Artificial intelligence is here.
Own what happens next.
March 25-26, 2019
St. Regis Hotel
San Francisco, CA


EmTech Digital is a uniquely accessible and insightful forum on the commercialization of AI technologies.

It's where the discerning lens of the world’s preeminent technology university meets Silicon Valley.

Our program is carefully curated to review the state of artificial intelligence technologies. We'll examine the capabilities and commercial applications of these technologies and provide a deeper understanding of the growing economic impact that the field is having on organizations and industries around the world.

This year's themes include:

The latest advances in AI research, put into context
As interest in AI continues to rise, so do the expectations. We’ll examine some of the most promising research of the year, as well as the very real limitations of these technologies. Gain insights into groundbreaking AI advancements from experts working to develop more useful and intuitive tools. Hear examples of how they’re addressing rising security and privacy concerns, transparency and accountability, and more.

Commercialization of AI
Advancements in AI technologies have inspired new applications in a broad array of industries. Hear from the experts on how AI is improving their processes, from historically time-consuming and costly challenges, such as drug discovery, to more intelligent approaches to healthcare, transportation, public safety, and urban design.

Defining Ethical AI
In furthering the development of AI, its creators are often faced with questions that fall outside of their technical area of expertise. An inclusive approach is essential to ensure more broadly beneficial artificial intelligence. Speakers will address the pressing need to better define fairness, combat bias, and create ethical AI.

What You Can Expect

» Gain a working understanding of complex tech that’s driving business innovation.

» Learn to harness these technologies to build a competitive business advantage: increase revenue, ensure security, and make smart hires in a changing workforce.

» Get clear insights that help you cut through the noise around AI and chart your strategy.

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


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

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  • Andrew

    President and CEO, Autodesk

    Automation and Imagination: Designing a World for 10 Billion People

    Andrew Anagnost’s career spans more than 25 years of product, business, and marketing experience focused on driving strategy, transformation, and product development.

    Anagnost began his career at Autodesk in 1997 and has held a wide range of roles in the areas of marketing, new business development, product management, and product development. Prior to becoming president and CEO in June 2017, he served as chief marketing officer and SVP of the business strategy and marketing organization. In this role, he served as architect and leader of Autodesk’s transition to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions provider. Previously, Anagnost held various executive positions across Autodesk. Early in his Autodesk career, he led the development of the company’s manufacturing products and grew the revenue of Autodesk Inventor to over $500 million. He has also worked at Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company and EXA.

    Anagnost is a member of the Autodesk board of directors. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from California State University, Northridge, and holds both an MS in engineering science and a PhD in aeronautical engineering and computer science from Stanford University. He worked at NASA Ames Research Center as an NRC postdoctoral fellow.
  • Jill

    CEO and Cofounder, Kebotix

    AI and Robotics in the Lab: Accelerating Materials Discovery

    Jill Becker is CEO and cofounder of Kebotix, the materials science company of the 21st century – one that combines cutting-edge AI and robotics to rapidly innovate new materials.

    Previously, Jill served as founder of two tech companies, including 02139 and Cambridge NanoTech. Jill started Cambridge NanoTech straight after earning her doctorate degree. The fast-growing company operated at a profit every year, and in 2012 was sold to Ultratech, a public semiconductor company.

    Jill earned both doctorate and master’s degrees in chemistry from Harvard. She also holds an honors bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Toronto.
  • Dmitri

    CTO and VP of Engineering, Waymo

    Getting Autonomous Cars Ready for the Road

    Dmitri Dolgov is the CTO and VP of engineering at Waymo, a self-driving-technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy to move people and things around. Dmitri is one of the original members of the Google self-driving-car project, which became Waymo in 2016. In his role at Waymo, he leads the development of all self-driving hardware and software. Before joining Waymo, Dmitri worked on self-driving cars at Toyota and at Stanford as part of Stanford’s DARPA Urban Challenge team. In 2008, he was named one of “AI’s ten to watch” by the IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine. Dmitri received his BS and MS in physics and math from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and a PhD in computer science from the University of Michigan.
  • Kathy

    Cofounder and CEO, WafaGames

    AI and Entrepreneurship: A View from China

    A serial entrepreneur, Kathy cofounded WafaGames in 2017 with Radwan Kasmiya (chief designer/producer) and Joe Wu Mingzhou (CTO). WafaGames is a mobile game developer based in Beijing that promotes digital dignity through great gaming experiences supported by authentic content, innovative core game play, and breakthrough technology. Kathy was the youngest national chess champion at the age of 10, in 1996, and again at 12, in 1998. She is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Council (CPPCC) in Chengdu; a former member of the Foundation Board of Global Shapers Community World Economic Forum (2013-2016); cochair of the APEC Women Leadership Forum in 2013-2014; and Image Ambassador of Chengdu’s Young Entrepreneurs. In 2011 and 2013, she was named one of the Top Ten Entrepreneur Representatives of China’s Economic Innovation. In 2012, Kathy founded an independent non-for-profit organization, World’s Young Voices, to sponsor young grassroots student elites who are academically and/or socially outstanding. She advocates for the importance of failures in entrepreneurship and still plays on with chess masters around the world.
  • Karen

    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.
  • Will

    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.
  • Daphne

    Founder and CEO, Insitro

    Reimagining Drug Design in the Era of AI

    Daphne Koller brings to Insitro her many years of experience in machine learning, statistical modeling, computational biology, and computational medicine. She was the Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where she served on the faculty for 18 years, and she was one of the pioneers in applying machine learning to biomedical data sets. She is the author of over 200 refereed publications and the leading textbook on probabilistic graphical models.

    Daphne cofounded Coursera in 2012; she served as the company’s co-CEO until 2014 and then as president until 2016. Coursera is the world’s largest online education platform, with over 30 million learners worldwide and over 150 university partners in six continents. She is currently the cochair of the Coursera board. Most recently, Daphne served as the chief computing officer at Calico Labs, an Alphabet (Google) company that is using advanced technology to understand aging and design interventions that help people lead longer, healthier lives.

    Daphne was recognized as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2012 and Newsweek’s 10 most important people in 2010. She has been honored with multiple awards and fellowships, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 1999, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2004, and the ACM Prize in Computing in 2008. Daphne was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2011 and elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014 and of the International Society of Computational Biology in 2017.
  • Sergey

    Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley

    Robots That Learn by Doing

    Sergey Levine received a BS and MS in computer science from Stanford University in 2009 and a PhD in computer science from Stanford in 2014. He joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley in fall 2016. His work focuses on machine learning for decision making and control, with an emphasis on deep learning and reinforcement learning. Applications of his work include autonomous robots and vehicles, as well as computer vision and graphics. His research includes developing algorithms for end-to-end training of deep neural networks, scalable algorithms for inverse-reinforcement learning, deep reinforcement-learning algorithms, and more. His work has been featured in many popular press outlets, including the New York Times, the BBC, MIT Technology Review, and Bloomberg.
  • Gideon

    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.
  • Harry

    Executive Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, Microsoft

    Democratization of AI

    Harry Shum is executive vice president of Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research group.

    He is responsible for driving the company’s overall AI strategy and forward-looking research and development efforts spanning infrastructure, services, apps, and agents. He oversees AI-focused product groups including Bing and Cortana. He also leads Microsoft Research, one of the world’s premier computer science research organizations, and its integration with the engineering teams across the company.

    Dr. Shum is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow for his contributions to computer vision and computer graphics. He received his PhD in robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2017, he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering.
  • Chazz

    Cofounder and CEO, Wise Systems

    Chazz Sims is cofounder and CEO of Wise Systems, maker of autonomous dispatch and routing software for high-performance delivery fleets. Chazz’s expertise is in using data to solve last-mile issues in urban environments. His experience spans the Human Dynamics Lab at the MIT Media Lab and a variety of startups and companies in areas finance, healthcare, and mobile technology. He holds a Master’s in Engineering in Computer Science from MIT, where he also received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
  • Dawn

    Professor, UC Berkeley; Founder and CEO, Oasis Labs

    Future of AI and Security

    Dawn Song is a professor of computer science at UC Berkeley, where she earned her PhD. Her research interests lie in deep learning, security, and blockchain. She is the recipient of various awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the NSF CAREER Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the MIT Technology Review TR35 award, and Best Paper awards from top conferences in computer security and deep learning. She is ranked as the most cited scholar in computer security and is currently the founder and CEO of Oasis Labs, creating privacy-first cloud computing on blockchain.
  • Kent

    Senior Vice President of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Google

    From Policy to Implementation: Establishing Principles of Responsible AI

    Kent Walker has worked at the nexus of cutting-edge technology, policy, and legal issues for over 20 years. He currently oversees Google’s legal, policy, and compliance affairs, product policies, philanthropic efforts, and work with governments around the world. Before joining Google, Kent held executive positions at leading technology companies, including eBay, Netscape, AOL, and Airtouch Communications. He served as an assistant US attorney with the US Department of Justice and advised the attorney general on technology policy issues. At the start of his career, he worked as a litigator specializing in government and public law issues. Kent graduated with honors from Harvard College and Stanford Law School. He has served on the boards of a variety of industry associations and currently serves on the Harvard Board of Overseers and the Mercy Corps Social Ventures Fund. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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EmTech Digital 2019 Schedule

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

Monday, March 25, 2019

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

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

  • 8:00
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00
    General Sessions
  • 12:00
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:30
    General Sessions
  • 5:00
    Closing Toast
Who Should Attend

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

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

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St. Regis San Francisco

125 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Registration check-in: 2nd floor
General sessions: 2nd floor

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available. Make your reservation early, as rooms will likely sell out.

Venue + Travel

March 25-26, 2019
St. Regis Hotel
San Francisco

St. Regis Hotel

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

Hotel information

St. Regis San Francisco

Discounted Conference Rate:
$435/night + tax
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125 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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You may also reserve a room by calling St. Regis Central Reservations at 1-877-787-3447. Be sure to mention EmTech Digital 2019 to receive the discounted rate. 

The group rate is available until March 1, 2019.


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

Driving from the North Bay

Sausalito, Tiburon, Muir Woods, Sonoma

• Take Highway 101 South over the Golden Gate Bridge.
• Follow signs towards Downtown San Francisco/Lombard Street.
• Continue on Lombard Street approximately 1.5 miles.
• Turn right onto Van Ness Avenue.
• Continue on Van Ness Avenue for 14 blocks, then turn left onto Bush Street.
• Continue on Bush Street for 12 blocks.
• Then turn right onto Montgomery Street.
• Continue on Montgomery Street and cross Market Street.
• Continue 2 more blocks to Howard Street. Turn right onto Howard Street.
• Proceed 1 block to Third Street and turn right.
• The St. Regis Hotel is located on the right side, 0.5 blocks after Howard Street. Immediately after the Museum of Modern Art, turn right onto Minna Street.

Driving from the South Bay

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

• Take Highway 101 North into San Francisco.
• Follow signs towards Bay Bridge onto Interstate 80 East.
• Take the last San Francisco Exit, which is Fourth Street.
• Continue through the light and turn left onto Third Street.
• Proceed along Third Street and continue for 3.5 blocks.
• The St. Regis Hotel is located on the right side, 0.5 blocks after Howard Street. Immediately after the Museum of Modern Art, turn right onto Minna Street.

Driving from Highway 280

• Take Interstate 280 North into San Francisco.
• Stay on the freeway until it ends onto King Street.
• Proceed several blocks to Third Street.
• Turn left onto Third Street
• Continue along Third Street for 6.5 blocks.
• The St. Regis Hotel is located on the right side, 0.5 blocks after Howard Street. Immediately after the Museum of Modern Art, turn right onto Minna Street.

Driving from East Bay

Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Sacramento

• Take Interstate 80 West over the Bay Bridge into San Francisco.
• Take the first right exit, which is Fremont Street.
• Turn left onto Fremont Street. Proceed 0.5 blocks to Howard Street and turn left.
• Continue on Howard Street for 4 long blocks, and turn right onto Third Street.
• The St. Regis Hotel is located on the right side, 0.5 blocks after Howard Street. Immediately after the Museum of Modern Art, turn right onto Minna Street.

Driving from Oakland Airport

• Follow the signs for Interstate 880 North, towards downtown Oakland.
• Follow the signs towards San Francisco, Interstate 80 West.
• Proceed on I-80 West over the Bay Bridge, and follow the "Driving from East Bay" directions.

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