Singularity University Establishes Local Chapter in Islamabad

SingularityU Islamabad to explore the use of Exponential Technologies for greater Good of the society with local businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs.

[Islamabad, Pakistan] — (December 19, 2017) — Singularity University (SU), a global community with a mission to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges, has established a new Chapter in Islamabad. SingularityU Islamabad has been created in partnership with Puruesh Chaudhary a Futurist and an SU Alumni 2017.

“Islamabad is an emerging center of smart policies and the focus of our city chapter will be fostering tech for greater good of the society; launching SingularityU Islamabad Chapter will help expand the reach and impact of technology in our region.” said, Puruesh Chaudhary Founder and President AGAHI.

SU focuses on positively impacting the world’s greatest challenges through the use of exponential technologies – those which are rapidly accelerating and shaping major industries and all aspects of our lives, including artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), data science, digital biology, medicine, nanotech and digital fabrication, networks and computing systems, robotics, and fintech. Dr. Shahid Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer Interactive Group of Companies said, “Often when greed blurs human purpose; new technologies tend to have a much greater impact on wellbeing. Communities have the wisdom to harness the potential of exponential technologies that can enable it to strike the right balance between human wellbeing and the greed that fuels survival instincts”.

“As our regional leadership teams build local communities in support of the development of exponential technologies, the ability for meaningful global and local impact grows,” said Dharmishta Rood, Director of Community Leadership of the Singularity University. “Our new chapter in Islamabad marks another milestone in the scale and scope of our Singularity University community.” SingularityU Chapters are central to enabling local regions to jump-start innovation through the curation of events featuring local experts, sponsorship of SU Global Impact Challenges (GICs), and other initiatives at the local level. Since launching the first program in 2015, SingularityU Chapters have hosted a number of unique events focused on applying exponential technologies to create impact. In 2016 SingularityU Chapters launched nearly 200 events, involving more than 13,000 attendees.

“The Singularity University Islamabad Chapter will connect the digital ecosystem in Pakistan with the world. It will definitely build synergies in thought and actions at all levels of policymaking and other implementing partners” said Amir Jahangir, Chief Executive Officer DBTV.Live.

Islamabad is the Capital of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; the city was built in the 60s by the then President Ayub Khan. With a population close to two million in 2017, this city has more than 20 universities and is urbanizing at a much faster rate than to other cities in the country; this growth in essence also indicates tremendous opportunities. “We hope the community in Islamabad becomes more aware of the implications of the fourth industrial wave and is therefore in a better position to benefit from it” stressed Yusuf Hussain, CEO Ignite – the National Technology Fund at the launch meeting held in Islamabad.

The SU Islamabad Leadership Team includes: Puruesh Chaudhary, Saad Liaquat, Dr. Shahid Mahmud, Yusuf Hussain, Jahangir Amir, Parisey Tariq, Hasan Saeed, and Azfar Jahangir.

ABOUT SINGULARITY UNIVERSITY (SU)

Singularity University (SU) is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all. SU’s collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. A certified benefit corporation headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter H. Diamandis with program funding from leading organizations including Google, Deloitte, and UNICEF. To learn more, visit SU.org, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @SingularityU, and download the SingularityU Hub mobile app.

Media Contacts:

SingularityU Islamabad Chapter:  Parisey Tariq (parisey@mishal.com.pk)
Singularity University: Diane Murphy (diane.murphy@su.org)