Peter Diamandis, entrepreneur, author and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, will present “Transforming Scarcity to Abundance,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. 

The lecture and related showcase of startup companies proposed by high school and college students will be held in conjunction with the Festival of the Arts BOCA.

Diamandis, best-selling author of “Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think” and “BOLD – How to Go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World,” created the XPRIZE, a highly leveraged and incentivized honor that pushes the limits of what’s possible to change the world for the better.

Prior to the presentation, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., attendees will enjoy exploring local entrepreneurial talent at the FAU Runway Startup Showcase, featuring cutting-edge innovations and disruptive technologies from the business accelerator’s program.  FAU Tech Runway will also be on-hand to answer questions about their 2018 launch competition.

Among the startups on display will be Two Degrees, Gaming Frog, VideoPura, Bacon Boxes, SlideMap and Intercept Health Solutions. TechGarage, a program where high school and college students meet weekly to work on science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects, will also be on display.

FAU Tech Runway is a core entrepreneurship hub that incubates and accelerates early-stage and startup companies. The annual Launch Competition provides the most promising ventures and talented entrepreneurs the opportunity to join the Venture Class Program. A cohort of 21 venture companies is selected once per year. Companies may apply to one of three separate tracks: community-based entrepreneurs, FAU students, and FAU faculty and staff. For more information, visit

Festival of the Arts BOCA, which will be held Feb. 23 through March 4, will welcome a parade of stars to South Florida including legendary soprano and five-time Grammy Award winner, Kathleen Battle; superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman’s In The Fiddler’s House; the only South Florida appearance by Bill Murray, Jan Vogler

and friends; the Academy Award winning film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, with John Williams’ popular score being played live by the Symphonia; and the Harold López-Nussa Trio from Havana with a program of Cuban-infused jazz.

The Authors & Ideas program welcomes Hannah Tinti, best-selling author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley; Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order; Peter Diamandis, entrepreneur, Founder of the X Prize Foundation, and bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think; 13-time Grammy Award winner, T Bone Burnett, innovative artist, songwriter, performer, film and concert producer, record company owner and artist advocate and James Marshall, adventurer and documentary film producer.

For tickets to the Festival of the Arts BOCA, or for more information, visit

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