The convergence of technology, business, culture, and you
September 17-19, 2019
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EmTech MIT is for leaders driving innovation and changing the world.

Examining the most important topics in technology today, EmTech MIT hosts key influencers in industry, policy, and academia exploring new approaches to working with and driving technology innovations.

MIT Technology Review’s editors will bring to life the most significant advances in AI, climate adaption, personalized medicine, data security, space technology, longevity, and the future of work. Our sessions examine the challenges of balancing progress, economics, and the betterment of society and will leave you with a host of new ideas and new perspectives on how to manage, and capitalize on, the change brought about by technology.

Hear from the top innovators under 35.

EmTech celebrates the 2019 Innovators Under 35, MIT Technology Review’s annual list of young leaders. You’ll be inspired by these innovators and their stories of how they are changing the world in which you live, work, and play.

This Year's Themes

  • A New Era In Computing

    For decades, breakthroughs in traditional computing have reshaped industries and daily life around the world. With developments moving fast in the fields of AI and quantum computing, among others, the time is now to understand and plan for new capabilities that are coming into view. We will also examine the emerging risks that accompany these breakthroughs, such as rising cybersecurity threats.
  • Climate Changed

    The economic impact of our changing climate is far reaching, requiring decisive action to address the growing risks around the world. In areas from urban planning to agriculture, we will examine innovative initiatives underway to support communities and regional economies through adaptation to a changed climate.
  • What’s Next in Longevity and Aging?

    The arrival of more affordable and accessible technology for gene sequencing and editing has profound implications. The concept of engineering better health, augmenting our physical and mental abilities, and extending longevity with these and other technologies is the promise of personalized medicine. What are the implications for health care and other industries as the aging population grows?
  • Liftoff: Space Tech Takes Off

    You don’t need to be a stargazer or rocket scientist to benefit from the rising buzz around space technologies. From 3D printing to more powerful analysis tools fueled by AI, developments in the space industry are poised to have some unexpected implications for your field as well. We’ll take a look at how they could affect you.
  • The Human Impact of Innovation

    The rapid pace of automation being fueled by digital technologies has brought discussions around ethics and governance to the forefront. The stakes are rising as new technologies—from the ability to edit the human genome to artificial intelligences we don’t fully understand—are created and shared nearly immediately at global scale. How will we ensure that the benefits promised by technological progress are accessible and advantageous to all?
  • Meet the Innovators Under 35

    Innovators Under 35 is MIT Technology Review’s annual list that recognizes outstanding innovators and their groundbreaking work, 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 marks the 20th anniversary of our celebration of these technologists, trailblazers, and trendsetters.
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. Each session offers unique access to innovation and research by renowned experts. Attendees will get a peek at the latest MIT research, gain insights into the path to commercialization with lab-to-market experts, glean best practices on leading teams to achieve breakthrough innovations, and more. 

-A Look at the Lab-to-Market Life Cycle

-A Look into the Cancer Research at the Broad Genome Sequencing Lab

-A Look into the MIT Media Lab

Speakers

Hear from technology and business leaders driving the new global economy

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  • Rediet
    Abebe

    Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows; Cofounder, Black in AI

    2019 Innovator Under 35: She uses algorithms and AI to fight socioeconomic inequality

    Rediet Abebe is a computer scientist with a strong interest in the promotion of equality and justice. Her research is in the fields of algorithms and AI, with a focus on improving access to opportunity for historically marginalized and underserved communities. As part of this research agenda, she co-founded and co-organizes Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG), a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research initiative, as well as Black in AI, an organization focused on increasing the presence and inclusion of Black individuals in AI. Abebe is currently a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a PhD candidate in computer science at Cornell University. She holds MS degrees from Cornell and Harvard as well as an MA from the University of Cambridge and a BA from Harvard College, both in mathematics. Abebe was recently honored in the Bloomberg 50 list as a "one to watch." Her work has been covered by outlets including Forbes, The Boston Globe, MIT Technology Review, and The Washington Post. Her research is deeply influenced by her upbringing in her hometown of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she lived until moving to the US in 2009.
  • Katie
    Bach

    Managing Director, Good Jobs Institute

    The Good Jobs Strategy

    Katie Bach has spent most of her career focused on job creation, access, and quality. She is currently the managing director of the Good Jobs Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to helping companies thrive by creating good jobs. Before joining the Good Jobs Institute, Katie was a director of global strategy at Starbucks, where she led the development of the company’s annual strategic plan. Previously, she spent nearly five years in management consulting, primarily with McKinsey & Company, advising clients on organizational structure, human capital management, and strategy. While at McKinsey, Katie was also on the founding team of Generation, McKinsey’s global youth employment program. Katie has an undergraduate degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from the University of Oxford. She was valedictorian of her master’s program in global politics at the London School of Economics and received her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. At Sloan, she won a Siebel Scholarship, McKinsey Award, and Forte Fellowship, all for outstanding academic and leadership contributions.
  • Anurag
    Bajpayee

    Cofounder and CEO, Gradiant Corporation

    2019 Innovator Under 35: His approaches can treat dirty wastewater and can make desalination more efficient.

    Anurag Bajpayee is the cofounder and CEO of Gradiant Corporation. Under his leadership, Gradiant has evolved from a technology start-up into a global brand with diversified applications and multiple divisions around the world. Prior to founding Gradiant, Anurag earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, where he worked on industrial desalination and water treatment. His doctoral work was recognized by the Scientific American as a top 10 world changing idea and is now part of Gradiant’s technology portfolio. Anurag has co-authored seminal journal articles and holds several patents in the field of water treatment. He also holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri and a Masters from MIT.
  • Jainey
    Bavishi

    Director and Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency

    A Livable Climate: New York City’s Plan for Adapting to Climate Change

    Jainey K. Bavishi currently serves as the Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency and Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, where she leads the City's OneNYC resiliency program, preparing the city for the impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats.

    Jainey most recently served as the Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In this role, she led the implementation of the climate preparedness pillar of the President's Climate Action Plan. In the final year of the Obama Administration, she was responsible for embedding and institutionalizing climate resilience considerations across Federal programs and policies, advancing climate equity to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change on low-income and other vulnerable communities, and developing innovative approaches to climate adaptation finance. Prior to this, Jainey served as the Executive Director of R3ADY Asia-Pacific based in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was responsible for initiating, expanding, and managing the start-up public-private partnership, which focused on enhancing disaster risk reduction and resilience in the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, she served as the Director of External Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, DC. She was also the Founding Director of the Equity and Inclusion Campaign, a coalition of community-based leaders in the Gulf Coast region that focused on recovery from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, at the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.

    Jainey has a Master's degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bachelor’s degree in public policy and cultural anthropology from Duke University.
  • Yoshua
    Bengio

    Founder and Scientific Director, Mila (Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute)

    Towards Human-level AI: Scientific and Social Challenges

    Yoshua Bengio is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in artificial intelligence and a pioneer in deep learning. Since 1993, he has been a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Operational Research at the Université de Montréal. Holder of the Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms, he is also the founder and scientific director of Mila, the Quebec Institute of Artificial Intelligence, which is the world’s largest university-based research group in deep learning. In 2018, Bengio collected the largest number of new citations in the world for a computer scientist thanks to his many publications. The following year, he earned the prestigious Killam Prize in computer science from the Canada Council for the Arts and was co-winner of the A.M. Turing Prize, which he received jointly with Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun. Concerned about the social impact of AI, he actively contributed to the development of the Montreal Declaration for the Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence.
  • Vence
    Bonham

    Senior Advisor to the NHGRI Director on Genomics and Health Disparities, NIH

    A Lab-to-Clinic Case Study: Seeking a Cure for Sickle-Cell Disease

    Vence Bonham received his bachelor of arts from James Madison College at Michigan State University and his juris doctor degree from the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. Mr. Bonham has been a fellow in the American Association of Medical Colleges Health Services Research Fellowship Program and a tenured faculty member at Michigan State University with appointments in the colleges of medicine and law. He is currently an associate investigator in the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), leading the Health Disparities Unit, which investigates the equitable integration of new genomic knowledge and precision medicine into clinical settings. He also serves as the senior advisor to the NHGRI director on genomics and health disparities.

    His research focuses primarily on the social implications of new genomic knowledge, particularly in communities of color. He studies how genomics influences the way constructs of race and ethnicity are used in biomedical research and clinical care, and the role of genomics in exacerbating or ameliorating health inequities. The Bonham group also studies sickle-cell disease.
  • Elizabeth
    Bramson-Boudreau

    CEO and Publisher, MIT Technology Review

    Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau is the CEO and publisher of MIT Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s media company. MIT Technology Review’s analysis, features, interviews, and events explain the impact of new technologies on business and society.

    Elizabeth is leading the growth, expansion, and modernization of MIT Technology Review’s media platforms and products, including U.S. and international websites, newsletters, events, and an award-winning print magazine. Elizabeth also serves as chair of the global entrepreneurial network MIT Enterprise Forum.

    Elizabeth has a 20-year background in building and running teams at world-leading media companies. She maintains a keen focus on new ways to commercialize media content to appeal to discerning, demanding consumers as well as B2B audiences.

    Prior to joining MIT Technology Review, Elizabeth was the global managing director of the Economist Corporate Network (whose parent company publishes The Economist magazine), where she led editorial content creation, sales, marketing, and event operations. She also spent a decade working as a consultant.

    Elizabeth holds an executive MBA from the London Business School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.
  • Noam
    Brown

    Research Scientist, Facebook

    2019 Innovator Under 35: He’s making artificial intelligence better by having it play poker

    Noam Brown is a research scientist at Facebook AI Research working on multi-agent artificial intelligence. His research combines computational game theory and machine learning to produce AI capable of reasoning about hidden information in multi-agent interactions. He has applied his research toward making Libratus, the first AI to defeat top humans in no-limit poker. The breakthrough was published in Science, was one of 12 finalists for Science Magazine's Scientific Breakthrough of the Year, and received widespread mainstream news coverage. He also received a NeurIPS 2017 Best Paper award, the 2017 Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence, and the 2019 Marvin Minsky Medal for Outstanding Achievements in AI.
  • Jason
    Buenrostro

    Assistant Professor, Harvard University

    2019 Innovator Under 35: A tinkerer figures out how to tell which genes are active inside a cell

    Jason Buenrostro is an assistant professor at Harvard University. In previous work, Dr. Buenrostro developed the ATAC-seq and single-cell ATAC-seq methods, which enable measurements of chromatin regulation at single-cell resolution. At Harvard University, the Buenrostro Lab is broadly dedicated to advancing our knowledge of gene regulation and the downstream consequences on cell fate decisions. To do this, the Buenrostro Lab develops new technologies employing approaches across molecular biology, microscopy, and bioinformatics. Further, the Buenrostro Lab applies these tools to study stem cells in normal, aging, and cancer tissues in an effort to discover regulators of chromatin structure and their contribution to disease. Dr. Buenrostro earned a BS in General Engineering and a BS in Biology at Santa Clara University. He did his doctoral work with William Greenleaf and Howard Chang at Stanford University in the Department of Genetics.
  • Silvia
    Caballero

    Senior Staff Scientist, Vedanta Biosciences

    2019 Innovator Under 35: Training helpful bacteria to fight the world’s most dangerous pathogens

    Silvia Caballero is a Senior Staff Scientist at Vedanta Biosciences working on developing a new class of microbiome-based therapies to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. She leads the Multidrug Resistance program at Vedanta and is spearheading Vedanta’s efforts to develop bacterial consortia designed to fight off superbugs in the intestine as a strategy to prevent infection. She received her PhD from Weill Cornell University where she investigated the role of the intestinal microbiota in preventing colonization by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) under the mentorship of Dr. Eric Pamer. Her work led to the identification of bacterial species responsible for eliminating vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, one of the top five MDROs in hospitals worldwide, from the gastrointestinal tract. This study was the first of its kind to demonstrate that a defined bacterial consortium could exert the same level of protection provided by an intact microbiota against a highly-antibiotic resistant pathogen and the results were published in Cell, Host & Microbe in 2017. Silvia was the recipient of the Pioneer of the Year award in MIT’s Technology Review 2018 Innovators Under 35 Latin America edition and has received fellowships from the Gates Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She earned her BA in Biological Sciences from Hunter College of the City University of New York.
  • Vivian
    Chu

    CTO and Cofounder, Diligent Robotics

    2019 Innovator Under 35: Her robots do some of the grunt work so hospital staffers can spend more time with the patients

    Vivian Chu is the CTO and cofounder of Diligent Robotics and a 10+ year expert roboticist that specializes in human-robot interaction. She leads Diligent’s creation of “Moxi,” the robot assistant that helps hospital staff with their non-patient facing tasks so staff have more time for patient care. Vivian has received high-tier industry recognition, including being honored as a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholar, a Stanford EECS Rising Star, one of MIT Tech Review's 35 Innovators U 35, one of Robohub's 25 Women in Robotics to Know, and the recipient of the Best Cognitive Robotics Paper Award at IRCA 2013. She has used her HRI expertise to help build robotic platforms, including PR2, Meka Robot, and Kinova Jaco2. Vivian has also worked at GoogleX, Honda Research Institute, and IBM Research. Vivian earned her PhD in Robotics at Georgia Tech, where she was co-advised by Sonia Chernova and Diligent Robotics cofounder, Andrea Thomaz. Vivian received her MSE in Robotics from the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked in Katherine Kuchenbecker's Haptics Research Group in the GRASP Lab. She earned her BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
  • Joseph
    Coughlin

    Director, MIT AgeLab

    A New Social Contract Around Technology and Aging

    Joseph F. Coughlin is founder and director of the AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research seeks to understand the effects of global demographic change, social trends, and technology on consumer behavior, innovations in business, and public policy. Dr. Coughlin teaches in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the Sloan School’s Advanced Management Program. He is the author of The Longevity Economy: Inside the World’s Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market, and is a regular contributor to Forbes. He is currently at work on a new book about the future of retirement. A researcher, teacher, and speaker, Dr. Coughlin is a frequent guest on news programs; his work has been featured by ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, NBC, News Asia, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets throughout the world.
  • César
    De La Fuente

    Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

    2019 Innovator Under 35: Digitizing evolution to make better antibiotics

  • Dawei
    Di

    Principal Investigator, Zhejiang University and University of Cambridge

    2019 Innovator Under 35: His LED materials are cheaper and easier on the environment than ones now in use

    Dawei Di is a principal investigator at Zhejiang University and a visiting researcher at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Dawei Di obtained a PhD in Engineering from the University of New South Wales and a second PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge. His doctoral supervisors include renowned scientists, Professor Richard Friend and Professor Martin Green. Dawei Di’s research interests span from the exciton spin dynamics in organic light-emitting molecules, to the physics of record-breaking organic and perovskite optoelectronic devices (LEDs and solar cells). He published, as first or corresponding author, in many leading scientific journals including Science, Nature Photonics (cover article), and Joule. His work has been featured in research news and highlights in high-profile journals such as Nature, Nature Materials and Nature Reviews Chemistry.
  • Olga
    Dudchenko

    Postdoctoral Associate, Baylor College of Medicine

    2019 Innovator Under 35: She created a better way to sequence a genome

    Olga Dudchenko received her PhD from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. She is currently a postdoctoral associate with Dr. Erez Lieberman Aiden at the Center for Genome Architecture, Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University (US). Olga is the author of several widely used tools for genome assembly including 3D-DNA, an automated pipeline for using Hi-C data to assemble genomes, and Juicebox Assembly Tools, a system for the visual exploration of Hi-C data which provides a point-and-click interface for using Hi-C heatmaps to identify and correct errors in genome assemblies. She is a cofounder of DNA Zoo (www.dnazoo.org), a consortium focused on facilitating conservation efforts through the rapid generation and release of high-quality genomics resources.
  • Tim
    Ellis

    CEO, Relativity Space

    2019 Innovator Under 35: Developed a massive 3D metal printer—for building an entire rocket

    Tim Ellis is cofounder and CEO of Relativity, the first autonomous rocket factory and launch services leader for satellite constellations. Relativity is the market leader for a new platform to build and fly rockets and other aerospace products, with the long term goal of building the future of humanity’s infrastructure in space. Since cofounding Relativity, Tim has helped change the future of space exploration by expanding the possibilities of additive metal manufacturing. Under his leadership, Relativity developed the largest robotic metal 3D printer in the world and tested its entirely 3D printed Aeon rocket engine over 190 times, on track to launching Relativity’s Terran 1, the world’s first 3D printed launch vehicle. Relativity is backed by Playground Global, Social Capital, Y Combinator, Mark Cuban, USC, and Stanford.

    Prior to Relativity, Tim was responsible for bringing metal 3D printing in-house at Blue Origin and served as a Propulsion Development Engineer on Crew Capsule RCS thrusters, BE-4, and New Glenn. He holds an MS and a BS in aerospace engineering from USC, where he played a leadership role in launching the first student-designed and student-built rocket into space together with Relativity cofounder and CTO Jordan Noone.

    Tim has testified to the US Senate on commercial space policy and is the youngest member on the National Space Council User UAG by nearly 2 decades, directly advising the United States White House on all space policy. He also serves on the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer and has been honored by Business Insider, Forbes, and Inc. Magazine.
  • Kerry A.
    Emanuel

    Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT

    Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities

    Dr. Kerry Emanuel is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research specialty is hurricane physics, and he was the first to investigate how long-term climate change might affect hurricane activity, an issue that continues to occupy him today. His interests also include cumulus convection and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction.
  • Camille
    Francois

    Chief Innovation Officer, Graphika

    2019 Innovator Under 35: She uses data science to detect disinformation and organized harassment campaigns

    Camille François works on cyber conflict and digital rights online. She is the Chief Innovation Officer at Graphika, where she leads the company’s work to detect and mitigate disinformation, media manipulation, and harassment. François was previously a Principal Researcher at Google, working on global security challenges and the protection of vulnerable users. François has advised governments and parliamentary committees on both sides of the Atlantic on policy issues related to cybersecurity and digital rights. François is a Mozilla Fellow, a Berkman-Klein Center affiliate, and a Fulbright scholar. She holds a masters degree in human rights from the French Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences-Po) and a masters degree in international security from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. François’s work has been featured in various publications, including the New York Times, WIRED, Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, Globo and Le Monde.
  • Tracy
    Frey

    Director of Strategy, Google Cloud AI

    Steering the Right Course in the Era of Deployed AI

    Tracy Frey is Google Cloud AI's Director of Strategy and is dedicated to ensuring Google Cloud AI is responsible, thoughtful, and collaborative as it continues to advance artificial intelligence and machine learning. Before joining Google, she worked at multiple early-stage tech startups, where she held multiple roles including product management, developer relations, product marketing, business development and strategy.

    Prior to her life in tech, she taught children traditional wilderness survival skills, taught in a traditional classroom, studied private reserves in Costa Rica, and has been a professional hip hop dancer.

    Tracy graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with joint degrees in Studies of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Psychology and received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is a mother of 2, married to another Alphabet-er, and in her spare time loves being outside with her family, cooking, hiking and attempting the Sunday crossword.
  • Nicole
    Gaudelli

    Senior Scientist, Beam Therapeutics

    2019 Innovator Under 35: She found a better way to correct single-gene mutations

    Nicole Gaudelli received her BS degree in biochemistry from Boston College in May of 2006 and worked on enzymatic mechanisms of an aminotransferase involved in neocrazinostatin biosynthesis and a non-heme iron oxygenase involved in vancomycin assembly. She then joined the laboratory of Professor Craig Townsend at Johns Hopkins University, where she studied a non-ribosmal peptide synthetase (NRPS) implicated in the biosynthesis of the β-lactam antibiotic nocardicin. In her doctoral work she elucidated the mechanism through which monobactam anitbiotics are biosynthesized. She next pursued postdoctoral work at Harvard University in the laboratory of Professor David R. Liu, where she expanded the capabilities of base-editing technology by creating an adenine base editor (ABE) through 7 rounds of evolution and engineering, which cleanly converts A•T base pairs to G•C base pairs in a programmable manner with low indel % and without double-stranded DNA breaks. She recently joined Beam Therapeutics in order to further expand and apply base editing technology to human genetic diseases. She is a member of Chemical and Engineering News's 2018 Talented 12, STAT News 2018 Wunderkind, a TEDMED 2018 HIVE honoree, and Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News' "Top 10 Under 40 of 2019."
  • Martin
    Giles

    San Francisco Bureau Chief, MIT Technology Review

    Martin Giles is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of MIT Technology Review. Before assuming his current role, he was a partner at Wing Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley firm that invests in early stage business technology startups. Prior to Wing, Martin was The Economist Newspaper’s Silicon Valley Correspondent. Among his previous editorial roles at The Economist, he was the paper’s Banking Correspondent and Finance Editor. Martin is a Senior Industry Fellow at the University of California, Irvine’s Center For Digital Transformation and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council On The Future Of Electronics. He is a graduate of Oxford University and holds an executive MBA from The University of Chicago’s Booth Graduate School of Business.
  • Grace
    Gu

    Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley

    2019 Innovator Under 35: She’s using AI to help dream up a new generation of lighter, stronger materials

    Grace X. Gu is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2018 and BS degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2012. Her current research focuses on creating new materials with superior properties for mechanical, biological, and energy applications using multiphysics modeling, artificial intelligence, and high-throughput computing, as well as developing intelligent additive manufacturing technologies to realize complex material designs previously impossible. Gu is the recipient of several awards, including the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D Scholars Award, Materials Research Society Graduate Student Medal, and National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship.
  • Song
    Han

    Assistant Professor, MIT

    2019 Innovator Under 35: Making the software that lets powerful AI programs run more smoothly

    Song Han is an assistant professor at MIT in the EECS Department. Dr. Han received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, advised by Professor Bill Dally. Dr. Han's research focuses on efficient deep learning computing. He proposed “Deep Compression” and “EIE Accelerator" that impacted the industry. His work received the best paper award in ICLR'16 and FPGA’17. He is the cofounder and chief scientist of DeePhi Tech, a leading efficient deep learning solution provider, which was acquired by Xilinx in 2018.
  • Karen
    Hao

    AI Reporter, MIT Technology Review

    Karen Hao is an AI reporter at MIT Technology Review, covering the technology’s social impact and the ethical questions it raises. Before joining TR, she was a tech reporter and data scientist at Quartz. In a past life, she was also an application engineer at the first startup to spin out of Alphabet’s X.
  • Steven
    Hill

    Global Head of Innovation, KPMG

    Presented by KPMG

    Steve Hill is responsible for KPMG innovation, which includes trends and disruption analysis, organic growth, corporate development, and investment management. His close connection to market trends and growth strategies has made him a thought leader and change agent on innovation and business transformation. Mr. Hill previously served in several KPMG leadership positions, including US and global leader of innovation for KPMG’s advisory business, global leader for IT strategy and CIO advisory services, and other major industry and geographic leadership roles. Before joining KPMG, Mr. Hill was managing director of strategic planning for SHL Systemhouse, where he was a contributing architect in the creation of transformational outsourcing. He also served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
  • Guosong
    Hong

    Assistant Professor, Stanford University

    2019 Innovator Under 35: His probes could revolutionize brain treatments

    Guosong Hong received his PhD in chemistry from Stanford University, under the advice of Professor Hongjie Dai. His research focused on in-vivo through-scalp brain imaging with second near-infrared (NIR-II) fluorescence. He carried out postdoctoral studies with Professor Charles M. Lieber at Harvard University, where he worked on the development of syringe-injectable, tissue-like mesh electronics for long-term brain and retina electrophysiology. Dr. Hong joined Stanford Materials Science and Engineering and Neurosciences Institute as an assistant professor in 2018. His research at Stanford aims to develop and apply novel optical and electronic materials for minimally invasive brain interfacing. He has published 61 papers in journals including Science, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Nature Medicine, Nature Photonics, Nature Methods, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, and Nature Communications.
  • Patrick
    Hsu

    Principal Investigator and Salk Helmsley Fellow, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

    2019 Innovator Under 35: Making CRISPR more flexible to treat brain disease

  • Qichao
    Hu

    Founder and CEO, SolidEnergy Systems

    2019 Innovator Under 35: On the cusp of the next big battery breakthrough

    Dr. Qichao Hu is the founder and CEO of SolidEnergy Systems, a venture-backed Li-Metal battery technology company based in Boston that designs and manufactures the lightest practical rechargeable cells in the world. Dr. Hu started SolidEnergy in 2012 to commercialize his post-doctoral research at MIT. Since then, he has recruited a multinational team, raised multiple funding rounds, and built several partnerships and customer relationships worldwide. A Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree and Department of Energy Clean Energy prize winner, Dr. Hu is passionate about deep science based entrepreneurship and disruptive transportation technologies both on land and in air.
  • Benjamin
    Hurlbut

    Assistant Professor, Arizona State University School of Life Sciences

    Human Genome Editing: Great Power, Great Responsibility

    J. Benjamin Hurlbut is an associate professor of biology and society in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Hurlbut studies the changing relationships between science, politics, and law in the governance of biomedical research and innovation, examining the interplay of science and technology with notions of democracy, religious and moral pluralism, and public reason. He is the author of Experiments in Democracy: Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics and co-editor of Perfecting Human Futures: Transhuman Visions and Technological Imaginations, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. He received an AB from Stanford University and a PhD in the history of science from Harvard University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Cliff
    Justice

    Principal, US Leader, Intelligent Automation, KPMG

    Presented by KPMG

    Cliff Justice currently leads KPMG’s strategic growth investments in artificial intelligence and automation. Cliff is a recognized authority in business services strategy, technology, and operations with more than 25 years of experience in technology and enterprise transformation. In 2014, he developed KPMG’s strategy for artificial intelligence and automation within the context of business services operations. In 2016, Cliff became the US leader of KPMG’s strategic growth investments in AI and automation across the firm’s audit, tax, and advisory businesses. Since then, KPMG has been recognized by analysts and clients as a leader in enterprise AI and automation consulting. Cliff has authored and coauthored numerous publications on the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on enterprise productivity and the workforce.
  • Abhinav
    Kandala

    Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

    2019 Innovator Under 35: Paving the way for quantum-computer-powered drug and material development

    Dr. Abhinav Kandala is an experimental physicist in the quantum computing group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where his research has focused on the coherence and control of superconducting qubits, multi-qubit device characterization, and applications of near-term quantum computers. Abhinav received his Bachelors degree in Engineering Physics from the Indian institute of Technology-Bombay, and a PhD in Physics from Pennsylvania State University. His graduate research was focused on a class of materials known as topological insulators, that are important candidates for dissipation-less interconnects, and topological quantum computing. After receiving his PhD, Abhinav joined IBM Research, and during his post-doctoral stint, experimentally studied the applicability of a noisy superconducting quantum processor to simulate small molecules. This work was recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018. His most recent work has focused on "error mitigation" for computations performed on noisy quantum processors.
  • Will
    Knight

    Senior Editor for AI and Robotics, MIT Technology Review

    Will 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.
  • Mekala
    Krishnan

    Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute

    Dr. Mekala Krishnan is senior fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, based in Boston, MA. Mekala’s recent research has focused on various topics related to economic growth and inequality, including globalization, productivity growth in advanced economies, climate risk, and gender economics. Her most recent research has focused on the impact of the future of work on women; she recently authored the MGI report, “The future of women at work: Transitions in the age of automation.” Mekala serves on the board of the Global Fund for Women, a leading public foundation dedicated to improving gender equality. She is a member of a task force at the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings, focused on improving productivity measurement. Prior to joining MGI, Mekala worked as an Engagement Manager in the Advanced Industries Practice of McKinsey and Company. Mekala received her PhD and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 2011.
  • Marc
    Lajoie

    Co-Director, Lyell Immunopharma

    2019 Innovator Under 35: Programming white blood cells to fight cancer

    Marc Lajoie developed genome scale engineering and synthesis technologies at Harvard University (with George Church), where he created the first genomically recoded organism with a reassigned genetic code. This work led to two companies: GRO Biosciences and 64-x. At the University of Washington (with David Baker), Marc designed non-viral protein delivery devices that can package their own RNA genomes and evolve like viruses. He also co-developed a protein logic system for retargeting immunotherapies against cancers expressing precise combinations of antigens. Based on this work, he co-founded Lyell Immunopharma, where he is the co-director of Protein and Cell Engineering, developing new technologies to improve the safety and efficacy of T cell therapies against solid cancers
  • Himabindu
    Lakkaraju

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

    2019 Innovator Under 35: Her AI program aims to weed out bias in decision making

    Hima Lakkaraju is a postdoctoral fellow and a soon-to-be assistant professor at Harvard University with appointments in the Business School and Computer Science Department. She recently graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. Her research focuses on enabling machine learning models to complement human decision making in high-stakes settings such as law, healthcare, public policy, and education. At the core of her research lie rigorous computational techniques spanning machine learning, data mining, and econometrics. Hima has received several fellowships and awards, including the Robert Bosch Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant, Google Anita Borg Scholarship, IBM Eminence and Excellence Award, and best paper awards at SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM) and INFORMS. Her research has been covered by various media outlets such as The New York Times, MIT Technology Review, Harvard Business Review, TIME, Forbes, Business Insider, and Bloomberg.
  • Hao
    Li

    CEO and Cofounder, Pinscreen; Associate Professor, University of Southern California; Director, USC Institute for Creative Technologies

    From Virtual Beings to Deepfakes

    Hao Li is CEO and cofounder of Pinscreen, associate professor of computer science at the University of Southern California, and the director of the Vision and Graphics Lab at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Hao’s work in computer graphics and computer vision focuses on digitizing humans and capturing their performances for immersive communication and telepresence in virtual worlds. His research involves the development of novel geometry processing, data-driven, and deep-learning algorithms. He is known for his seminal work in non-rigid shape alignment, real-time facial performance capture, hair digitization, and dynamic full-body capture. He was previously a visiting professor at Weta Digital, a research lead at Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm, and a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia and Princeton Universities. He was named top 35 innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2013 and was also awarded the Google Faculty Award, the Okawa Foundation Research Grant, and the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Early Career Chair. He won the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award in 2018 and was named to the DARPA ISAT Study Group in 2019. Hao obtained his PhD at ETH Zurich and his MSc at the University of Karlsruhe.
  • Jinxing
    Li

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University

    2019 Innovator Under 35: His tiny robots can be programmed to treat infection

    Jinxing Li is currently a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University working with Professor Zhanan Bao. He received his PhD in NanoEngineering from the University of California San Diego in 2017 with Professor Joseph Wang and Professor Liangfang Zhang. His PhD research was focused on developing micro- and nanorobots as medicine delivery carriers, chemical weapon countermeasures, or nanofabrication tools. He joined Stanford in 2017 after a position at Nokia Bell Labs working on physiological communications. He is currently leading projects to develop soft electronics and robotics to monitor mental health or to treat neurological disorders. His specific interest lies in developing biorobotic systems, which can transform, actuate, or even grow within the human body to enable new discovery in basic science and personalized medical treatment. He has received the Dan David Prize Scholarship in Nanoscience and was a Siebel Scholar in Bioengineering.
  • Gideon
    Lichfield

    Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

    Gideon 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.
  • Riana
    Lynn

    CEO, Journey Foods

    2019 Innovator Under 35: Using AI to make packaged foods better

    Riana Lynn is a biologist turned serial entrepreneur. She has developed high-growth, nationally recognized technology and food businesses. First-hand experience at a family juice company inspired her to develop acquired supply chain transparency software. Riana’s work has significantly impacted thousands of food businesses, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, across the US and beyond. Riana’s development work was pivotal for CNBC’s small business hit show, “The Profit.” She has served as a recent Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Google. Riana is also a cofounder and board member of Women Tech Founders. She graduated with a BS in Biology and Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before pursuing a Masters at Northwestern University.
  • Joan
    Mannick

    Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer, resTORbio

    The Next Aspirin? Innovations in Anti-Aging Drug Treatments

    Dr. Joan Mannick is cofounder and Chief Medical Officer of resTORbio, where she spearheads the clinical program to develop a new class of innovative medicines that target the biology of aging to prevent or treat age-related diseases. Previously, Dr. Mannick was Executive Director in the New Indications Discovery Unit of the Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research, where she led a clinical program targeting a new approach to treat aging-related diseases. Prior to joining Novartis in 2010, Dr. Mannick was a Medical Director at Genzyme and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Mannick received her AB from Harvard College and her MD from Harvard Medical School.
  • Azalia
    Mirhoseini

    Senior Research Scientist, Google Brain

    2019 Innovator Under 35: She taught an AI to design AI chips

    Azalia Mirhoseini is a Senior Research Scientist at Google Brain. She is the cofounder and lead of the Machine Learning for Systems Moonshot at Brain, where she focuses on deep reinforcement learning based approaches to solve problems in computer systems and metalearning. She has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University. Her work has been published at several conferences and journals, and she has received a number of awards, including the Best PhD Thesis Award at Rice ECE and a Gold Medal in the National Math Olympiad in Iran.
  • Daragh
    Murray

    Senior Lecturer, Human Rights Centre and School of Law, University of Essex

    The Politics of Regulating Facial Recognition Tech

    Daragh Murray is a senior lecturer at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre & School of Law. His research focuses on issues relating to conflict and counter-terrorism, as regulated by the law of armed conflict and international human rights law. He has a particular interest in the use of technology, particularly in an intelligence agency and law enforcement context, and in the regulation and engagement of non-State armed groups. He is a former Government of Ireland IRCHSS Research Scholar and has a PhD in Law from the University of Essex, an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and an MSc in Computer Security & Forensics from Dublin City University. He is currently a member of the Human Rights Big Data & Technology Project, based at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre.
  • Mutale
    Nkonde

    Fellow, Berkman Klein Center of Internet and Society, Harvard University

    The Politics of Regulating Facial Recognition Tech

    Mutale Nkonde is an AI governance expert. During her tenure in Congress she led the introduction of the Algorithmic Deepfake Accountability Acts and the No Biometric Barriers in Housing Access Act. She is now a fellow at Berkman Klein Center, where she is leading a project that seeks to use popular culture to raise public awareness about the privacy concerns surrounding the census and working on how to resolve the concerns raised by the widespread deployment of AI technologies in US society.
  • William
    Oliver

    Principal Investigator, Engineering Quantum Systems Group, MIT

    Quantum Computing: Out of the Lab, Into Our Lives

    William D. Oliver is a principal investigator in the Engineering Quantum Systems Group (MIT campus) and the Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems Group (MIT Lincoln Laboratory). He provides programmatic and technical leadership in quantum and classical high-performance computing technologies. Will’s research interests include materials growth, fabrication, design, and measurement for superconducting qubits, as well as the development of cryogenic packaging and control electronics involving cryogenic CMOS and single-flux quantum digital logic.

    Will is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He serves on the US Committee for Superconducting Electronics, is an IEEE Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) board member, and is a member of AAAS, IEEE, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and Tau Beta Pi.

    Will received his PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University, his MS in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and a BS in electrical engineering and BA in Japanese from the University of Rochester (NY).
  • Chirag
    Parikh

    Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

    Securing Satellites: The New Space Race

    Mr. Chirag Parikh serves as the Director of the Office of Sciences and Methodologies at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He is responsible for NGA's cadre of imagery scientists, data scientists, and analytic methodologists focused on delivering solutions to the Nation's most challenging intelligence matters. In addition, his team focuses on tradecraft improvements - including automation, algorithm development, and artificial intelligence - in the exploitation of the electromagnetic spectrum and geospatial big data analytics. While at NGA, Chirag previously served as the Director of the Office of Source Strategies, responsible for global GEOINT collection operations, and he served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Counterproliferation, responsible for leading analysis of worldwide weapons of mass destruction (WMD), missiles, and space and counterspace developments.

    From 2010-2016, Chirag served at the White House as the Director of Space Policy in the National Security Council (NSC). In this capacity, he advised the President and the National Security Advisor on all domestic and international space-related matters related to national security and foreign policy. Chirag also served at the NSC as a Director of Defense Policy and Strategy on issues related to spectrum management and communications resiliency.

    Before joining the White House, Chirag served as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology at the National Intelligence Council (NIC) as part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In this role, Chirag served as the Intelligence Community senior subject matter expert and analytic manager on all matters related to foreign space programs and threats to space systems. Chirag started his career at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) where, as an aerospace engineer, he served in multiple capacities to include an all-source space systems intelligence analyst, senior policy support analyst, and principal intelligence analyst.
  • Ida
    Pavlichenko

    Technology Development Fellow, Harvard's Wyss Institute

    2019 Innovator Under 35: Her invention could make ear infections easier to treat, especially in children

    Dr. Ida Pavlichenko is a technology development fellow at the Harvard Wyss Institute and CEO and cofounder of PionEar Technologies, Inc., a medical device company for ear and hearing disorders. Led by Dr. Pavlichenko, PionEar Technologies has received the Grand Prize at the Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge, the Grand Prize at the 115th Mass Innovation Nights, and the Gold Prize at the MassChallenge (Boston). Her technology has also won the Innovators Competition by the USPTO in 2018. Previously, she was a postdoc in the Aizenberg Lab at Harvard SEAS, where she was applying the principles of bio-inspired engineering to the development of medical devices and AI-based photonic sensors and spearheading collaborations with academia, industry, government, and start-ups. She earned her PhD from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 2014 and MSc from the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2010.
  • Raluca Ada
    Popa

    Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley

    2019 Innovator Under 35: Her computer security method could protect data even when attackers break in

    Raluca Ada Popa is an assistant professor of computer science at UC Berkeley working in computer security, systems, and applied cryptography. She is a cofounder and co-director of the RISELab at UC Berkeley, as well as a cofounder and CTO of a cybersecurity startup called PreVeil. Raluca has received her PhD in computer science as well as her Masters and two BS degrees in computer science and in mathematics from MIT. She is the recipient of a Sloan Foundation Fellowship award, George M. Sprowls Award for best MIT CS doctoral thesis, and a Johnson award for best CS Masters of Engineering thesis from MIT.
  • Mariana
    Popescu

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Block Research Group, ETH Zurich

    2019 Innovator Under 35: She developed a construction process that turns knitted textiles into concrete buildings—saving money, carbon, and time

    Mariana Popescu is an architect with a strong interest in innovative ways of approaching the fabrication process and use of materials. She has received Bachelors and Masters degrees in architecture from Delft University of Technology, specializing in non-standard and interactive architecture. She has been part of multidisciplinary teams designing and building a solar car and a fully self-sustaining house, and she has worked as a parametric design specialist in the Netherlands. As of 2015, Mariana is a PhD researcher at the Block Research Group and part of the NCCR Digital Fabrication. Her research focuses on the development of KnitCrete, a novel, material-saving, labor-reducing, cost-effective formwork system for casting of doubly curved geometries in concrete. The system uses a custom, 3d-knitted, technical textile as a lightweight, stay-in-place shuttering, coated with a special cement paste to create a rigid mould. Mariana Popescu successfully defended her PhD dissertation on "KnitCrete: Stay-in-place knitted fabric formwork for complex concrete structures" on June 4, 2019. Additionally, her thesis committee, consisting of Professor Dr. Chokri Cherif of TU Dresden, Professor Dr. Jan Knippers of University of Stuttgart, and Professor Block, nominated her for an ETH Medal for outstanding thesis.
  • Ritu
    Raman

    Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT

    2019 Innovator Under 35: She’s developed inchworm-size robots made partly of biological tissue and muscle

    Ritu Raman is an engineer, writer, and educator with a passion for introducing bio-hybrid materials into the toolbox of every inventor. She grew up in India, Kenya, and the United States where she learned to appreciate and thrive in diverse and dynamic environments. Her life experiences have forged the belief that technical innovation can drive positive social change, and this inspires her work to democratize and diversify STEM education around the world, especially for young women. Ritu is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the renowned Langer Lab at MIT, funded by a Ford Foundation Fellowship by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She holds many awards and honors, including being named a Forbes 30 Under 30 awardee for Science, an Innovation and Technology Delegate to the International Achievement Summit, and a L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellow.
  • Antonio
    Regalado

    Senior Editor for Biomedicine, MIT Technology Review

    Antonio 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.
  • Michael
    Reilly

    Executive Editor, MIT Technology Review

    As Executive Editor, Michael Reilly helps build new digital editorial products, such as newsletters and website enhancements. He also commissions and edits stories for MIT Technology Review's print and digital offerings.
  • David
    Rotman

    Editor at Large, MIT Technology Review

    David 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.
  • Isaac
    Sesi

    Cofounder and Team Lead, Sesi Technologies

    2019 Innovator Under 35: He created an affordable fix for one of the most vexing problems for farmers in sub-Saharan Africa

    Isaac Sesi is an entrepreneur and an engineer. He is the cofounder of Sesi Technologies, an AgriTech company which develops hardware and software solutions for farmers and agribusinesses in Africa. He has a degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science. Isaac is a Tony Elumelu Fellow and was recently selected as one of the 50 most influential young Ghanaians for 2018. His passion for STEM led him to cofound Nsesa Foundation, a STEM non-profit whose programs have trained hundreds of high school students in electronics and computer programming and have reached over 300,000 people across the world since 2013. Isaac has had the opportunity to showcase his work to several heads of states including the president and vice president of Ghana; the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel; and Prince Charles of Wales.
  • Brandon
    Sorbom

    Cofounder and Chief Science Officer, Commonwealth Fusion Systems

    2019 Innovator Under 35: His high-temperature superconductors could make fusion reactors much cheaper to build

    Brandon’s expertise is in fusion energy, compact power plant design, and high temperature superconductors. During his doctoral work at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Brandon was the leader of the ARC Reactor design study, a conceptual design for a small, modular fusion pilot plant that formed the basis for a comprehensive high-field pathway to commercial fusion energy. As CSO of CFS, Brandon leads the work in evaluating high temperature superconductor performance and prospects for scale-up, as well as leading the power plant design scoping efforts.

    Brandon has been a MIT Plasma Science Fusion Center member since 2010. He received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering/Engineering Physics from Loyola Marymount University in 2010 and a PhD in Nuclear Science and Engineering from MIT in 2017.
  • Kimberly
    Stachenfeld

    Research Scientist, DeepMind

    2019 Innovator Under 35: She used reinforcement learning to better understand problem solving in both the human brain and AI systems

    Kimberly Stachenfeld is a research scientist at DeepMind. Her works is focused on using ideas from neuroscience to improve artificial intelligence.
  • Alex
    Stamos

    Director, Stanford Internet Observatory

    Managing Disinformation and Securing Elections

    Alex Stamos is working to improve the security and safety of the Internet through teaching and research at Stanford University. He has served as Chief Security Officer at Facebook and Yahoo and was a cofounder of iSEC Partners. Alex has investigated and responded to several historical events and has been called the “Forrest Gump of InfoSec” by friends. He is working on election security as a member of the Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy and advising NATO’s Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. He has spoken on six continents, testified in Congress, served as an expert witness for the wrongly accused, earned a BSEE from UC Berkeley and holds five patents.
  • James
    Temple

    Senior Editor for Energy, MIT Technology Review

    James 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.
  • Sonia
    Vallabh

    Group Leader, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

    My Race Against Time: Finding a Cure for the Disease Inside Me

    In 2010, Sonia Vallabh watched her 52-year-old mother die of a rapid, mysterious, undiagnosed neurodegenerative disease. One year later, Sonia learned that her mother's disease had been genetic and that she herself had inherited the causal mutation, making it very likely she would suffer the same fate. There was no prevention, treatment, or cure available. Despite having no prior training in biology, Sonia and her husband Eric Minikel set out to re-train themselves as scientists and devote their lives to searching for a treatment or cure for her disease. They quit their jobs in consulting, began taking night classes and attending conferences, found new jobs in research labs, and eventually enrolled as PhD students in biology at Harvard Medical School. They are now based at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard where they have launched a new therapeutic initiative to discover drugs for her disease.
  • Archana
    Venkataraman

    Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

    2019 Innovator Under 35: We still don’t know much about neurological disorders. She’s using AI to change that.

    Archana Venkataraman is a John C. Malone Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She directs the Neural Systems Analysis Laboratory and is a core faculty member of the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare. Dr. Venkataraman’s research lies at the intersection of machine learning and clinical neuroscience. Her work has yielded novel insights in to debilitating neurological disorders, such as epilepsy and autism, with the long-term goal of improving patient care. Dr. Venkataraman completed her BS, MEng. and PhD in Electrical Engineering at MIT in 2006, 2007, and 2012, respectively. She is a recipient of the MIT Provost Presidential Fellowship, the Siebel Scholarship, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, the NIH Advanced Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Grant, the CHDI Grant on network models for Huntington's Disease, and the National Science Foundation CAREER award.
  • Danielle
    Wood

    Director, Space Enabled Research Group, MIT Media Lab

    Designing Technology to Support Sustainable Development

    Professor Danielle Wood serves as an Assistant Professor in the Program in Media Arts & Sciences and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Within the Media Lab, Professor Wood leads the Space Enabled Research Group, which seeks to advance justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space. Professor Wood is a scholar of societal development with a background that includes satellite design, earth science applications, systems engineering, and technology policy. In her research, Professor Wood applies these skills to design innovative systems that harness space technology to address development challenges around the world. Prior to serving as faculty at MIT, Professor Wood held positions at NASA Headquarters, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Aerospace Corporation, Johns Hopkins University, and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. Professor Wood studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned a PhD in engineering systems, SM in aeronautics and astronautics, SM in technology policy, and SB in aerospace engineering.
  • Candace
    Worley

    Vice President and Chief Technical Strategist, McAfee

    Securing Your Data

    Candace Worley is vice president and chief technical strategist for McAfee. She manages a worldwide team of technical strategists responsible for driving thought leadership and advancing technical innovation in McAfee security solutions.

    Previously, Candace served as vice president for enterprise solutions for the Intel Security Group at Intel Corporation. She also spent seven years with Mentor Graphics, where she led a team of product managers responsible for electronic design automation and electronic component software.

    Worley holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Oregon State University and an MBA from Marylhurst University.
  • Greg
    Wyler

    Founder and Executive Chairman, OneWeb

    Bringing Internet to the World through Next Generation Satellite Technology

    In 2012, Greg founded OneWeb with the mission of enabling Internet access for everyone, raising a combined $1.7 billion in A and B rounds with the goal of connecting every unconnected school in the world by 2022. Prior to OneWeb, in 2007 Greg founded O3b Networks, Ltd. O3b raised approximately 1.3 billion USD to design and build a satellite constellation to provide fiber quality backhaul for telecom operators in the most remote markets around the world. Today, O3b has launched 12 satellites. The system provides the highest capacity and lowest latency combination of any satellites built to date. Greg has been voted both the “top Rising Star in wireless” and the “Most Powerful Person in Telecom” by Fierce Wireless polls, has received the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation award for his space innovation, and been awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Gold Medal. He lives in Florida with his wife and 5 children.
  • Liang
    Xu

    Deputy Chief Engineer, Center of AI, Ping An Technology

    2019 Innovator Under 35: Using AI to make cities more responsive to their residents

    Dr. Liang Xu’s research and work focus on the application of AI in intelligent decision support. Dr. Xu received his PhD degree from University of Oxford and joined Ping An in 2015. He has built a team of over 80 AI scientists who work on multiple government programs from the city-level to the country-level and provide AI solutions to over 10 subsidiary companies in the Ping An group. His team has achieved several innovative breakthroughs in major cities in China, such as Chongqing and Shenzhen. He has applied for more than 150 patents and received awards from reputable industrial and government organizations. His projects have been selected in major industry reports as typical innovative cases and have been widely reported by hundreds of media agencies.
  • Wojciech
    Zaremba

    Cofounder and Head of Robotics, OpenAI

    2019 Innovator Under 35: He taught a robot hand how to figure out things on its own

    Wojciech Zaremba is a co-founder of OpenAI, where he leads the robotics team. The focus of the team is developing general purpose robots via deep learning. Most recently, the group has shown how to train a humanoid robotic hand to manipulate objects such as a block or pyramid. Wojciech co-discovered that neural networks are susceptible to imperceptible perturbations, which defined the new field of adversarial attacks on neural networks. Wojciech is also a co-developer of OpenAI Gym, which has become a standard tool in reinforcement learning. Wojciech’s research contributions have involved the creation of inception score, domain randomization, and hindsight experience replay. Prior to OpenAI, he spent time at Facebook AI Research and Google Brain. He finished a PhD at New York University in 2.5 years.
  • Yi
    Zeng

    Professor, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    The Politics of Regulating Facial Recognition Tech

    Yi Zeng is a professor and deputy director at the Research Center for Brain-inspired Intelligence, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also a board member for the National Governance Committee for the New Generation Artificial Intelligence, Ministry of Science and Technology China and the Director for the Research Center on AI Ethics and Governance, Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence. Zeng is a fellow of the Berggruen Research Center, Peking University and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Values, Ethics, and Innovation. His major research interests focus on technical models for brain-inspired AI, AI ethics, and governance. He leads the efforts of the Brain-inspired Cognitive Engine and the Linking AI Principles platform.
Meet the Innovators Under 35

Innovators Under 35 is MIT Technology Review’s annual list that recognizes outstanding innovators and their groundbreaking work, 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 marks the 20th anniversary of our celebration of these technologists, trailblazers, and trendsetters.

EmTech 2019 Schedule

September 17-19
Agenda

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

  • 2:00
    EmTech Immersion Sessions

    Arrive early to augment your experience with one of several activities that we are arranging to offer unique access to the globally renowned innovation hubs on campus.

    *Innovation Circle or Premium Pass registration required.

    A Look at the Lab-to-Market Life Cycle
    Get a tour of The Engine, and learn what it takes for disruptive technologies to make it out of the lab and into the world. Learn about the realities of commercialization, the importance of long-term capital, and common hurdles encountered while pushing the edges of innovation.

    A Look into the Cancer Research at the Broad Genome Sequencing Lab
    The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard was launched in 2004 to improve human health by using genomics to advance our understanding of the biology and treatment of disease. In this immersion, you’ll visit the Broad genome sequencing lab and learn about the game-changing research underway there. You will also hear from Jesse Boehm, associate director of the cancer program, about his goal of making “precision functional genomics” a reality for patients with rare cancers.

    A Look into the MIT Media Lab
    The MIT Media Lab transcends known boundaries and disciplines by actively promoting a unique, antidisciplinary culture that emboldens unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas. In this immersion for innovators, you will get a first-hand look at the some of the research being done in the lab on materials, interfaces, and robotics. This immersion will include an opportunity to meet and hear from a member of the lab research staff.

  • 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
    Opening Remarks

    A welcome from MIT Technology Review’s editor in chief, Gideon Lichfield.

    Gideon Lichfield Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review
  • 9:15
    Reimagining Innovation in the Era of AI

    AI technologies are increasingly ubiquitous, and causing fast-moving change in every industry. How can we ensure that the economic and societal benefits of this progress are more evenly distributed?

    Hao Li CEO and Cofounder, Pinscreen; Associate Professor, University of Southern California; Director, USC Institute for Creative Technologies
    From Virtual Beings to Deepfakes
    Yoshua Bengio Founder and Scientific Director, Mila (Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute)
    Towards Human-level AI: Scientific and Social Challenges
  • 10:05
    Leveraging Tech for Good
    Danielle Wood Director, Space Enabled Research Group, MIT Media Lab
    Designing Technology to Support Sustainable Development
  • 10:30
    Break & Networking
  • 11:00
    Meet the Innovators Under 35

    Conversations with the 2019 Innovator Under 35 honorees.

    Noam Brown, Research Scientist, Facebook
    Kimberly Stachenfeld, Research Scientist, DeepMind
    Rediet Abebe, Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows; Cofounder, Black in AI
    Liang Xu, Deputy Chief Engineer, Center of AI, Ping An Technology
    Wojciech Zaremba, Cofounder and Head of Robotics, OpenAI
    Archana Venkataraman, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

  • 11:30
    Technology and Policy: The Longevity Economy

    Together, emerging technologies and smart policy decisions to unlock new opportunities presented by a rapidly aging global population. We’ll examine the potential.

    Joseph Coughlin Director, MIT AgeLab
    A New Social Contract Around Technology and Aging
    Joan Mannick Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer, resTORbio
    The Next Aspirin? Innovations in Anti-Aging Drug Treatments
  • 12:30
    Lunch & Networking

    Special session beginning at 1:30 pm
    Presented by Intel

  • 2:00
    Meet the Innovators Under 35

    Conversations with the 2019 Innovator Under 35 honorees.

    Jason Buenrostro, Assistant Professor, Harvard University
    Silvia Caballero, Senior Staff Scientist, Vedanta Biosciences
    Olga Dudchenko, Postdoctoral Associate, Baylor College of Medicine
    Marc Lajoie, Co-Director, Lyell Immunopharma
    Patrick Hsu, Principal Investigator and Salk Helmsley Fellow, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
    Nicole Gaudelli, Senior Scientist, Beam Therapeutics

  • 2:30
    Personalized Medicine: Promise and Perils

    The arrival of more affordable and accessible technology for genetic modification has profound implications. Personalized medicine holds the promise of better health and cures for many life-threatening diseases. What new capabilities are within reach, and at what cost?

    Vence Bonham Senior Advisor to the NHGRI Director on Genomics and Health Disparities, NIH
    A Lab-to-Clinic Case Study: Seeking a Cure for Sickle-Cell Disease
    Sonia Vallabh Group Leader, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
    My Race Against Time: Finding a Cure for the Disease Inside Me
    Benjamin Hurlbut Assistant Professor, Arizona State University School of Life Sciences
    Human Genome Editing: Great Power, Great Responsibility
  • 3:30
    Break & Networking
  • 4:00
    Roundtable: The Politics of Regulating Facial Recognition Tech
    Daragh Murray Senior Lecturer, Human Rights Centre and School of Law, University of Essex
    The Politics of Regulating Facial Recognition Tech
    Yi Zeng Professor, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    The Politics of Regulating Facial Recognition Tech
    Mutale Nkonde Fellow, Berkman Klein Center of Internet and Society, Harvard University
    The Politics of Regulating Facial Recognition Tech
  • 5:00
    Meet the Innovators Under 35

    Conversations with the 2019 Innovator Under 35 honorees.

    César De La Fuente, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
    Ritu Raman, Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT
    Ida Pavlichenko, Technology Development Fellow, Harvard's Wyss Institute
    Himabindu Lakkaraju, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
    Camille Francois, Chief Innovation Officer, Graphika

  • 5:30
    Lemelson-MIT Prize Honor & Reception

    The $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize recognizes individuals who translate their ideas into inventions that improve the world in which we live. See this year’s prize awarded on stage at EmTech and celebrate with the winner at the reception that follows.
    Hosted by the Lemelson-MIT Program

Thursday, September 19, 2019

  • 8:00
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00
    Opening Remarks

    A welcome from MIT Technology Review’s editor in chief, Gideon Lichfield.

    Gideon Lichfield Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review
  • 9:10
    Climate Changed

    The economic impact of our changing climate is far reaching, requiring decisive action to address the growing risks around the world. In areas from urban planning to agriculture, we will examine innovative initiatives underway to support communities and regional economies through adaptation to a changed climate.

    Kerry A. Emanuel Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT
    Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities
    Jainey Bavishi Director and Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency
    A Livable Climate: New York City’s Plan for Adapting to Climate Change
  • 10:15
    Meet the Innovators Under 35

    Conversations with the 2019 Innovator Under 35 honorees.

    Mariana Popescu, Postdoctoral Researcher, Block Research Group, ETH Zurich
    Dawei Di, Principal Investigator, Zhejiang University and University of Cambridge
    Isaac Sesi, Cofounder and Team Lead, Sesi Technologies
    Anurag Bajpayee, Cofounder and CEO, Gradiant Corporation
    Brandon Sorbom, Cofounder and Chief Science Officer, Commonwealth Fusion Systems
    Jinxing Li, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University

  • 10:45
    Break & Networking
  • 11:15
    Future of Computing: Quantum Computing

    For decades, breakthroughs in traditional computing have reshaped our daily lives and industries around the world. Now, quantum computers are on the cusp of commercialization. What is quantum computing, and what will it be capable of?

    William Oliver Principal Investigator, Engineering Quantum Systems Group, MIT
    Quantum Computing: Out of the Lab, Into Our Lives
  • 11:40
    Future of Computing: Cybersecurity

    With rising cybersecurity threats posed by everyone from nation-states to petty online thieves, the time is now to have a global discussion on securing our connected lives and economy.

    Alex Stamos Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
    Managing Disinformation and Securing Elections
    Candace Worley Vice President and Chief Technical Strategist, McAfee
    Securing Your Data
  • 12:30
    Lunch & Networking

    Special session beginning at 1:30 pm
    Presented by KPMG

    Steven Hill Global Head of Innovation, KPMG
    Presented by KPMG
    Cliff Justice Principal, US Leader, Intelligent Automation, KPMG
    Presented by KPMG
  • 2:00
    A Look Ahead: The Future of Work
    Katie Bach Managing Director, Good Jobs Institute
    The Good Jobs Strategy
    Mekala Krishnan Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute
  • 2:55
    AI and the Enterprise
    Tracy Frey Director of Strategy, Google Cloud AI
    Steering the Right Course in the Era of Deployed AI
  • 3:20
    Meet the Innovators Under 35

    Conversations with the 2019 Innovator Under 35 honorees.

    Azalia Mirhoseini, Senior Research Scientist, Google Brain
    Abhinav Kandala, Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
    Raluca Ada Popa, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley
    Grace Gu, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley
    Guosong Hong, Assistant Professor, Stanford University
    Song Han, Assistant Professor, MIT

  • 3:45
    Break & Networking
  • 4:15
    Liftoff: Space Tech Takes Off

    From improved internet connectivity around the globe to 3D-printed rocket parts, developments in the space industry are poised to deliver useful capabilities for many earthbound industries as well.

    Greg Wyler Founder and Executive Chairman, OneWeb
    Bringing Internet to the World through Next Generation Satellite Technology
    Chirag Parikh Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
    Securing Satellites: The New Space Race
  • 5:00
    Meet the Innovators Under 35

    Conversations with the 2019 Innovator Under 35 honorees.

    Tim Ellis, CEO, Relativity Space
    Vivian Chu, CTO and Cofounder, Diligent Robotics
    Qichao Hu, Founder and CEO, SolidEnergy Systems
    Riana Lynn, CEO, Journey Foods

  • 5:30
    Innovators Under 35 Honors & Reception
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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.

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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

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$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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The group rate expires on August 29, 2019.

Directions

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).

Driving

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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