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SingularityU Canada Summit 2019 - Wrap Report


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The 2019 SingularityU Canada Summit is devoted to reinforcing Canada’s global role as a key technological innovator. Gain a deeper understanding of how exponential technology will benefit nearly every aspect of our daily lives.

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SingularityU Canada Summit 2019 - Wrap Report

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  2. 2. In April 2019, more than 8000 Canadians came together in-person in Edmonton and at 61 satellite events across Canada to share in the second SingularityU Canada Summit. Hosting the Summit in Alberta catalysed the community in a dynamic new ecosystem and allowed us to bring so many more people into this important conversation. From the 1000 students and 1100 senior executives who joined us on-site to the 6000 innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers who joined at innovation hubs across the country - the SingularityU Canada community came together to explore and ask questions about our (possible) future. As we engaged with more than 40 of the world’s leading experts in AI, Robotics, Biotech, Energy, Blockchain, Governance, Organizational Design and more, we learned that how quickly technology will change our future (so much that we frequently find ourselves surprised by the rate of change). Similarly, we discovered how quickly our own small idea can grow beyond what we originally expected. This is why we came together. This is what the Summit is about. Convening uncommon partners and providing the content, inspiration, and space to discover some of the biggest ideas about the future. None of this would have been possible without the vision and support from ATB and Epcor who were an integral part of this co-creation and helped make this idea a reality. Together with Deloitte, EEDC, KPMG, Suncor, and Telus who joined as well, we were able to bring many academic institutions and local and national partners from across all sectors. Truly a group of uncommon partners who together brought this conversation to life and allowed us to welcome all of you to the SingularityU Canada Family. Oren Oren Berkovich CEO, SingularityU Canada Welcome to the SingularityU Canada Community 2
  3. 3. Table of Contents Who We Are 6 By The Numbers 7 Highlight Video 8 Satellite Events 10 The Summit 16 The Forum 23 The Lab 27 The Youth Stage 30 SU After Dark 32 Press 37 Social Media 38 What People Are Saying 40 Presentations 47 Media 86 3
  4. 4. SingularityU Canada 4
  5. 5. Our Purpose To improve the future of Canada, and the world, by inspiring and enabling Canadians to take on the BIG ideas that address humanity’s greatest challenges 5
  6. 6. Singularity University (SU) was co-founded in 2008 at the NASA Research Park in Mountain View, California. We are not a “traditional academic university,” but rather a think-tank and an ecosystem of world-renowned technology experts, social entrepreneurs and leading futurists. We help inform, inspire and transform individuals and organisations to create a more abundant future and shape our collective future. SingularityU Canada is a Canadian not-for-profit that was founded in 2017 together with a group of Founding Members in an effort to bring more Canadians to this strategic conversation. Today, SingularityU Canada continues the Founding Members’ vision to bring more Canadians to this strategic conversation. Who We Are 6
  7. 7. 2019 April 23 & 24 Edmonton Alberta By the Numbers 1100 Attendees 1000 Students 61 Satellite and Livestream Events 30 Community Partners +6000 Participants Across Canada 23 Partners Founding Members 18 Cities Hosted Local Events +103 Million Social Media Impressions 50 Media Stories +2.5 Million Media Impressions +34 Lives Saved Gender Ratio on Stage: 50:50 Gender Ratio in Audience Male: 65 Female: 35 7
  8. 8. Watch the Highlights Video 8
  9. 9. 50/50 Men & Women On Stage 4 Stages +40 Speakers and Performers 9
  10. 10. 31 Community Partners +6000 Participants 61 Satellite and Live-Stream Events 10
  11. 11. Who Is In the Room 11
  12. 12. Who Is In the Room 12
  13. 13. Thank You to Our Partners The SingularityU Canada Summit would not be possible without the incredible partnership and leadership of a diverse group of strategic partners who teamed up to bring the SU mindset to more people 13
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  15. 15. Camille Weleschuk VP Comms & Strategic partnerships ATB Stuart Lee President & CEO EPCOR Martin Kennedy Public & Government Affairs EPCOR Cheryll Watson Vice President EEDC Paul Craig Strategy Transformation Lead Suncor Munir Patel Partner, Risk Advisory Deloitte Canada 15 BIG THANK YOU to the SingularityU Canada Summit – Advisory Board Ryan Vestby CEO Compuvision Joan Hertz Vice President & Corporate Counsel NorQuest Reg Joseph CEO Edmonton Heath City Bill WhiteLaw President & CEO JWN Energy Warren Johnston  Director Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) Shane Sabatino President, TELUS Employer Solutions VP, TELUS Health, Public Sector 15
  16. 16. The Summit 16
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  18. 18. 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast and Registration Opening 9:00am - 10:30am Opening Performance Toshi Anders Hoo & Daniel Berkman Welcome to SingularityU Canada Summit Oren Berkovich Exponential Canada Shawn Kanungo Exponential Mindset interactive session Lisa Solomon & Jeffrey Rogers 10:30am - 11:00am Break Prosperity 11:00am - 12:30am Learning About Humans Through Robots Suzanne Gildert Moonshots in Education Dr. Taddy Blecher Feeding the Future Dr. Irwin Adam 12:30pm - 2:00pm Lunch Citizenship 2:00pm - 3:50pm Introduction to Citizenship Mayor Don Iveson Blockchain & the Future of Decentralized Societies Anne Connelly Digitally Gated Communities Neil Desai Governance in an exponential age David Bray Who Owns Power? (Panel Conversation) David, Neil, Anne, Mayor Don Iveson 3:50pm - 4:30pm Break Our Inclusive Future 4:30pm - 6:00pm Mobility Reimagined Nick Dechev, Tilly Lockey & Lisa Solomon Technology and Reconciliation Gabrielle Scrimshaw Augmented Inclusion Jody Medich Seeing Opportunities in Toilets Jack Sim 6:30pm - Late SU After Dark Day 1 | April 23 18
  19. 19. Day 2 | April 24 19
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  23. 23. The Forum Stage 23
  24. 24. The Innovator’s Mindset 11:00am - 12:30am Creating an Innovator's Mindset Shawn Kanungo Driving Innovation - From ideas to execution Cynthia Goh Thing From the Future - Interactive workshop for teams Nick Kindler 12:30pm - 2:00pm Lunch Hacking Healthcare 2:00pm - 3:50pm What's Your Gut Feeling? - Using microbiome as Your Secret Tool Dr. Tiffany Vora Moonshot Ideas in Health + Demo Dr. Sonny Kohli Biology & Ethics Dr. Divya Chander FORUM STAGE Day 1 | April 23 24
  25. 25. Robots & Society 11:00 AM – 12:30 AM Why Self Driving Cars Won't Save The World Ryan Gariepy Synth and Biology - Which Will Be Our Future? Suzanne Gildert, Anupra Chandran Robots & Society - How is that going to work? Ryan, Suzanne, Jody Medich 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Becoming an Exponential Leader 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM Being an Exponential Thought Leader Denise Brosseau Your radical toolbox for an exponential future Pascal Finette FORUM STAGE Day 2 | April 24 25
  26. 26. The Forum Space for exploration, discussion, and hands on application of the ideas and technologies set out on the main stage. A dozen presenters, more than 600 attendees, 1 synth, and a lot of hands on learning led to two transformative days. 26
  27. 27. The Lab 27
  28. 28. A curated group of 16 technology companies gave the audience an opportunity to experiment with the cutting-edge technologies that are changing the way we live and work Getting Hands On 28
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  30. 30. The Youth Stage 30
  31. 31. Youth Stage Presented by EPCOR - 1000 young people were invited to a curated youth stage with SU speakers, demonstrations, a youth lab, and the opportunity to transform their energy into lifesaving Mana Nutrition packs. 31
  32. 32. SU After Dark 32
  33. 33. Hosted at the Historic Rossdale Power Plant 1 Unforgettable Night +15 Uncommon Performers and Speakers Click to Play Click to Play 33
  34. 34. SU After Dark 34
  35. 35. The Experience 35
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  37. 37. 50 Media Stories Press Over 2.5 million Impressions 37
  38. 38. Social Media Over 103 million social impressions Trending to #2 In Canada 38
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  40. 40. Chantell Ghosh Executive Director, Citadel Theatre & Academy Ryan Vestby CEO, CompuVision SingularityU is ground zero when it comes to learning about the future.  To have this caliber of content in my hometown talking about where humanity and technology intersect, is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  I wasn’t going to miss it. As a leader working in the arts and business I know we need to transform how we think and speak about our economy, our community and how we are preparing for the future. Attending the Summit is a great way to expose myself to the ideas and people who are going to create a step change in the world, so I can be part of it, rather than an observer 40
  41. 41. Cheryll Watson VP, Innovate Edmonton Singularity translates for me into inspiration, focus, doing the impossible, reaching for the stars and proving that we can live longer, better and healthy lives and every obstacle can be overcome. The reason I attend is to remind me and inspire me into taking the next step in innovation and helping to change the world for the better. Ashif Mawji Rising Tide VC Innovation is the future of our economy. It’s time to expand our focus. We advocated for SingularityU to happen IN EDMONTON, a game-changer for our city. A summit that provides the opportunity for leaders from all sectors to connect and gain a deeper understanding of how exponential technology will benefit nearly every aspect of our daily lives. It’s one of 15 international SU Summits happening across the globe, putting Edmonton on the global stage. 41
  42. 42. Malcolm Bruce CEO, Edmonton Global As we have been working to transform ATB, we also recognize our role in supporting Alberta's technology ecosystem.  We are pleased to support the Singularity Summit to inspire Albertans to play an even bigger role in shaping the future of our world. Wellington Holbrook Chief Transformation Officer ATB Financial A very important mentor of mine once told me the importance of carving out what he called ‘intellectual space’.  An opportunity to think, not do. I am looking forward to the Summit in order to create some of that space. 42
  43. 43. Wendy Gnenz, Chief Information Officer, City of Edmonton Sam Pillar CEO & Co-founder, Jobber The City of Edmonton is a global leader in open data, open government and digital innovation due to its commitment to being a progressive and collaborative learning organization. As a Smart City, Edmonton continues to challenge the status quo in order to build an inclusive and digitally-enabled community. We have both the challenge and the chance in Alberta to build a more resilient economic future. Having the SingularityU Summit in Edmonton is a great opportunity to think about some of the ways we can do that. Looking forward to it 43
  44. 44. Shane Sabatino President, TELUS Employer Solutions VP, TELUS Health, Public Sector Ruth McHugh Chief Operating Officer | Office of the Auditor General of Alberta Using the power of technology to enhance experiences for Canadians is at the centre of everything we do at TELUS and TELUS Health. I’m looking forward to attending SingularityU to connect and grow with innovation leaders from across Canada and leverage our connecting healthcare capabilities. Here in Alberta, and around the globe, our future requires challenging the status quo. SU provides an unprecedented opportunity for a pan-Canadian exploration of our possible future, and how we can work together to tackle the global grand challenges of Health, Energy, Prosperity and Citizenship.  44
  45. 45. In 2017, a grassroots movement of Canadian SU alumni and a group of impact driven organisations came together to establish a non-profit educational institute aimed at bringing the transformative mindset of SU to more Canadians. Born of a Shared Vision for Canada 45
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  47. 47. Presentations 47
  48. 48. Video Link Welcome To SU Canada Summit Oren Berkovich The President and CEO of SingularityU Canada, Oren Berkovich, set the stage for the SU Canada 2019 summit. ● Everyone brought together by SingularityU Canada share similar characteristics; everyone recognizes that technology is changing exponentially fast, we are all becoming increasingly curious about the future, all feel compelled to be prepared, and feel responsible to be informed. ● While technology is evolving at a rapid speed, the thing that is exponential is really us. People with passionate ideas who realize that they do have the potential to put their work into motion are the ones creating real change. 48
  49. 49. Video Link Exponential Canada Shawn Kanungo Shawn Kanungo, an edmonton native, focused on how Edmonton and Canada is the future of innovation on a global scale, and why we need to begin to fundamentally change how we think about innovation. ● The lens on innovation can be linear and short sighted at times, and the talent crisis and economy can often act as barriers. Are we preparing our talent for the future? ● Leveraging the global ecosystem through automation, partnerships, freelancers, and social media allows an individual to act as a million dollar company. The future of business will no longer be a team of 80 plus employees. The individual is one of the most powerful entities, and Canada needs to work together towards contagious innovation. View Slides 49
  50. 50. Learning About Humans Through Robots Suzanne Gildert This session focused on breakthroughs that are enabling robotics and AI minds to become more and more indistinguishable from human intelligence. ● Dr. Suzanne Gildert is exploring if you can build machines that capture the life like essence and put it into robots. Her work at Sanctuary AI is creating synths, ultra human like robots, that are the same as us physically, cognitively, and emotionally. ● Creating and working with human like robots, in turn teaches us what makes us human. Are we able to capture this essence and then put it in robots? Exponential technologies are allowing robots to be made more human like than ever before. ● Accepting these technologies will take time, and the adjustment period will be rocky for both synths and humans. However, through robots we can directly learn and feel what it means to be human. View Slides 50
  51. 51. Moonshots In Education Dr. Taddy Blecher Taddy Blecher believes it's not just time to change our education system, but it's time to change education by creating a new system that capitalizes on technology and capability. ● The future of Canada will depend on the quality and innovation we bring into our education systems. The education system in Canada is content dominant, exam based, and is an industrial revolution based system from the 19th century that did not work then, and will not work now. ● Technology is changing the education system like never before through scalability and accessibility. ● We need to look at the entirety of a person when it comes to education, and technology gives us the capability to personalize each individual’s learning, which is truly the greatest gift we have from technology for education. View Slides 51
  52. 52. Feeding The Future Irwin Adam Eydelnant Food is at the epicenter of exponential technological transformation and being redefined by artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics, and synthetic biology. The dinner table is no longer just a place to eat, it is also a place where we are all making decisions on our collective future. ● Everything we eat has much larger implications on the global system. By the year 2050 we will need to feed ten billion people; three billion more than we are feeding today. The food we produce needs to be nutritious while also protecting the climate. ● Today we waste ⅓ of food produced on a global scale, and ½ of it in Canada alone. Agriculture contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at the same levels as energy and transportation. ● Food has become a nexus of all technology whether automation, synthetic biology, machine learning, or blockchain. View Slides 52
  53. 53. Introduction to Citizenship Mayor Don Iverson The role of Citizenship is changing in an exponential age. We all need to begin to be more adept at innovation. This is being called forth from all decision makers and leaders across all sectors. ● Today there is a need for old institutions and old methods of decision making to keep up with the disruptive change that is happening all around us. ● With this call to be more innovative, we need to develop a greater comfort with failure. Right now, we are hesitant to failure and if our citizen’s tolerance for failure is none, then we should expect the exact amount of risk taking that would come with that. ● We need to think about how more people can be a part of these unconventional conversations of disruption and technology to flourish as a community. 53
  54. 54. Decentralized Power Anne Connelly A look at how blockchain changes the way we structure our societies and what that means for corporations, governments, and humans as a species. ● Blockchain technology is now enabling decentralization to take place by disintermediating trust providers. It is now serving as a single source of trust, serving as the new centralized trust powers. ● Every time you have a transaction where your identity needs to be verified, the government sits in that transaction with government ID. Blockchain technology can allow individuals to attest to their own identities, rather than needing a government body. ● We no longer have to worry about government mismanagement as a means of fluction or inflation. ● 99% of the disruption that blockchain will cause is yet to come, which means that this is only the beginning of the exponential shift we will see due to blockchain. View Slides 54
  55. 55. Digitally Gated Communities Neil Desai Cybersecurity is often thought of as a white collar victimless crime, this couldn't be further from the truth. Crime and cyber crime is on the rise and shows us how business, government and individuals can work together to address this growing problem and how it’s possible to do business or to exist online safely. ● There has been a massive increase with crimes such as fraud, human trafficking, and online child sexual exploitation. ● Our law enforcement is being stopped in its tracks, as we are building up virtually impenetrable walls in the name of cyber security to the point that victims of crime do not get justice. ● We are coming to a crossroad in the digital age. Were being sold a false dichotomy that we have to choose between security or privacy, and democracy and advanced technologies. We have to start asking better questions, and we have to always put trust and rule of law at the centre of every product. View Slides 55
  56. 56. Citizenship in an Exponential Age David Bray The session focused on what the future looks like if exponential trends continue their impact on governance, security and stability in a networked era and what new strategies private and public sector leaders will need to employ to be effective. ● Living in open societies, we are increasingly fragmented and polarized and are dealing with challenges regarding cybersecurity and misinformation. ● We need to recognize that we will see more change in the next 7 years than the last 20 combined. Having so much data will challenge questions on security, privacy, and civil liberty. ● Autocratic societies will be able to set laws to deal with the data age much quicker, which will put democratic societies at risk. Will exponential changes empower new governments? Or will nation state governments fade? ● Democratic countries will need to build bridges across sectors; no one sector will be able to tackle our approach to data and AI. Our openness and plurality can be a liability if we don’t figure out how to come together to shape the future. View Slides 56
  57. 57. Who Holds Power? Panel Moderated by Pascal Finette with David Bray, Mayor Don Iverson, Anne Connelly, and Neil Desai A panel discussion on citizenship in an exponential world. Who holds power and how do we (and should we) balance privacy and security. ● We are now at a time where technology is seizing power in a subtle and blatant way, and technology is being dominated by those who understand law, those who understand technology, and those who understand narrative. ● Technology organizations are often hesitant to government regulation. However, there is a need for government regulation in these spaces. ● Government is often looked at as inhibiting, regulatory, or limiting. Good government needs to align incentives to allow the market to flourish. 57
  58. 58. Video Link Mobility Reimagined Nick Dechev Professor Nick Dechev shared how technologies like 3D printing are redefining the future of mobility. ● The hand project is a low cost, highly functional 3D printed prosthetic hands for the developing world. Leading prosthetic hands can cost up to $100,000, which is simply not a possibility for thousands ● By using emerging technologies like 3D printing, these enormous costs can be cut down to a fraction of the cost, resulting in reaching a far broader audience. View Slides 58
  59. 59. Video Link Mobility Reimagined Tilly Lockey and Lisa Solomon An exciting interview with a young woman, Tilly Lockey, whose life has been positively impacted by advances in robotics and technology. ● From the UK, Lockey serves as a true source of inspiration and possibility. She was diagnosed with meningococcal at a young age, and sadly lost both of her arms. ● She now has hero arms made by Open Bionics, which are completely 3D printed, and fully customizable to fit her needs. She has had a huge role in working with different updates to the technology as she has grown up. 59
  60. 60. Video Link Technology and Reconciliation Gabrielle Scrimshaw Gabrielle Scrimshaw explored the role technology plays for first nations communities in reconciling the past and transforming future. ● In a world with AI, decentralization, and smartphones, what is going to happen with the diverse array of indigenous languages, cultures, and traditional ways of life? ● Reconciliation with indigenous communities is the responsibility of everyone, and technology has an exciting role to play. ● When we think about the different futures possible with technologies , we need to bring indigenous voices into it. Technology exists for indigenous communities, technology exists made by indigenous communities, and what we need to start focusing on is working with indigenous communities in a collaborative approach. View Slides 60
  61. 61. Video Link Augmented Inclusion Jody Medich We have reached what many are calling the 4th industrial revolution. It will have a radical impact on nearly every aspect of our lives from health, to work, to education, to government as we witness the emergence of a 5th dimension: data. ● So much of our computing is frustrating today, and this is largely due to the human machine interface. This was initially designed to work back in 1973 and was designed to work with 5 kilobytes of data. ● Since that time our world has started to radically dematerialize and this is resulting in a lot of data - 44 zettabytes by the end of this year. ● While technology has served a great purpose for us, a lot of today’s world is still not being served by technology. ½ of our world is living in poverty, and 1 billion people are differently abled. ● What would happen if we focused on these two groups to reimagine the way our human machine interfaces were developed? This would allow technology to be fully inclusive, and would challenge it’s capabilities resulting in amplification. 61
  62. 62. Video Link Seeing Opportunities in Toilets Jack Sim Diarrhoeal diseases – a direct result of poor sanitation – claim more children every year than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. What would it take to mobilise our society and see social change in this sorely neglected issue, and what can we do about it? ● Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Organization, has dedicated his work to bringing proper sanitation to the world. Today 2.4 billion people don’t have access to proper toilets. ● If we put proper sanitation in place now, we will save thousands in healthcare dollars down the road. Simply by sharing stories and information, this cause made its way to the United Nation, which then declared November 19 world toilet day. ● Sim was able to bring social change to a sorely neglected issue, which will impact billions in the future. View Slides 62
  63. 63. Video Link Your Future Ready-Mindset Frederik G. Pferdt Digital technologies have accelerated the pace of transformation, demanding a new mindset. Every leader is facing times of increasing uncertainty which call for creativity and innovation to survive. ● The session highlighted the importance of reprogramming one’s mindset to adapt to exponential change and learn how to innovate to create a desirable future. ● Embracing an optimistic, empathetic, and explorer mindset helps us to shift our perspective and have exposure to new ideas. ● Frederik challenged the audience to ask the big questions, as these questions help us inspire others and create a movement to help people find solutions, and can challenge the status quo. View Slides 63
  64. 64. Video Link Your Vision for the Future Panel Cassia Attard, Ananya Chadha, and Anupra Chandran from The Knowledge Society Anupra Chandran, 15, studies gene editing, and how this can be used to eradicate disease. Cassia Attard, 18, focuses on cellular agriculture (lowering the cost of lab grown meat to decrease the carbon footprint of meat). Seventeen-year-old Ananya Chadha focuses on brain computer interfaces and machine learning. ● These three young innovators are part of The Knowledge Society (TKS), a human accelerator that develops unicorn people to solve the world’s most important problems, using exponential technologies. ● All are passionate about making an impact on a large-scale. In this inspirational session, they shared with the audience lessons they have learned along the way, demonstrating that, really, anything is possible. 64
  65. 65. The Future of Your Health Dr. Tiffany Vora Although the application of digital biology raises profound ethical, governmental, and environmental questions, these technologies provide a great opportunity to solve some of humanity’s global grand challenges, such as health, food, water, energy, the environment, and even space. ● What does the patient experience look like and how it will transform in the coming years? Exponential technologies will transform this, as we shift from a reactive paradigm towards a more proactive future. ● Healthcare solutions are going to become increasingly personalized and real-time, for diagnosis, discovery as well as therapy. ● The notion of abundant information will give us personalized insights. With this, important questions arise, such as: who owns your health data? Who protects you and your health data? Of gene-editing technologies, she asked: is there a need for this technology? Can it be done? Is it legal? Should it be done? These are important questions that need answers now. View Slides 65
  66. 66. DNA Cooking Show Julie Legault Julie Legault demoed how anyone from the ages of 10 & up can now learn and do gene editing and biotechnology from the comfort of their own home. ● Using amino bio technology, she showed how to insert a DNA program into bacteria, and how to grow that bacteria. This simple exercise has enormous impacts - engineered bacteria like this are being used in cancer research labs across the world. ● The biggest breakthroughs not only happen in labs, but are also happening in dorm rooms and basements. This also helps people consider some of the big ethical questions from a knowledgeable place and “not get left behind by the technology, as it matures.” View Slides 66
  67. 67. The Doctor's Challenge Philip Edgcumbe Philip Edgcumbe is striving to positively impact the health of a billion people by connecting medicine, biomedical research, and entrepreneurship. ● Exponential technology is leading to the digitization of our health, which will result in earlier diagnosis and better treatment. In these changing times, the doctors challenge is to adapt and stay relevant, and also create a future of deep medicine and healthcare abundance. ● Currently, we are facing healthcare scarcity, as there are many barriers in access to healthcare and wait times to see a doctor are lengthy. The ultimate goal is to have quality, timely and efficient access to care for all. ● These challenges also present the opportunity for doctors to enhance their professions and create a better future for healthcare. How will the humans in medicine evolve along beside these new technologies? Those doctors that are successful in adapting are ones who embrace AI, yet they must retain relationships with their patients on a human-to-human level. View Slides 67
  68. 68. The Healthcare Shift Zayna Khayat Zayna Khayat, Future Strategist with SE Health, explored the overall shift in healthcare in an era of digitization, democratization and severe fiscal constraint. ● Healthcare has traditionally been resistant to change, it has had one business model, and rapidly advancing technologies present a challenge for the industry. Statements such as ‘medicine will advance more in the next 10 years than it did in the past 100’ are frightening, as the industry does not have the mindsets, toolsets and infrastructure to adapt at this scale. ● There is a power shift occurring - from the healthcare provider to ‘people-powered health care.’ In this ‘patient revolution’, patients are taking matters into their own hands, now that they have more information as well as the means of production. Employers are also starting to become healthcare organizations, rather than waiting for or trying to fix the current healthcare system. View Slides 68
  69. 69. The Future of Cleantech Jane Kearns Our global energy system is undergoing significant change. Technologies that were once considered uneconomic have seen a dramatic drop in price, which is reshaping how energy will be produced globally. ● Renewable energy and clean technology are now here, and they are cost-effective, and cheaper than fossil fuels. By 2030, we expect that to be the case across the world. We are amidst an energy transition, and this is happening very quickly. ● She provided some examples, such as the fast pace of electric vehicle sales, to show the speed at which times are changing. These changes also present a tremendous opportunity - they can both help get us closer to net zero GHG emissions, and at the same time, allow Canada to retain its place as a global energy leader. ● Challenging us to be bold, we need to find opportunity in this energy transition, rather than perceiving it as a threat, as this is the economy of the future. View Slides 69
  70. 70. Fossil Futures and Transformative Innovation Chad Park Chad Park proposes that we use our resources and know-how to help enable the transition to a carbon-competitive economy, and that our oil and gas industries can become the development ground for the latest renewable energy, storage and efficiency technologies ● Alberta will be a leader in the transition to a low-carbon emissions future, not in spite of, but because of, its fossil fuels. This transformation is happening, and we should be paying attention to the rate of change. We need to consider how these resources will remain relevant and useful in a low-carbon emissions future. ● As there will still be a need for oil and gas in the years ahead, we need to do as much as we can to reduce the emissions intensity of oil and gas production. ● This drive for innovation is only going to continue, and our oil and gas industries can become the development ground for the latest renewable energy, storage and efficiency technologies. View Slides 70
  71. 71. Energy in an Interconnected World Arash Aazami We should put all of our efforts into inventing entirely new technologies, economies and societies. This is how we can live and prosper in harmony with our infinite and abundant cosmos. ● Energy is the foundation of the real economy, as everything we touch, use, and produce exists due to the flow of energy. Globally, energy use is surging, and there are 2.9 billion people who are living in energy poverty. ● All driven by digitization, We are seeing four models shift our economy: ○ The move from volume-based to value-based business models (what value are you bringing into the system?) ○ The move from holding assets, as the access is what truly counts ○ The move from scarcity to abundance ○ Many companies may be commonized, due to this abundance ● We are moving away from a typical hub and spoke model, and towards a distributed model. Just like the internet provides connectivity, so does energy. View Slides 71
  72. 72. Canada’s Energy Future Panel Bill Whitelaw, Jane Kearns, Arash Aazami, Chad Park A panel discussion, moderated by Bill Whitelaw, CEO of JWN Energy, discussed Canada’s energy future. Who owns energy, and what does that ownership dynamic mean? How do we keep the economy in line with energy systems evolution? What can all of us do, as “energy agents?” ● We are becoming the owners of assets that are converting energy, such as wind turbines and solar panels. ● Citing the high cost of damages caused by disasters such as Hurricane Harvey and the wildfires in California, we can’t afford not to transition in energy. ● The challenge does not just lie in finding new technologies - social innovation is just as important as technological innovation. As things unfold, we need to adapt our strategies. We need to be thinking of this as an entrepreneurial endeavour - how do we stay relevant? 72
  73. 73. Video Link What’s Next Krista Pawley Krista Pawley, CMO and Head of Impact at SingularityU Canada, emphasized choosing to use the mindsets, tools, and networks gained throughout the Summit to drive positive transformation for yourself, your organization, and your community. ● Now that you know, what are you going to do with these big ideas? We all have the ability to make a positive impact, and SingularityU Canada is here with the experts, tools and platforms to support all on this journey. ● Highlighting some success stories, Krista provided some examples of real-life impact, demonstrating the power of the SingularityU Canada community. 73
  74. 74. Video Link Disruption, Dystopia and Decisions Pascal Finette The world is changing faster than ever, and disruptive change has become the new norm. For the first time in human history, individuals, people and communities have the same innovation power as large companies and even nations. How will we thrive and capitalize on the change we’re all experiencing? How will the decisions you make affect us all? What truly matters to you, on a personal level? ● Pascal helped the audience better comprehend the true change we are seeing in the world. He provided examples of tech companies (Apple, Nokia, Amazon), and how these companies are thriving in an era of exponential change. ● Touching on the topic of dystopia, there is a dark side to social media (such as China’s social credit scoring system), and the tremendous powers of AI may seem frightening. However, technology is enabling discovery allowing people to doing great things, as they work towards a better society for all. 74
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  76. 76. Creating an Innovator’s Mindset Shawn Kanungo Today’s world is changing exponentially fast as we have so many technologies that are evolving, which is exactly why we are seeing the most chaotic era in e-commerce. Shawn’s session took a look at how we can all adopt an innovator’s mindset, and what skills we can work on to be more open to the quickly changing future. ● Expect the unexpected. Innovators looks at problems as the new normal. Look at everything from an automation landscape, and how you can leverage different ecosystems. ● We have designed our organisations to be efficient, and we now have to be more experimentative. We need to double down on experimentation, not just efficiency, as this allows organizations to not merely survive, but to grow in the era of disruption. View Slides 76
  77. 77. From Ideas to Execution Cynthia Goh How do we define innovation? Having knowledge, and having that knowledge end in value added for society. This session focused on how science and knowledge are they basis for disruptive products. ● Understanding how science can get out to the world. Understanding how ideas get to be real objects. ● Execution in physical sciences is hard. It can take years for scientific research to get to a product stage. ● Knowledge needs to be turned into technology, and technology needs to be turned into a product. It’s this research based technology that gives us the promise of an abundant product, and the potential to solve some of the worlds greatest challenges. View Slides 77
  78. 78. Using Microbiome as Your Secret Tool Dr. Tiffany Vora Diving deep into the microbiome, Dr. Tiffany Vora looked at bacteria and how life science technologies have so much to offer as an innovation space. Bacteria is a living medicine, and we need to now view biology as technology, the same way we look at artificial intelligence. ● The Microbiome is your ecological community. This refers to looking at the bacteria and fungus of a human, and not just their DNA. Everything we do as humans affects our microbiomes, and they tune the way we feel and behave as humans. ● We will soon be able to see bacteria as a programmable living thing, where biology is now a form of technology. We can now program bacteria to make a molecule, and use this as a living medicine. ● The future of healthcare will change dramatically in the years to come, as drugs will be tailored to the entire ecosystem of a human. Not only human DNA, but one’s bacteria, fungi, and viruses. View Slides 78
  79. 79. Moonshot Ideas in Health Dr. Sonny Kohil Dr. Sonny Kohil dives into moonshot ideas in the healthcare industry, what we need to achieve them, and challenges us to reconsider how we approach them. ● A moonshot is a long term audacious goal attempting to solve a big problem. ● A device alone does not solve any problem. Devices can be named as breakthroughs, but does not always solve the problem at hand. ● Leveraging all the devices we already have should be our priority. From our fitbits, to apple watches, health applications, sensors, and the cloud, we have the capabilities to lower our costs on healthcare and eliminate our siloed tendencies. ● For an idea to go from a breakthrough to a moonshot, we require stakeholder partners, and upper management from hospitals to take a chance on technology. View Slides 79
  80. 80. Biology and Ethics Dr. Divya Chander What ethical questions do we need to consider while we are going forward with biology? From gene editing, to crispr, we have so many new technologies emerging in this realm, and we need to start thinking about ethical implications that come along with it. ● Crispr, a technology that can be used to edit genes, is being used all over the world to edit gene drives and is being used in different studies to treat hereditary illnesses, and attack cancer cells, ● The World Health Organization has called for an advisory panel for all future experiments using Crispr. ● We are in the middle of a bioethics storm, and we as a global community need to consider the ramifications of everything that we are doing. 80
  81. 81. Why Self Driving Cars Won’t Save The World Ryan Gariepy How can technology and machines change the way we work? Ryan Gariepy took a deep dive into automating the world’s dullest, dirtiest, and deadliest jobs, and how embracing robotic solutions for assembly lines doesn’t focus on taking away manual jobs but how it takes away dangerous jobs. ● Today, manual labor such as auto assembly lines can mean no schedules breaks, limited access to the washroom, and limited flexibility at home. As we continue to build exponential technologies, we are relying on people working essentially as robots. ● We need to build intelligent machines in an exponential way. We are able to take humans out of dangerous jobs, and we will start to also slowly begin to see this transition with construction and farming. ● This will result in safer jobs, a capability to create cleaner jobs, and jobs will be more humanized. View Slides 81
  82. 82. Synth and Biology - Which will be our future? Suzanne Gildert and Anupra Chandran This session focused on what digital and biological longevity looks like in the future, and which technologies will help us get there. ● Suzanne Gildert gave a demonstration with her synth, and how different technologies are allowing her synth to become even more indistinguishable from herself. For example, using machine learning Suzanne’s voice is currently being cloned, and through motion capture data, the synth will be able to learn her own mannerisms and even micro expressions. ● Anupra Chandran highlighted that biological longevity is also developing exponentially. In the future, we will be able to do enhance ourselves at the biological level, rather than merely treating our cells for illness. View Slides 82
  83. 83. Robots & Society - How Will That Work? Ryan Gariepy, Suzanne Gildert, and Jody Medich Robots will be very present in society in the years to come, and they will not be limited to one role. Coming from different robotic specialties, Ryan and Suzanne discussed the role of robots in our future and how they will be integrated into society. ● Robotic solutions for manual labor will be the next societal step. We will be able to use them as a smarter tool, as it is easier to start getting value and validation from them in this role. ● Robots will not only take one form in the upcoming years, and synths may come after embracing robotic solutions for manual labor. However, we need to start thinking about how society will embrace indistinguishable synths, and the implications that come along with it. 83
  84. 84. Being an Exponential Thought Leader Denise Brosseau Thought leaders are informed opinion leaders, and those who inspire us to move forward. Thought leaders have the opportunity to scale change. Technologies that are emerging need to be scaled up from labs, and leaders are the ones responsible. ● There are four types of exponential leaders. ○ Be an Amplifier: Talk about big ideas ○ Convener: Bringing people together ○ Funder: Bring financial funds to different initiatives ○ Spokesperson: Willing to put reputation on the line to spread information ● Skills we need as thought leaders ○ Practising Storytelling: We can move big ideas by telling good stories. ○ Developing a Point of Views: Where are you on this continuum? ○ Building Your own Ecosystem: We need people to inform our ideas ○ Fostering Resilience: Develop an iron front View Slides 84
  85. 85. Your Radical Toolbox for an Exponential Future Pascal Finette How do we apply exponential thinking to our own organizations? We are at an intersection point of linear thinking and exponential nature of change. ● Operational organizations operate with a 7 layer model. Change will trickle down into each layer, and change the way you need to do business. ○ The Market ○ Business Model ○ Operation Model ○ Organizational model ○ Culture ○ Mission ○ Purpose ● Organizations tend to focus on the first few layers, but it is important to not neglect the bottom layers. A sense of culture, mission, and purpose allows employees to be more engaged with their organization, leading to a better operating business. 85
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  87. 87. Launch October 10, 2018 ● Edmonton Journal - Thousands Expected in Edmonton for National Tech Summit NExt April ● ● Canoe cb-63bb-42e4-a6bb-64525a49107c ● TechVibes SingularityU Canadian Summit Heads to Edmonton for 2019 ● Global News ( 5 and 6pm shows - rerun 11 and Morning news) Summit is Boost for Edmonton’s Tech Community ● ● CTV Noon News Sit-down Interview Segment SingularityU Comes to Edmonton ● CTV News clip at 6:56 ● 630 CHED- Ryan Jespersen Show ● BetaKit ● Canadian Tech News ● CBC Edmonton Radioactive - October 11, 2018 -Oren Berkovich and Cheryll Watson chat with CBC Radio host Adrienne Pan (no clip available) ● CBC Edmonton Radio - news story (no clip available) ● 630 CHED - news story (no clip available) 87
  88. 88. Summit ● Multiple articles in Disruption Magazine - ● CBC Edmonton AM - Jack Sim and Anne Connolly ● ● Global Edmonton Morning - Krista Pawley and Tilley Lockey ● ● Edmonton Journal - Edmonton Snags Tech Crowds for SingularityU Summit ● ● 630 CHED Radio -Youth and Tech Panel ● Radio-Canada 12:21 ● CTV Edmonton - Report by Dave Ewasuk ● Global Edmonton health report by Su-Ling Goh (medical tech feature) ● 630 CHED Afternoon Show - Singularity U Shawn Kanungo and Anne Connolly ● 630 CHED Afternoon Show Event at Rossdale creating buzz ● 630 CHED Afternoon Show - Mana Nutrition interview with Active for Good - ● Tech E-News code=XIbw ● Global Edmonton - Youth and Tech (Epcor mention) 88
  89. 89. ● Global Morning News - Jack Sim - clip not available ● CBC Radioactive - Interview with Suzanne Gildert (no clip available) ● CBC Television with Oren ● Global News - Event at Rossdale has people buzzing ● CBC Edmonton Web Story - ● CTV Edmonton - Rossdale Plant a Beautiful Piece of Architecture ● ● EP& T ● Calgary Herald 89