Technologies driving digital business
June 8-9, 2020
MIT Media Lab
Cambridge, MA

About

EmTech Next is MIT Technology Review’s curated guidance on the impact of technologies that are driving digital business. In an environment characterized by continuous change and continual influx of new technologies, we'll separate hype from fact, providing leaders with the information they need to make better decisions faster.

This year’s program focuses on the technologies that are disrupting the status quo, such as the implications of 5G networking on the way devices interact and capture data, the impact that digital currencies will have on how we transact business, the effect of AI and robotics on how we work and the way work gets done, and more.

Our 2019 program explored:

» The impact of AI on businesses
» Advances in human-robot collaboration
» Leadership in an era of constant reinvention
» The digital factory 
» AR/VR and the enterprise training landscape
» Jobs of the future

Watch videos here » 

Who Should Attend

MIT Technology Review events bring together senior-level business and technology decision makers who drive the global innovation economy.

EmTech is a must-attend for:
- C-Level Executives
- Policy Leaders
- Innovators
- Tech Media
- Entrepreneurs
- Venture Investors
- IP Professionals

Speakers

Experts at the heart of the constant influx of technologies driving digital business

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.

We are now accepting speaker nominations for our 2020 conference. Applications close on March 1.

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2019 Featured Session

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? Watch as our speakers debate »

Ryan Abbott
Professor of Law and Health Sciences, University of Surrey

Ryan Avent
Economics Columnist, The Economist

Moderated by Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review Editor in Chief

EmTech Next 2020 Schedule

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June 8-9, 2020

The program provides you with access to the experts at the heart of the new digital economy. With these carefully curated sessions, you’ll gain unique insights into the technologies that are changing today's status quo. Check back for updates.

In the heart of the MIT campus

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
Building E14
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Registration includes two full days of conference sessions, a networking reception on June 8, and a closing toast on June 9, as well as The Download, our email newsletter delivered to your inbox every weekday. Paying attendees will also receive a complimentary one-year digital subscription to MIT Technology Review.

 

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

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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.

Venue + Travel

MIT, Cambridge

MIT Media Lab

EmTech Next happens at MIT in the heart of Kendall Square 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

Boston Marriott Cambridge

Discounted Conference Rate:
$299/night + applicable 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.

 

Online booking link coming soon »

 

You may reserve your stay by phone at: 1-800-228-9290 or 617-494-6600. Be sure to mention the EmTech Next room block.

 

The group rate expires on May 18, 2020.

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.

Cab Companies

Ambassador Brattle: 617.492.1100

Checker Cab Co.: 617.497.9000

Yellow Cab: 617.547.3000

Car Services

Boston Coach: 800.672.7676 (reservation line)

Commonwealth Limo: 617.787.5575

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