Singularity University (SU), a global community with a mission to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to help solve humanity’s grand challenges, has announced the creation of a new community chapter in Nigeria and in seven other countries, bringing the total of SingularityU Chapters worldwide to 73 in 45 countries.

Apart from Lagos, Nigeria, new SingularityU Chapters have been formed in: Cordoba, Argentina; Bordeaux, France; Athens, Greece; Trivandrum, India; Monterrey, Mexico; Moscow, Russia, and Montevideo, Uruguay. Chapter Renewals include: São Paulo, Brazil, San Jose, Costa Rica; Tel Aviv, Israel; Mexico City, Mexico; Madrid and Sevilla, Spain.

“SU facilitates its global ecosystem through our chapters, which understand the benefits of advancing exponential technologies,” said Dharmishta Rood, Singularity University’s Director of Community Leadership. “Through events hosted by SingularityU Chapter leadership teams, together with individuals of diverse professions—entrepreneurs, policy makers, designers, academics, and business and NGO leaders—we are able to assemble experts in one room to advance the use of technology in medicine, learning, security, energy, and even the development of outer space. Participants in these local communities share SU’s mission to help solve humanity’s greatest challenges through the use of technology.”

In 2016, SingularityU Chapters hosted 190 events around the world, attracting more than 13,000 participants focused on employing local technological innovation to improve the quality of life in their communities and around the world. The SU Q3 Chapter application process remains open from July 26 – August 23, 2017 for innovators to join in the SU mission by establishing a SingularityU Chapter.

SU opens applications for new chapter submissions every quarter. At least one member of the proposed Chapter leadership team must have participated in an SU activity, including the SU Executive Program, SU’s signature summer Global Solution Program (GSP), and/or the SU Startup Accelerator, as well as have been inspired to empower innovators in their local communities.

The SingularityU Lagos Chapter in Nigeria will be led by Aima Nwafor-Ohiwerei, Eno Ekanem, Ferdinand Ademifere, Idris Bello and Uly Ogwah

“The next decade for Africa will be the decade of exponential technologies. From every indication, Africa has all the ingredients for becoming a hub for exponential technology, and creating a local chapter in our city will help drive the conversation in a very constructive way to  enlighten people, encourage collaboration, encourage projects, and stimulate interests that will open up the city of Lagos,” said Chapter leadership team member Ferdinand Ademifere.