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SingularityU
New Zealand Summit

14-16 November, 2016, Christchurch

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About the Summit

The SingularityU NZ Summit brings the world’s top speakers and experts on exponentially accelerating technologies together with New Zealand's and Australia's leaders of today and tomorrow, giving us the knowledge and insight we need to compete — and win — in an exponentially changing world.

Within the next 20 years, 47-81% of jobs as we currently understand them will be under threat from technology. This includes jobs that have always been considered ‘safe’ from automation. But until we achieve a collective understanding of what exponential technological growth truly looks like — and how it affects us all — we will be at a disadvantage.
But the ever-increasing pace of change doesn't just hold threat — it also holds opportunity. We are shifting from an economic model based on scarcity to one based on abundance. What are the strategic implications? What kinds of policies do we need? What is the impact on our economy? What are the ethical considerations? None of the old rules apply.

Join us this November at the SingularityU New Zealand Summit — and be prepared for what lies ahead.

What you'll learn

The SingularityU New Zealand Summit is a conference like no other. 

You’ll learn about artificial intelligence – but it’s not a computing conference. You’ll learn about self-driving cars and networks – but it’s not a tech conference. You’ll learn about medicine and biotechnology – but it’s not a health conference. You’ll learn about the future of crime and the future of work – but it’s not a public policy conference. We expect you to come away from the Summit with nothing less than a total paradigm shift about where we’ve come from, where we’re going, and what’s possible. 

See the speakers

Attending Singularity University put in lights the urgency of understanding and embracing the convergence of technologies. We cannot ignore this - you should make attending the Summit your highest priority in 2016.” — Sue Suckling, Professional Director; Chair of NZQA and Callaghan Innovation
We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten." — Bill Gates
If I were a student, this is where I would want to be" — Larry Page, Co-founder, Google

What you get

Your ticket to three extraordinary days

The SingularityU New Zealand Summit will be like no conference you’ve ever attended.

Over three days in November, you’ll hear from world experts in exponential technologies, from Silicon Valley and beyond, and learn what the implications are for you. You’ll also discover the cutting edge of technological progress taking place right here in New Zealand.

Your Summit experience is more than just talks, though.

Every ticket to Summit includes

  • Delicious catering (seriously, this is a big deal for us)
  • All evening receptions
  • Tech demos
  • The soon-to-be-world-famous SingularityU New Zealand Summit goody bag
  • Opportunities to meet the speakers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Exclusive access to the Summit app
  • And more!

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who should attend

You.  Specifically, you should attend if:

  • You are in a position of responsibility in a company or government, needing to understand disruptive innovations
  • You are an innovator or an entrepreneur, aiming for a moonshot
  • You are in the non-profit sector, and want to positively impact the lives of as many people as possible
  • You are a teacher or a principal in a primary or secondary school, shaping children for a future that looks nothing like the past
  • You are a young person, eager to know more about what your future holds

The University Preview Screenings

Christchurch - 3rd October

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Wellington - 4th October

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Auckland - 5th October

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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.

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Venue

Horncastle Arena, one of New Zealand’s largest purpose built indoor entertainment venues, will be completely transformed to host the SingularityU New Zealand Summit.

A variety of seating options, from beanbags to couches to tables, will ensure your comfort throughout the Summit, and our central location is the perfect spot from which to explore Christchurch.

Horncastle Arena
55 Jack Hinton Dr,
Addington,
Christchurch 8024

ACCOMMODATION

Follow this link to book your accommodation at the special rates available to SingularityU Summit attendees.

Please note that hotel accommodation in Christchurch is limited. We recommend to book as early as possible. 

Click here for assistance with your booking.

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Travel

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of NZ and one of the world's most unique destinations.

Christchurch

Bordered by the Port Hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps as a majestic backdrop, allowing for a huge array of experiences within just a few hours' drive. Christchurch has a rich Maori and European history with strong links to both Ngai Tahu and England seen throughout the city. Witness it as it continues to re-emerge, after the earthquakes, as a world-leading, smart city. See urban regeneration and innovation, set within stunning gardens and a picturesque backdrop.

New Zealand

It's hard to summarise New Zealand - a land of diverse regions and landscapes that stretches across two main and a myriad of small off-shore islands; a multi-cultural nation of people from Māori, European, Pacific and Asian origins. This vibrant embracing culture, inspired by ancient traditions and pioneering adventurers, does innovation with enthusiasm and hospitality with heart.

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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Partners

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

CDC
Christchurch Airport
CCL
Christchurch City Council

INNOVATION Partner

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
Wreda
University of Canterbury
Embassy of The United States of America
Creative HQ
Akina Growing Social Enterprise
NZ Hit
CECC
KEA
Auckland Tourism, events and economic development
Te Hono Movement