Welcome Reception for Enhanced Participants
featuring Alex “Sandy” Pentland
Monday, May 9th at 6:30 PM

Day 1: Tuesday, May 10th


Morning Activities: Yoga, Meditation & Running

7 AM - 7:45 AM


8:30 AM

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Will Weisman

Executive Director, Conferences, Singularity University

Will Weisman will open the conference and welcome attendees to the first-ever Exponential Manufacturing.

Abundance in the Exponential Industrial Era

8:45 AM

Peter Diamandis MD

Co-Founder, Singularity University & CEO, XPrize

An introduction to Exponentials.

Exponentials: Machine Learning & AI

9:20 AM

Neil Jacobstein

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

Neil Jacobstein Co-chairs the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University on the NASA Research Park campus in Mountain View California. He served as President of Singularity University from October 2010 to October 2011. Jacobstein is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Stanford University Media X Program, where his research focuses on augmented decision systems. He Chaired AAAI’s 17th Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference, and continues to review technical papers on the IAAI Technical Program Committee.

Exponentials: Robotics

9:40 AM

Hod Lipson

Professor of Engineering, Columbia University & Author

Hod Lipson is a professor of engineering at Columbia University in New York, and a co-author of the award winning book “Fabricated The New World of 3D printing.” His work on self-aware and self-replicating robots, food printing, and bio-printing has received widespread media coverage including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, and NPR. Lipson has co-authored over 200 papers and speaks frequently at high-profile venues such as TED and the National Academies. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative.

Exponentials: Smart Networks & IOT

10:00 AM

Brad Templeton

Director of the EFF, Founder of ClariNet

Brad Templeton will dive into the Internet's lessons for exponential revolution, why every company has to be a software company, the explosion of networking and how telepresence and AR will touch manufacturing, the Internet of Things - hype and reality, and the coming revolution in cars.

Innovation Lab

10:30 AM

Exponentials: Big Data

11:05 AM

Cack Wilhelm

Principle, Scale Venture Partners

As manufacturing systems and products become smarter, big data is getting even bigger. How should manufacturers think about the explosion of information being generated from the shop floor, the supply chain - and even the products themselves?

Exponentials: Energy (Distributed & Smart)

11:25 AM

Ramez Naam

Energy & Environmental Systems Faculty, Singularity University

Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams developing early versions of Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, and the Bing search engine. His career has focused on bringing advanced collaboration, communication, and information retrieval capabilities to roughly one billion people around the world, and took him to the role of Partner and Director of Program Management within Microsoft, with deep experience leading teams working on cutting edge technologies such as machine learning, search, massive scale services, and artificial intelligence.

Hacking Atoms: The Future of Additive Manufacturing

11:45 AM

Andre Wegner

Founder and CEO, Authentis

Andre is a frequent speaker on emerging intellectual property issues in 3D Printing and opportunities of distributed manufacturing at events such as Singularity University, Rapid, Designer of Things, Inside 3D Printing, 3D Print Show, Pacific Crest & WIRED. He has been quoted in publications such as BBC News, MIT Tech Review, Chicago Tribune, and Bloomberg. He is an expert in greenfield value chain creation, leading the development of a $300m low income gas distribution business for West Africa’s leading Oil and Gas company.

Exponential Q&A with Will Weisman & Presenters

12:05 PM

Featuring: Will Weisman

Executive Director, Conferences, Singularity University

Will Weisman leads a question and answer session with audience and presenters.


12:25 PM

Exponential Breakout Sessions

1:55 PM

The Big Shift: Then, Now and Tomorrow

3:20 PM

John Hagel

Co-Chairman, Deloitte's Center for the Edge

Our global economy is rapidly shifting to a new set of rules, and industries are being fundamentally reshaped. Few arenas are as affected as manufacturing, which is re-inventing everything from the ways that products are envisioned, to the ways they are delivered. What does this Big Shift mean for manufacturing in the future?

Data Analytics

3:50 PM

Steve Gold

Principal, Deloitte Consulting of Enterprise Science

Steven Gold is a Principal with Deloitte Consulting where he leads the Enterprise Science practice. He brings expertise in operational improvement, growth strategies and leading predictive analytic solutions across multi-national manufacturers, distributors and logistics providers.

Visions from the Near Future

4:20 PM

Brinkley Warren

Co-founder, MegaBots

How Sports Entertainment Will Drive Robotics R&D.

Exponential Thinking: Preparing for a Brave New World

4:35 PM

David Roberts

Business and Technology Disruption Expert

David Roberts is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on disruptive innovation and exponentially advancing technology. His passion is to help transform the lives of a billion suffering people in the world through disruptive innovation. David served as Vice President of Singularity University and two-time Director (and alum) of the Graduate Studies Program. He is an award winning CEO and serial entrepreneur, and has started ventures backed with over $100 million of investment from Kleiner Perkins, Vinod Khosla, Cisco, Oracle, Accenture, In-Q-Tel, and others.




7:30 PM

Fireside Chats (Enhanced Only)
7:30 PM

Day 2: Wednesday, May 11th


Morning Activities: Yoga, Meditation & Running

7 AM - 7:45 AM

Welcome Back & Overview of Day 2

8:30 AM

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Will Weisman

Executive Director, Conferences, Singularity University

Will Weisman will open the conference and welcome attendees to day 2 of Exponential Manufacturing.

Becoming an Exponential Manufacturer

8:35 AM

Salim Ismail

Global Ambassador for SU & Former Executive at Yahoo

Salim Ismail is a sought-after speaker, strategist, and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He travels extensively to speak on topics including breakthrough technologies and their impact on a variety of industries.

Bringing “Change in a Day” to our Factory Floors

9:00 AM

Christine Furstoss

Vice President and Technical Director, Manufacturing & Materials Technologies- GE Global Research

With the emergence of 3D printing and digital manufacturing, the speed at which we can design and re-design new products is unprecedented. The game now is matching the speed of designers with the speed of engineers and workers on the factory floors. As part of GE’s Brilliant Factory initiative, Christine is leading a global team of 600+ manufacturing engineers to integrate new digital tools that deliver greater speed and efficiency to the manufacture of new products. During her talk, Christine will discuss the impact of the digital industrial revolution on manufacturing. The convergence of physical and digital is bringing dramatic advancements in GE’s manufacturing operations.

Supply Chain Innovation: The Silent Exponential

9:25 AM

John Jordan

Clinical Professor of Supply Chain & Information Systems, Penn State

John M. Jordan is a clinical professor of the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems at Penn State Smeal. John has been a member of the Smeal College of Business faculty since 2005. John previously worked for firms such as Capgemini and CSC Consulting. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Spurring Global Innovation (Panel)

9:45 AM

Moderator: Deborah Wince-Smith

President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness

And Panel Participants:



The Future of Collaborative Production

10:45 AM

Dale Dougherty

Founder & CEO, Maker Media

The Maker Movement is already a global phenomenon. But beyond individual makers, people are beginning to informally work together to create and share designs, tools and business models. We're already seeing examples of organizations facilitating collaboration to support research and product development, as well as physical distribution. But collaboration is about more than just production: It's about capacity building and community building. Come hear from the founder of the Maker Movement about the next generation of Making.

Garage of the Future

11:05 AM

Danielle Applestone

CEO and Co-Founder, Other Machine Co.

These are the tools that can pave the way from Maker to Pro.
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The Power of Grassroots Innovation (Panel)

11:20 AM

Moderator: Danielle Applestone

CEO and Co-Founder, Other Machine Co.

How do we help DIY tinkerers and craft-makers become part of a worldwide
movement – and what does it mean for exponential manufacturing?

And Panel Participants:

How Makers are Transforming Manufacturing

11:40 AM

Kevin Nolan

CTO, GE Appliances

Manufacturing is no longer simply about making physical products. Changes in consumer demand, the nature of products, the economics of production and distribution have led to a fundamental shift in the way companies do business. As technology continues to advance exponentially, barriers to entry, commercialization, and learning are eroding. Boundaries are blurring between manufacturing and technology on one hand and manufacturing and retail on the other.

Your Exponential Tomorrow: A Visit From the Future

12:00 PM

Audience Q&A

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.


12:40 PM

Exponential Breakout Sessions

2:10 PM

Welcome Back

3:25 PM

Salim Ismail

Global Ambassador for SU & Former Executive at Yahoo

Salim Ismail welcomes everyone back from lunch and the exponential breakouts.

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

3:30 PM

Marcus Shingles

Chief Executive Officer, XPRIZE Foundation

How does energy of crowds change manufacturing?

What’s the Future of Employment?

3:50 PM

Jennifer McNelly

Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute

We've all heard about the possibility of robots and software eating our jobs. Is Manufacturing the "canary in the coal mine" for this massive shift toward the automation of jobs? Or is it the other way around - will the lack of trained workers mean that manufacturers will need to devise new ways to cope with a shortage of skills?

Strategic Relations & SU

4:10 PM

Amin Toufani

Director of Strategy at Singularity University

Amin is the Director of Strategy at Singularity University. He brings a unique set of technological, entrepreneurial and policy perspectives to the dialogue of innovation on campus.

Extra-Terrestrial Manufacturing

4:35 PM

Jason Dunn

Co-Founder & CTO, Made In Space, Inc.

How the next industrial revolution paradigm will be the transition from terrestrial based manufacturing to space based manufacturing and how by doing this we can transform the world we live in and produce goods never before possible.

Wrap up remarks

5:00 PM

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Will Weisman

Executive Director, Conferences, Singularity University

Will Weisman will provide closing remarks on Exponential Manufacturing.

Closing Keynote

5:10 PM

Salim Ismail

Global Ambassador for SU & Former Executive at Yahoo

Salim Ismail will provide the final presentation for Exponential Manufacturing 2016.

Closing Party

5:30 PM