SingularityU India Summit’s achievement

SingularityU India Summit Successfully Completes its Second Edition


  • The two-day conference was held to understand how exponential technologies can be used to create positive change and economic growth in the region
  • The Summit showcased renowned international speakers like Salim Ismail, Brock Pierce, and Neil Jacobstein among others
  • The event was held in association with INK and in collaboration with Deloitte

 : Singularity University (SU) successfully completed the second edition of its flagship Summit at the JW Marriott Sahar in Mumbai today. The two-day Summit, hosted in association with INK and in collaboration with Deloitte, brought together top thinkers, global business leaders, and organizations. During the Summit, thought leaders and professionals shared their insights on the big trends and technologies that are reshaping industries, governance, health, and society. The second day of the event also saw attendees participating in deep-dive sessions that focused on artificial intelligence, biotechnology, exponential finance, and design thinking.

“We are proud to renew our association with INK to bring together exponential leaders and game-changers who are driving innovation,” said Rob Nail, CEO and Associate Founder of Singularity University. “There is a seismic shift in the way technology is turning into an enabler in our times. It is entrenching itself deeply into every aspect of our lives. India, with its diverse human capital and affinity for innovation, presents a unique opportunity to explore solutions that will fuel social innovation and impact.”

INK has been a pioneering driver of innovation, with its unique platform that encourages ideas and inspiration. INK speakers and Fellows delivered insightful, contextual talks and also entertained the audience with some beautiful musical performances. Speaking about the Summit, Lakshmi Pratury, Founder and CEO of INK and Director of the SingularityU India Summit, said, "The ability to amalgamate technology and people to build on existing innovations is the core of exponential innovation. We are delighted to be associated with the SingularityU Summit for the second consecutive year. Exponential technology innovations are rapidly moving across boundaries and India stands to make a critical contribution to this transformation. INK is proud to have been able to bring Singularity University’s thinking and speakers to India to start this conversation.”

INK is India’s foremost platform for the exchange of innovative ideas and advancement of visionary thought leadership. The global sponsor of SingularityU Summits is Deloitte, the world’s largest professional services network, with extensive practice in innovation.

Speakers this year included:

  • Salim Ismail (Global Ambassador, Singularity University),
  • Raymond McCauley (Chair, Biotechnology and BioInformatics, Singularity University)
  • Neil Jacobstein (Chair , Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Singularity University)
  • Joe Paradiso (Director, Responsive Environments Group, MIT Media Lab)
  • Larry Keeley (Innovation Guru, President, Co-founder at Doblin Group; Director of Deloitte Consulting, LLP)
  • Bill Briggs (US and Global Chief Technology Officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP)
  • Divya Chander (Faculty- Medicine, Singularity University)
  • Aaron Maniam (Director, Industry Division, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Singapore)
  • Nicholas Haan (Vice President of Impact and Chair, Global Grand Challenges, Singularity University)
  • Ramez Naam (Chair, Energy & Environmental Systems, Singularity University)
  • Brock Pierce (Managing Partner, Blockchain Capital, Chair, Bitcoin Foundation)
  • Matthieu Riou (CTO and Founder of BlockCypher)
  • George Kembel (Founder, Stanford d.school & d.global.org)
  • Sanjay Swamy (Cofounder and Managing Partner, Prime)
  • Rob Nail (CEO and Associate Founder, Singularity University)
  • Lalitesh Katragadda (Technologist)


The speakers left the audiences with some thought provoking words like,


‘’Bring your humility but also recognize we humans can do a lot together to get innovation to succeed. Sometimes things change – Larry Keeley, President, Co-founder at Doblin Group,

Director of Deloitte Consulting, LLP


Talking about Artificial Intelligence, Neil Jacobstein, Chair, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Singularity University said, ‘’AI is more than just game changing, it is disrupting the entire field the game is being played on"


In 5 years India will go data rich allowing data-driven decision making for the next billion – Lalitesh Katragadda said as he spoke about the need for platforms that encourage people to help themselves with technology.


Divya Chander, Faculty - Medicine, Singularity University exclaimed,’’To all who are born with the privilege to access and experiment with technology, where will you invest?


Leaving some food for thought, Nicholas Haan, Vice President of Impact; Chair, Global Grand Challenges, Singularity University - "Yes, we can create Abundance"


The events of the 2-day Summit closed with an opportunity for participants to attend one of four deep-dive interactive sessions on the topics of Artificial Intelligence, Design Thinking, Finance and Biotechnology .




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 contact 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. Learn more at: http://singularityuglobal.org/



Singularity University (“SU”) is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all. SU's collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. A certified benefit corporation, SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter H. Diamandis and partners with leading organizations such as Google, Deloitte, Genentech, and UNICEF. To learn more, visit SU.org, join them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter @SingularityU.

SingularityU contact (US): Diane Murphy, diane.murphy@su.org


INK is India’s foremost platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories. Known for the annual INK Conference, INK Asia, INK Salons, and programs such as INK Fellows, INK is a community that accelerates the journeys of game changers. Learn more at http://inktalks.com.

INK contact (India): Shantha Shankar, shantha@inktalks.com

Apr 18, 2017
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