Our Story

Exosphere was founded in 2012 by successful entrepreneurs in different fields. We started by running 12-week entrepreneurship boot camps in Chile. A lot of hard work and iteration created the current 8-week emerging tech courses. We think this is the start of something incredible. We chose to do this from the ground up, rather than from the top down as most educational institutions are built.

In many ways, Exosphere is an immune response to the broken institutions of the world. Our mission is to build the educational institution of the future. An institution that facilitates lifelong learning and mixes the highly theoretical with the extremely practical. But in everything we do, we put people first.

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Map of International Community

+1200

Alumni

47

Represented
Countries

9

Programs

41

Workshops

Our Work

Educational Programs

Educational programs

Making science, technology, and entrepreneurship approachable and inclusive through education.

Startup Labs Black

Startup Laboratory

Empowering exceptional talent to develop startups & intellectual property in revolutionary fields.

Consulting Workshops

Consulting & Workshops

Helping other organizations and businesses navigate and thrive through the challenges of the future.

Foundation

Foundation

Providing scholarships, building opportunities, and grantmaking activities for the Academy around the world.Learn About Donating

Core Philosophy

We are united by a set of common values and philosophies pushing the boundaries of research, challenging established dogmas, and bringing people together to solve the problems of the world.

Human Centered

Human-Centric

Like playwriter Arthur Miller said "Man must shape his tools lest they shape him." We believe that we must tackle technology with humanity at its core, and not the other way around.

Cutting Edge

Self Examination

We believe that an original and meaningful life can only be achieved through knowing yourself and being dedicated to asking difficult questions.

Transdisciplinary

Transdisciplinary

We aspire to a future where sciences, humanities, and creative fields are accessible to all people and connected in a way that they can collaborate and enhance each other’s potential.

Genuine Community

Community

A worldwide support network that encourages people to take risks and pursue their passions with the confidence that if they fall, somebody will be there to help them get back up.

Our Team

Skinner Layne

SKINNER
LAYNE

Chairman

United States

Antonio Manno

ANTONIO
MANNO

Senior Advisor

Italy

Luke Blackburn

LUKE
BLACKBURN

Chief of Staff

United States

Hoss Layne

HOSS
LAYNE

Operations

United States

Matt Kennedy

MATT
KENNEDY

Senior Curator

New Zealand

Nikita Pikalov

NIKITA
PIKALOV

Lead Designer

Russia

Advisor Network

Andy Ellwood

Andy Ellwood

President at Basket &
Founding Trustee at Exosphere Foundation

Adrienne Barber

Adrienne Barber

Senior Director, Partnership Marketing at Major League Soccer

Venkatesh Rao

Venkatesh Rao

Principal at Ribbonfarm Consulting

Nell Watson

Nell Watson

Associate Faculty AI & Robotics at Singularity University

Hodan Ibrahim

Hodan Ibrahim

Co-founder at Qurtuba Publishing House

Neil Bedwell

Neil Bedwell

Founding Partner at Local Industries

Kelly McCarthy

Kelly McCarthy

Senior Director, Global Brand Marketing at Nike

Enrico Dini

Enrico Dini

Creator of D-Shape 3D Printing Tech & Founder of Monolite UK

Andres Ochoa

Andrés Ochoa

CTO at OneSkin Technologies & Founder and Director at SyntechBio