Artificial intelligence is changing every business.
Don't be left behind.

March 27-28, 2017
St. Regis Hotel
San Francisco, CA


AI already impacts every industry, and human-machine interaction is becoming increasingly natural and intuitive. Yet, it’s difficult to discern facts from hype. EmTech Digital does just that–giving you the business intelligence you need in this rapidly shifting landscape. Together, we’ll forge ahead on the discussions started at the conference last spring: What are the key developments of the past year? How will their commercialization affect you? What can you do right now to stay ahead?

At EmTech Digital you’ll:

Learn how to harness new technologies to build a competitive business advantage: increase revenue, ensure security, make the best hires in a changing workforce.

Gain clear business insights that help you cut through the noise around artificial intelligence and big data in order to chart your strategy.

Meet the sharpest minds in the technology, engineering, academic, startup, and management communities–the people leading the next wave of intelligent technologies.

This Year's Themes

EmTech Digital examines established and emerging artificial-intelligence techniques and explores how every industry will feel the impact of these developments.

- The State of AI
Artificial intelligence technologies already automate many of our day-to-day experiences. We’ll explore lessons learned from early applications and look ahead at ground-breaking research into natural language recognition and robots that learn from and teach each other.

- Business in the Age of AI
As artificial intelligence moves into commercial environments, expectations of the systems we interact with each day are changing quickly. Leading experts explain the impact that AI already makes in business and predict how we can expect it to change the face of industries like health care, manufacturing, transportation, enterprise IT, and the creative arts around the world.


The innovators at the heart of the next wave of the digital revolution are here.

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  • Adam

    CEO, Skydio

    Autonomous Drones as Airborne Assistants

    Adam Bry is cofounder and CEO of Skydio, a venture-backed drone startup based in the Bay Area. Prior to Skydio he helped start Project Wing at Google[x], where he worked on the flight algorithms and software. He holds an SM in aero/astro from MIT and a BS in mechanical engineering from Olin College. Adam grew up flying radio-controlled airplanes and is a former national champion in precision aerobatics.
  • Pedro

    Professor, University of Washington

    Building Machines That Will Learn, Discover, and Adapt

    Pedro Domingos is a professor of computer science at the University of Washington and the author of The Master Algorithm. He is a winner of the SIGKDD Innovation Award, the highest honor in data science, and a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a Sloan Fellowship, the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, and numerous best-paper awards. His research spans a wide variety of topics in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science, including scaling learning algorithms to big data, maximizing word of mouth in social networks, unifying logic and probability, and deep learning.
  • Andrew

    Vice President and Chief Scientist, Baidu

    The State of AI: Deep Learning In Practice

    Dr. Andrew Ng joined Baidu in May 2014 as chief scientist. He is responsible for driving the company's global AI strategy and infrastructure. In addition to his role at Baidu, Dr. Ng is an adjunct professor in the computer science department at Stanford University. In 2011 he led the development of Stanford's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform and taught an online machine-learning class that was offered to over 100,000 students. This led to the cofounding of Coursera, where he continues to serve as chairman. Previously, Dr. Ng was the founding lead of the Google Brain deep-learning project. Dr. Ng has authored or coauthored over 100 research papers in machine learning, robotics, and related fields. In 2013 he was named to the Time 100 list of the most influential persons in the world. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, and the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Jason

    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 Technology Review in 2004 as its editor and was named publisher in August 2005. Mr. Pontin was born in London and raised in Northern California. He was educated in England, at Harrow School and Oxford University.
  • Carol


    Robots on the Road: AI in Autonomous Vehicles

    Carol is the cofounder and president of, a startup using deep learning to develop the software that will power the autonomous transportation of the future. She has studied human-robot interaction extensively and worked in surgical and underwater robotics. She is also an active advocate for diversity and education in tech.
  • Ruslan

    Associate Professor, CMU and Director of AI Research, Apple

    The Promise and Limitations of Machine Learning

    Ruslan Salakhutdinov received his PhD in computer science from the University of Toronto in 2009. After spending two postdoctoral years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Lab, he joined the University of Toronto as an assistant professor in the Departments of Statistics and Computer Science. In 2016 he joined the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University as an associate professor. Ruslan's primary interests lie in deep learning, machine learning, and large-scale optimization. His main research goal is to understand the computational and statistical principles required for discovering structure in large amounts of data. He is an action editor of the Journal of Machine Learning Research and served on the senior program committee of several learning conferences, including NIPS and ICML. He is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow, a Canada Research Chair in Statistical Machine Learning, a senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and a recipient of the Early Researcher Award, Connaught New Researcher Award, Google Faculty Award, and Nvidia's Pioneers of AI award.
  • Matthew

    Founder/CEO, Clarifai

    Next-Generation Computer Vision at Work

    Matthew Zeiler is an artificial-intelligence expert with a PhD in machine learning from NYU. His groundbreaking research in visual recognition, conducted alongside renowned machine-learning pioneers Geoff Hinton and Yann LeCun, has propelled the image recognition industry from theory to real-world practice. As the founder of Clarifai, Matt is applying his award-winning research to create the best visual recognition solutions for businesses and developers and power the next generation of intelligent apps. Reach him @MattZeiler.

Who Should Attend

EmTech Digital is for senior executives responsible for information, technology, security, strategy, and marketing–those charged with driving innovation and product development across industries and sectors within their business.

EmTech Digital is a must-attend for:
- C-Level Executives
- Heads of Innovation
- VC/Investors
- VPs of Strategy
- VPs of Product Planning
- R&D Specialists
- IT Decision Makers

EmTech Digital 2017 Schedule

It’s not another lecture … it’s an invitation to join the conversation.

Monday, March 27, 2017

  • 8:30
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00
    General Session
  • 12:30
    Lunch & Networking
  • 1:45
    General Session
  • 5:30

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

  • 8:30
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00
    General Session
  • 12:15
    Lunch & Networking
  • 1:30
    General Session
  • 4:45
    Closing Toast

Featured Speaker: Andrew Ng

Vice President and Chief Scientist, Baidu
Session: The State of AI: Deep Learning In Practice

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St. Regis Hotel

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San Francisco, CA 94103

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Venue + Travel

March 27-28, 2017
St. Regis Hotel
San Francisco

St. Regis Hotel

The 5-star St. Regis San Francisco hotel embodies extraordinary hospitality with modern-day sophistication. This luxury hotel features 306 guest rooms and suites, all equipped with rainforest showers, minibars, and several flat-screen TVs (including one in the bathroom). You’ll find yourself in the heart of one of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods with the most exciting galleries, San Francisco attractions, events, restaurants, and shopping. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the new Jewish Contemporary Museum, the financial district, and Union Square's select stores are all minutes away. A brief stroll takes you to the hill-climbing delights of the city's legendary cable cars, and the Golden Gate Bridge leads you to the bucolic charms of wine country.

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The St. Regis San Francisco enjoys an artful address, just steps from the top things to do in San Francisco. The Museum of the African Diaspora, featuring the rich history of African art and culture, is conveniently located within the hotel. In addition, the renowned San Francisco Museum of Modern Art showcases noteworthy talent directly next door, and the vibrant new Jewish Contemporary Museum stands less than one block from the hotel. The financial district and Union Square's select stores are minutes away, offering a plethora of things to do in San Francisco. A brief stroll takes you to the hill-climbing delights of the city's legendary cable cars, and the Golden Gate Bridge leads you to the bucolic charms of wine country.

Driving from the North Bay

Sausalito, Tiburon, Muir Woods, Sonoma

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San Francisco International Airport, Santa Clara, San Jose, Monterey, Carmel

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Driving from Oakland Airport

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Pervasive computing has arrived. Digital technologies connect everything around us, making everyday things smarter. We’ll look at the implications for our personal and professional lives.

EmTech Digital provides the intelligence you’ll need to succeed by exploring tomorrow's digital technologies and explaining their global impact on business and society. You'll gain access to the innovative people and companies at the heart of the next wave of the digital revolution.

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