AI and robotics are changing the future of work. Are you ready?
June 11-12, 2019
MIT Media Lab
Cambridge, MA

About

AI and robotics are driving rapid and radical workplace transformation across all industries, for companies large and small. These and other emerging technologies, like advanced manufacturing and AR/VR, are changing jobs ranging from manufacturing to medicine to retail.

EmTech Next examines the technology behind these global trends and their implications for the future of work. It will delve into their potential to empower the human workforce and open up new areas of economic growth, while also exploring their unintended consequences.

How can businesses better use artificial intelligence?

How will you prepare your workforce for the jobs of the future?

What skills will be valued in this new era?

How can you stay agile and steer your career through this time of unprecedented change?

Our 2019 program will explore:

» Artificial Intelligence and its impact on businesses
» Advances in human-robot collaboration
» Leadership in an era of constant reinvention
» Technologies that bring the digital factory to life
» How AR/VR is changing the enterprise training landscape
» Jobs of the future

Watch video from the inaugural event here » 

Speaker Nominations

We’re gathering the experts who’ll give you the inside track on the technologies and businesses that are disrupting industries, creating entirely new markets, and changing society.

Speakers

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  • Henny
    Admoni

    Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

    Understanding Human Behavior for Better Human-Robot Collaboration

    Henny Admoni is an assistant professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where she works on assistive robotics and human-robot interaction. Henny develops and studies intelligent robots that help people perform complex tasks like cooking and eating. Her focus is on how natural, intuitive human behaviors, such as where people are looking, can reveal their underlying mental states and improve human-robot collaboration. Henny completed a postdoc at the Robotics Institute at CMU and a PhD in computer science at Yale University. She also holds a BA/MA joint degree in computer science from Wesleyan University. Henny’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation, the US Office of Naval Research, and Sony.
  • Brandon
    Alexander

    CEO and Cofounder, Iron Ox

    Robots: Farmers of the Future

    Brandon Alexander is the CEO and cofounder of Iron Ox, a company building robotic greenhouses to make premium produce accessible to everyone.

    Inspired by his family farm and his career in robotics, Brandon sought to find a sustainable approach to feeding the world’s growing population in an industry that’s challenged with a declining labor force and extreme weather conditions. With his cofounder Jon Binney, he traveled all across California to talk with local farmers about the challenges facing the industry and how robotics can provide modern solutions.

    Brandon has a track record of laying the groundwork for successful robotic deployment. He previously played a key role in Google[x]’s drone delivery program, Project Wing, where he developed the flight mission control software. He has also worked at the robotics think tank Willow Garage.
  • David
    Autor

    Ford Professor of Economics, MIT

    How Superstar Tech Companies Can Hinder Economic Growth

    David Autor is Ford Professor in the MIT Department of Economics. His scholarship explores the labor market impacts of technological change and globalization, earnings inequality, and disability insurance and labor supply. Autor has received numerous awards both for his scholarship—the National Science Foundation Career Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Sherwin Rosen Prize for outstanding contributions in the field of labor economics—and for his teaching: the MIT MacVicar Faculty Fellowship for contributions to undergraduate education, the James A. and Ruth Levitan Award for excellence in teaching, the Undergraduate Economic Association Teaching Award, and the Faculty Appreciation Award from the MIT TPP program. He was recognized by Bloomberg as one of the 50 people who defined global business in 2017.
  • Philippe
    Beaudoin

    Cofounder and Research Group SVP, Element AI

    Canada’s AI Ecosystem

    Philippe Beaudoin cofounded Element AI and, as SVP Research, he's in charge of the AI-for-Good and Applied Research Lab divisions. As such, he directs the researchers who explore and refine Element AI's bold vision of the future of AI in the enterprise and ensures these discoveries are used to make the world a better place. Prior to cofounding Element AI, Philippe was a senior developer at Google and cofounder of two startups. He also holds a PhD and postdoc in computer science, specialized in computer graphics and reinforcement learning.
  • Derek
    Belch

    Founder and CEO, Strivr

    Virtual Reality: A Safe Place to Learn

    Derek Belch is the founder and CEO of Strivr, a leading provider of immersive training that empowers people to perform at their best. Derek developed his vision for Strivr while getting his master’s in virtual reality and serving as an assistant football coach at Stanford. With a passion for football and expertise in immersive technology, Derek brought together a unique way to transform training, initially for athletes and now for enterprises. Strivr is now the industry leader in immersive training solutions, currently used by leading Fortune 500 companies as well as professional and collegiate sports teams.
  • Jit Kee
    Chin

    Chief Data Officer and Executive Vice President, Suffolk

    Building Smarter: The Construction Industry’s Transformation

    Jit Kee Chin is the chief data officer and executive vice president at the construction company Suffolk. She is responsible for leveraging big data and advanced analytics to improve the organization’s core business. Ms. Chin works closely with the company’s innovation and strategy teams to fundamentally reinvent the future of construction in the digital age. Before joining Suffolk, she spent 10 years with management consulting firm McKinsey and Company, where she counseled senior executives on strategic, commercial, and advanced analytics topics. Ms. Chin holds a PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS from the California Institute of Technology.
  • Moustapha
    Cisse

    Research Scientist and Lead, Google AI Center, Accra; Professor of Machine Learning, AIMS

    Expanding AI Expertise: Looking Beyond the Present-Day Innovation Hubs

    Moustapha Cisse is a research scientist at Google and head of the Google AI center in Accra, Ghana, where he leads research efforts in foundational machine learning and its applications to solving complex societal challenges. Moustapha is also a professor of machine learning at the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, where where he is the founder and director of the African Master’s of Machine Intelligence program. He was previously a research scientist at Facebook AI Research. Before that, he completed his PhD at University Pierre and Marie Curie in France.
  • Charles
    Isbell

    Executive Associate Dean and Professor, Georgia Tech

    Equity in Computing

    Dr. Charles Isbell received his bachelor's in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. He earned his SM and PhD at MIT's Computer Science and AI Lab and eventually joined AT&T Labs/Research. In 2002, he returned to Georgia Tech, where he is now Professor and Executive Associate Dean for the College of Computing. The unifying theme of Charles' research interests has been using machine learning to build autonomous agents who engage directly with humans. His work has been featured in the popular press, congressional testimony, and in several technical collections. Charles has also pursued reform in computing education. He was a chief architect of Threads, Georgia Tech’s structuring principle for computing curricula. Charles was also an architect for Georgia Tech’s first-of-its-kind MOOC-supported MS in Computer Science. Both efforts have received international attention and been presented in the academic and popular press. In all his roles, he has continued to focus on issues of broadening participation in computing. He is the founding Executive Director for the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing. He is a AAAI Fellow and a Fellow of the ACM. Appropriately, his citation for ACM Fellow reads “for contributions to interactive machine learning; and for contributions to increasing access and diversity in computing”.
  • Ravin
    Jesuthasan

    Author and Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson

    Leading in Times of Perpetual Reinvention

    Ravin Jesuthasan is a recognized global thought leader and author on the future of work and human capital. He has led numerous research efforts on the global workforce, the emerging digital economy, the rise of artificial intelligence, and the transformation of work. He has also led research projects for the World Economic Forum, including its ground-breaking study “Shaping the Future Implications of Digital Media for Society” and the recently launched “Creating a Shared Vision for Talent in the 4th Industrial Revolution.” He is a regular participant and presenter at the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos and Dalian/Tianjin and is a member of the forum’s Steering Committee on Work and Employment. He has been recognized as one of the top 25 most influential consultants in the world by Consulting magazine. He is the author of "Transformative HR, Lead The Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment," and "Reinventing Jobs: A 4-Step Approach to Applying Automation to Work."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Natan
    Linder

    Cofounder and CEO, Tulip

    Natan Linder is cofounder and CEO of manufacturing technology company, Tulip, and cofounder and chairman of Formlabs, the pioneer and industry leader in professional desktop 3D printing. Drawing from over 15 years of experience and accomplished careers at companies like Samsung, Sun Microsystems, and Rethink Robotics, Linder holds a depth of expertise in computer science, product design, and entrepreneurship. Prior to starting Tulip and Formlabs, Linder was cofounder and general manager of Samsung Electronic’s R&D Center in Israel, spearheading the group’s innovation efforts in mobile and shipping multiple products to the global market. He’s served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Jerusalem Venture Partners, the leading Israeli venture capital firm. Linder holds a PhD from MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group and a SM in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT. Linder’s work aims to fuse design and engineering to create novel human experiences.
  • Thomas
    Malone

    Founding Director, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

    Superminds: The Power of People and Computers Thinking Together

    Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. At MIT, he is also a professor of information technology and a professor of work and organizational studies. Previously, he was the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative “Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century.” Professor Malone teaches classes on organizational design, information technology, and leadership, and his research focuses on how new organizations can be designed to take advantage of the possibilities provided by information technology.

    Malone has been a cofounder of four software companies and has consulted and served as a board member for a number of other organizations. His background includes work as a research scientist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a PhD from Stanford University, an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich, and degrees in applied mathematics, engineering, and psychology. He is the author of The Future of Work and Supermind, as well as over 100 articles, papers, and book chapters.
  • Shelley
    Peterson

    Head of Emerging Technologies, Lockheed Martin

    Building Spacecrafts with AR

    Shelley Peterson, a Lockheed Martin Emerging Tech Lead, has become a valuable Silicon Valley source, diving into the rapidly evolving market for augmented reality and wearables to integrate emerging technologies with Lockheed Martin applications.
  • Alex
    Rosenblat

    Researcher, Data and Society Research Institute

    How Algorithms are Rewriting the Rules of Work

    Alex Rosenblat is a technology ethnographer and the author of "Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work." A researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute, she holds a master’s degree in sociology from Queen’s University and a bachelor of arts degree in history from McGill University. Alex’s writing has appeared in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, Slate, and Fast Company. Her research has been covered in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review, Wired, New Scientist, and the Guardian. Among the scholarly and professional publications in which her prize-winning work has been published are the International Journal of Communication and the Columbia Law Review.
  • 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.
  • Andrea
    Thomaz

    CEO and Cofounder, Diligent Robotics

    Robot Assistants for Everyday Humans Transforming the Meaning of Work

    Andrea Thomaz is the CEO and cofounder of Diligent Robotics and a renowned social robotics expert. Her accolades include being recognized by the National Academy of Science as a Kavli Fellow, the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Tech, MIT Technology Review on its Innovators Under 35 list, Popular Science on its Brilliant 10 list, TEDx as a featured keynote speaker on social robotics, and Texas Monthly on its Most Powerful Texans of 2018 list. Andrea’s robots have been featured in the New York Times and on the covers of MIT Technology Review and Popular Science. Her passion for social robotics began during her work at the MIT Media Lab, where she focused on using AI to develop machines that address everyday human needs. Andrea cofounded Diligent Robotics to pursue her vision of creating socially intelligent robot assistants that collaborate with humans by doing their chores so humans can have more time for the work they care about. She earned her PhD from MIT and BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UT Austin. Andrea was also a Robotics Professor at UT Austin and Georgia Tech, where she directed the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab.
  • Erin
    Winick

    Associate Editor, MIT Technology Review

    Erin Winick is the associate editor of the future of work at MIT Technology Review. She's particularly interested in automation and advanced manufacturing, spurring from her background in mechanical engineering. She produces MIT Technology Review's future of work e-mail newsletter, Clocking In, which takes a daily look at how technology is impacting the workplace. Before joining the publication, Erin worked as a freelance science writer, founded the 3-D printing company Sci Chic, and interned at the Economist.
  • Susan
    Winterberg

    Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

    Aligning Technology with a Public Purpose

    Susan Winterberg is a fellow in the Technology and Public Purpose Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her current research focuses on how business leaders, technologists, and investors in emerging technologies can better integrate environmental, social, and governance considerations into early-stage product designs and business models. Susan previously worked at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a global nonprofit membership organization of corporate social responsibility departments at more than 250 multinational companies. At BSR Susan led the team that advised companies and investors on how to tackle challenges of economic inequality and future of work and to develop responsible approaches to managing transitions to automation and artificial intelligence. Her research and projects on responsible business have been featured by NPR, Forbes, Responsible Investor, and Ethical Corporation.
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EmTech Next 2019 Schedule

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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

    A welcome from MIT Technology Review’s editor in chief, our EmTech Next emcee.

    Gideon Lichfield Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review
  • 9:15
    The Big Picture

    The public discussion on the future of work has followed a narrative that says technology, namely AI and robotics, is coming for your job. This isn’t entirely untrue, but it’s not the whole story. New technologies are destroying jobs and, at the same time, creating new ones. Digital technologies are radically transforming our work and business opportunities, enriching some people and leaving many more behind. To create more inclusive prosperity, we need to better understand what it is about these technological advances that are having negative economic repercussions.

    David Autor Ford Professor of Economics, MIT
    How Superstar Tech Companies Can Hinder Economic Growth
  • 10:30
    Break & Networking
  • 11:00
    Responding to the Changing Nature of Work

    The future trajectory of technology is under our control. The more we understand the nature of our innovations and the impacts they are having on our lives and economy, the better our decisions about how to use them will be.

    How will government respond to the need for sound AI and automation policy? And how will education adapt to this new era, in which understanding the greater political and societal context in which we operate is critical?

    Charles Isbell Executive Associate Dean and Professor, Georgia Tech
    Equity in Computing
    Moustapha Cisse Research Scientist and Lead, Google AI Center, Accra; Professor of Machine Learning, AIMS
    Expanding AI Expertise: Looking Beyond the Present-Day Innovation Hubs
  • 12:00
    Technology Spotlight: How Will 5G Transform the Future of Work?

    Promising faster speed and lower latency, 5G has been hyped as the next wave of wireless innovation. Many questions remain as to when this technology will be available for the public and how security challenges will be addressed. Understand the business implications of 5G and how it could propel innovation in autonomous vehicles, connected factories, smart cities, and more.

  • 12:30
    Lunch & Networking
  • 2:00
    Working with Robots: The Future of Collaboration

    As the field of robotics advances, how will intelligent systems support people in more natural and intuitive ways? Our speakers outline the latest research in human-robot collaboration and discuss how collective intelligence will make for a stronger and smarter workforce.

    Andrea Thomaz CEO and Cofounder, Diligent Robotics
    Robot Assistants for Everyday Humans Transforming the Meaning of Work
    Henny Admoni Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
    Understanding Human Behavior for Better Human-Robot Collaboration
  • 3:00
    Debate: Should Robots Be Taxed?

    The robot tax proposes that employers who replace employees with automated workers be required to pay a tax, similar to the taxes paid by a human worker. The purpose of such a tax would be to slow the advance of automation while helping to mitigate job loss.

    Is the robot tax a viable solution? Our speakers debate.

  • 3:30
    Break & Networking
  • 4:00
    The Dark Side of On-Demand Work

    The gig economy gave a new face to entrepreneurship, promising flexibility and uncapped earning potential—but at what cost? Those critical of on-demand work call it exploitative and have raised ethical questions around workplace protections. What will the future of this workforce be, and how can labor laws adapt to meet changing needs?

    Alex Rosenblat Researcher, Data and Society Research Institute
    How Algorithms are Rewriting the Rules of Work
    Susan Winterberg Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
    Aligning Technology with a Public Purpose
  • 5:00
    Who’s Getting It Right?

    How are cities around the world preparing for an autonomous future? What lessons might be learned from those responding to a rapid digital transition?

    Philippe Beaudoin Cofounder and Research Group SVP, Element AI
    Canada’s AI Ecosystem
  • 5:30
    EmTech Next Reception

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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

    Day Two opens with a preview of the day from MIT Technology Review’s editor in chief, our EmTech Next emcee.

    Gideon Lichfield Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review
  • 9:15
    Leading a Modern Workforce

    What does effective leadership look like in the era of AI? What considerations must leaders make amid an uncertain future to help their workforce stay engaged and agile?

    Ravin Jesuthasan Author and Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson
    Leading in Times of Perpetual Reinvention
  • 10:15
    Technology Spotlight: The Rise of VR in Enterprise Training

    A look at how virtual reality is used to create more immersive learning experiences for employee training, in a safe, and cost-effective environment.

    Derek Belch Founder and CEO, Strivr
    Virtual Reality: A Safe Place to Learn
  • 10:30
    Break & Networking
  • 11:00
    An Ethical Compass in the Automation Age

    As more and more companies embrace automation, what are the ethical expectations and social obligations regarding the displaced workforce? Is ethical automation possible, and if so, what solutions are available to usher a workforce through a digital disruption?

  • 11:45
    Technology Spotlight: AR for Spacecraft

    Understand how AR could transform workspaces and workflow.

    Shelley Peterson Head of Emerging Technologies, Lockheed Martin
    Building Spacecrafts with AR
  • 12:15
    Lunch & Networking
  • 2:00
    Building a Digital-Ready Workplace

    How will machine intelligence impact your business environment? From hiring decisions to employee training, learn how to prepare your workforce for digital transformation.

  • 3:30
    Break & Networking
  • 4:00
    Industry Impact

    A look at current enterprises leveraging machine intelligence and what you can learn from their experience in the field.

    Jit Kee Chin Chief Data Officer and Executive Vice President, Suffolk
    Building Smarter: The Construction Industry’s Transformation
    Brandon Alexander CEO and Cofounder, Iron Ox
    Robots: Farmers of the Future
  • 4:45
    Future Forward

    In this session, leading thinkers will share their predictions for what work could look like in the coming decades.

  • 5:30
    Closing Toast
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This event takes place 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
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75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Venue + Travel

June 11-12, 2019
MIT, Cambridge

MIT Media Lab

EmTech Next 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

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Hyatt Regency Cambridge is located along the scenic Charles River overlooking the Boston skyline and is in the midst of two uncommonly exciting cities, Boston and Cambridge. Discover Boston and Cambridge at a hotel just minutes from Boston, adjacent to MIT, Harvard and Boston Universities. The Hyatt's guests are greeted with a dynamic 16-story atrium lobby featuring 470 newly renovated guestrooms. Zephyr on the Charles is the hotel's full service restaurant featuring eclectic dining, extraordinary views and authentic service. The state-of-the art Hyatt Stay Fit Health Club features a 75 ft heated indoor pool, eucalyptus sauna and steam room.

 

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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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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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A Tradition in Technology

For 120 years, MIT Technology Review has been identifying important new technologies and deciphering their practical impact.

We've brought that mission and our journalism to life through EmTech since 1999, gathering the sharpest minds in the technology, engineering, academic, startup, and management communities to provide insight into the innovations that shape the world and your business.

We host EmTech events in the US, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Partners

Make a statement about your commitment to thought leadership.

Partnering with MIT Technology Review makes a strong statement about your brand's commitment to thought leadership and ground-breaking innovation.

Watch what our partners say about MIT Technology Review events

Presenting Partners

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Interested in partnering with us?

Contact Ken Collina at 617-475-8004 or via e-mail.