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Celebrating 20 years of the technologies, trailblazers, and trendsetters shaping the global economy.
EmTech MIT is the highlight of our year. Held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, our flagship annual event offers a carefully curated perspective on the most significant developments of the year, with a focus on understanding their potential economic and societal impact.
MIT Technology Review’s editors will bring to life the most significant advances in AI, climate adaption, personalized medicine, data security, and more at this year’s EmTech MIT. Don’t miss this intimate chance to hear from the experts, network with industry leaders, and meet our Innovators Under 35.
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?
Hear from technology and business leaders driving the new global economy
Founder and Scientific Director, Mila (Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute)
Towards Human-level AI: Scientific and Social ChallengesYoshua 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.
Yoshua Bengio 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, Bengio actively contributed to the development of the Montreal Declaration for the Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence.
Senior Advisor to the NHGRI Director on Genomics and Health Disparities, NIHVence 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 was a fellow in the American Association of Medical Colleges Health Services Research Fellowship Program. Mr. Bonham was 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) within the Division of Intramural Research's Social and Behavioral Research Branch. He leads the Health Disparities Unit, which investigates the equitable integration of new genomic knowledge and precision medicine into clinical settings.
His research focuses primarily on the social implications of new genomic knowledge, particularly in communities of color. He studies how genomics influences the use of the constructs of race and ethnicity 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, a condition that will be impacted by emerging curative genomic technologies but has faced significant health disparities both in the United States and globally.
Mr. Bonham also serves as the senior advisor to the NHGRI Director on Genomics and Health Disparities. This role complements his research, as it allows contemporary genomic science and policy issues to inform his research program.
CEO and Publisher, MIT Technology ReviewElizabeth 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.
Director, MIT AgeLab
A New Social Contract Around Technology and AgingJoseph F. Coughlin, PhD, is founder and Director of the AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research seeks to understand the impacts 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 in both print and on television, including ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, NBC, News Asia, The Economist, Financial Times, The Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets throughout the world.
Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT
Climate Change: Risks and OpportunitiesKerry Emanuel is a prominent meteorologist and climate scientist who specializes in moist convection in the atmosphere and tropical cyclones. His research interests focus on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics.
Emanuel received an SB degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences and a PhD in Meteorology from MIT. After completing his doctorate, he joined the faculty of the Atmospheric Sciences department of the University of California at Los Angeles where he remained for three years, with a brief hiatus filming tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas. In 1981 he joined the faculty of the MIT Department of Meteorology, which has since become the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). He is cofounder of the MIT Lorenz Center, a climate think tank which fosters creative approaches to learning how climate works.
Editor in Chief, MIT Technology ReviewGideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.
EmTech 2019 Schedule
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
2:00EmTech 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. Attendees will select a session of their choice: sessions will delve into the latest research on the future of computing, provide insights into the path to commercialization with lab-to-market experts, examine best practices on leading teams to achieve breakthrough innovations, and more.
*Innovation Circle or Premium Pass registration required
6:00VIP Welcome Event
Private welcome event for EmTech speakers, Innovators Under 35, and special guests
*Innovation Circle registration required
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
8:00Registration & Breakfast
12:30Lunch & Networking
Thursday, September 19, 2019
8:00Registration & Breakfast
12:00Lunch & Networking
5:002019 Innovator Under 35 Awards & Reception
Celebrating the 2019 Innovators Under 35
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MIT Media Lab
MIT Media Lab
EmTech happens at the MIT Media Lab in the heart of the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Here you can't help but feel the excitement and inspiration of being at the top university in the world, surrounded by the top technology minds anywhere.
MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst Street
(Corner of Ames and Amherst)
Cambridge, MA 02139
Conference Location: Entire 6th floor of Building E14
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
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.
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.
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.
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