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Wednesday, October 9
 

8:15am

9:00am

Big Data Gets Personal

Big Data

The next frontier for big data is the individual. From entertainment to health care, more accessible data and powerful analytics tools are making highly personalized new services possible. Will they be welcome or intrusive?

Featured speakers include:

  • Deb Roy, Associate Professor with MIT and Chief Media Scientist with Twitter, on understanding and leveraging ties between social media and mass media 
  • Mitchell Higashi, Chief Economist of GE Healthcare, on transforming healthcare with big data and the industrial internet 
  • Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher with Microsoft Research, on identifying the risks of hidden bias in big data research
  • Ari Gesher, Senior Engineer with Palantir Technologies, on the limitations of automated decision-making

 

Speakers

Kate Crawford

Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
Kate Crawford is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research New England, a visiting professor at the MIT Center for Civic Media, and a senior fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU. Over the last ten years, she has researched the social, political, and cultural contexts of networked technologies, with a focus on big data, crisis informatics, and social media. She was recently chosen as a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow, to address issues of big data and community resilience. She...
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Ari Gesher

Senior Engineer, Palantir Technologies
Ari Gesher is a senior engineer and Engineering Ambassador at Palantir Technologies. An alumnus of the University of Illinois computer science department, Ari has worked in the software industry for the past fifteen years, including a stint as the lead engineer for the SourceForge.net open source software archive.At Palantir Technologies, Ari has split his time between working as a backend engineer on Palantir's analysis platform, thinking and writing about...
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Mitchell Higashi

Chief Economist, GE Healthcare
As chief economist for GE Healthcare, Mitch Higashi leads a team that is responsible for market access, health economics, reimbursement, program investments, and economic forecasts. He currently serves on the advisory board for the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and the ISPOR Health Science Policy Council. Mitch is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (in biotechnology) and the Wharton School and holds a PhD in health economics from the University of Washington...
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Jason Pontin

Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review
As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company's annual conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum. Mr. Pontin joined MIT...
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Deb Roy

Associate Professor, MIT, Chief Media Scientist, Twitter
Deb Roy is chief media scientist of Twitter and a tenured professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2008 he cofounded and became CEO of Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company, which MIT Technology Review named one of the 50 most innovative companies of 2012; it was acquired by Twitter in 2013. At MIT Deb conducts research on language, games, and social dynamics at the intersection of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology. He is an author of over 100 academic...
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Wednesday October 9, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

10:30am

11:00am

Innovators Under 35
  • Steve Ramirez, Graduate Student, MIT
  • John Dabiri, Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology
  • Leslie Dewan, Chief Science Officer, Transatomic Power
  • Morgan Quigley, Cofounder, Open Source Robotics Foundation
Wednesday October 9, 2013 11:00am - 11:15am
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

11:15am

Brain-Inspired Computing
Matt Grob, CTO, Qualcomm

 

 

Speakers

Matt Grob

CTO, Qualcomm
Matt Grob is executive vice president and chief technology officer for Qualcomm Incorporated. In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of Qualcomm's technical path, the coordination of R&D activities across the company and the development of next-generation wireless technologies. Grob also leads Corporate R&D and provides oversight to Qualcomm Corporate Engineering Services.

Wednesday October 9, 2013 11:15am - 11:30am
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

11:30am

Neuroengineering: The Future Is Now

With growing understanding of how neurochemistry and electrical impulses define our thoughts and emotions, the field's leading researchers are working to translate this evolving knowledge into new medical treatments.

  • Ed Boyden, Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab
  • Daniela Schiller, Associate Professor, Mount Sinai Hospital    
  • Steve Ramirez, Graduate Student, MIT
  • Theodore Berger, Director, Center for Neural Engineering, University of Southern California
Speakers

Theodore Berger

Director, Center for Neural Engineering, University of Southern California
Dr. Theodore Berger’s research is currently focused primarily on the hippocampus, a neural system essential for learning and memory functions. Preclinical applications of Dr. Berger’s research include the development of cognitive neural prostheses for restoring lost memory; clinical applications extend to medical devices and procedures for controlling seizures; industrial applications include biologically-based models underlying spatio-temporal pattern recognition. His work was...
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Ed Boyden

Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab
Ed Boyden is associate professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute. He leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which develops tools for analyzing and engineering the circuits of the brain. These technologies, created often in interdisciplinary collaborations, include optogenetic tools, which enable the activation and silencing of neural circuit elements with light; 3-D microfabricated neural interfaces that enable...
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Steve Ramirez

Graduate Student, MIT
Steve is a graduate student at MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences department pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience. His work focuses on finding where single memories are located throughout the brain, genetically tricking the brain cells that house these memories to respond to brief pulses of light, and then using these same flickers of light to reactivate, inhibit, and create new memories. The goals of his research are twofold: to figure out how the brain gives rise to the seemingly ephemeral...
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Daniela Schiller

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Friedman Brain Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Daniela Schiller is a scientist studying the neuroscience of emotions. Her findings about erasing fear memories were published in the journal Nature, and she is the recipient of the NYAS Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists. She has also been telling stories on various stages in New York City and is a two-time Moth StorySlam winner. Schiller is also the drummer of The Amygdaloids, a band of scientists singing about the brain, the mind, and mental disorders.

Wednesday October 9, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

12:30pm

2:00pm

Emerging Technologies in Energy: Powering a World of 9 Billion

Kerry Emanuel, Professor, MIT will discuss the realities of our changing climate, and the imperative to establish sustainable energy for a world of 9 billion citizens by 2050

Dirk Smit, Vice President of exploration technology with Shell, on exploring for harder-to-find oil and gas resources

Leslie Dewan, Chief Science Officer, Transatomic Power on her plan to build a nuclear reactor that costs half as much, consumes nuclear waste, and will never melt down

John Dabiri, Professor, California Institute of Technology on a new approach to capturing wind power

 

 

 

Speakers

John Dabiri

Professor, California Institute of Technology
John Dabiri is a Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering at Caltech ~d a 2010 MacArthur Fellow. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.S.E. degree summa cum laude in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2001. He earned an M.S. degree in Aeronautics atCaltech, followed by a Ph.D. in Bioengineering with a minor in Aeronautics in 2005. He joined the Caltech faculty the same year. His honors include selection to Popular Science magazine's "Brilliant 10" scientists in 2008, the Office...
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Leslie Dewan

Chief Science Officer, Transatomic Power
Dr. Leslie Dewan is a co-founder and Chief Scientist of Transatomic Power, a nuclear reactor design company developing safe and environmentally-friendly nuclear power plants. She received her Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT in 2013, with a research focus on computational nuclear materials. She also holds S.B. degrees from MIT in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering. Before starting her Ph.D., she worked for a robotics company in Cambridge, MA, where she designed search-and-rescue...
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Kerry Emanuel

Professor, MIT
Dr. Kerry Emanuel is the Cecil and Ida Green professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has been on the faculty since 1981, after spending three years on the faculty of UCLA. Professor Emanuel's research interests focus on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. His interests also include cumulus convection, and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction...
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Dirk Smit

Chief Scientist Geophysics and VP Exploration Technology, Shell Global
Dirk graduated Cum Laude from University of Amsterdam, with Masters degrees in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics and followed by a PhD in Mathematical Physics, String Theory at Utrecht University in 1989. He went on to complete an academic post-doctorate at Berkeley and was awarded a fellowship at Harvard University. He joined Shell’s Geophysics R&D department in the Netherlands in 1992. Since then he has held numerous positions, including Chief Geophysicist for Shell UK and...
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Wednesday October 9, 2013 2:00pm - 2:45pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

3:00pm

3:30pm

Open Sourcery
Speakers

Marco Tempest

Cyber Illusionist
Marco Tempest is a cyber illusionist, combining magic and technology to produce astonishing illusions. He began his performing career as a stage magician and manipulator, winning many awards and establishing an international reputation as one of the world¹s most unique performers. His interest in computer generated imagery led him to incorporating video and digital technology in his work and the development of a new form of contemporary illusion. The expansion of the internet and social...
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Wednesday October 9, 2013 3:30pm - 3:45pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

3:45pm

Innovators Under 35
  • Evans Wadongo, Chairman and Executive Director, Sustainable Development for All–Kenya
  • Lina Nilsson, Founder, Tekla Labs
  • Amos Winter, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • Roozbeh Ghaffari, Cofounder, Director of Advanced Technology, MC10
Wednesday October 9, 2013 3:45pm - 4:00pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

4:00pm

Emerging Technologies in Education
 Scot Osterweil, Research Director for the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program, on the potential to influence social change with technologies that are improving STEM education

 

 

 


Speakers

Scot Osterweil

Research Director, MIT Comparative Media Studies Program, Creative Director, MIT Education Arcade
Scot Osterweil is creative director of the Education Arcade in the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program. He has designed award-winning games in both academic and commercial environments, focusing on what is authentically playful in challenging academic subjects. He is a founder and creative director of Learning Games Network (www.learninggamesnetwork.org), where he leads the Gates Foundation’s Language Learning Initiative (ESL), and where he designed Quandary, named Game of the Year at...
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Wednesday October 9, 2013 4:00pm - 4:30pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

4:30pm

Emerging Technologies in Health Care

Jonathan Bush, Cofounder, CEO and President of athenahealth, on deploying cloud-based services for more efficient, personalized health-care services 

Speakers

Jonathan Bush

Cofounder, CEO and President, Athenahealth
In 1997, Jonathan Bush cofounded Athenahealth as a women’s health practice management company. Today, it is pursuing a vision to build an information infrastructure that makes health care work as it should and has become a leading provider of cloud-based business services to U.S. medical groups. The Boston Business Journal recently recognized Athenahealth as one of the top 20 “Best Places to Work,” and the company was ranked fourth in the Forbes Fast Tech 25, a list of...
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Wednesday October 9, 2013 4:30pm - 4:45pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

4:45pm

Innovators Under 35 Presentations
  • Balaji Srinivasan, Cofounder, Counsyl
  • Enrique Lomnitz, Director, Isla Urbana
  • Yu Zheng, Lead Researcher, Microsoft Research Asia
Wednesday October 9, 2013 4:45pm - 5:00pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

5:00pm

Lemelson-MIT Prize: 2013 Winner Angela Belcher

Fireside Chat with Angela Belcher, MIT Professor and winner of the 2013 Lemelson-MIT prize


Angela Belcher, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy in Materials Science and Biological Engineering, and faculty member of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, was awarded the 2013 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize.  She will speak with MIT Technology Review Editor-in-Chief Jason Pontin about her inventive work leveraging nature to create new materials, the companies she has founded to bring that work to market, and how she's inspiring the next generation of student inventors, innovators and technologists.
Speakers

Angela Belcher

Professor, MIT and Winner of the 2013 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize
Dr. Angela Belcher, winner of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for 2013, is a leading scientist in the field of nanotechnology. She bases her work on the idea that nature, if given the proper set of ingredients and building conditions, can create an infinite number of materials. She has developed environmentally friendly batteries and clean transportation fuel, among other inventions with both commercial and social value. Belcher is currently the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy in Materials Science...
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Wednesday October 9, 2013 5:00pm - 5:30pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

5:30pm

 
Thursday, October 10
 

8:15am

9:00am

Fireside Chat: Investing in Innovation
Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab will interview Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution, Cofounder of America Online and Chairman of the Case Foundation.  Topic covered will include how a confluence of developments owing to technological innovation, public policy and the economic recovery has led to a boom in entrepreneurship outside of traditional innovation clusters.
Speakers

Steve Case

Chairman and CEO, Revolution; Cofounder, America Online; Chairman, The Case Foundation
Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. Case cofounded America Online in 1985, when the Internet was in its infancy. Under Case’s leadership, AOL became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company, and helped drive the worldwide adoption of a medium that has transformed business and society. Case then negotiated what remains the largest merger in...
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Joi Ito

Director, MIT Media Lab
Media Lab director Joi Ito is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways. A vocal advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom, Ito has served as both board chair and CEO of Creative Commons, and sits on the boards of Sony Corporation, Creative Commons, Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The New York Times Company, Mozilla...
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Thursday October 10, 2013 9:00am - 9:30am
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

9:30am

Emerging Technologies for Connected Cities
With 75 percent of us expected to live in cities by 2050, emerging technologies must deliver rapid innovation in communication, transportation, energy, water, and agriculture to meet the needs of growing urban populations around the world.

Featured speakers:

  • Katherine Frase, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer with IBM Public Sector on building smarter cities 
  • Carlo Ratti, Director of the SENSEable City Lab at MIT, on data-driven urban planning and climate-change amelioration plans 
  • Laura Schewel, Cofounder and CEO, Streetlight Data
  • Yu Zheng, Lead Researcher, Microsoft Research Asia

 

 

Moderator

Brian Bergstein

Deputy Editor, MIT Technology Review
Brian Bergstein is deputy editor of MIT Technology Review, with responsibility for stories in the print magazine and on the website. He has covered computing, telecommunications, and the Web since 2000, when he became the Silicon Valley correspondent for The Associated Press. He was a Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at MIT in 2004-2005, and from 2008 to 2010 he was the AP’s technology editor, before joining MIT Technology Review. He has a BS degree from Northwestern University.

Speakers

Katharine Frase

VP and CTO, IBM Public Sector
Dr. Katharine Frase was appointed vice president and chief technology officer of IBM Public Sector in March 2013. As CTO, she provides thought leadership for IBM and its customers on innovation and strategic transformation specific to government, education, life sciences, health care, and cities. Previously she was vice president for industry solutions research, working across IBM Research on behalf of IBM clients to create transformational industry-focused solutions, including the application...
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Carlo Ratti

Director, MIT SENSEable City Lab
An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He is also a founding member of the international design office Carlo Ratti Associati. He is currently serving as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management and a curator for the Future Food Pavilion for World Expo 2015. Ratti was named one of the 50 Most Influential Designers in America by Fast Company in 2011 and was highlighted in Wired magazine's...
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Laura Schewel

Cofounder and CEO, StreetLight Data
Laura Schewel is cofounder and CEO of StreetLight Data. Laura is an expert in advanced transportation, focusing on transportation systems, sustainability and safety. After completing degrees in engineering and comparative literature at Yale University, she worked at Rocky Mountain Institute, managing various vehicle electrification projects. Next, Laura joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to develop regulatory strategy for electric vehicles and energy storage. StreetLight Data is...
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Yu Zheng

Lead Researcher, Microsoft Research Asia
Dr. Yu Zheng is a lead researcher from Microsoft Research Asia. He is passionate about using data sciences to solve the challenges that cities face, such as traffic congestion and air pollution. He published over 50 quality papers (e.g. at SIGMOD and KDD), received 4 best paper awards (e.g. ICDE'13), and served conferences as a chair (e.g. ICDE2014). His book, titled “Computing with Spatial Trajectories”, has been used as a text book in universities. In 2008, he was...
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Thursday October 10, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

10:30am

11:00am

Innovators Under 35
  • Per Ola Kristensson, Lecturer, UNiversity of St. Andrews
  • Kira Radinsky, CTO, SalesPredict
  • Vijay Balasubramaniyan, CEO and Founder, Pindrop Security
  • Dmitri Alperovitch, CTO, CrowdStrike
  • Xiaolin Zheng, Assistant Professor, Stanford University
Thursday October 10, 2013 11:00am - 11:15am
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

11:15am

The Challenge of Disruptive Innovation and Risk
Joe Coray, Vice President, Technology & Life Science, Renewable Energy and International business at The Hartford, will speak about the facts and myths of disruptive innovation, especially in alternative energy and autonomous motion, when challenged by risk in an urban setting.
Speakers

Joe Coray

Vice President, The Hartford Financial Services Group
Joe Coray is the vice president and global practice leader for The Hartford in the Technology and Life Science practice and the International Strategy practice. In this capacity, he is responsible for all execution activities of the group, including overseeing field sales, underwriting and strategy for both practices, including information technology, electronics, telecommunications, renewable energy, and life sciences and medical technology. Since joining The Hartford in 2005, he has been in...
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Thursday October 10, 2013 11:15am - 11:30am
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

11:30am

Fireside Chat: Cybersecurity and Personal Identity

Cybersecurity

  • Craig Mundie, Senior Advisor to the CEO, Microsoft, on cybersecurity and the importance of protecting your personal identity online
Moderator

Jason Pontin

Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review
As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company's annual conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum. Mr. Pontin joined MIT...
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Speakers

Craig Mundie

Senior Advisor to the CEO, Microsoft
Craig Mundie is senior advisor to the CEO of Microsoft. In this role, he works on key strategic projects within the company, as well as with government and business leaders around the world on technology strategy, policy, and regulation. Previously, as Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, he oversaw Microsoft Research, one of the world’s largest computer- science research organizations, and was responsible for Microsoft’s long-term technology strategy. Mundie has...
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Thursday October 10, 2013 11:30am - 12:00am
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

12:00pm

1:30pm

Innovators Under 35
  • Bright Simons, President, mPedigree Network
  • Christine Fleming, Assistant Professor, Columbia University
  • Liangfang Zhang, Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego
  • Julie Kientz, Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Thursday October 10, 2013 1:30pm - 1:45pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

1:45pm

Evaluating The Right Emerging Technologies To Meet Your Stakeholder’s Needs
Speakers

Lee Forster

Practice Lead (commercial strategy), Technology Advisory, Sagentia
Lee is a Practice Lead in Sagentia’s Technology Advisory Group.  His focus is on helping companies navigate the commercial landscape for products and services predominantly within the science and technology industries, ensuring key issues such as pricing, regulatory and market access realities are fully understood. | He has a background in management consulting and was previously Global Head of Pricing & Market Access at KnowledgePoint 360, a key partner to global...
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Thursday October 10, 2013 1:45pm - 2:00pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

2:00pm

Emerging Interfaces
Mary Lou Jepsen, Head of Display Division, Google[x], a global thought leader on new ways to integrate digital screens into daily life, has been pushing the boundaries of what is possible for the next generation of  human/machine interfaces.
Speakers

Mary Lou Jepsen

Head of Display Division, Google[x]
Mary Lou is a global thought leader on new ways to integrate digital screens into daily life. She is known for innovative hardware architectures particularly focused on the screen, and for delivering them to mass production using the excess capacity of the world's high-volume manufacturing lines in Asia. Some of her recent work includes a proposal for a brain scan system with massively increased resolution that could allow us to dump crisp images directly to digital media. Recently, she became...
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Thursday October 10, 2013 2:00pm - 2:30pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

2:30pm

Global Impact: Additive Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing

A new era of manufacturing is arriving: next-generation multidimensional printing will transform the way that many industries design and make increasingly complex products. The global economic impact is only beginning to be understood.

Featured speakers include:

  • Stephen Hoover, CEO of PARC, a Xerox company, on democratizing access to product development and additive manufacturing  
  • Skylar Tibbits, director, MIT Self-Assembly Lab, on 4-D printing and imaging things that make themselves 
  • Stephan Biller, Chief Manufacturing Scientist, GE will share GE’s vision of the 21st century manufacturing paradigm, a digital thread that marries virtual tools with physical tools, and enables a smart factory that re-invents itself to continuously improve GE’s products and how they are made.

 


 

 

Speakers

Stephan Biller

Chief Scientist for Manufacturing, General Electric
Stephan Biller is the Chief Scientist for Manufacturing at General Electric. He is responsi­ble for GE’s advanced manufacturing strategy and the development of GE’s Smart Manufacturing Initiative across GE businesses to increase perfor­mance and productivity. Prior to being named to this position in April 2012, he was a Technical Fellow & Global Group Manager for Sustainable Manufacturing Systems at General Motors’ R&D. Dr. Biller received a Dipl.-Ing. degree in...
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Stephen Hoover

CEO, PARC, a Xerox Company
Stephen Hoover is CEO of PARC, a Xerox company. Practicing open innovation since 2002, PARC develops innovations and new technologies and takes those to market in collaboration with Fortune 500/Global 1000 companies, startups, and governments. Hoover leads PARC’s business and research in diverse areas including networking, electronics, clean tech, innovation services, intelligent systems, and more. Hoover specializes in integrating technology, market, and business opportunities, from...
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Skylar Tibbits

Director, MIT Self-Assembly Lab
Skylar Tibbits is a trained architect, designer, computer scientist, and artist whose research focuses on developing self-assembly technologies for large-scale applications in our physical environment. Skylar is currently a faculty member in MIT’s Department of Architecture, teaching graduate and undergraduate design studios and co-teaching How to Make (Almost) Anything, a seminar at MIT’s Media Lab. He was awarded a TED2012 Senior Fellowship and a TED2011 Fellowship and was named...
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Thursday October 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:15pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

3:15pm

Innovators Under 35
  • David Fattal, Principal Scientist, HP Labs
  • Hao Li, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
  • Laura Schewel, Cofounder and CEO, StreetLight Data
  • Eric Migicovsky, Founder, Pebble
Thursday October 10, 2013 3:15pm - 3:30pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

3:30pm

4:00pm

Digital Currencies and Payments
  • Simon Johnson, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Stephen Pair, Cofounder and CTO, BitPay
  • Ben Milne, CEO and Founder, Dwolla 

 

 

Moderator

Tom Simonite

Senior Editor, IT, MIT Technology Review
I’m MIT Technology Review’s IT editor for hardware and software and enjoy a diverse diet of algorithms, Internet, and human-computer interaction with chips on the side. Working in our San Francisco office, I cover new ideas about what computers can do for us, whether they spring from tech giants, new startups, or academic labs. | | My journey to the West Coast started in a small English town called Wantage and took in the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and five...
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Speakers

Simon Johnson

Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
Prof. Johnson is the Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is also a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a co-founder of BaselineScenario.com, a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers, and a member of the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the private sector Systemic Risk Council founded and chaired by Sheila Bair. | He is a regular contributor...
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Ben Milne

CEO and Founder, Dwolla, Inc.
Ben Milne, 30, is a mobile payments outsider and founder of Dwolla, a new payment network based in the heart of the Silicon Prairie. The company continues to disrupt Visa and Mastercard by building useful and innovative online and mobile products on top of its open and low-cost payment network. Ben is a repeat entrepreneur, having created and sold another multi-million dollar startup with oversea operations back in 2008. Open, candid, and honest, he is a sought after speaker in the international...
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Stephen Pair

Cofounder and CTO, BitPay
Stephen Pair, cofounder and CTO of Bitpay, founded the company in 2011 because he saw a need for bitcoin payment processing.  Bitcoin is a new financial technology, invented in 2009 as the first peer-to-peer digital currency, that makes it possible to send money like an e-mail—to anyone, anytime, anywhere—without going through a bank, government, or corporation. Pair is involved in all the company’s day-to-day operations, including research and engineering, product...
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Thursday October 10, 2013 4:00pm - 4:45pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

4:45pm

Fireside Chat: A Culture of Innovation
Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai, on nurturing innovation on a global scale
Moderator

Jason Pontin

Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review
As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company's annual conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum. Mr. Pontin joined MIT...
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Speakers

Tom Leighton

CEO, Akamai
Dr. Tom Leighton cofounded Akamai Technologies in 1998 and served as its chief scientist for 14 years before becoming chief executive. He is Akamai's technology visionary and leads the senior management team in setting the company's strategic direction, while engaging directly with customers and partners from around the globe.  One of the world's preeminent authorities on algorithms for network applications, Dr. Leighton holds numerous patents involving content delivery, Internet protocols...
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Thursday October 10, 2013 4:45pm - 5:10pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

5:10pm

5:30pm

 
Friday, October 11
 

8:30am

9:00am

Optional Entrepreneurship Workshop: Lab to Market

How do you know when a product, or idea, is enough to build a company on?  What is the best path to success for launching in the current market climate? Attend to learn the latest thinking and best practices for navigating the path from lab to market.  

Speakers:

Luis Perez-Breva

Identifying Emerging Technologies for Commercial Impact

New technologies and ideas are exciting. Until we get our hands on them, that is. Then we realize that there is a non-insignificant amount of work left to do and we hesitate:  Should I spend any more time on this? Is this ready for (fill the blank)? Is this an innovation? When should I give up?. In lack of a crystal ball the answers (in order) read  NO, NO, NO, NOW.
The problem might appear to be in the technology. It really isn’t. It is in the questions and in a profound misunderstanding of the innovation process. This talk is about the process, hands-on innovation, asking the right questions, and allowing yourself to discover where to go from here. For the last 6 years we have taught this process hands on to over 500 students at MIT, working with over 100 MIT Principal Investigators from all across campus, to figure out what’s next for over 120 technologies from across campus and beyond.  


Bill Aulet

Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship:24 Steps to Launching Successful Innovation-Driven New Ventures … Or Revitalizing Older Ones

Interest in entrepreneurship is exploding globally yet many people believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught, that those who become successful were born with something others lack. But the greatest entrepreneurs—Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and all the others—really had just one thing in common: They made great products. Disciplined Entrepreneurship offers a comprehensive, integrated and proven step-by-step approach to founding a company through creating an innovative, highly successful product. It breaks down the necessary processes into 24 discrete steps that any industrious person can learn and apply.  


*Advance registration is required as seating is limited. EmTech MIT attendees will receive a separate registration URL through email.

Speakers

Bill Aulet

Managing Partner, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Bill Aulet is the Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship serving all five schools at MIT.  He is also a Senior Lecturer and teaches three entrepreneurship courses per semester from the introductory fundamental to the most advanced.  He has been a successful serial entrepreneur founding and running multiple companies and has directly created hundreds of millions of dollars of shareholder value.  He has just completed his first book, Disciplined...
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Luis Perez-Breva

Lecturer and Research Scientist at MIT School of Engineering, Co-Director of MIT Innovation Teams Program (Joint MIT Engineering and Sloan)
Luis Perez-Breva, PhD is an expert in the process of technology innovation and an entrepreneur. Currently he co-directs the MIT Innovation Teams Program, MIT’s flagship hands-on innovation program joint between the Schools of Engineering and Management. He is also the co-lead of the Innovation Pillar of the MIT Skoltech Initiative, and collaborates with MIT’s innovation initiatives in Portugal, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. He has taught the process of technology innovation to...
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Friday October 11, 2013 9:00am - 11:00am
Lecture Hall (MIT Media Lab) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)

11:00am

Optional MIT and Kendall Square Tours (Advanced Registration Required)

Advance registration is required as space is limited. EmTech MIT attendees will receive a separate registration URL through email.

 

Options include:

  • Microsoft New England Research & Development Center
  • Broad Institute Genomics Platform
  • Broad Institute ChemBio Tour (Robots)
  • The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
  • MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
  • The McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Speakers

Bill Aulet

Managing Partner, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Bill Aulet is the Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship serving all five schools at MIT.  He is also a Senior Lecturer and teaches three entrepreneurship courses per semester from the introductory fundamental to the most advanced.  He has been a successful serial entrepreneur founding and running multiple companies and has directly created hundreds of millions of dollars of shareholder value.  He has just completed his first book, Disciplined...
Read More →

Friday October 11, 2013 11:00am - 12:30pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA)
 
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