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Local and international speakers will take to the digital stage to present their latest insights at the SingularityU SA Summit Online 2020. Picture: SUPPLIED
Local and international speakers will take to the digital stage to present their latest insights at the SingularityU SA Summit Online 2020. Picture: SUPPLIED

SingularityU SA has added 15 names to the 60-plus speakers already on the line-up at the SingularityU SA Summit Online event on October 14 and 15 2020. These includes global thought leaders from the US, Europe and Australia, and sought-after SA industry leaders.

The summit, themed #FutureProofAfrica, will focus on teaching delegates how exponential technologies can solve global challenges.

It will also host numerous industry leaders who will share insights on leadership and entrepreneurship. These include SA business innovator Michael Jordaan, who is disrupting the banking industry with Bank Zero, and Taddy Blecher, known for his pioneering work in education.

Taddy Blecher. Picture: SUPPLIEd/SINGULARITYU
Taddy Blecher. Picture: SUPPLIEd/SINGULARITYU
Michael Jordaan. Picture: SUPPLIEd/SINGULARITYU
Michael Jordaan. Picture: SUPPLIEd/SINGULARITYU

“Robots to the rescue during Covid” will be presented by Danish scientist Thomas Willemann, and SingularityU Nordic MD Layla Pawlak will present a talk titled “Innovation and mindset”.

Tech entrepreneur Paolo Santana, founder of drone delivery company Matternet and now Social Glass, will present her approach to reinventing the way governments procure using artificial intelligence (AI) and exponential technologies. Molly Pyle’s talk will address the topic of “Working from home or remotely 3.0”.

Paolo Santana. Picture: SUPPLIED/SINGULARITYU
Paolo Santana. Picture: SUPPLIED/SINGULARITYU
Layla Pawlak. Picture: SUPPLIED/SINGULARITYU
Layla Pawlak. Picture: SUPPLIED/SINGULARITYU

Carlo van de Weijer of the Netherlands will answer the question: “Future AI: who takes the wheel?” Metaverse builder Ryan Mullins will astound audiences with his talk “The metaverse is real and it starts with virtual sneakers”, sharing how a pair of virtual sneakers can fetch up to $800 online.

Four more interactive workshops have also been announced:

  • Rewire your mind for high performance: Gilan Gork
  • Building robots for education: Rajesh Ramakrishnan 
  • Artificial intelligence bias: Alix Rubsaam
  • The SME mindset: Kyle Hermans

“Meeting new people has been missing, and this year’s summit aims to solve that with a huge portion of networking to allow for new connections,” says Shayne Mann, co-CEO of SingularityU SA. 

Now in its fourth year, the event takes place in a custom-built online environment. The format has been revised this year, with shorter talks allowing more online engagement with less screen fatigue and a greater variety of topics to be covered.

The summit will also allow networking via an online expo area where delegates can engage with the latest products and developments from exhibitors and make business happen.

The 2020 SingularityU SA Summit will be hosted in collaboration with the Development Bank of Southern Africa, global partner Deloitte and strategic partner MTN.

To join the SingularityU community of changemakers or to book, visit the website. 

Standard ticket: R8,000 including VAT. Book before October 2 2020 and save R2,000 on your ticket price.

Late mover ticket: R10,000 including VAT. Registration closes on October 16 2020.

This article was paid for by SingularityU SA.

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