Discover the emerging technologies that will change the world.

November 6-9, 2017
MIT Media Lab
Cambridge, MA


EmTech is your opportunity to discover future trends and to understand the technologies that will drive the new global economy.

It's where tech, business, and culture converge, and where you gain access to the most innovative people and companies in the world.

The 17th annual EmTech will examine this year’s most significant news on emerging technologies.

This Year's Themes

  • Business Impact

    The future of work

    Automation and digital technologies are destroying jobs.
    Automation and digital technologies are creating unprecedented opportunity.

    Both are true today. How can we help the workforce adapt?
  • Connectivity

    What is social media doing to society?

    Connectivity is the great promise of this era. Social media is connecting people around the world at an extraordinary pace. Yet there are important issues that we need to address if these technologies will reach their potential.
  • Intelligent Machines

    Can AI get smarter?

    What are the limitations of machine learning and other current approaches? What comes next?
  • Rewriting Life

    Next-generation brain interfaces

    How are emerging interfaces going to change computing?
  • Sustainable Energy

    Adapting to the reality of climate change

    How will new technologies help us survive and thrive in the face of climate change?
  • Meet the Innovators Under 35

    This year's list will be revealed in August 2017

Who Should Attend

MIT Technology Review events consistently attract senior-level business and technology decision makers who drive the global innovation economy.

EmTech is a must-attend for:
- C-Level Executives
- Policy Leaders
- Innovators
- Tech Media
- Entrepreneurs
- Venture Investors
- IP Professionals


Technology and business leaders driving the new global economy

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  • Brian

    Editor at Large, MIT Technology Review

    Brian Bergstein is editor at large 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 is a graduate of Northwestern University.
  • Kris

    Chief Scientist and Cofounder, Narrative Science

    AI’s Language Problem

    Kris focuses on R&D at Narrative Science. His main priority is to define the future of advanced natural language generation, an artificial-intelligence technology that turns structured data into text, using your intent as its guide.

    In addition to being chief scientist, Kris is a professor of computer science at Northwestern University. Previously, he founded the University of Chicago’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research has always been focused on artificial intelligence, machine-generated content, and context-driven information systems.

    Kris previously sat on a United Nations policy committee run by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). He received his PhD from Yale.
  • Reid

    Cofounder, LinkedIn; Partner, Greylock Partners

    The Future of Work

    An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses, as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive, “blitzscale” growth.

    Reid cofounded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, in 2003. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 450 million members around the world and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising, and software licensing. He led LinkedIn through its first four years and to profitability as chief executive officer. He previously served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was also a founding board member.

    Reid joined Greylock Partners in 2009. He focuses on building products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects. He currently serves on the boards of Airbnb, Edmodo, Convoy, Blockstream, and a few early-stage companies still in stealth mode. In addition, he is a board member of a number of not-for-profit organizations, including Kiva, Mozilla Corporation, Endeavor, and CZI Biohub. Prior to joining Greylock, he was an angel investor in many influential Internet companies, including Facebook, Flickr,, and Zynga.

    Reid is the coauthor of two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-up of You and The Alliance. His next book is focused on “blitzscaling,” based on his Stanford course of the same name.

    Reid earned a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University. In 2010 he was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute. In 2012, he was honored with the Martin Luther King Center’s Salute to Greatness Award. Also in 2012, he received the David Packard Medal of Achievement from TechAmerica and an honorary doctor of law degree from Babson University.
  • Joi

    Director, MIT Media Lab

    The Future of Work

    Joi Ito is the director of the MIT Media Lab, professor of the practice at MIT and the author, with Jeff Howe, of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future (Grand Central Publishing, 2016).

    Ito is chairman of the board of PureTech Health and serves on several other boards, including those of the New York Times Company, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Knight Foundation. He is also the former chairman and CEO of Creative Commons, and a former board member of ICANN, the Open Source Initiative, Sony, and the Mozilla Foundation.

    A serial entrepreneur, Ito helped start and run numerous companies, including one of the first Web companies in Japan, Digital Garage, and the first commercial Internet service provider in Japan, PSINet Japan/IIKK. He has been an early-stage investor in many companies, including Formlabs, Flickr, Kickstarter, littleBits, and Twitter.

    He has received numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute and the Golden Plate Award from the Academy of Achievement, and he was inducted into the SXSW Interactive Festival Hall of Fame in 2014. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from the New School and Tufts University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ito will be a visiting professor of the practice at the Harvard Law School from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2020.
  • Mary Lou

    Founder, Openwater

    Capturing Our Imagination: The Evolution of Brain-Machine Interfaces

    Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen is the founder of Openwater, whose goal is a wearable device with MRI-plus resolution that can transform the capabilities and costs of diagnostic technology and someday even enable telepathy. Previously she was an engineering executive at Facebook, Oculus, Google[x], and Intel. In addition, Mary Lou has founded four startups, including One Laptop per Child, where she was CTO and chief architect, delivering the $100 laptop to mass production. Her startup CEO experience includes the world’s only fabless display screen company, which was based in Taipei. She has been a professor at both MIT in Cambridge and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. She is an inventor on well over 100 published or issued patents and has shipped billions of dollars worth of consumer electronics on the hairy edge of what the physics will do. She has been recognized with many awards, including Time magazine’s “Time 100” as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and as a CNN top 10 thinker.
  • David

    Professor, Harvard University; Founder, Carbon Engineering

    The Growing Case for Geoengineering

    David Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology, and public policy for 25 years. His work is focused on the science, technology, and public policy of solar geoengineering. He took first prize in Canada’s national physics prize exam, won MIT’s prize for excellence in experimental physics, and was one of Time magazine’s Heroes of the Environment. David is a professor of applied physics in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a professor of public policy in the Harvard Kennedy School, and founder at Carbon Engineering, a company developing technology to capture carbon dioxide from ambient air.
  • Tomaso

    Investigator, McGovern Institute; Eugene McDermott Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT

    Understanding Intelligence

    Tomaso Poggio is Eugene McDermott Professor in MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is a founding member of the McGovern Institute and is also the director of the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines, a multi-institutional collaboration headquartered at the McGovern Institute. He joined the MIT faculty in 1981, after 10 years at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tubingen, Germany. He received a PhD in 1970 from the University of Genoa. Poggio is a Foreign Member of the Italian Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the 2014 Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience.

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EmTech 2017 Schedule

2017 Agenda

Monday, November 6, 2017

  • 6:00
    VIP Welcome Event

    Private welcome event for EmTech MIT speakers, Innovators Under 35, and special guests

    *Innovation Circle registration required

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

  • 8:00
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00
    General Session
  • 10:30
    Break & Networking
  • 11:00
    General Session
  • 12:30
    Lunch & Networking
  • 2:00
    General Session
  • 3:30
    Break & Networking
  • 4:00
    General Session
  • 5:30
    Lemelson-MIT Prize Honors & Reception

    Hosted by the Lemelson-MIT Program

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

  • 8:00
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00
    General Session
  • 10:30
    Break & Networking
  • 11:00
    General Session
  • 12:00
    Lunch & Networking
  • 1:30
    General Session
  • 3:00
    Break & Networking
  • 3:30
    General Session
  • 5:00
    2017 Innovator Under 35 Awards & Reception

    Celebrating the 2017 Innovators Under 35

Thursday, November 9, 2017

  • 9:00
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:30
    Learning Sessions

    Half-day deep dive into one of MIT Technology Review's major editorial themes

    *Innovation Circle or Premium Pass registration required

In the heart of the MIT campus

This event takes place at the MIT Media Lab, in the heart of the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Here you can't help but feel the excitement and inspiration of being at the top university in the world, surrounded by the top technology minds anywhere.

MIT Media Lab
Building E14
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Venue + Travel

November 6-9, 2017
MIT Media Lab
Cambridge, MA

MIT Media Lab

EmTech happens at the MIT Media Lab in the heart of the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Here you can't help but feel the excitement and inspiration of being at the top university in the world, surrounded by the top technology minds anywhere.

MIT Media Lab
Building E14
75 Amherst Street

(Corner of Ames and Amherst)
Cambridge, MA 02139

Conference Location: Entire 6th floor of Building E14

Hotel information

Boston Marriott Cambridge

Discounted Conference Rate:
$329/night plus tax
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Explore historic Cambridge from the modern comfort and convenience of the Boston Marriott Cambridge. Located steps away from the popular Kendall Square, our hotel is situated next to the city's top shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, and offers superb access to world-class institutions like Harvard University and MIT. Upon arrival, guests will be checked-in to their spacious guest rooms and suites, all of which feature thoughtful details like plush bedding, high-speed Internet access, and 32-inch LCD TVs. Take time to visit our on-site fitness center and indoor pool facility before heading to our lobby Starbucks® for a morning coffee, or dine with us at Champions, our signature American restaurant.


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Hyatt Regency Cambridge

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$269/night plus tax
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Hyatt Regency Cambridge is located along the scenic Charles River overlooking the Boston skyline and is in the midst of two uncommonly exciting cities, Boston and Cambridge. Discover Boston and Cambridge at a hotel just minutes from Boston, adjacent to MIT, Harvard and Boston Universities. The Hyatt's guests are greeted with a dynamic 16-story atrium lobby featuring 470 newly renovated guestrooms. Zephyr on the Charles is the hotel's full service restaurant featuring eclectic dining, extraordinary views and authentic service. The state-of-the art Hyatt Stay Fit Health Club features a 75 ft heated indoor pool, eucalyptus sauna and steam room.


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MIT is located on the north shore of the Charles River Basin in Cambridge, MA, USA. The campus is within three miles of two major interstate highways and less than six miles from a major international airport; it is accessible via public transportation. MIT is a 15-30 minute walk from downtown Boston (depending on the weather). MIT is a 30-40 minute walk from Harvard University, which is located just up the river from MIT.

Via Public Transportation

MBTA ("The T") Subway — Take the Red Line subway to the Kendall/MIT Station.

The Media Lab is located on the Red Line at the "Kendall/MIT" stop of the subway. You can transfer to the Red Line without additional fees from any other subway line at the appropriate station. Please check the subway map at your boarding point for more detailed information.

At the Kendall/MIT stop, you will surface on Main Street in Kendall Square. Landmarks include the Marriott Hotel and the MIT Coop. Facing Main Street, with the Marriott Hotel and the MIT Coop to your back, proceed right (west) to the first traffic light. This is the intersection of Main Street and Ames Street, with Legal Seafoods on the corner. Turn left onto Ames Street. The Media Lab is about halfway down the block, the second building on the left at 20 Ames Street. It is a large, contemporary, white­tiled building. Adjacent and connected to E15 is the new Media Lab expansion building (E14); its address is 75 Amherst Street. For information on Boston's public transportation system, including maps and schedules for bus, subway, and commuter rail service, please consult the MBTA.

From Logan Airport

By Taxi — Taxi fare from the airport is about $20­$25. During non­rush hour, the taxi ride will take about 15 minutes. During rush hour, the ride could take 30 minutes.

By Subway — From any terminal at Logan Airport, take the Silver Line bus to South Station. At South Station, change to the Red Line subway to Kendall/MIT (inbound toward Alewife). Under normal conditions the ride will take about 30 minutes; the fare is $2.00.

By Car — Leaving the airport, follow the signs to the Sumner Tunnel. Enter the tunnel and stay in the right lane. At the end of the tunnel, continue to stay in the right lane, start down an incline and bear to the right immediately at the sign for Storrow Drive. Take Exit 26 for Cambridge/Somerville. Follow the signs for Back Bay/Cambridge (do not take the exit for Cambridge/Somerville). Stay in the right lane and follow the signs for Storrow Drive Westbound. After you pass under the pedestrian walkbridges, change to the left lane and take the exit for 2A North. Turn right and cross the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue).


From the Massachusetts Turnpike — Exit at "Brighton/Cambridge." Follow signs to Cambridge. The Doubletree Hotel will be on your right. Go straight over the bridge into Cambridge (on River Street) and take your first right onto Memorial Drive. The Charles River will be on your right. Go straight on Memorial Drive, staying to the left and going over the overpass at the Boston University (B.U.) Bridge (past MicroCenter). Staying in the left lane, pass under the next bridge, which is the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue). The first street after that bridge, to the left, is Ames Street—but it is one way in the wrong direction. You will have to take the second left (sign says Kendall Square) onto Wadsworth Street. Take the first left onto Amherst Street. The Media Lab is at 75 Amherst Street (E14) and 20 Ames Street (E15), at the corner where Amherst Street ends at Ames Street.

From Logan Airport — Leaving the airport, take the Sumner Tunnel to 93 North. Exit right off of 93 at the Cambridge/Storrow Drive exit. When the ramp splits, bear right following signs to Storrow Drive. Exit left at the Kendall Square exit. At the traffic light, go right onto the Longfellow Bridge. Follow Main Street (Main flows into Broadway) and take a left at the second set of lights (Ames Street). The Media Lab will be on your left about a block and a half down Ames Street. Logan International Airport's Web site provides up­to­the­minute information on weather, construction, and traffic.

To Logan Airport — Drive away from the river on Ames Street, and make the first right onto Main Street. Follow Main Street to the Longfellow Bridge; proceed over the Longfellow Bridge. At the end of the bridge, there will be signage directing you to Route 93 South. Follow Route 93 South to the Airport exit. From Route I­93: From I­93, take exit 26, and follow the signs to Back Bay along Storrow Drive West, approximately 1.5 miles, to the exit for Route 2A. The exit will be on the left, just before the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue). The Charles River will be on your right. As you cross the bridge, you will be looking at MIT. At the end of the bridge, turn right on to Memorial Drive. The first street after that bridge, to the left, is Ames Street—but it is one way in the wrong direction. You will have to take the second left (sign says Kendall Square) onto Wadsworth Street. Take the first left onto Amherst Street. The Media Lab is at 75 Amherst Street (E14) and 20 Ames Street (E15), at the corner where Amherst Street ends at Ames Street.

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Featured Speaker: Reid Hoffman

Cofounder, LinkedIn & Partner, Greylock Partners
In conversation with MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito

Session: The Future of Work

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