DISTURB
THE UNIVERSE

Forge yourself into a person of Conscious Action
Immerse in the technologies reshaping the world
Go on an exciting adventure and determine your next steps in life

Florianópolis, Brazil

Traditional education gives you the tools to conform to reality.

Exosphere gives you the tools to transform it.

Critical Self-Examination

  • Analyze your physical and mental habits
  • Identify patterns of weakness
  • Break down your cognitive biases and eliminate your blind spots
  • Develop personalized strategies for overcoming everything holding you back
  • Understand the interconnection of your Mind, Body, and Spirit

Emerging Technology Immersion

  • Connect with leading experts in AI, Synthetic Biology, & Blockchain
  • Discover the Problems that new technologies can solve
  • Learn the tools of meta-learning so that you can teach yourself anything
  • Study the business models of the tech companies you read about in the news
  • Define your place in the technology-driven Creative Economy

Hands-On, Project-Based Learning

  • Apply your new knowledge immediately to make it stick
  • Exploit the friction of creation to accelerate your personal growth
  • Collaborate in a unique community environment
  • Start being a person who takes action instead of one with cool plans & ideas
  • Push yourself to achieve more in six weeks than you have in the past year
meet your fellows
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Nell Watson

Artificial Intelligence

Nell Watson is a world-renowned engineer, speaker, entrepreneur, technology consultant, and thought leader in AI and machine learning. Nell is the founder and CEO of Poikos, a Machine Vision startup based in Amsterdam that uses computer vision and machine learning to personalize consumer goods. She serves on the Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Faculty at Singularity University, is the Founder of the International Society of Digital Medicine, and is a Senior Scientific Advisor to the Future Society’s AI Initiative at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Nell joins the Exosphere Academy’s Faculty for the third time, having previously been a Visiting Fellow at Exosphere’s Athena boot camp for women in entrepreneurship and as a Symposiast at Exosphere’s AI Nexus in Santiago, Chile.

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Isis Eich

Biohacking

Isis Eich is a biotechnologist, futurist, and entrepreneur who has been active in science & entrepreneurship education and the Open Science movement in Brazil for the past 11 years. She works to explore new ways to expand scientific education, improve access, and cultivate scientific thinking to empower both individuals and communities. Isis holds a graduate degree in Biotechnology from the State University of Maringa, a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Science and Technology from the Federal University of Alfenas as well as degrees in English & Portuguese Literature and International Trade Strategy.

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Anish Mohammed

Blockchain

Anish Mohammed is multi-disciplinarian who in the past has worked as a medical doctor, bioinformatician, security expert and most recently as strategy consultant. Someone who is passionate about technology, especially big data, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, AI, cryptography and security, including leading technical positions at HSBC and Lloyds. Anish is also an avid robotics enthusiast who is actively involved in Open Source Unmanned Aerial Vehicle projects. His interests mostly focused on navigation algorithms for unmanned vehicles. He has spent half his career researching cryptographic algorithms and protocols and has also worked as a strategy consultant. He is an alumnus of Singularity University. He is also on the advisory board for Ripple Labs , Adjoint, Arteia, Chain of Things, IEET , Privacyshell and EAVentures. He also happens to have significant interests in the ethics of AI and is one of the leaders behind Obol and OpenEth.

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Felipe Matos

Entrepreneurship

Felipe Matos is one of the founding fathers of the Brazilian tech startup ecosystem as a startup founder, financier, and as COO of Startup Brasil. He is the Founder of Startup Farm, the most prominent and successful accelerator in Brazil with 247 companies in its portfolio, totaling US$1.1 billion in combined market capitalization. Felipe is internationally recognized for his work in building the Brazilian ecosystem, and was among four global finalists for the Groundbreaking Innovation Prize awarded by the Global Entrepreneurship Network in 2015.

Nell Watson is a world-renowned engineer, speaker, entrepreneur, technology consultant, and thought leader in AI and machine learning. Nell is the founder and CEO of Poikos, a Machine Vision startup based in Amsterdam that uses computer vision and machine learning to personalize consumer goods. She serves on the Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Faculty at Singularity University, is the Founder of the International Society of Digital Medicine, and is a Senior Scientific Advisor to the Future Society’s AI Initiative at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Nell joins the Exosphere Academy’s Faculty for the third time, having previously been a Visiting Fellow at Exosphere’s Athena boot camp for women in entrepreneurship and as a Symposiast at Exosphere’s AI Nexus in Santiago, Chile.

choose your focus

July 3 - August 11

Transdisciplinary projects are the perfect catalyst for collaboration.
Dive deep in a technology or focus on building a Startup MVP
Work with your new peers from all over the world to combine perspectives, ideas, and knowledge

learn more from our visiting fellows

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Edward Sullivan

Managing Partner at Velocity Group

Edward Sullivan is a globally sought-after executive coach and team development consultant and the Managing Partner at Velocity Group, whose clients include executives at Apple, Facebook, LinkedIn, Salesforce, and Pebble. He works with both startup founders and corporate executives to develop their own brand of compassionate and connected leadership. Edward holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

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Amy Jo Martin

Social Media

Amy Jo Martin is the author of New York Times best-seller Renegades Write the Rules, and host of the Why Not Now? podcast. She founded Digital Royalty in 2009 to help corporations, celebrities and sports entities humanize their brands online through social communication channels. Amy Jo has worked closely with world-renowned brands such as Hilton Worldwide, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal and received investment capital from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. Amy Jo herself has a social media following of more than a 1.1 million people and was named the third most powerful woman on Twitter by Forbes. Amy Jo believes the future of technology is the future of humanity. She conducts clinical research studies and travels the world to speak about this and many other topics.

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Andy Ellwood

President at Basket

Andy Ellwood is currently Co-founder and President of Basket, a community of shoppers committed to never over-paying for groceries again. A graduate of Texas A&M, Andy quickly learned what life on the front lines of sales looks like, first selling life insurance and then selling private jets for Warren Buffett. He leveraged those lessons and an addiction to innovation into roles leading business development globally for Gowalla through its acquisition by Facebook in 2011 and and then again for Waze through to its acquisition by Google in 2013. Andy is also a Co-founder of Bond, which was acquired in 2016 by Newell Rubbermaid. He has been featured extensively in the media, including CBS, the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and as a contributor to Forbes since 2012. Andy has consulted companies such as Absolut, BMW, American Airlines, and HBO's comedy television show Silicon Valley on the mindset and philosophies of start-up culture, entrepreneurship, and the future of work.

Edward Sullivan is a globally sought-after executive coach and team development consultant and the Managing Partner at Velocity Group, whose clients include executives at Apple, Facebook, LinkedIn, Salesforce, and Pebble. He works with both startup founders and corporate executives to develop their own brand of compassionate and connected leadership. Edward holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

our founders

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Skinner Layne

Founder & Chairman at Exosphere

Skinner Layne is the Founder and Chairman of Exosphere, whose mission is building new institutions in education, venture capital, and civil society. He has broad experience in business, finance, technology, and politics, having consulted for NASDAQ companies, advised the campaigns of a U.S. Senator, and founded multiple startups. Skinner is a thought leader, researcher, and teacher in individual and organizational psychology, having developed a novel framework for modeling behavior and mental states, mapping strategies for personal & professional development, and creating mechanisms for overcoming personality conflicts in high-stress and chaotic work environments, with a specialty in managing teams of high IQ scientists & technologists. He has been living in Latin America for 9 years and is a sought-after speaker for his contrarian views on science, technology, and innovation. In his spare time, Skinner enjoys reading, spending time in nature, playing chess, cooking, and conversations about philosophy, politics, literature, and religion. He currently lives in Florianopolis, Brazil with his dogs Adelaide and Hydra.

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Antonio Manno

Co-Founder at Exosphere

Antonio Manno founded the first Internet Service Provider in Southern Italy in 1994. He later founded the first auction online company in Italy in the 1999, which was valued at €200 million at its peak, but then met the fate of many other dotcom bubble era companies. Antonio spent 5 years in Estonia opening Felicitalia, a unique Made in Italy wine bar and fashion store, and then worked as an investment consultant studying and opening the Baltic market for the Italian Small & Medium Enterprises. A mechanical engineer by training, Antonio began his career in industry, having been the production manager of the Snia Bpd, which at the time was the chemical subsidiary of the FIAT Group, and served as chief production manager of Fapack Spa, a plastic film manufacturing company. In 2012, he moved to Chile where he and Skinner Layne co-founded Exosphere.

Skinner Layne is the Founder and Chairman of Exosphere, whose mission is building new institutions in education, venture capital, and civil society. He has broad experience in business, finance, technology, and politics, having consulted for NASDAQ companies, advised the campaigns of a U.S. Senator, and founded multiple startups. Skinner is a thought leader, researcher, and teacher in individual and organizational psychology, having developed a novel framework for modeling behavior and mental states, mapping strategies for personal & professional development, and creating mechanisms for overcoming personality conflicts in high-stress and chaotic work environments, with a specialty in managing teams of high IQ scientists & technologists. He has been living in Latin America for 9 years and is a sought-after speaker for his contrarian views on science, technology, and innovation. In his spare time, Skinner enjoys reading, spending time in nature, playing chess, cooking, and conversations about philosophy, politics, literature, and religion. He currently lives in Florianopolis, Brazil with his dogs Adelaide and Hydra.

Methodology

Breakthroughs in science & tecnhology, as well as successful businesses, are produced at the intersections of different disciplines and life experience. By cross-pollinating ideas, collaboration is the most effective way to truly unlock the ideas hidden in the crevasses of society's imperfect models for understanding the world.

Looking at problems from different domain perspectives and building transdisciplinary teams to build solutions to problems, Exosphere is a hands-on, project-based educational environment that facilitates better learning.

Traditional education gives you the tools to conform to reality.

Exosphere gives you the tools to transform it.

Alumni Profile

READ HIS STORY

AGE 23

Entrepreneur, Coder

Slovakia

“One cannot be just tinkering with the forces of change, one has to be the force of change itself.”

Viktor Futo

Alumni Profile

READ HER STORY

AGE 26

Entrepreneur

France

“I want to build a better society on the principles that are taught at Exosphere Academy.”

Laura Bui

Alumni Profile

READ HIS STORY

AGE 24

Biochemist, Researcher

USA

“At least I still have a faint glimmer of hope that we can embrace our differences and work together to forge a brighter future.”

Alex Borrelli

Alumni Profile

READ HIS STORY

Marketing, Life Coach

Russia

“I hoped that this new experience will open up a new chapter in my life.”

Yaroslav Smirnov
tuition

$2950 USD

July 3 - August 11

Florianopolis, Brazil

Disturbing the Universe Together

We know that we aren’t alone.

Our mission is to continue searching out and connecting everyone who shares this vision and wants to embrace their agency to be a force for change and good in the world.

By changing a bit of your thinking, learning relevant skills, and surrounding yourself with the right people, you can build whatever you envision. At Exosphere, you get all three.

No matter who you are, where you come from, what your background is, you can seize control of your future.

It's your journey, and Exosphere is here to help you along the way.

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