Singularity University

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Singularity University
Established September 2008[1]
Type Private
Location Moffett Federal Airfield, CA, U.S.

Singularity University is an unaccredited teaching organization[2] located in Silicon Valley whose stated aim is to "educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges."[3] It was founded in 2008 by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil in Moffett Field, CA.[3]

Singularity University's programs range from an annual ten-week summer course intended for graduate and post-graduate students to programs for corporate executives and government leaders as well as conferences for financial planners. Other programs include Singularity University Labs idea center, as well as a tuition competition.



Instruction is offered in 11 different areas.[4][5]

Director of "Global Grand Challenges" in 2013 is Nicholas Haan.


Singularity University is overseen by a Board of Trustees.[6] Rob Nail, one of the organization's Associate Founders, was named CEO of Singularity University in October, 2011.[7] Vivek Wadhwa is the organization's Vice President for Academics and Innovation.[8]


Corporate founding partners and sponsors include Google,[9] Nokia,[10] Autodesk,[11] IDEO,[citation needed] LinkedIn,[citation needed] ePlanet Capital,[12] the X Prize Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation and Genentech.[13]

Conversion from non-profit to benefit corporation[edit]

In 2012 Singularity University the non-profit began the process for conversion to a benefit corporation, to include transparency as well as for-profit aspects.[14] In 2013 the new for-profit corporation incorporated as Singularity Education Group and acquired the descriptive "Singularity University" as its trade name.[15]

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  1. ^ "FAQ". Singularity University. Retrieved 2009-02-03. An exploratory meeting was held in November 2007, followed in September 2008 by a founding meeting hosted by NASA Ames. 
  2. ^ David Rowan (2008-09-20). "On the exponential curve: inside Singularity University". Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  3. ^ a b "What Is Singularity University?". Singularity University. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  4. ^ "Academic Tracks". Singularity University. Archived from the original on 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Where science fiction meets reality". Mountain View Voice. August 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Board of Trustees". Singularity University. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  7. ^ "Singularity University Names Rob Nail CEO". BusinessWire. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  8. ^ "Singularity University Appoints Vivek Wadhwa Vice President of Innovation". Singularity University. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  9. ^ Vance, Ashlee (June 12, 2010). "Merely Human? That’s So Yesterday". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ "Nokia Supports Singularity University as Fifth Corporate Founder". Nokia Research Center. November 10, 2010. Archived from the original on 18 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Autodesk Increases Support for Singularity University to Corporate Founder Level". MOFFETT FIELD, Calif.: Autodesk. February 12, 2010. Archived from the original on February 12, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Asad Jamal". World Economic Forum. Archived from the original on 18 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Leuty, Ron (February 6, 2012). "Genentech, Singularity University ink deal". San Francisco Business Journal. 
  14. ^ Ryan Tate (August 22, 2012). "Robot Professors Come With Singularity University’s Massive Upgrade". Wired Magazine. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ Brian Warmoth (July 20, 2012). "Singularity University planning to go for-profit". Education Dive. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 37°24′55″N 122°03′46″W / 37.415229°N 122.062650°W / 37.415229; -122.062650