MIT Media Lab
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.
Our flagship EmTech event will examine this year’s most significant news on emerging technologies.
This Year's Themes
- The Democratization of AI
Technical advances are making it possible for non-experts to apply AI in their work, accelerating the pace at which new AI solutions are deployed. The pace of automation that this technology is fueling will reach every corner of the global economy.
- Global View: Innovation in the AI Era
Artificial-intelligence technologies are driving economic growth in every region. The rapid pace of automation that this technology is fueling brings discussions around ethics and governance to the forefront, as we work to ensure that the next wave of innovation will benefit us all.
- Sustainable Energy
The central issue of our day is the search for sustainable, affordable energy sources to power a growing and increasingly connected global population. We will examine the most innovative new approaches to meet fast-growing global demand for clean energy.
- Our Data, Ourselves—Personalized Health Care
Massive and growing databases of gene sequencing data promise long-sought breakthroughs in medicine. How will we balance the pursuit of better health with ethical questions raised by this fast-moving field, from defining acceptable applications to establishing ownership of our genetic data?
- The Future (of Computing) Is Quantum
Quantum computers are on the cusp of commercialization. What is quantum computing, and what will it be capable of?
- Promise and Perils of Blockchain
Can cryptocurrencies play a serious role in the world financial system? We assess their potential in the global economy.
- Innovators Under 35
Innovators Under 35 is an annual list that recognizes outstanding innovators, spanning a wide range of technologies, whose groundbreaking work promises to shape their fields in the coming decades. EmTech MIT is our chance to recognize the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve the world’s biggest problems.
EmTech: where tech, business, and culture converge
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:
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- Policy Leaders
- Tech Media
- Venture Investors
- IP Professionals
Hear from technology and business leaders driving the new global economy
Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon UniversityFei Fang is an assistant professor at the Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research lies in the field of artificial intelligence and multi-agent systems, focusing on game theory and machine learning, with applications to security, sustainability, and mobility. Her work won the Innovative Application Award at the Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence in 2016 and the Outstanding Paper Award in Computational Sustainability Track at the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence in 2015, and her dissertation was selected as the runner-up for IFAAMAS-16 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award. The US Coast Guard has used her research to guide patrol ships protecting the Staten Island Ferry since April 2013. Another project she was involved in, PAWS (Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security), provides predictive and prescriptive analysis for anti-poaching efforts in conservation areas around the world.
Senior Editor for AI, MIT Technology ReviewWill Knight is a senior editor at MIT Technology Review, covering artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, self-driving cars, and human-machine collaboration. Will grew up in London, and was previously an editor at New Scientist magazine in the UK.
Editor in Chief, MIT Technology ReviewGideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.
Distinguished University Professor and Bice Zorn Professor of Physics, University of MarylandChristopher Monroe is a quantum physicist who specializes in the isolation of individual atoms for applications in quantum information science. After graduating from MIT, Monroe earned his PhD in physics in 1992 from the University of Colorado , where he paved the way toward the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation. From 1992 to 2000 he was a postdoc and then staff physicist at NIST, where he helped lead the team that demonstrated the first quantum logic gate in 1995. In 2000, Monroe became a professor of physics and electrical engineering at the University of Michigan, where he pioneered the use of single photons to couple quantum information between atoms and also demonstrated the first electromagnetic atom trap integrated on a semiconductor chip. From 2006 to 2007 he was the director of the National Science Foundation Ultrafast Optics Center at the University of Michigan. In 2007 he became the Bice Zorn Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland and a fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute. In 2008, Monroe’s group succeeded in producing quantum entanglement between two widely separated atoms and for the first time teleported quantum information over a large distance. Since 2009 his group has investigated the use of ultrafast laser pulses for speedy quantum entanglement operations, pioneered the use of trapped ions for quantum simulations of many-body models related to quantum magnetism, and proposed and made the first steps toward a scalable, reconfigurable, and modular quantum computer.
Senior Editor for Biomedicine, MIT Technology ReviewAntonio Regalado is the senior editor for biomedicine for MIT Technology Review. He looks for stories about how technology is changing medicine and biomedical research. Before joining MIT Technology Review in July 2011, he lived in São Paulo, Brazil, where he wrote about science, technology, and politics in Latin America for Science and other publications. From 2000 to 2009, he was the science reporter at the Wall Street Journal and later a foreign correspondent.
Institute Professor, MITProfessor Rivest is an Institute Professor at MIT, which he joined in 1974 as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a member of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), a member of the lab’s Theory of Computation Group, and a founder of its Cryptography and Information Security Group. He is a coauthor (with Cormen, Leiserson, and Stein) of the text Introduction to Algorithms. He is also a founder of RSA Data Security, now named RSA Security (the security division of EMC), Verisign, and Peppercoin. Professor Rivest has research interests in cryptography, computer and network security, electronic voting, and algorithms.
Editor, MIT Technology ReviewDavid Rotman is the editor of MIT Technology Review. He supervises editorial for both the print magazine and the website. A science and business journalist, he has written extensively on chemistry, biotechnology, materials science, and environmental issues. He joined MIT Technology Review in January 1998 as a senior editor covering nanotechnology. Before joining MIT Technology Review, Rotman was managing senior editor at Chemical Week magazine in New York City, where he supervised coverage of technology, research, and environmental issues. He has a BS degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Senior Editor for Energy, MIT Technology ReviewJames Temple is the senior editor for energy at MIT Technology Review. James is focused on clean energy and the use of technology to combat climate change. Previously, James was a senior director at the Verge, deputy managing editor at Recode, and columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle.
Senior Editor for Business, MIT Technology ReviewAs the senior editor for business, Elizabeth Woyke is focused on writing stories that explore the important question: what is the future of work when AI, automation, and on-demand services are altering how we define what a job is and who qualifies as an employee? Other areas of interest include new models for workforce training and education, how companies are increasing employee diversity and inclusion, and startups that are developing innovative workplace tools and technologies.
Elizabeth began her career at Time Asia, followed by staff jobs at BusinessWeek and Forbes. More recently, she co-authored an e-book for O’Reilly Media about the gig economy and wrote a book called The Smartphone: Anatomy of an Industry, which was published in 2014.
EmTech 2018 Schedule
September 11-14 Agenda
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
6:00VIP Welcome Event
Private welcome event for EmTech speakers, Innovators Under 35, and special guests
*Innovation Circle registration required
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
8:00Registration & Breakfast
12:30Lunch & Networking
5:30Lemelson-MIT Prize Honors & Reception
Hosted by the Lemelson-MIT Program
Thursday, September 13, 2018
8:00Registration & Breakfast
12:00Lunch & Networking
5:002018 Innovator Under 35 Awards & Reception
Celebrating the 2018 Innovators Under 35
Friday, September 14, 2018
9:00Registration & Breakfast
A half-day deep dive into one of MIT Technology Review's major themes
*Innovation Circle or Premium Pass registration required
Venue + Travel
MIT Media Lab
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
75 Amherst Street
(Corner of Ames and Amherst)
Cambridge, MA 02139
Conference Location: Entire 6th floor of Building E14
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
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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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Boston Marriott Cambridge
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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.
You may also reserve your stay by phone at: 1-800-228-9290 or 617-494-6600. Be sure to mention the EmTech room block.
The group rate expires on August 20, 2018.
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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