19-20 March, 2018
For the first time in the Middle East, Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) and Singularity University (SU) are partnering to open a window into how a new wave of technology will shake up the world – by bringing tomorrow into today.
Under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2018 (ARC’18) – taking place from 19-20 March at Qatar National Convention Centre – ‘The Future Is Now’ is an amazing opportunity to explore the impact of rapidly-accelerating technologies that are set to shape industries, societies, and every aspect of our lives.
‘The Future Is Now’ will feature the most in-demand speakers from SU – a global community focused on using exponential technologies to solve the world’s greatest challenges – and 20 exceptional global startups whose ideas and products are redefining the possible. By participating, you will gain a unique insight into the game-changing opportunities that these technologies bring within reach, and how to capitalize on them.
We look forward to welcoming you to ‘The Future Is Now’ – your chance to experience technology’s tomorrow, before it even arrives.
The Program – March 19, 2018
The Program – March 19-20, 2018
David RobertsDistinguished Faculty
Singularity University, US
Efosa OjomoResearch Fellow
Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, US
Amin ToufaniDirector of Strategy
Singularity University, US
Ramez NaamTechnologist, Angel Investor, and Author
Andre WegnerFaculty Chair, Digital Manufacturing
Singularity University, US
Dr Daniel KraftFaculty Chair, Medicine & Neuroscience
Singularity University, US
‘The Future Is Now’ is designed for…
- Innovation and industry professionals interested in disruptive technologies
- Researchers, scientists and academics interested in understanding recent trends in technology disruption of industries
- Decision-makers and policy-makers within corporations and governments who need to understand the future of innovation
- Member of the non-profit sector and professionals who want to positively impact the lives of as many people as possible
- Teachers and principals in primary and secondary schools who are shaping children for a future that looks nothing like the past
- University students who are interested in technologies and are about to make decisions about their future career
About 20 startup companies will, alongside ARC’18 exhibitors, showcase their products representing the best exponential ideas on an array of themes: Future of Energy, Future of Health, Future of Money, Future of Manufacturing, Future of Cities/Mobility, Future of Robots, Future of AI, Future of Space, Future of Food/Farming, and Future of Us. These startups will also have the chance to pitch their projects live to ARC’18 attendees on the day.
Mikko is the Founder/CEO of Ayannah, an award-winning fintech start up providing affordable and accessible digital financial services to the world's emerging middle class. Prior to this, Mikko was part of the founding team of Chikka, a mobile instant messaging start up where he helped in expanding to China, India, Japan and the US prior to Chikka's acquisition by PLDT (NYSE: PHI). Prior to this, he worked as a private equity investment manager in Singapore and an investment banker at JP Morgan in San Francisco. Having begun his career as a community organizer helping build social enterprises in rural Philippines, he remains actively involved in initiatives that support social entrepreneurship and sustainable development. Mikko holds a BSc in Management (with Honors) and a BA in Development Studies (with Honors & Award for Excellence) from the Ateneo de Manila University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Pioneering. Affordable. Healthy.
With a simple and robust new technology, Folia Water can provide safe drinking water for billions at the cost of less than a penny a day.
Folia Water has created the world's first consumer goods water filter: Folia Filters™. Our global vision is to reach the 1.8 billion people who consume microbiologically contaminated drinking water as well as the 2 billion people who pay the poverty penalty: overpaying in time, energy, or money to obtain safe drinking water. Lack of clean water is catastrophic for public health: diarrheal illnesses kill more than 500,000 children a year.
Health For Development
H4D is a French telemedicine society, created in 2008 by Dr. Franck Baudino, MD.
Drawing on 10 years of experience in telemedicine and the implementation of medical projects, H4D has developed a unique and comprehensive solution designed to meet new challenges in healthcare, the Consult Station.
A patented and certified Class II Medical Device, the Consult Station is a unique proprietary technology that allows the physician to conduct medical consultations remotely. The diversity of measurement instruments on hand in the booth and the dialogue taking place via video conference makes it possible for the physician to provide a reliable and risk-free diagnostic. The Global Telemedicine Solution proposed by H4D assumes responsibility for all aspects needed to implement an efficient medical practice in compliance with the highest ethical and professional standards (an array of well-trained doctors, a custom technical solution, an assembly of medical resources.)
mClinica is a leading mobile public health technology social enterprise in South East Asia. We are focused on solving the region’s greatest healthcare concerns. mClinica specializes in strengthening pharmacies, the pharmaceutical supply chain, and public health. Our team includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and technologists who are experts in public health and data science. Founded in 2012, mClinica now operates across six (6) countries, including, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Thailand.
Led by Artificial Intelligence (``AI``) and robotic technologies, Geek+ provides one-stop robotic solutions to enhance efficiency for users in the logistics field and warehouse management. Largely perfecting the warehouse’s storage and simplifying steps in order fulfillment, the techniques also bring a labor-free environment in terms of efficient parcel consolidation, effective inventory’s system, accurate correlation of SKUs and optimized management of robots.
With over 50 successful cases and 3000+ units of robots working in some well-known enterprises’ warehouses. Geek+ has already been a leading provider in warehousing and logistic automation solution. In April 2015, Geek+ received USD 1.5 million in Series A financing and raised USD 60 million in Series B in July 2017.
Geek+ is awarded Top 15 of China’s innovation enterprises by Fortune Magazine
To learn more about Geek+ robotics, visit www.geekplusrobotics.com
Solactron’s key value proposition is to manufacture low cost, high efficiency solar photovoltaic panels using thin-film CIGS (CuInGaSe2) technology and a revolutionary manufacturing/production process that reduces cycle time to 10 minutes and uses no toxic gases. We call this process “CIGS 2.0” and it is protected by 6 patents (3 issued and 3 pending). The intended use is in industrial and utility grade energy generation projects. The process drastically reduces the cost of PV solutions to the end-user and improves the efficiency of the system compared to existing solutions. Solactron will be positioned to become a leading provider in the world-wide multi-trillion-dollar energy-generation market.
Waste For Mobile Energy
Waste4ME is a company that wants to make its social contribution by looking at the waste problem in a rational way. In the current world, the waste is towed over large distances or locally deposited. The valuable materials are waiting to be utilised. For example, at an island extracting energy from non-reusable flows, high removal costs or rising energy prices are avoided. At the same time expensive metals or other minerals can often be recovered from the ashes. The circular economy thus comes a step closer based on healthy economic principles and without denying the economic reality built up over the past century.
Waste4ME has proven technology, WER, available for filling in this opportunity. Waste4ME is attracting investment to let clients take a test drive.
Waste4ME BV is the resulting company of the 7-year investment of Toeps, Quantum Solutions, Wochca and accompanying partners for developing decentralised waste to energy technology. At this moment the product, the WER, is certified, proven in operation and ready to have client’s business cases verified on their own waste. The Dutch Ministry of Defence has for 5 years been supporting and partially financing the development.
Founded in 2015 and based in Silicon Valley, CA, OhmniLabs is re-imagining personal robotics. The co-founders, Jared Go, Tingxi Tan and serial entrepreneur Thuc Vu, are robotics experts from Carnegie Mellon and Stanford who believe that personal consumer robots can make a positive impact on people’s everyday lives. They have extensive experience in AI, machine learning, multi-agent systems, industrial design, mechanical & electrical engineering and cloud infrastructure. For more information, please visit https://ohmnilabs.com
Infostellar is a space communications technology company developing the world’s only cloud-based satellite antenna sharing platform: StellarStation. By lowering costs and increasing transmission time, Infostellar empowers satellite operators to improve the quality of their service and expand potential business. Founded in 2016, Infostellar is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit https://www.infostellar.net/.
An environmental champion, AeroFarms® is leading the way to address the challenges associated with industrial agriculture and food security concerns by building, owning, and operating indoor vertical farms that grow safe, healthy, and flavorful food in a sustainable and socially responsible way. Setting a new standard for totally protected agriculture from seed to package, AeroFarms is fundamentally transforming agriculture by disintermediating the supply chain and bringing commercial farming to the consumer. Using 95% less water and a fraction of the land and resources, the company’s farms can generate yields 390x higher per square foot annually compared to conventional field farming. Since 2004, AeroFarms has built 9 farms, including the world’s largest vertical farm, and aims to construct farms in major cities around the world to meet demand.
1366 Technologies aims to make solar energy the cheapest form of power the world has ever known. The Company’s Direct Wafer® technology replaces a decades-old solar manufacturing process to make a superior class of silicon wafers, the building blocks of solar panels, at a fraction of today’s cost. These wafers deliver high performance and an unbeatable cost advantage to cell and module manufacturers that seek innovative products without having to make significant investments in new equipment and processes. The company is widely considered one of the most innovative in energy and has been recognized as a CERAWeek IHS Markit Energy Technology Pioneer; a Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer; and one of MIT Technology Review’s “50 Smartest Companies in the World.”
Gilmour Space Technologies
Adam Gilmour is the CEO & Founder of Gilmour Space Technologies, a new space
company that is pioneering low-cost rocket development and launch in Australia
Gilmour Space began its rocket program in 2015 with a team of just three engineers,
and within 18 months successfully test launched the first privately developed hybrid
rocket using proprietary 3D printed fuel.
With AUD 5 million (USD 3.8 million) in Series A funding led by Sydney-based
Blackbird Ventures, and R&D grants in Singapore, Gilmour Space plans to launch its
first commercial suborbital sounding rocket in 2019, and its orbital vehicle in 2020.
Before starting his career in space, Adam spent two decades at Citigroup, managing
a US$1.2 billion regional sales business dealing in complex financial products for
institutional and corporate clients. An avid space fan with a deep knowledge of
space propulsion systems, his inspiration for change came when Scaled Composites
won the 2004 X-Prize with SpaceShipOne (demonstrating just how affordable
spaceflight could be).
Today, he is leading a growing team of talented engineers on a mission to develop
and deliver truly low-cost access to space.
Avidbots Corp. vision is to bring robots to everyday life to expand human potential. Its first product is the NEO self-driving floor scrubber, which is widely deployed and trusted by the world’s leading facilities and building service contractors. The Avidbots Neo is currently deployed on 4 continents, servicing some of the world’s leading shopping malls, airports, education facilities, healthcare centers, manufacturing sites, and other commercial spaces where it provides increased productivity, cost reduction, and enhanced cleaning service. As a 100% vertically integrated company headquartered in a 40,000 sq ft operations facility in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, Avidbots offers comprehensive service and support to customers in Canada, the U.S.A., France, Norway, UAE, Singapore, Japan and Australia. For more information, visit www.avidbots.com.
Building Better Communities with Data. UrbanLogiq is a Vancouver-based technology Startup that uses machine learning analytics to unlock the value of data trapped in government silos to make urban planning faster, cheaper and more efficient.
Viome offers wellness as a service. Viome’s state-of-the-art proprietary technologies offer unprecedented visibility into the ecosystem of our body to create a unique molecular profile. We identify and quantify all the microorganism in the gut but more importantly, we analyze what they are actually doing.
We apply machine learning to this analysis and make personalized nutritional recommendations to balance the biochemistry and ecosystem inside us.
About Singularity University
Singularity University is a global community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Its learning and innovation platform empowers individuals and organizations with the mindset, skillset, and network to build breakthrough solutions that leverage emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. With a community of entrepreneurs, corporations, development organizations, governments, investors, and academic institutions, it has the necessary ingredients to create a more abundant future for all.
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