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EmTech@MIT 2010 Agenda

EmTech@MIT brings Technology Review’s mission to life by showcasing the most important emerging technologies and explaining their impact on you, our audience. EmTech Conferences gives you access to the most innovative labs and companies from around the world.

Tuesday, September 21: Lab to Market
Wednesday, September 22: Global Communication & Collaboration (IT/Communications/the Web)
Thursday, September 23: Fueling the Future (Energy/Resources)

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010: Lab to Market

11:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
KRESGE LOBBY

Registration

12:00 p.m. — 1:45 p.m.
LA SALA
2nd Floor
STRATTON STUDENT CENTER

Spotlight on Innovation Lunch

Hear about innovative emerging technologies in cleantech, life sciences and infotech from three Florida organizations and the paths taken to transform them from ideas to viable products. Learn about Florida’s new venture capital initiatives and find out about breakthrough technologies, research strengths and the commercialization process.

Learn more: www.eflorida.com/spotlight

Panelists: Scott Faris, Founder and CEO, Planar Energy; Harry W. Orf, VP, Scientific Operations and Professor of Chemistry, Scripps Florida; Leonard Polizzotto, VP, Marketing & Strategic Business Development, Draper Laboratory; Jason Rottenberg, Managing Director, Florida First Partners, a joint venture of MILCOM Venture Partners & Credit Suisse.

Presented By
eFlorida eFlorida
2:15 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

EmTech@MIT 2010 Opening Remarks

Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, Technology Review

2:30 p.m. — 3:15 p.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

Fireside Chat

Christine Herron, Principal, First Round Capital with Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, Technology Review

An early-stage investor at First Round Capital, Herron has spent her career finding new and innovative information technologies.

3.15 p.m. — 3:45 p.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

TR35

Meet the 2010 TR35

Each year, the editors of Technology Review honor the TR35, a set of 35 young innovators whose inventions and research we find most exciting. Listen to the 2010 TR35 honorees describe their revolutionary and inspiring work – in 90 seconds or less!

TR35 Presenters:

Danah Boyd, Microsoft Research
Shaping the rules for social networks

David Karp, Tumblr
A platform that keeps ­bloggers blogging

David Kobia, Ushahidi
Software that helps populations cope with crises

Avi Muchnick, Aviary
Cloud-based multimedia editing software

Moderator: Erica Naone, IT Editor, Web and Social Networking, Technology Review

3.45 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

MIT Enterprise Forum
Global Broadcast

Keynote Panel

Lab to Market: Success is Not Final, Failure is Not Fatal

Innovation in business and technology no longer takes place when a lone scientist screams “Eureka!” in a dusty lab.  Corporations are turning to centers of research and launching their own labs where the expressed mission is for diverse groups of interdisciplinary experts to collaborate on ideas that transform our world.

Our panel will share stories of their decades of real-world wisdom in leading teams to cutting edge breakthroughs and frustrating dead ends, and what makes labs such a powerful and challenging work environment. 

Moderator: Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, Technology Review

Panelists:  Lili Cheng, General Manager, Microsoft’s Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs; Pamela McNamara, President, Cambridge Consultants; Nitin Parekh, Director of Business Development, Palo Alto Research Center; Alex Wong, Managing Director, D.E. Shaw & Co. L.P.;  Head of Venture Capital, D.E. Shaw Group

5:00 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.
KRESGE LOBBY & TENT

Opening Night Reception and Networking

Presented by:
Cmabridge Consultants

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010: Global Communication & Collaboration

7:30 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.
KRESGE LOBBY & TENT

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 a.m. — 8:45 a.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

Opening Remarks

Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, Technology Review

8:45 a.m. — 9:20 a.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

PreView Sessions

Short demonstrations of powerful emerging technologies – straight from the innovators themselves.

Matt Grob, SVP, Corporate Research and Development, Qualcomm

Mobile Augmented Reality and The Future of Play
Inspired by Mattel’s classic children’s game and developed using Qualcomm’s augmented reality (AR) platform, we will show a proof-of-concept  game that demonstrates how interactive 3D experiences can be visualized on real-world surfaces to create a  completely new play experience that takes place in the real world. Vision-based AR can also be used by marketers as new form of interactive media that enables product packaging and other printed media to come alive with interactive 3D content.  Applications may include enhanced product information, promotional games or contests, or even instructions for use.

Jonathan Segel, Executive Director, CTO Group, Alcatel-Lucent

The combination of high-powered handheld computing, and broadband, always-on, wireless networks creates the infrastructure to unlock a new generation of applications. This presentation highlights the characteristics and potential such an infrastructure enables, and provides a concrete example with a mobile game that merges virtual and real-world experience using synthesized 3D spatial audio.

9:20 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

Keynote Panel

The Future of Mobile

Panelists: Vanu Bose, President and CEO, Vanu, Inc; Emily Green, President and CEO, Yankee Group; Matt Grob, SVP, Corporate Research and Development, Qualcomm: Alice White, Vice President, Bell Labs

Moderator: Evan I. Schwartz, Senior Editor, Technology Review

10:30 a.m. — 10:45 a.m. BREAK

10:45 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

TR35

Meet the 2010 TR35

TR35 Presenters:

Philip Low, NeuroVigil
Portable devices for monitoring brain activity

Timothy Lu, Ascendia Biotechnology, MIT 
Engineering viruses to destroy biofilms

Mikhail Shapiro, Third Rock Ventures
Commercializing neurotechnology

Samuel Sia, Columbia University
Inexpensive microfluidic chips for diagnostics

Video Presentation: Jacob Hanna, Whitehead Institute
Reprogramming cells to cure diseases

Moderator: Emily Singer, Senior Editor, Biomedicine, Technology Review

11:15 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

The Future of Computation

Stephen Wolfram, Founder and CEO, Wolfram Research

A distinguished scientist, inventor, author, and business leader, Wolfram launched Wolfram|Alpha in May 2009—an ambitious, long-term project to make as much of the world's knowledge as possible computable, and accessible to everyone.

12:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. LUNCH OPTIONS

Option 1:
Mezzanine Lounge

3rd Floor
Stratton Student Center

Option 2:
La Sala

2nd Floor
Stratton Student Center

Option 1:

The Innovation and Underwriting Cycles: Managing Risk and Creativity

Featured Speaker:
Sean Fitzpatrick, SVP, Middle Market and Specialty Financial, The Hartford Financial Services Group

Innovation is supported by finance and underwriting, especially in technology and life science sectors.  Risk and insurance have distinctive cycles, involving capital availability, finance, and volatility. These elements can impact the business cycles of growth and profit which in turn affects research, development and innovation.  This session brings these topics into a robust conversation about the synergies and challenges of innovation, underwriting and risk and is designed for  entrepreneurs, technologists, as well as CEOs and CFOs.

Option 2:

A Day in the Life of Wireless: Wireless Health, Augmented Reality, Short-Range Communications, Indoor Positioning and More

Featured Speaker:
Matt Grob, SVP, Corporate Research and Development, Qualcomm

Imagine working out and your health stats get automatically sent to your doctor? Envision attending a sports game, viewing stadium menus from your mobile device, ordering the food, and having it delivered to you without having to miss a play or match point?  Visit this session to learn about today’s and tomorrow’s wireless technologies.

Presented by: The Hartford Presented by:Qualcomm

2:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

TR35

Meet the 2010 TR35

TR35 Presenters:

Wesley Chan, Google
Building new technology businesses

Nick Feamster, Georgia Tech
Watching the suspicious behavior of spam

Rikin Gandhi, Digital Green
Educating farmers through locally produced video

Christopher Kruegel, University of California, Santa Barbara
Developing software that shuts down botnets

Kati London, Area/Code
Teaching real-world skills through games

Moderator: Brian Bergstein, Deputy Editor, Technology Review

2:30 p.m. — 3:15 p.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

Keynote

What’s Ahead in Wireless: Revolutionizing the Way We Do Business

Dan Hesse, CEO, Sprint

Hesse will discuss how advances in wireless technology, such as 4G, will transform and shape our future. Faster networks and more powerful, connected devices and applications, like mobile video, are changing everything from entertainment to the way we communicate. Hesse will also discuss both the benefits and the challenges that the rapid growth of wireless presents for our planet.

3:15 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. BREAK
3:30 p.m. — 4:15 p.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

PreView Sessions

Short demonstrations of powerful emerging technologies – straight from the innovators themselves.

Ed Boyden, Assistant Professor, Biological Engineering, and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT Media Lab

Brain disorders such as stroke, chronic pain, addiction, and epilepsy affect over a billion people worldwide but much is still not known about the brain and how to treat brain disorders. Boyden will present his strategy for using light to activate and silence parts of the brain. By using light, Boyden’s group has uncovered much about the workings of the brain, which could lead to potential novel therapies for treating brain disorders.

Brett Brewer, General Manager, Microsoft Live Labs

The amount of data available to users is increasing, so new ways to visualize and organize data that extract meaning will be significant for search, commerce and any website that deals in information. Brewer will be demoing a new version of Microsoft’s ambitious Pivot project, which users interact with, manipulate, and view huge amounts of data easily to display and filter information in visually compelling, powerful ways.

4:15 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

TR35

2010 TR35 Awards Ceremony

A celebration of Technology Review’s award-winning young innovators, all under 35 years old, who exemplify innovation in business and technology. Their work—spanning medicine, computing, communications, electronics, nanotechnology, and more—is changing our world. All 2010 winners will be honored onstage following a series of Meet the TR35 presentations.

TR35 Presenters:

Hany Eitouni, Seeo
Making safer batteries with solid polymers

Peter Meinhold, Gevo
Engineering a better bug for biofuels

Michelle Povinelli, University of Southern California
Predicting better photonic devices

Video Presentation: Jochen Mundinger, RouteRank
Reducing the carbon footprint of travel

Moderator: Kevin Bullis, Energy Editor, Technology Review

5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
KRESGE LOBBY & TENT

TR35 Reception and Networking

 

Thursday, September 23, 2010: Fueling the Future

7:30 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.
KRESGE LOBBY & TENT

Breakfast and Registration

8:45 a.m. — 9:15 a.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

TR35

 

Meet the 2010 TR35

TR35 Presenters:

Ranveer Chandra, Microsoft Research
Delivering high-speed wireless Internet connections over longer distances

Aaron Dollar, Yale University
Creating flexible robotic hands

Amir Alexander Hasson, United Villages
Using cell phones to supply rural shop owners

T. Scott Saponas, Microsoft Research
Detecting complex gestures with an armband interface

Video Presentation: Gabriel Charlet, Alcatel-Lucent
Record-breaking optical fibers for global communications

Moderator: Tom Simonite, IT Editor, Software and Hardware, Technology Review

9:15 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

Fireside Chat

Jason Pontin with Elisabeth Moyer, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Chicago

Moyer will discuss CIM-EARTH, an economic and geophysical modeling system that informs the public debate about two of the most important issues humanity currently faces: the economic consequences of climate change and energy policies. The powerful, open-source and readily adaptable system provides key simulations of the evolution of climate and human systems, which can provide tools for policymakers, government agencies, businesses, planners, researchers, nonprofit groups and educators.

9:45 a.m. — 10:15 a.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

The Future of Transportation

Ryan Chin, PhD Student in the Smart Cities Group, MIT Media Lab

Ryan Chin and his colleagues are (among other things) building the car of the future—a stackable, electric, shared two-passenger city vehicle that rethinks urban mobility. This work, in collaboration with General Motors, takes into account problems of parking, congestion, communication, and energy distribution, and considers the best and most efficient uses of available resources in an urban environment.

10:15 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. BREAK

10:30 a.m. — 10:50 a.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

TR35

Meet the 2010 TR35

TR35 Presenters:

Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Harvard
Simulating chemistry with quantum computers

Conor Madigan, Kateeva
Bringing down the price of OLED displays

Michael McAlpine, Princeton University
Powering electronics with human motion

Moderator: Katherine Bourzac, Materials Science Editor, Technology Review

10:50 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

Keynote Panel

The Future of Energy

Moderator: Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, Technology Review

Panelists: Nazeer Bhore, Senior Technology Advisor, Exxon Mobil; Jose Bravo, Chief Scientist, Shell Global Solutions; John Reilly, Associate Director for Research, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, MIT

12:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. LUNCH OPTIONS

Option 1:
Mezzanine Lounge

3rd Floor
Stratton Student Center

Option 2:
La Sala

2nd Floor
Stratton Student Center

Option 1:

Facing the Realities of the IT Paradigm Shifts

Featured Speaker:
George Sullivan, CTO, Me4Sure

Migration to new Operating Systems, Virtualization & Cloud computing demand stronger security, while business conditions demand reducing operating costs.  Me4Sure’s CTO, George Sullivan, will compare the complexities and weaknesses of current technology methods against Me4Sure’s innovative technology that strengthens authentication & access controls, simplifies use & administration without disrupting existing IT schemas.

Option 2:

No Limitations: A Personal Story of how Technology has Enabled Athletic Success 

Featured Speaker:
Sam Kavanagh, 2012 Paralympics Contender

Cyclist Sam Kavanagh, 2012 Paralympics contender, discusses his inspiring journey and the role technology plays in his success.  At age 25, Sam was trapped in an avalanche and sustained severe injuries.  He has since found renewed drive and harnessed technology to overcome his physical challenges and compete in elite athletics.

Presented by:Me4Sure Presented by: Qualcomm

2:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

TR35

Meet the 2010 TR35

TR35 Presenters:

Kim Hazelwood, University of Virginia
Reëngineering software on the fly

Indrani Medhi, Microsoft Research India
Building interfaces for the illiterate

Andrey Rybalchenko, Technical University of Munich
Stopping software from getting stuck in loops

Jian Sun, Microsoft Research Asia
Better image searches

Richard Tibbetts, StreamBase System
Reacting to large amounts of data in real time

Moderator: Stephen Cass, Senior Editor, Special Projects, Technology Review

2:30 p.m. — 3:15 p.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

Fireside Chat

Jason Pontin with Kris Gopalakrishnan, CEO, Infosys Technologies

Technology v1.0 (from mainframes to desktop) and 2.0 (internet enabled) have had a significant impact on businesses and business models. Going forward, over the next 25-30 years, technology v3.0 (pervasive computing driven by sensor networks, connected devices etc) will have a huge impact, not only on business, but on our lives. It will touch the way we connect and interact with others, it will have an impact on how we handle the issue of sustainability, it will change the nature of healthcare with preventive and personalized treatment, it will bring in new ways of monetary transactions and it will create huge opportunities for innovation.

3:15 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. BREAK
3:30 p.m. — 4:15 p.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

PreView Sessions

Short demonstrations of powerful emerging technologies – straight from the innovators themselves.

Cheaper Diagnostics

Samuel Sia, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

Researchers have strived to create cheaper, faster, and easier diagnostic tests in order to identify diseases in places with limited resources. Using the latest advances in microfluidics, Sia has developed a portable, disease-reading card that can detect diseases that normally require a big lab to diagnose, such as infectious diseases or prostate cancer. This device can aid in point-of-care diagnostics, so that diagnosis can be done on-site to get immediate test results, treating patients faster.

Solar Energy

Harry A. Atwater, Howard Hughes Professor and Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science, Caltech

Atwater will discuss the future of solar energy, and how his technology will potentially allow solar energy to be a truly viable source of energy. He has designed lightweight, low-cost, flexible solar cells that are highly efficient and can integrate into other applications.

 

4:15 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
KRESGE AUDITORIUM

Closing Performance

Michael Hawley, Director of Special Projects; Founder, MIT's GO Expeditions Program

* Schedule subject to change



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