engineering ‘renaissance’

In 2001 it cost $2.7 billion to sequence the human genome, by 2007 it was $1 million and in 2014 it was just $1000.

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Robotics the future of medicine

Computing and robotics is changing the face of medicine at a faster rate than ever before, and is going to affect the way we treat patients says Michael Gillam, a physician, medical informatics expert and IT health specialist who will be speaking at SingularityU New Zealand Summit. 

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The great sustainability convergence

Kaila Colbin talks to Nathan Smith from National Business Review about the inevitable and unstoppable trend of more businesses making cleaner and more sustainable decisions. 

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We made another comic!

You loved our first comic about exponentially accelerating technologies, now find out what awesome things happen when these accelerating technologies begin to converge. 

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Transhuman after all

Kathryn Ryan speaks to Ramez Naam, an award-winning author, futurist and computer scientist who contemplates a world where humans and our use of technology are significantly enhanced.

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The technological advances shaping our future

Kathryn Myronuk is a specialist on the technological advances shaping our future and our jobs. She is a founding member of Singularity University in Silicon Valley, a think tank devoted to studying and educating about how different technologies will affect the world.

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Dr Michael Gillam on the future of medicine

What will medicine and healthcare be like in the future? What role will technology play? How much say will patients have in their care? Michael Gillam talks to Kathryn Ryan from Radio NZ about the future of medicine.

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Food's new horizon

Kiwis, along with everyone else on the planet, have to make big decisions about which technologies to embrace, and which to reject. The choices are only getting harder, and more frequent as science accelerates at an exponential rate.

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SingularityU New Zealand Summit features on The Paul Henry Show

The organiser of the SingularityU New Zealand Summit Kaila Colbin joined Paul Henry to talk about exponential technology and this November's Summit.

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Teenager think tank designed to generate new ideas to solve global issues

A school holiday workshop is drawing together fresh young minds to consider ways to solve some of the world's problems. 

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The shock and awe of the new

The future is touching down for three days in November. Philip Matthews talks to representatives of the Singularity University ahead of its Christchurch summit. 

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We’re incredibly grateful to our partners. Their vision and commitment to the future of New Zealand make this Summit possible.

Foundation Partner

Every industry can be disrupted, with both challenge and opportunity in equal measure. This Summit will help us realise those opportunities.” — Mike Bennetts, CEO of Z Energy

SILVER Partners

Christchurch Airport
Christchurch City Council


Callaghan Innovations

BRONZE Partners

Michael Mayell
Nv Interactive

Find your billion partners

Christ College
Cookie Time charitable Trust
Diocesan School for Girls

Channel Partners

Canterbury Tech
Collider Wgtn
Ministry of awesome
Young Enterprise
New Zealand Technology Industry Association
The American Chamber of Commerce
University of Canterbury
Embassy of The United States of America
Creative HQ
Akina Growing Social Enterprise
NZ Hit
Auckland Tourism, events and economic development
Te Hono Movement
Data 61 Csiro