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Wednesday, October 9

9:00am EDT

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


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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Wednesday October 9, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

11:15am EDT

Brain-Inspired Computing
Matt Grob, CTO, Qualcomm



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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... Read More →

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

2:00pm EDT

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




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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Wednesday October 9, 2013 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

4:00pm EDT

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




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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... Read More →

Wednesday October 9, 2013 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

5:00pm EDT

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.

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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... Read More →

Wednesday October 9, 2013 5:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA
Thursday, October 10

9:30am EDT

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



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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... Read More →

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Thursday October 10, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

11:15am EDT

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.

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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... Read More →

Thursday October 10, 2013 11:15am - 11:30am EDT
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

2:30pm EDT

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.




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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Thursday October 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:15pm EDT
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

4:00pm EDT

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



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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... Read More →

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Thursday October 10, 2013 4:00pm - 4:45pm EDT
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA
Friday, October 11

9:00am EDT

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.  


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.

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Friday October 11, 2013 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Lecture Hall (MIT Media Lab) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

11:00am EDT

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

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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... Read More →

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