Conference Speakers


Marcus Shingles
Chief Executive Officer

Marcus Shingles is the Chief Executive Officer of the XPRIZE Foundation, a non-profit founded by its Executive Chairman, Dr. Peter Diamandis. XPRIZE is the leading expert in designing and implementing innovative models that utilize gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive competitions, and exponential technologies to solve the world’s grandest social challenges.

Prior to XPRIZE, Marcus was a Partner at Deloitte Consulting LLP and leader of Deloitte Consulting’s Innovation Group where he worked with corporate executive teams to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation driven by “exponentials” (e.g., 3d printing, block-chain, crowd-sourcing, AI) resulting from the accelerated pace of discovery, invention, and technology. At Deloitte, Marcus also championed the strategic global partnership with Singularity University, and helped establish and lead the Innovation Partnership Program with XPRIZE and SU.  Read more...

keynote speaker, writer, and musician

Ravi Hutheesing (Rah-vee Hut-tee-sing) is an entrepreneur who has built his brand as a keynote speaker, writer, and musician. Having spent his life being a bridge between baby-boomers and millennials, his integrity-centric philosophies have influenced businesses, educators, and over a million people throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, the US Department of State engages Ravi as a cultural diplomat to promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding around the world, and he partners with non-profits globally to promote education, the arts, and cultural awareness.

His worldwide visibility skyrocketed as the original guitarist for Mercury recording artist and triple Grammy nominee, Hanson, whose massive fan base of the earliest millennials made them the top-selling band in the world around the turn of the millennium. Ravi has performed on the stages of the Tonight Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live, Madison Square Garden, Superdome, and the White House; penned over a hundred articles for major magazines; authored Dancin' with Hanson published by Simon & Schuster; and released interactive-video music courses on TrueFire, CDs of original songs on his own label, and multiple singles on iTunes.

Also an aviator, The Raviator discovered that 50% of pilots play a musical instrument, yet the aviation industry was not using music to attract millennials and reverse the shrinking pilot population (millennials prioritize music). He created a niche market and brand within aviation and performs concerts at air shows, endorses music and aviation companies interested in marketing to pilots, developed a signature model folding guitar that fits in small airplanes, and in addition to helping the industry recruit millennial talent, speaks on pilot hearing loss prevention since he meets more hearing impaired pilots than musicians.

Ravi is the first American born member of India's Nehru-Gandhi family who created and governed the world's largest democracy for over 40 years. 

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