2016 Program

Welcome Reception for Enhanced Participants
Monday, June 6th at 6:30 PM

Day 1: Tuesday, June 7th


Welcome, Introduction & Understanding Exponentials

Will Weisman

Executive Director, Conferences, Singularity University

As we kickoff Exponential Finance, Executive Director, Will Weisman lays the foundation for our exploration of the emerging technologies shaping the financial services industry.

Exponentials & Financial Services: What Does Money Want?

Bob Pisani

CNBC "On-Air Stocks" Editor

How are the exponentials likely to affect the money business – and be affected by it? Pisani will help us understand the major themes of the conference (Blockchain, AI, Machine Learning, etc.) and how they are and will impact the future of financial services.

Exponentials: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Big Data

Neil Jacobstein

AI & Robotics Co-Chair at SU, Former CEO of Teknowledge Corporation

Join Jacobstein as he explores how machine learning and data analytics are revolutionising credit, risk and fraud, and changing the overall financial services landscape.

Exponentials: Quantum Computing

Marcos López de Prado

Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners

What is Quantum Computing, and how could it potentially change the landscape for computing in finance?


Exponentials: Energy / Smart Networks

Ramez Naam

Energy & Environmental Systems Faculty, Singularity University

Is unlimited, cheap solar & fusion power really just around the corner? How will this change our world and present new Investment opportunities? Which industries will get disrupted? Join Ramez Naam as he dives into the dramatic changes taking place in the energy sector.

Exponentials: Robotics

Rob Nail

Associate Founder & CEO, Singularity University

As robots invade our traditional workforce, what happens to our economy?
Singularity University CEO and robotics expert Rob Nail will present on how the rise of robots will impact a wide range of industries and traditional jobs.
The accelerating use of robotics will spark unthinkable labor efficiencies over the next ten years. The result? Record profits for some, and complete disruption for others.
Robotics will trigger massive transformations in transportation, medicine, agriculture, and many other industries. Trillions of dollars of market value will shift as the global economy reconfigures itself.
Join Nail as he explores how robots will force this fundamental shift in the way we think of labor in the oncoming roboticized economy.

Q & A With Presenters

Will Weisman and this Morning’s Presenters

Executive Director, Conferences, Singularity University

For this session we’ll gather all the morning’s speakers on stage and give the audience members an opportunity to ask questions.

An Interview with Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil

Director of Engineering at Google, Co-founder & Chancellor of SU

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions.
Called the restless genius by The Wall Street Journal and the ultimate thinking machine by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine, which described him as the rightful heir to Thomas Edison. PBS selected him as one of the sixteen revolutionaries who made America.
Settle in for a chat with the fascinating Ray Kurzweil, one the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists, and CNBC’s world renowned Bob Pisani.


Exponential Breakout Sessions

Exponentials: Transportation

Brad Templeton

Director of the EFF, Founder of ClariNet

The exponential disruptions have all come as an industry gets digitized and connected. Learn the core lessons from the foundational revolutions in computers and networking and the latest hot technologies, including global networks, connected devices and augmented reality.

The Death of Products: When Everything Becomes a Service

Marco Annunziata

Chief Economist & Executive Director of Global Market Insight, General Electric Company

What if you couldn’t buy products any more – but you could rent an outcome as a service? How would our economy change?

Building an Exponential Institution

Catherine P. Bessant

Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Bank of America

At the Exponential Finance 2016 Conference we will hear much about “Exponential Technology” and becoming an “Exponential Organization” – an entity that is built on the premise of abundance offered by technology and the ability to scale at unimaginable speed and with an unrecognizable cost structure. But what does this mean for a business that is already at significant scale and a massive user of technology? We are privileged to have Cathy Bessant (Chief Operations and Technology Officer at Bank of America) on stage with Thomas Jankovich (Innovation Leader for Financial Services at Deloitte) for a fireside chat about becoming an Exponential Institution in an era of innovation and disruption.

Interviewed By:

Closing Session, Day 1: Connecting the Dots

David Roberts

Award Winning CEO , Serial entrepreneur

Leadership, decision making and performance in a world of technology disruption, exponential change and global problems.



(Enhanced Only)

Day 2: Wednesday, June 8th


Welcome Back

Will Weisman

Executive Director at Singularity University

Welcome & Announcements

Salim Ismail

Global Ambassador for SU, Former Executive at Yahoo

Block Chain

Brian Forde

Director of Digital Currency, MIT Media Lab

You know Bitcoin. But you may not know that the fundamental technology behind it –the blockchain–allows the secure transfer of any digital asset to anyone in the world without the need for a central authority. The implications are staggering. MIT’s Brian Forde will share his insights into the rapid transformations that are being driven by the blockchain and how this technology has the potential to change the financial services industry as we know it.

Moving Money: The Future of Digital Transactions- Panel

Featuring: Bill Barhydt

Founder/CEO, Abra; Chairman, Boom Financial

How will Bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology impact the future of banking and financial services? Is there a future for Bitcoin as a currency or is all of the hype around blockchain technology without bitcoin warranted?


Building A Bank For The Future- Panel

Catheryne Nicholson

CEO and Co-founder, BlockCypher

Banking is at a cross roads and executives are faced with some very important choices in terms of how they digitally transform to improve ROE’s and get back to growth. Do they continue with experiments, do they renovate existing platforms or do they build something entirely new based on exponential technology?

This panel brings together a global banking executive, a chief architect and exponential technology co-founder who have done all of the above albeit in a market outside of the USA. Core to this discussion will be the mindset support of business leaders, the critical design principles required for “build” success, and the catalytic potential of a technology like Blockchain.



Exponential Security

Marc Goodman

Founder, Future Crimes Institute & Chair of Policy, Law & Ethics at SU

Marc Goodman is an expert on the next-generation security threats such as cyber crime, cyber terrorism and information warfare. His recent research includes the security implications of exponential technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, the social data revolution, synthetic biology, virtual worlds, genomics, ubiquitous computing, and location-based services.

The author of Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It will dive deep into the digital underground to expose how criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies and how you can defend your company accordingly.

Realizing the value of FinTech: A panel discussion with BlackRock and LearnVest

Moderator: Amelia Dunlop

Principal, Deloitte Doblin

There has been a sharp rise in investment by financial institutions in internal Innovation Labs, Accelerators, and other tools for finding potential fintech partners. When these tools succeed, acquisitions, joint ventures, and other partnering relationships emerge. Building a relationship that realizes the full value of the entrepreneurial spirit of the start-up and the scale of the institution brings a new set of questions and challenges. Join Amelia Dunlop, Principal in Doblin, Deloitte Consulting’s innovation practice for a panel discussion with BlackRock Head of Innovation globally in Strategic Product Management, Lena Mass-Cresnik and LearnVest CEO, Alexa von Tobel.


Disruptor Demo

Jane Barratt

Founder & CEO, GoldBean

Quantified self for next generation investing.

WEF - Future of Financial Services (Are We Thinking Big Enough)

Jesse McWaters

Project Lead – Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services, World Economic Forum

The exponential curve of technological development is driving rapid and disruptive changes within financial services, reshaping the way in which financial products and services are designed, structured, provisioned and consumed. Over the past two years the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Deloitte, has conducted an in-depth exploration of the wave of new fintech entrants to financial services and its potential impact on the structure of the financial system. Drawing on hundreds of expert interviews, top-level discussions at the World Economic Forum’s Annual meeting in Davos, and a series of workshops with incumbents and new entrants, this presentation will explore cross-cutting features of fintech innovation, narratives for the future of the industry, and strategies for success in a rapidly changing business environment.

WEF – Future of Financial Services Breakout Sessions

Becoming an Exponential Financial Services Organization

Salim Ismail

Global Ambassador for SU, Former Executive at Yahoo

Drawing on research from his award-winning book, Ismail will show how companies can use disruptive technologies to streamline operations and dramatically outperform competitors.
These innovations – like big data, algorithms, and crowdsourcing – can work for businesses of any size and at any stage. And the organizations that don’t exploit them will be left behind.
A sought-after strategist and entrepreneur, Ismail founded Singularity University and now serves at its global ambassador. Prior to that, he headed Brickhouse, Yahoo’s idea incubator.

Uber yourself before you get Kodaked – Crowdsourcing and the Sharing Economy

Marcus Shingles

Chief Executive Officer, XPRIZE Foundation

Today, technology makes crowdsourcing possible on an industrial scale, with potentially disruptive impacts on how organizations (public and private) should start to consider future of jobs, the nature of labor/work, and implications to the traditional notion of a “career path”.

Enterprise adoption of the power of the crowd allows specialized skills to be dynamically sourced from anyone, anywhere, and only as needed. Companies can use the collective knowledge of the masses to help with tasks from data entry and coding to advanced analytics and product development. The potential for disruptive impact on cost alone likely makes early experimentation worthwhile, but there are also broader implications for innovation in the enterprise. This discussion will break-down what are the characteristics of a successful crowd-sourcing model (i.e., what motivates the crowd to engage), the strategic implications, as well as many proven case studies from the most progressive and disruptive models. When combined with “The Sharing Economy” and “Excess Capacity”, a trifecta for disruption is created that has been proven by Uber, AirBnB, and others. The democratization of these capabilities enables an army of entrepreneurs to use these models to enter into long and well-established industries, thus larger established organizations should consider strategies for “Uber yourself before you get Kodak’ed”.

The Singularity University Global Network

Amin Toufani

Director of Strategy at Singularity University

Exponential technologies have profound effects on how economies function. Exponential Economics – or Exonomics – is the study of this emerging new world and its implications for individuals, businesses and governments. The talk covers unifying themes among disruptive trends in business strategy, finance and risk management.

Managing Exponential Risk: Rethinking Insurance

Daniel Schreiber

CEO & Co-Founder, Lemonade

Why peer-to-peer technology and behavioral economics can transform insurance.

Wrapup & Going Forward

Will Weisman

Executive Director at Singularity University