MOFFETT FIELD, California, USA and MILAN, ITALY – June 20, 2011 – Singularity University (SU) and Expo 2015 S.p.A. (Expo2015) today announce a multi-year partnership where Singularity University, as an aggregator of accelerating and exponential innovation, will help guide the technology thinking for Expo2015 as a lead research partner.
The theme of the 2015 Universal Expo is “Feeding the planet, energy for Life.” It is expected that over 100 countries will showcase the future of food production and sustainable living with cutting edge technologies and next-generation ideas.
A key artifact of previous Expos has been to leave behind an architectural legacy. However, Expo2015 has chosen a bold new path. Rather than a physical artifact, the intent is to design a very experiential Expo and leave behind a rich legacy of visionary and imaginative ideas and projects addressing global needs.
“The goals of Singularity University are very aligned with those of Expo2015,” said Dr. Giuseppe Sala, the Executive Director of Expo2015. “SU’s goals of addressing Humanity’s Grand Challenges align extremely well with the ambitions of Expo2015 to drive the future of food and sustainability on this planet. SU has already aggregated the top thinkers in the world in the fastest moving technologies and breakthroughs – this is an exciting partnership with unlimited potential.”
Expo2015 will tap into Singularity University’s key outputs, the Ten To the Ninth (10^9+) projects that challenge students to develop an idea to positively affect at least one billion people within 10 years. Food and sustainability are key Grand Challenges addressed by these projects.
“Expo2015 is committed to the future of food for the planet,” said Salim Ismail, Founding Executive Director and Global Ambassador of Singularity University. “The experiential nature of the Expo lends itself extremely well to showcase the technologies and breakthroughs that will transform the planet in the coming decades. We look forward to working with Expo2015 to bring forth breakthrough ideas and technologies for 2015.”
ABOUT SINGULARITY UNIVERSITY
Singularity University (SU) is an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges. With the support of a broad range of leaders in academia, business and government, SU hopes to stimulate groundbreaking, disruptive thinking and solutions aimed at solving some of the planet’s most pressing challenges. SU is based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley. For more information, go to www.singularityu.org and follow SU on www.twitter.com/singularityu and at www.facebook.com/singularityu.
Expo 2015 S.p.A. is the company dedicated to the organization, site construction and management of the Universal Exposition to be held in Milan, Italy (“Expo Milano 2015”). Expo Milano 2015 is a global cultural, educational and scientific project bringing together countries, organizations, companies and citizens to explore and contribute to the progress of one of the world’s most pressing challenges: Feeding the Planet. Expo Milano 2015 will leverage tomorrow’s technology to showcase innovative, sustainable solutions to the global food challenge and to create a unique visitor experience.
For more information, go to www.expo2015.org or follow Expo Milano on www.twitter.com/Expo2015Milano and at www.youtube.com/user/expomilanotv.