Peter Diamandis

Peter Diamandis

Futurist & Founder of the X Prize Foundation
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Program Descriptions

Creating a Culture of Innovation & Breakthroughs
Diamandis is a dynamic inspirational speaker — described by many as “the best in the industry.” He delivers real value to his audience by showing them how to drive breakthrough thinking and innovation within their company that offer clear, measurable and objective results.
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, Diamandis explains how to incentivize breakthroughs in your company and industry. 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.

The Coming Age of Abundance — Understanding Humanity’s Future
In his keynote address, 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, AI 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 rise to meet it.

Exponential Technologies Causing Disruptive Innovation
From his perspective of Executive Chairman, Diamandis provides passionate, insightful and extremely useful keynotes on the impact of the following exponentially growing technologies:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Systems
  • Digital Manufacturing/3D printing
  • Synthetic Biology/Bioinformatics
  • Digital Medicine
  • Robotics
  • Network Systems
  • Nanomaterials
    Diamandis discusses how breakthroughs in these areas will transform products, companies, industries and even society over the next 20 years. He provides key insights on how human society has transformed from “Local & Linear” to one that is now “Global & Exponential,” and 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.

    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.
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    Peter is focused on driving breakthroughs in products, companies and industries. He is passionate about solving some of the world’s grand challenges. If you’re interested in driving and incentivizing breakthrough thinking within your company or industry; or if you’re interested getting experts around the world motivated to solve your insolvable problems, you need to create the proper incentives and establish clear, measurable and objective goals.

    PETER DIAMANDIS can help:
    He is the world’s foremost expert in incentivized innovation. The art of incentivize smart and talented people within your company or those experts around the world to focus on solving your grand challenges. He has worked with Fortune 100 companies, government leaders and captains of industry over the past 15 years. In 2010 Diamandis is the winner of the Economist “No Boundaries” award for “meta-innovation — driving innovation in the way people innovate.” He is also the winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Innovation, the Heinlein Award, the Lindbergh Award, the Wired RAVE Award, the Neil Armstrong Award, and the World Technology Award.

    DYNAMIC SPEAKER
    Diamandis inspires and moves audiences to action. His message is clear: there is no challenge that cannot be overcome. It is a matter of having a clear objective goal, clarity of what you are measuring and incentivizing the right community to solve your challenge. Using personal, in-depth and inspirational stories, Diamandis has been called “one of the best speakers ever” by numerous CEO-level audiences. He has received accolades from an impressively diverse list of listeners: Google, Microsoft, the United Nations, Facebook, TED, PhRMAs CEO Conference, Autodesk and Activision-Blizzard to name a few. Diamandis is a frequent contributor to CNN, CNBC and MSNBC.

    X PRIZE LEADER
    Dr. Diamandis is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation (www.xprize.org), a non-profit focused on designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight, the Foundation is now launching prizes in four groups: Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy & Environment, and Education/Global Development. Today the X PRIZE has three active prizes: The $10M Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE and the $1.4M Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. Diamandis and the X PRIZE have been hired by the following groups to create incentivized innovation: Google, Cisco, Shell, Progressive Insurance, NASA, US Department of Energy, and the US Department of Transportation to name a few.

    AN EXPERT ON THE GROWTH OF EXPONENTIAL TECHNOLOGIES:
    In 2008, Diamandis co-Founded the Singularity University along with Dr. Ray Kurzweil, serving as the Chairman & Vice-Chancellor of SU. Diamandis speaks dynamically and passionately explaining how the rapid growth of key exponential technologies are empowering individuals and companies to do what only governments were able to achieve in past decades. The key exponential technologies include artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, synthetic biology, embedded networks, nanotechnology/materials and human machine interfaces have the potential to transform industries and society over the next twenty years. Such technologies will drive a period of significant disruption or opportunity depending on the company’s mind-set. Diamandis’ ultimate message is that companies cannot remain stagnant. They must evolve or they will die.

    A GLOBAL LEADER IN COMMERCIAL SPACE:
    Diamandis is the leading international figure in the commercial space arena, having founded and run many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector, including: Space Adventures (www.spaceadventures.com), the only company to have brokered the launches of private citizens to the Int’l Space Station; Zero Gravity Corporation is the only commercial provider of weightless, zero-gravity flights to the public and to NASA; and the Rocket Racing League (www.rocketracingleague.com)is a cross between NASCAR and pod-racing from Star Wars.

    A SCIENTIST, ENGINEER & MEDICAL DOCTOR:
    Dr. Diamandis attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he received his undergraduate degree in molecular genetics and graduate degree in aerospace engineering. After MIT he attended Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. In 2005 he has was also awarded an honorary Doctorate from the International Space University.

    A PASSIONATE ACTIVIST & ENTREPRENEUR:
    Diamandis has founded over 15 companies since his first year at MIT. Many of these are non-profits dedicated to creating change in the world. Peter’s mission is guide and inspire the transformation of humanity both on and off the Earth. His personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!” In 8th grade, while living in New York, Dr. Diamandis won first place in the Estes rocket design contest.

    BOOK:
    Diamandis is Abundance writing under contract to Simon & Schuster — release in Q1-2012. The book focused on how exponential technologies, coupled with the DIY movement and the on-line connectivity of the “rising billion” will enable an age of global abundance providing water, energy, food, shelter, education and healthcare in unprecedented availability for humanity.

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    Reviews

    “We’ve been hosting our Fortune magazine summits for over a decade and our audience of CEOs and senior executives have seen and heard most of the top business thought leaders and CEOs of our time. And over these years they’ve only given a handful of spontaneous standing ovations, one of which was for Dr. Diamandis. His presentation is one of the most inspirational yet specific; impactful yet practical presentations we’ve ever had the privilege to host. His message must be heard by everyone who hopes to participate actively in the 21st Century.”
    --Fortune Summits

    "Peter's keynote blew me away. I've been presenting for years and do it for a living, and Peter is at the top of the game. His personality shines through and is extremely authentic.”
    --Cisco

    "Peter was a sensation! I'm hearing 'best speaker ever.' At least four members asked me about hiring him for their own board meetings. He could not have been more perfect for this strategic planning session."
    --University HealthSystem Consortium

    "Peter gave the featured Keynote to my first All-Executive meeting in my new role as CEO and made it a huge success. Several employees came up to me later to say that he was the best speaker we’ve ever had. His presentation on innovation and exponential technologies was very thought-provoking discussion and extremely valued."
    --NextEra Energy

    "This is the 2nd time that Peter Diamandis has been the keynote at our global executive retreat. His enthusiasm, vision and message is extremely powerful. He has motivated my company to change the way we think about the future and how we will drive innovation. In fact, we’ve committed to creating our own internal X PRIZE. He is that truly exceptional visionary who turns big ideas into action. I can't recommend him highly enough."
    --RPM, Inc.

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