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Singularity University, In Partnership with Ink, to Host First Asian SingularityU Summit in 2016

7 December 2015: Singularity University (SU), the Silicon Valley educational institution and business accelerator committed to creating positive global impact through exponential technologies, has announced that it will hold its first major event in Asia. The SingularityU India Summit in association with INK will take place in Mumbai on February 26-27, 2016. Deloitte is a global sponsor of Singularity University Summit program.
The Summit will feature a powerful line-up of speakers, including faculty from SU and leaders from other prominent institutions and organizations. Presenters and their topics include the following:

  • Salim Ismail (Global Ambassador; Founding Executive Director, Singularity University) – Scale-up and exponential technologies;
  • Rob Nail (Associate Founder & CEO, Singularity University) – Robotics;
  • Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom (Chief Impact Officer, Singularity University) – Grand challenges;
  • Brad Templeton (Networks & Computing Chair, Singularity University) – Networking and computing;
  • Lakshmi Pratury (Founder, Host & Curator, INK) – Storytelling and convergence;
  • Neil Jacobstein (Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Co-Chair, Singularity University) – AI and machine learning;
  • Marcus Shingles (Partner, Deloitte) – Crowdsourcing;
  • Stefan Sagmeister (Designer, Sagmeister & Walsh) – Design;
  • Kent Langley (Faculty, Singularity University): Big data;
  • Michael Gillam (MD, FACEP) – Digital health; and
  • Sanjay Sarma (Director of Digital Learning, MIT) – Internet of Things / Internet of Everything.

“India is a vital global market and leader in the development of technological achievement that delivers impact and change – a perfect host country for a SingularityU Summit,” said Rob Nail, Singularity University CEO & Associate Founder.
 Lakshmi Pratury, Founder of INK and Director of the SingularityU India Summit, explained, “India is a place of twin realities: sophisticated technological innovation and promise on one hand and large-scale humanitarian needs on the other. The Summit will showcase the most progressive thinking, so that together we can forge technological solutions to development challenges and deliver real impact on the ground.”
Rajarshi Sengupta, Chief Innovation Officer at Deloitte India, added, “Deloitte is a strategic partner with SU and a principal sponsor of many of its programs. Deloitte works with SU to jointly deliver corporate service offerings that explore the impact of exponential technologies, identifying implications and opportunities and helping to build the innovation discipline within companies. Deloitte is pleased to support the first SingularityU Summit in India in association with INK and looks forward to what surely will be a memorable experience.”
 SingularityU Summits are two-day conferences held around the globe to help local leaders understand how exponential technologies can be used to create positive change and economic growth in their region. Summits become an annual point of connection and inspiration for the local community, a catalyst to accelerate a local culture of innovation, and an opportunity to highlight breakthrough technologies, startups and ideas. SingularityU Summits are attended by the general public, government officials, entrepreneurs, investors, NGOs, impact partners and educators, and may include educational tracks for government and youth.
Singularity University (SU) is a California benefit corporation with a mission to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies towards solving humanity’s grand challenges. Together with a highly engaged alumni community in over 90 countries, SU is committed to creating positive and sustainable global impact via three core areas: Education, Innovation and Community. Headquartered at NASA’s Research Park in the heart of the Silicon Valley, it was founded in 2008 by Ray Kurzweil and Dr. Peter H. Diamandis. For more information, visit Join us on Facebook at and Twitter @SingularityU.
 INK, based in Bangalore, India, is committed to showcasing disruptive ideas and inspiring stories—from the most unexpected sources. INK is known for its events such as the annual INK Conference, INK Asia and INK Salons, as well as programs such as INK Fellows and INK Makers. Video releases and further information are available at, as well as on Facebook at and Twitter @INKtalks.
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