Singularity University Australia/NZ 2014 Launch with Dr Clarence Tan and Zezan Tam


For those who missed the SU GIC ANZ 2014 launch, video presentation is here:
Details of competition can be found here:

Meet Zezan Tam, the inaugural Singularity University Australia Global Impact Competition Winner tonight!

Singularity University Global Impact Competition @ Griffith University Launch


Singularity University is a think tank organization based at the NASA Ames Research Park in the heart of the Silicon Valley, California.  Their mission is to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.  Their Graduate Studies Program empowers participants with the tools, knowledge, skills and mindset for delivering real humanitarian impact to 1 billion people.


This week we are launching the Global Impact Competition Australia & New Zealand 2014.  We are inviting applicants to propose innovative solutions on Climate, Environment and Energy that would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, fossil energy use, or facilitate adaptation to climate change in any sector. The innovations can be of any type, including social technology, policy interventions, and social ventures.


The winner of the Global Impact Competition will be given automatic acceptance and full sponsorship* to the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program (worth over $30,000) from June-August 2014 at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley.


To find out more, visit


Please come to our Launch Event to hear more about this Competition


Griffith University Nathan Campus

Tuesday 15 April


5:00pm to 6.30pm.


RSVP – Not Required



Guest Speakers:

Dr. Clarence Tan – Ambassador of Singularity University

Dr Clarence N.W. Tan is currently the Australian and Malaysian Ambassador for Singularity University, a think tank based in NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley. He is also the founder of Bond Wireless, an Australian-based award-winning wireless software applications and services company.


He received the Queensland government’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Fellowship for 2010. He is an Adjunct Professor at Bond University and Griffith University in the Gold Coast of Australia and a founding member of the Gold Coast Angel Investors Group which has funded a number of innovative companies. Dr. Tan obtained his Ph.D. from Bond University and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Computers) from the University of Southern California, where he went on to simultaneously complete a Master of Business Administration (Finance), and a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering.


Dr. Tan is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society (FACS) and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (F Fin). He has a number of academic publications including a book, book chapters and peer-reviewed papers in the area of soft computing and mobile applications. In addition Dr Tan holds a number of patents in mobility technology globally.


He has been an invited keynote speaker in a number of events including the London Business School Alumni event in Singapore, the Awesomemest Fest in Bali, the Global Investment Panel for Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Park, the World Computer Congress in Brisbane, etc.


 Zezan Tam – Inaugural Winner 2013

Zezan Tam is Founder of TutorU and is on the Advisory Board of the Melbourne Microfinance Initiative. 


TutorU is a startup with a vision of using web technology to make it easy for tertiary students to find the tutors they are looking for. 


Zezan was previously Associate at The Boston Consulting Group in both Melbourne, Australia and Copenhagen, Denmark; Tutor at University of Melbourne Department of Economics; Macroeconomic Intern at the Australian Government – Department of the Treasury; and Investment Consulting Intern at Watson Wyatt – Investment Consulting Division. 


He earned his Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Actuarial Studies, at The University of Melbourne in 2009.


Competition Sponsors & Supporters:


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Singularity University ANZ Global Impact Competition @ Griffith University Launch on April 15, 2014

Please come to one of our Launch Events to hear more about this Competition.

Zezan Tam, last year’s winner and myself will be at the launch on Tuesday April 15 at the Nathan Campus.

Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
Monday 14 April
4:00pm to 5:00pm

Griffith University Nathan Campus
Tuesday 15 April
5:00pm to 8.30pm

Speaking at University of Queensland’s IDEA Network on Singularity University on March 31, 2014 at 6pm

Information here.


Have you ever dreamt of an idea will change the world? An idea, a technological innovation, a business, that will improve the lives of every person on earth? Or maybe like us, you’re still on the cusp of it. Maybe you want that little bit more inspiration.

Your opportunity is here. Dr Clarence Tan is coming to campus, and he wants to speak to YOU!

When: Monday 31st March 6pm – 8pm
Where: 14 – 132 (Sir Llew Edwards Building)

Dr Clarence Tan was selected to attend the prestigious Singularity University @ NASA Ames Research Centre in Silicon Valley, where he was able to turn an idea into the reality of using exponential technologies to impact 10 billion people positively. Tan was the team leader for a project in the field of security that is using crowd sourcing technologies to shine a light on corruption.

Clarence is visiting UQ to speak about his SU experience, the meetings with luminaries like Steve Wozniak, Chris Anderson etc and the various site visits including Google, Facebook, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, NASA, etc. But more importantly, Clarence will talk about the the most recent technological innovations, and how they can have an exponential impact on society.

Entries to Attend Singularity University have opened. With the prize of attending Singularity University’s (SU) Graduate Studies Program, SU holds competitions around the world to identify outstanding students and promote entrepreneurship that will positively impact regions around the world.



Final call for all Malaysians to take part in the inaugural Malaysian Singularity University Global Impact Competition

Calling all Malaysians, the inaugural Singularity University Global Impact Competition for Malaysia closes tomorrow. All you need to do is upload a 3 minute pitch of an idea that will impact a million Malaysians positively within 5 years to win an opportunity of a lifetime to learn, network and work on a project that will impact a billion people positively in 10 years at Singularity University, living and breathing at NASA Ames Research Park, right next to Google and LinkedIn, etc in Silicon Valley for 10 weeks. Go to and click on Malaysia! Good luck!

IEEE Summer School: Computational Intelligence and Information Technologies


I am giving a talk at 2 pm at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus on AI and Impact on Society this Wed, Feb 19. I have arranged for special fee waiver for my talk to those interested in attending, just RSVP and mention me in your response.

Details here:

Computational Intelligence and Information Technologies

Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus

February 19-21, 2014





            Room G23_2.07A, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus, Australia

Target audiences.

Students, academics, researchers and professionals in the ICT and Engineering fields.


Course contents.

–       Theory, implementation, and performance evaluation of artificial neural networks.

–       Applications of Computational Intelligence in integrated technologies, such as health, robotics, network security and engineering.

–       Some hands-on sessions to reinforce the concepts and applications.



–       Prof. Jong Hwan Kim, IEEE Fellow, KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

–       Prof. Michael Blumenstein, School of ICT, Griffith University

–       Assoc. Prof. Alan Liew, School of ICT, Griffith University

–       Dr. Paulo Borges, CSIRO

–       Dr. Farid Kendoul, CSIRO

–       Dr. Jun Jo, School of ICT, Griffith University

–       Dr. Clarence Tan, Ambassador, Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Center, USA.

–       Mr. Bruce Satchwell, CEO, Alive Technologies



$50 (payable on site) for Registration, light lunch and tea/coffee (19th and 20th, February):


Registration Due:         by Monday, Feb 10, 2014

Contact Person:           Tommi Sullivan, (coordinator) or

                                 Jun Jo, (chair)


* Student volunteers are welcome.

* Receipts will be issued


Talk in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Feb 24, 2014

Hi giving a talk in KL on SU and the GIC Malaysia competition. Message me for a password invite as its an invitation only talk at MindValley.

Info: Radical Technologies That Are Changing the Future of Humanity – What I Learned at Singularity University” by Dr. Clarence Tan
Time: February 25, 2014 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm 
Location: Mindvalley’s Hall of Awesomeness, Menara UOA, Bangsar