EmTech is our journalism on stage
September 17-19, 2019
MIT Media Lab
Cambridge, MA


EmTech MIT is your opportunity to discover future trends and to understand the technologies that will drive the global economy in the years ahead.

Our flagship event, the program is held each fall on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA. EmTech MIT offers a carefully curated perspective on the most significant developments of the year, with a focus on understanding their potential economic as well as societal impact.

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

2019 Themes

Climate Changed »
A defining challenge of our time remains unsolved in the decades-long effort to develop sustainable, affordable energy sources to power a growing global population. Now, with the effects of climate change growing more visible around the world, to a very real extent our time is up. We will examine the innovative initiatives underway to support communities and regional economies through adaptation to a climate changed.

Progress or Peril: A Users Guide to Technological Innovation »
It seems inevitable that breakthroughs in science and technology will come with unintended consequences. Yes, the stakes are rising as new technologies are created and shared nearly immediately at global scale, from artificial intelligences we don’t fully understand to developing the ability to edit the human genome. To benefit from the promises while mitigating the risks of new breakthroughs, technical literacy across a surprising range of fields is your new normal.

A New Era In Computing »
For decades, breakthroughs in traditional computing have reshaped our daily lives and industries around the world. With new developments in the fields of AI and quantum computing, among others, the time is now to understand and plan for the new capabilities that await as we reach beyond Moore’s Law.

The Human Impact of Innovation »
The rapid pace of automation new technologies are 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. How will we define, build and monitor ethical technology, and endure that the benefits promised by technological progress benefit most of us, not just some.

Personalized Medicine: One for All? »
The concept of engineering better health, augmenting our physical and mental abilities, and extending longevity with technology is the promise of personalized medicine. Yet, only the wealthiest are able to benefit today. If the future of healthcare will be focused in the individual, how can the benefits be more equitably distributed to all?

New in 2019: EmTech Immersion

Innovation Circle and Premium pass holders are invited to arrive early to participate in EmTech Immersion activities on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Participants may select one of several tours that we are arranging to offer unique access to the globally renowned research community in Cambridge, MA.


Hear from technology and business leaders driving the new global economy

We're curating a program that brings our editorial coverage to life and highlights the executives, technologists, and innovators you need to know.

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Meet the Innovators Under 35

This year marks the 20th anniversary of MIT Technology Review’s annual list honoring influential young innovators around the world. Known today as our Innovators Under 35, this list is MIT Technology Review’s annual opportunity to recognize outstanding innovators spanning a wide range of technologies. We search the world for young innovators who are undertaking groundbreaking work that promises to shape their fields in the coming decades.

Whether they are making progress in the development of a new technology, or identifying a creative application of existing technologies to solve the world’s biggest problems, EmTech MIT is our opportunity to recognize these remarkable honorees in person.

EmTech 2019 Schedule

September 17-19

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

  • 2:00
    Learning Sessions

    A special session, featuring your choice of EmTech immersion topics

    *Innovation Circle or Premium Pass registration required

  • 6:00
    VIP Welcome Event

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

    *Innovation Circle registration required

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

  • 8:00
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00
    General Sessions
  • 12:30
    Lunch & Networking
  • 2:00
    General Sessions
  • 5:30
    Networking Reception

Thursday, September 19, 2019

  • 8:00
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00
    General Sessions
  • 12:00
    Lunch & Networking
  • 1:30
    General Sessions
  • 5:00
    2019 Innovator Under 35 Awards & Reception

    Celebrating the 2019 Innovators Under 35

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

Register now

Reserve Your Seat

Three registration options are available:

Innovation Circle || +3-day experience limited availability

Half-day learning session on Sep 17

VIP welcome event on Sep 17

Two full days of conference sessions and two receptions on Sep 18-19

Welcome kit

Expedited check-in

Reserved seating during sessions

Private lounge access

One-year Insider Plus subscription

Premium Pass || 3-day experience

Half-day learning session on Sep 17

Two full days of conference sessions and two receptions on Sep 18-19

One-year Insider Basic subscription

General Admission || 2-day experience limited availability

Two full days of conference sessions and two receptions on Sep 18-19

Your registration also includes the The Download email newsletter with the top emerging tech stories delivered daily to your inbox.

We are pleased to offer discounts to MIT alumni and other members of the MIT community, non-profit organizations, select affiliate groups, and parties of three or more. Email to inquire about your eligibility: eventsreg@technologyreview.com.

  • Media Registration

    To request a media pass for an MIT Technology Review conference, please fill out the media registration form.

    Media passes are limited, and are granted only to working journalists who intend to cover the event (see media and analyst required credentials on the form). The information you submit will be reviewed carefully, so please be as detailed as possible when filling out the form. Media credential approval for a prior MIT Technology Review conference does not guarantee approval for this event.

    Email press@technologyreview.com with any questions.

  • Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel your registration for EmTech for any reason, you must notify us in writing before August 19, 2019 for a refund less a $295 processing fee. Cancellations on and after August 19 are nonrefundable. You may transfer your registration to another person at any time by providing authorization to us in writing. All cancellations and transfers should be sent to: eventsreg@technologyreview.com.

  • Attendee Code of Conduct

    The mission of MIT Technology Review is to inform our audience about important new technologies. We are curating a series of discussions that includes a wide range of views on the most significant technologies and trends of the year. We value diversity of ideas and perspectives from our speakers and our audience. We are proud to bring varying points of view to our stage, and are committed to providing a respectful environment for our speakers and audience. By joining us at EmTech, you agree to maintain a respectful environment during all conference events.

    By registering for this event, you acknowledge that you may receive promotional messages from the event sponsor(s). You may adjust your preferences at any time by clicking on the link in the email.

The Most Innovative Square Mile on the Planet

Plan your trip to MIT and stay in the heart of Kendall Square.

Discounted hotel rates are available to EmTech attendees. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This season is an especially busy time in the Boston/Cambridge area. Attendees are encouraged to book early. 

Venue + Travel

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

Hyatt Regency Cambridge

Discounted Conference Rate:
$279/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.


Book online at the discounted rate »


You may also reserve your stay at 617-492-1234. Be sure to mention the EmTech room block.


The group rate expires on August 26, 2019.

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.


Book online at the discounted rate »


You may 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 29, 2019.


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.

Cab Companies

Ambassador Brattle: 617.492.1100

Checker Cab Co.: 617.497.9000

Yellow Cab: 617.547.3000

Car Services

Boston Coach: 800.672.7676 (reservation line)

Commonwealth Limo: 617.787.5575



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