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Peter Diamandis        

Chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation; Author

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of "The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders" – by Fortune Magazine.

In the field of Innovation, Diamandis is Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight.

Diamandis is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies, their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges.

In the field of commercial space, Diamandis is Co-Founder/Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and prospecting of asteroid for precious materials. He is also the Co-Founder of Space Adventures and Zero-Gravity Corporation.

Diamandis is the New York Times Bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD – How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World.

He earned an undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics and a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Diamandis’ mission is to open the space frontier for humanity. His personal motto is: "The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself."

In 2016, the Greek Government honored him by issuing a 1.2 Euro stamp into circulation. Also in 2016, the book How To Make A Spaceship – A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight, Peter’s biography and the story of the XPRIZE was written by Julian Guthrie with a Foreword by Richard Branson and an Afterword by Prof. Stephen Hawking.

Speech Topics


Achieving Innovation and Breakthroughs

Diamandis is a dynamic inspirational speaker who provides real value to his audience by showing them how to drive and incentivize breakthrough thinking within their company in order to achieve clear, measurable and objective results.

Based on the success of the Ansari X PRIZE (which stimulated the creation of billion-dollar private spaceflight industry) and the success of the $10M Progressive Automotive X PRIZE, Diamandis explains how to incentivize breakthroughs. Diamandis explains how traditional thinking, risk-aversion and incrementalism will cause the demise of companies unable to cope with the coming decades of disruptive innovation.

Through concrete examples and lessons, Diamandis addresses two options:

Internal

How to create a culture of innovation within your company;

External

How to incentivize the outside world to help you solve your biggest problems;

Diamandis explains how the rapid growth of key exponential technologies (Nano, Info, Bio) are empowering individuals and small companies to do what only governments were able to achieve only a few decades ago. Such technologies will drive a period of significant disruption and/or opportunity depending on the companys mind-set. Diamandis ultimate message is that companies cannot remain stagnant. They must evolve or they will die.

Creating an Age of Abundance

Diamandis has co-authored Abundance (Simon & Schuster, Feb12) in which he lays out how we will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions. An antidote to pessimism by tech entrepreneur turned philanthropist, Peter H. Diamandis.

Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But it is closingfast. The authors document how four forcesexponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, and the Rising Billionare conspiring to solve our biggest problems. Abundance establishes hard targets for change and lays out a strategic roadmap for governments, industry and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism.

In his keynote address, Diamandis examining human need by categorywater, food, energy, healthcare, education, communication and freedomDiamandis addresses how a range of powerful technologies such as synthetic biology, embedded networks and cloud computer, AI and robotics, biotechnology and medicine are transforming what was once scarce into something abundant.

Providing abundance is humanitys grandest challenge. This is a Keynote about how we rise to meet it.

Exponential Technologies Causing Disruptive Innovation

Diamandis provides an overvview of the key exponentially growing technologies, covering such topics as:

Artificial Intelligence Computational Systems 3D printing Medicine/NeuroSystems Bioinformatics Robotics Network Systems Nanomaterials Biotechnology

Diamandis discusses how breakthroughs in these areas will transform products, companies, industries and even society over the next twenty years. He provides key insights on how human society has transformed from Local & Linear to Global & Exponential. This change is causing the creation of new billion dollar start-ups out of nowhere, and the demise of 50-year-old billion dollar companies overnight.

Through Diamandis work as Chairman and Co-Founder of Singularity University (www.singularityU.org) and Chairman/CEO of X PRIZE (www.xprize.org), he addresses the impact that exponentially growing technology has on companies, governments, and humanity. He speaks to the potential of creating a world of abundance, and the empowerment of small groups of do-it-yourself technologists to do what only governments or large corporations could do before.

Opening the Space Frontier

Diamandis is the leading figure in the Space Commercialization industry, having founded and run many of the leading companies such as Zero Gravity Corporation, Space Adventures, the Rocket Racing League, and International Space University to name a few. He is the recipient of the Economist No Boundaries Award, the Heinlein Award, Armstrong, Lindbergh, Von Braun, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards for his work. In this engaging, fun and visionary presentation Diamandis outlines Humanitys future in space how we will travel there, build industries and launch future civilizations.

Creating a Culture of Innovation & Breakthrough

Based on the success of the Ansari X Prize (which stimulated the creation of a billion-dollar private spaceflight industry) and the success of additional X Prizes in life sciences, energy, environment, and exploration, speaker Peter Diamandis explains how to incentivize breakthroughs in your company and industry. He explains how traditional thinking, risk aversion, and incrementalism will cause the demise of companies unable to cope with the coming decades of disruptive innovation.

Through concrete examples and lessons, Diamandis addresses two options:

How to create a culture of innovation within your company How to incentivize the outside world to help you solve your biggest problems

Diamandis explains how the rapid growth of key exponential technologies (nano, info, bio) are empowering individuals and small companies to do what only governments were able to achieve a few decades ago. Such technologies will drive a period of significant disruption or opportunity, depending on the company's mindset. Diamandis' ultimate message is that companies cannot remain stagnant. They must evolve or they will die. You must either disrupt your own business model or you will be disrupted by others.

The Coming Age of Abundance: Understanding Humanity's Future

Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But it is closing - fast. Four forces - exponential technologies, the do-it-yourself innovator, the techno-philanthropist, and the rising billion - are conspiring to solve our biggest problems.

In his keynote address, speaker Peter Diamandis examines human need by category - water, food, energy, healthcare, education, communication, and freedom - and addresses how a range of powerful technologies such as synthetic biology, embedded networks and cloud computing, artificial intelligence and robotics, biotechnology, and medicine are transforming what was once scarce into something abundant.

Providing abundance is humanity's grandest challenge. This is a keynote about how we can rise to meet it.

Exponential Technologies Causing Disruptive Innovation

Speaker Peter Diamandis provides a passionate, insightful, and extremely useful keynote on the impact of exponentially growing technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, digital medicine, and nanomaterials. He discusses how breakthroughs in these areas will transform products, companies, industries, and society over the next 20 years. He provides key insights on how human society has transformed from "local and linear" to one that is now "global and exponential" and he explains how this change is accelerating disruptive stress or disruptive opportunity, depending on the company's point of view. These technologies are also leading to the greatest epoch of wealth creation ever, where new billion-dollar startups are coming out of seemingly nowhere at the same time that 50- and 100-year-old, billion-dollar companies are going out of business.

Diamandis also discusses the explosion of data that is transforming how companies operate and how to tap into big data with a brand new set of exponential organization tools that allow companies to make 100-fold improvements in their research and development strategies.

Transforming Your Company from Linear to Exponential

Competition for many of America's Fortune 500 companies is no longer coming from China and India. Today, it's coming from two guys in a garage with a startup leveraging exponentially growing technologies. YouTube went from a startup on Chad Hurley's personal credit cards to being purchased by Google for $1.4 billion in less than 18 months. Groupon leaped from conception to $6 billion in value in less than two years.

At the same time that billion-dollar startups are materializing - seemingly out of nowhere - hundred-year-old industry cornerstone companies are crumbling. In 1996, Kodak had a market cap of $28 billion with 140,000 employees. In 2012, it went bankrupt. That same year, another company in the photography business called Instagram was purchased by Facebook for $1 billion. The company, which had been founded only a year earlier, had just 13 employees.

The difference between Kodak and Instagram is the difference between a linear and an exponential organization - the subject of this keynote.

Speaker Peter Diamandis explains how exponential organizations don't use armies of people or large physical plants but instead focus on utilizing information technologies. Physical equipment like Nikon cameras, Magellan GPS devices, libraries of books, or music albums now simply become apps on our smartphones. An exponential organization is one whose impact (or output) is disproportionally large compared to its number of employees because of its use of networks, automation, and leveraging of the crowd.

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