EL PASO, TX – March 21, 2019 – The Singularity University (SU) El Paso Chapter, in collaboration with Progress 321, held a discussion and networking event Wednesday night at the Cardwell Collaborative featuring a conversation with Andrew Latimer, the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Rabbet. The event focused on the value that incubator and accelerator programs bring to the growth and progress of startups and innovators and served to introduce the El Paso community to what the SU El Paso Chapter is doing in shaping the innovative mindset of the El Paso/Juarez region.
Singularity University, a learning center based out of the NASA Research Park in California and founded by Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis, seeks to address humanity’s grand challenges through exploring and applying exponential technology development solutions across innovative business models and major industries. SU is committed to fostering the development of scalable, sustainable positive impact to enable other to tackle the world’s most urgent problems: disaster resilience, energy, environment, food, governance, health, learning, prosperity, security, shelter, space, and water.
SU programs and events, like Wednesday night’s discussion, explore the mindset, tools, and resources that lead to a successful and transformative journey to the future. They seek to redirect the mindset to not only make something better, but something different and of value.
The MCA Foundation has committed to be a strategic partner to the local SU Chapter. “The Launch of the SU Chapter in El Paso comes at a great time,” Jesus Carrillo, Singularity El Paso Leadership Team Member and Sr. Director of Engineering Projects for the MCA Foundation, explains. “I think we as a region have the assets, the programs, the people, the inventions and the entrepreneurs to use the mindset, resources, and inspiration that SU brings to the table and to take it to a whole new level.”
Guest speaker Andrew Latimer, an El Paso native, has worked for a number of successful startups and led numerous engineering, development and integration teams. Leveraging his extensive technical and industry knowledge, Andrew has helped build Rabbet into a revolutionary platform for lenders and developers in the construction finance ecosystem. As someone who went through an accelerator program, Andrew talked about the support accelerator and incubator programs can provide and how this experience helped him in his career.
"The importance of role models cannot be underestimated in regard to changing a community’s mindset and culture,” states Singularity El Paso Team Member and moderator of Wednesday’s event Jonathan Childress, “Andrew’s story is a great example of someone who is from El Paso making an impact on an industry through technology that can inspire others from the region to achieve more."
The SU El Paso Chapter will be hosting more of these networking and speaker events in the months to come. Their Chapter Launch will be held on April 17th where they will be joined by Singularity team leaders from California. To learn more about their free membership or about how to get involved, visit https://global.su.org/chapters/el-paso.