Isle of Man Launches SingularityU Douglas Chapter

The Isle of Man will tomorrow launch its SingularityU Chapter in Douglas in partnership with Singularity University, in a bid to address global challenges through the power of exponential technology and pioneering collaborations.

Singularity University is a global learning and innovation community with a mission to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to help solve humanity’s grand challenges and build an abundant future for all.  Its collaborative platform empowers individuals and organisations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology.

The chapters are part of Singularity University’s global reach programme, which encourages, through its alumni, the dissemination of exponential concepts and the development of entrepreneurship in various regions around the globe. In 2016, SingularityU Chapters hosted 190 events around the world, attracting more than 13,000 participants focused on employing local technological innovation to improve the quality of life in their communities and around the world.

SingularityU Douglas Chapter will bring the awareness and influence of a network of the Isle of Man’s entrepreneurs, executives, government leaders and more, who are leading the way to solving the world’s biggest challenges through the use of technology.

The Isle of Man will tomorrow host a launch event to share some of the Singularity University thinking about exponential technologies, the global challenges being faced, and to host a debate around how this impacts the Island at a local level, introducing participants to the way society can start thinking about the future challenges that impact the world. Issues are varied, from food and energy scarcity, all the way to how security, health and prosperity are being stretched and reshaped by emerging technologies.

Commenting on the announcement, leadership team member, Owen Cutajar said: “We’re delighted that we’ve managed to bring the ideals behind Singularity University to the Isle of Man. We’re a small island with huge potential and directing local thinking to addressing global issues will be of tremendous benefit to all.

“The SingularityU Chapter will serve to stimulate ideas, enthusiasm and innovation across the Manx scene and we are excited to offer our unique local capabilities, particularly the fact that we are a thriving micro-ecosystem on which more ambitious projects may be modelled.”

Kurt Roosen, leadership team member and CEO of the Manx ICT Association (MICTA), added: “The Isle of Man is a world-leading centre for technology, and this is one way in which we can harness some of that capability and participate in finding solutions to global problems.

“With nearly 200 technology businesses based here, and e-Business and e-Gaming sectors now accounting for around 30% of the Island’s GDP, we have a significant technology ecosystem, and we are very keen to more than play our part in using our talent and resources to facilitate exponential change around the world for the benefit of generations to come.”

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