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Singularity University

August 14, 2013 13:26 ET

Singularity University to Host First Exponential Technology Summit in Europe

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA and BUDAPEST, HUNGARY--(Marketwired - August 14, 2013) -   Singularity University (SU), the acclaimed Silicon Valley university that uniquely focuses on the opportunities and challenges presented by rapidly advancing technologies, has announced the launch of SUMMIT EUROPE -- the first European Conference hosted by Singularity University, and the first major program of its kind aimed at educating executives on understanding and using exponential technologies.

SUMMIT EUROPE will be held in the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in downtown Budapest, Hungary, on 15-16 November 2013. Speakers include SU Founders Ray Kurzweil and Dr. Peter H Diamandis, Dr. Daniel Kraft, Marc Goodman, Salim Ismail and other notables. Budapest was selected by SU because of its role as the host city of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) of the European Union. SUMMIT EUROPE will be followed by other regional SU Summits currently being planned with local partners in major cities around the world.

"Every aspect of life is being transformed by technology, and the idea of Silicon Valley has become a metaphor for the mindset of innovation and the power of ideas," said Technologist and Futurist Ray Kurzweil, SU Co-Founder and Director of Engineering at Google. "How we learn to think exponentially, rather than in a traditional linear fashion, changes our perception of life and approach to business. We need to understand the democratization of technological disruptions and celebrate non-orthodox thinking -- the idea of ideas."

For five years, Singularity University has prepared both individuals and organizations for exponential technology changes through a series of events, conferences and education programs. These experiences have facilitated a fundamental change in thinking to fully recognize and understand the broad implications of technology changes and more importantly, how the combined effects of these transitions will transform everything around us -- and rapidly. SU SUMMIT EUROPE will tap into this expertise and show participants how to identify our greatest challenges, and capitalize on them as the biggest opportunities of the 21st century.

"It is very appropriate that we hold our first open-summit in Budapest, where the EU has established the EIT," stated Dr. Peter H Diamandis, Co-founder of Singularity University and best-selling author of Abundance. "SUMMIT EUROPE will add a vibrant and important discussion of the role of disruptive technologies and their impact in developing nations and where new investments are waiting for capitalization. We will discuss how our world is increasingly being impacted and revolutionized by Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Digital Manufacturing and radical breakthroughs in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. Singularity University programs provide the education, tools and thinking necessary to expand business and create new markets, as well as offer unique educational content and an innovation pipeline that helps to expand participants' global networks to open new markets and new lines of business."

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About Singularity University

Singularity University's mission is to assemble, educate, and enable a new generation of leaders in business, science, finance, and government who strive to understand and use exponentially advancing technologies to address humanity's grand challenges. Since 2009, SU has hosted students and industry leaders from more than 70 countries at its main campus in Silicon Valley, California and offers Graduate Studies Programs and specialized Executive Programs around the world. Corporate Partners include Autodesk, Cisco, Coca Cola, ePlanet Ventures, GE, Genentech, Google, Intelius, Kauffman Foundation, Nokia, Steelcase, and Triple Ring Technologies.

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