CDT student wins exclusive Singularity University ANZ Global Impact Competition 2014
Susan won the competition, on behalf of a team of students from several departments within the University of Oxford, with her pitch of planting one billion trees each year using unmanned aerial vehicles.
The prize is valued at over $30,000 and includes acceptance onto the 10-week ‘Singularity University’s Graduate Scholars Program’ at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, California, which she’ll be attending this summer. ‘Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Program’ empowers its 80 participants with the tools, knowledge, skills and mindset for delivering real humanitarian impact to one billion people. In 2013, only 18 winners were chosen out of the 13 countries that ran the competition to attend the Program fully funded.
The Singularity University is backed by companies such as Google, Cisco and Genentech, and has faculty members such as Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google, Eric Ries, who invented the Lean Launch method, and brings in guest speakers such as Craig Venter, one of the first scientists to sequence the human genome.