September 23-25, 2008. MIT Campus

EmTech08 Schedule

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*NOTE: General registration will be held in the Kresge Extension Tent on the lawn in front of Kresge Auditorium. Speaker and Press Registration is located in Kresge Lobby.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - Women in Technology Workshop

12:15 pm — 1:00 pm

Kresge Extension Tent

Women in Technology Workshop Registration

1:00 pm — 1:45 pm

Kresge Auditorium

Keynote

Atefeh (Atti) Riazi, Senior Partner and CIO, Ogilvy and Mather

Technologists are widely stereotyped as narrowly specialized geeks, a characterization that has limited their opportunities across the range of organizational roles. Yet leadership is about passion, instinct, courage, imagination, integrity, and intellect, regardless of discipline or gender. Riazi will critically examine common perceptions of women and technologists in leadership roles, discuss the effects of those perceptions, and address how people can reposition themselves.

1:45 pm — 2:00 pm BREAK
2:00 pm — 3:15 pm

Concurrent breakout sessions

Session A

Kresge Auditorium

Developing Technical Leadership: Lessons from the Top

Leading innovation is at the heart of the technology industry and its revolutions. Although technical leadership is still primarily a man's game, there are some extraordinary exceptions. Leaders from biotech, software, and other technical disciplines—all women—will discuss their journeys and offer advice on how to thrive as a technical leader.

Moderator: Telle Whitney, President and CEO, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
Confirmed panelists: Rosana Kapeller, Vice President of Research, Aileron Therapeutics; Rebecca Parsons, CTO, ThoughtWorks

Session B

Mezzanine Lounge
3rd Floor
Stratton Student Center

Social Entrepreneurship

How can simple technologies change lives around the world?
This panel will explore how technology and entrepreneurship can create social impact in developing nations, with a particular focus on women. These entrepreneurs are igniting change and affecting women’s lives around the world.

Moderator: Erika Jonietz, Senior Editor, Technology Review
Confirmed panelists: Sarah Bird, Cofounder and Chief Operating Officer, Saafwater; Amy V. Mueller, Cofounder and Director, Solar Turbine Group (STG) International

Session C

La Sala
2nd Floor
Stratton Student Center

Networking: From Small Talk to Big Impact
Hosted in Conjuction with the MIT Alumnae Leadership Series

Whether established at the traditional cocktail party or on contemporary social-networking websites, networking connections help us on the job and in our communities. A strong network can be useful in generating customers, forming boards, developing a peer support group, fund-raising for a nonprofit, navigating the venture capital community—or, of course, hunting for a new job.

Academics and industry professionals discuss some of the latest networking theories and how they have applied these concepts in their own lives.

Moderator:   Patricia M. Randall, Account Director, Kforce
Confirmed Panelists:
Robin Chase, Founder and CEO, GoLoco; Jo Hoppe, VP and CIO, Pegasystems; Kristina Isakovich, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Philips Healthcare; Dawna S. Levenson, Associate Director of Academic Programs, MIT Professional Education Programs

3:15 pm — 3:25 pm BREAK
3:25 pm — 4:40 pm

Concurrent breakout sessions

Session A

Kresge Auditorium

From the Labs: Cool Female Innovations

Women have begun to slowly close the gender gap in tenure-track academic jobs in technical fields, but as a group, their work doesn’t receive the same publicity as that of their male peers. A group of outstanding female faculty—some established, some just starting out—will present cool new innovations from their labs, including some live demos!

Moderator: Katherine Bourzac, Nanotechnology and Materials Science Editor, Technology Review
Confirmed Panelists: Tanzeem Choudhury, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Dartmouth College; Paula T. Hammond, Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT; Holly A. Yanco, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Session B

Mezzanine Lounge
3rd Floor
Stratton Student Center

Intrapreneurship: Fostering Innovation with a Large Organization

The goal of intrapreneurship is to combine the entrepreneurial spirit with the resources and goals of a larger organization. Intrapreneurs can explore high-risk, high-reward ideas within the safety and support of a corporate setting, thereby creating profitable ventures. Intrapreneurs from various industries will discuss how to effectively nurture this kind of innovative thinking and enhance leadership within large companies or labs.

Moderator: Gwen Acton, Founder and CEO, Vivo Group; President, Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (WEST)
Confirmed panelists: Jennifer Chayes, Managing Director, Microsoft Research New England; Susan Foley, Executive Director, Research Centers at Babson Executive Education; Founder, Corporate Entrepreneurs Holly Heaslet Soutter, Principal Scientist, Lead Discovery Technologies, Pfizer Global Research and Development

Session C

La Sala
2nd Floor
Stratton Student Center

Networking in the Real World
Hosted in Conjuction with the MIT Alumnae Leadership Series

Do you break into a sweat at the thought of attending a “networking event”? Research shows that networking is the most frequent path to career growth, yet many people cringe when thrown into a room full of strangers. Networking experts offer practical advice on setting goals for an event, moving between groups, creating and delivering an “elevator pitch,” following up with promising contacts—and making technologies such as electronic name badges work for you. Then we’ll put theory into practice, so come prepared to have some fun while gaining skills that will last a lifetime!

Moderator: Diane Darling, Founder and CEO, Effective Networking, and author of The Networking Survival Guide
Activity leader: Rick Borovoy, CTO and Cofounder, nTAG Interactive

4:40 pm — 4:50 pm BREAK
4:50 pm — 5:30 pm

Kresge Auditorium

Keynote

Lisa T. Su, SVP and CTO, Freescale Semiconductor

Technology and Markets: Driving Innovation
Innovation involves ideas that create value for customers. The concept of innovation for large organizations and companies has changed from being driven solely by isolated technology advances in distinct markets to being driven by adaptability, tight integration of diverse technologies, complete solutions, and converging markets. Lisa Su will address key challenges that innovators and technology visionaries in general, and women in particular, will encounter on this path of change. She will also provide pointers on achieving breakthrough innovation.

5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

Kresge Extension Tent

Reception and Networking

7:00 pm — 8:30 pm

Kresge Auditorium

*Note: MIT EF Global Broadcast attendees please register in tent.

Keynote Panel

Pathways to Entrepreneurship

Hosted in conjunction with the MIT Enterprise Forum

Launching a high-tech startup is hard work, with many paths to success. Do you take your idea all the way from invention to marketplace? Do you develop the technology, license it, and then advise the new venture? Or are you a serial entrepreneur who starts a company, then brings in someone new to help it grow?  Difficult for anyone, each of these roads presents additional challenges to female entrepreneurs. This panel of successful women will share their unique approaches to launching, funding, and leading startups.

Moderator: Candida G. Brush, Division Chair in Entrepreneurship, Babson College
Confirmed Panelists: Robin Chase, Founder and CEO, GoLoco; Priya Iyer, President, Anaqua; Susan Lindquist, Member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research; Scientific Founder, FoldRx Pharmaceuticals; Jules Pieri, CEO, Daily Grommet

 

 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

7:15 am — 8:15 am

Kresge Extension Tent

EmTech08 Registration and Breakfast

8:15 am — 8:25 am

Kresge Auditorium

Opening Remarks

Susan Hockfield, President, MIT

8:25 am — 9:10 am

Kresge Auditorium

Keynote

Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures

“Extrapolate the past ... or invent the future. A renewable-energy perspective: financing, forecasting, modeling, and trajectory.”

A look at renewable energy—where we are now and where we need to be.
The focus is on "Chindia" solutions—how to identify them, the issues with forecasting them, the importance of cost and scaling trajectory, and the policy prescriptions that can help drive them.
9:10 am — 10:10 am

Kresge Auditorium

Green Transportation

Leaders from companies that are transforming transportation discuss how emerging technologies will enable more environmentally friendly planes, trains, and automobiles.

Moderator: Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief, Technology Review
Confirmed Panelists:
Steven E. Koonin, Chief Scientist, BP; JB Straubel, Chief Technical Officer, Tesla Motors; Ryan Chin, PhD Candidate, MIT Media Lab

10:10 am — 10:20 am

Kresge Auditorium

2008 TR35 elevator pitches

10:20 am — 10:30 am BREAK
10:30 am — 11:10 am

Kresge Auditorium

Keynote

Gina Bianchini, CEO and Cofounder, Ning

Ning just might be the most exciting thing out there in social networking. Ning is an online platform for creating, customizing, and sharing your own social network—and its popularity is rapidly growing. Don’t miss this exciting chance to hear from the company’s CEO about what sets this company apart from the rest.  

11:10 am — 11:20 am

Kresge Auditorium

2008 TR35 elevator pitches

11:20 am — 12:20 pm

Kresge Auditorium

The Future of Mobile

Top technologists discuss how more-powerful sensors, increasing processing power, cheap memory, fast wireless networks, and innovative software are radically changing the capabilities of handheld devices.

Moderator: Erika Jonietz, Senior Editor, Technology Review
Confirmed Panelists:
Elizabeth Altman, VP of Strategy and Business Development, Motorola Mobile Devices; Kevin Lynch, CTO and SVP, Experience and Technology Group, Adobe Systems; Masaaki Maeda, President and CEO, DoCoMo USA; Rich Miner, Group Manager, Mobile Platforms, Google

12:20 pm — 1:40 pm

Locations

Stephen Baker
La Sala

The Media Cloud
Mezzanine Lounge

Technology Showcase
Kresge Extension Tent

Lunch Options for all attendees

Stephen Baker’s
The Numerati


Mathematicians and statisticians are churning through mountains of data in their efforts to model and predict human behavior. These “Numerati” are guided by two towering successes of the late 20th century: the mathematical modeling of financial markets and of industrial systems. But do humans fit into such equations? Can we be quantified like stocks and machine parts? What are the risks and benefits?

The Media Cloud

Presented by Amazon Web Services

Cloud computing’s elasticity and cost effectiveness are helping drive rapid growth for a variety of innovative media products and companies. In this lunchtime presentation, Amazon.com’s chief technology officer Werner Vogels will describe how media companies are tapping the Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure at each stage of the processing pipeline, from transcoding to delivery to archiving, to reach thousands of new customers every day.

Emerging Technology Showcase


A casual lunch option in the Emerging Technologies Showcase, an exhibit area where attendees may view and learn about new technologies during the conference. This showcase includes prototypes, models, and interactive experiences designed to spotlight nextgeneration technologies.
1:40 pm — 2:50 pm

Concurrent breakout sessions

Session A

Kresge Auditorium

Cloud Computing

Software is migrating from the desktop into the “clouds” of the Internet, promising users anytime, anywhere access to the computational capabilities and data they need. But while cloud computing solves many problems, it also adds complexity to the network. What challenges does it present to users, programmers, and telecommunications providers?

Moderator: Dan Farber, Editor in Chief, CNET News
Confirmed Panelists: David P. Anderson, Research Scientist, University of California, Berkeley; Matthew Glotzbach, Product Management Director, Google; Parker Harris, EVP, Technology, Salesforce.com; Mendel Rosenblum, Chief Scientist and Cofounder, VMware; Werner Vogels, VP and CTO, Amazon.com

Session B

La Sala
2nd Floor
Stratton Student Center

Connecting Chips with Light

Within 10 years, microchips will contain hundreds of processing “cores.” But the resulting performance gains will be much smaller if the cores are still connected with metal wires. “On-chip photonics” that let cores communicate with beams of light are currently the most promising alternative.

Moderator: Kate Greene, Information Technology Editor, Technology Review
Confirmed Panelists: Madeleine Glick, Principal Research Scientist, Intel Research; Jeff Kash, Optical Link and Systems Design Manager, IBM Research; Ashok V. Krishnamoorthy, Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems; Vladimir Stojanovic, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, MIT

Session C

Mezzanine Lounge
3rd Floor
Stratton Student Center

TR35: Regenerative Medicine

A panel of past and present TR35/TR100 honorees discuss advances in regenerative medicine.

Moderator: Emily Singer,Biotechnology and Life Sciences editor, Technology Review
Confirmed panelists: Jennifer Elisseeff, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Konrad Hochedlinger, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Erin Lavik, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Yale University

2:50 pm — 3:05 pm BREAK
3:05 pm — 4:15 pm

Concurrent breakout sessions

Session A

Kresge Auditorium

Web 2.0/Web 3.0 Mashup

The Web is expanding with consumer-created content, with social-networking sites only adding to the explosion. Meanwhile, innovators are finally implementing search technologies that open the entire Web to our inquisitive minds. But what happens when the two collide? Will the growth of these Semantic Web technologies help weave consumer content into a more complex and interoperable tapestry?

Moderator: Robert Scoble, Managing Director, FastCompany.tv
Confirmed Panelists: Dave Morin, Senior Platform Manager, Facebook; David Recordon, Open Platforms Tech Lead, Six Apart; Joseph Smarr, Chief Platform Architect, Plaxo; Nova Spivack, Founder and CEO, Radar Networks

Session B

Mezzanine Lounge
3rd Floor
Stratton Student Center

TR35: Nanotechnology and Energy

A panel of past and present TR35/TR100 honorees discuss breakthroughs in nanomaterials and their impact on how we generate and consume power.

Moderator: Kevin Bullis, Nanotechnology and Materials Science Editor, Technology Review
Confirmed Panelists: Theodore Betley, Assistant Professor, Harvard University; Ric Fulop, Founder and VP of Business Development, A123 Systems; Ronggui Yang, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder

Session C

La Sala
2nd Floor
Stratton Student Center

Electronic Health Records

Electronic health records have improved patient safety around the world, but American doctors and hospitals have been slow to adopt them. New large-scale projects such as Google Health and Microsoft's HealthVault suggest that this formerly stagnant field might be at a turning point. How will such systems actually benefit doctors and patients? And will the medical field finally jump onboard?

Moderator: Erika Jonietz, Senior Editor, Technology Review
Confirmed Panelists:
Craig Feied, Chief Strategy Officer, Microsoft Health Solutions Group; Professor of Emergency Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine; John D. Halamka, CIO, CareGroup Health System; CIO and Dean for Technology, Harvard Medical School; Karen M. Bell, Office of Health IT Adoption Director, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; Girish Kumar Navani, President, eClinicalWorks

4:30 pm — 5:00 pm

Kresge Auditorium

TR35 Awards

A celebration of Technology Review 's award-winning young innovators, all under 35 years old, who exemplify innovation in business and technology.

5:00 pm — 7:00 pm

Kresge Extension Tent

TR35 Reception and Emerging Technologies Showcase

Don’t miss live demos in the showcase area!

5:15 pm   Calais, Powered by Thomson Reuters

5:45 pm   BlueHouse

6:15 pm   Ribbit

 

 

Thursday, September 25, 2008

7:30 am — 8:30 am

Kresge Extension Tent

EmTech08 Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am — 8:40 am

Kresge Auditorium

Introductions

8:40 am — 9:30 am

Kresge Auditorium

Keynote

Craig Mundie, Chief Research & Strategy Officer, Microsoft

Rethinking Computing
Computing is undergoing a major paradigm shift. Radical new approaches to hardware and software will transform our online and offline lives, seamlessly combining the power of the Internet with a world of devices. Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, will discuss the possibilities—and show how close we are to realizing them.

9:30 am — 9:40 am

Kresge Auditorium

2008 TR35 elevator pitches

9:40 am — 9:55 am BREAK
9:55 am — 10:45 am

Kresge Auditorium

Fireside Chat with Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, Chairman, Sycamore Networks, A123 Systems, and Tejas Networks

Following his success founding Sycamore Networks, Deshpande created the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT to serve as a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship. Hear his take on how collaboration among entrepreneurs, young companies, and academics drives innovation.

10:45 am — 11:45 am

Kresge Auditorium

E-Voting Discussion

Electronic voting systems have spread throughout the United States since the 2000 presidential election, in part to increase the security, accuracy, and simplicity of voting. Yet serious questions about these systems remain. Experts and stakeholders discuss the security and benefits of e-voting, with particular focus on how it may affect the 2008 U.S. elections.

Moderator: Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief, Technology Review
Confirmed Panelists: Debra Bowen, California Secretary of State; Doug Chapin, Director, electionline.org; Ronald L. Rivest, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT; Pamela Smith, President, Verified Voting Foundation

11:45 am — 11:55 pm

Kresge Auditorium

2008 TR35 elevator pitches

11:55 am — 12:30 pm

Kresge Auditorium

Keynote

Sophie V. Vandebroek, CTO, Xerox; President, Xerox Innovation Group

Sophie Vandebroek directs Xerox’s worldwide research centers, which spearhead the company’s innovation efforts. Hear about her vision of innovation and some of the new technologies emerging from Xerox’s labs.

12:30 pm — 1:50 pm

Locations

nTag at EmTech08
La Sala

Add Value with Calais
Mezzanine Lounge

Technology Showcase
Kresge Extension Tent

Lunch Options for all attendees

nTag at EmTech08: Social-Networking Activity


Join us for real-time data mining, visualizations, and analysis of social-networking activity levels and patterns among groups at EmTech08. Find out how Web 2.0 measurement concepts have applications in the face-to-face world and how business value can be measured and driven by meetings and events.

Learn Five Easy Ways to Add Value with Calais

Presented by Calais

Join Calais’s Tom Tague at the Calais Developer Luncheon to learn five easy ways to get value from Calais fast. Calais is a Semantic Web service that enables publishers and content collectors alike to automatically metatag content. Learn how to create customized Calais tools and applications to ensure that your content is more easily integrated into social networks, widgets, and semantic applications of all kinds.

Emerging Technology Showcase


A casual lunch option in the Emerging Technologies Showcase, an exhibit area where attendees may view and learn about new technologies during the conference. This showcase includes prototypes, models, and interactive experiences designed to spotlight nextgeneration technologies.
1:50 pm — 3:00 pm

Concurrent breakout sessions

Session A

Kresge Auditorium

Parallel Computing

Long the province of academic computer scientists and scientific researchers, parallel computing is moving into the mainstream as multicore microchips become standard. Intel and Microsoft have announced a $20 million collaboration with universities to spur practical research into consumer applications. How will these companies and others bring programming for multicore computers into wider use?

Moderator: Robert X. Cringely, Writer, Broadcaster, and Computerguy
Confirmed Panelists: Anwar Ghuloum, Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation; Charles Leiserson, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, MIT; Founder, Cilk Arts; Bob Lozano, Chief Strategist and Founder, Appistry; Marc Snir, Director, Illinois Informatics Institute at the University of Illinois; Dan Reed, Director of Scalable and Multicore Computing Strategy, Microsoft

Session B

Mezzanine Lounge
3rd Floor
Stratton Student Center

Personal Genomics

Consumer genetic testing has blossomed in the past year, with companies offering customers information on everything from their racial ancestry to their relative risk of conditions such as obesity and cancer. But how will people react to knowing their genomic information, whether medical or genealogical? And do biologists even have enough information to accurately interpret genetic data?

Moderator: Emily Singer, Biotechnology and Life Sciences editor, Technology Review
Confirmed Panelists:
Linda Avey, Cofounder, 23andMe; George Church, Professor of Genetics and Director of the Center for Computational Genetics, Harvard Medical School; David Hunter, Director, Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention, Harvard School of Public Health; Michele Cargill, Director of Human Genetics, Navigenics

Session C

La Sala
2nd Floor
Stratton Student Center

Predictive Software

Computer scientists are taking advantage of vast databases and sophisticated modeling techniques to create algorithms that can make helpful predictions of traffic patterns, business opportunities, changes in financial markets, and even international conflicts. How will such foreknowledge change the way we make decisions?

Moderator: Erica Naone, Assistant Editor, Technology Review
Confirmed Panelists: Eric Bonabeau, CEO, Icosystem; Craig Chapman, Cofounder and CTO, INRIX; Eric Horvitz, Principal Researcher and Research Area Manager, Microsoft Research; Claudia Perlich, Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

3:00 pm — 3:15 pm BREAK
3:15 pm — 4:25 pm

Concurrent breakout sessions

Session A

Kresge Auditorium

Is There a Clean-Tech Bubble?

Venture capitalists are investing record amounts in startups developing solar power, biofuels, and other renewable sources of energy. But is too much money fueling too many overhyped companies? And have we seen all this before? Experts realistically assess the opportunities and the dangers in the rapidly developing field of clean technology.

Moderator: David Rotman, Editor, Technology Review
Confirmed Panelists:
David Berry, Principal, Flagship Ventures; Robert Day, Principal, @Ventures; James Kim, Senior Partner, CMEA Ventures

Session B

Mezzanine Lounge
3rd Floor
Stratton Student Center

Open-Source Hardware

Do-it-yourself hacker magazines, websites, and meetings are multiplying. It's easier than ever to buy inexpensive, off-the-shelf hardware components, from touch screens and cameras to GPS receivers and microcontrollers. The combination adds up to a growing trend toward “open-source hardware,” spurring innovation in gadget design.

Moderator: Kate Greene, Information Technology Editor, Technology Review
Confirmed Panelists:
Peter Semmelhack, Founder and CEO, Bug Labs; Eric von Hippel, Professor and Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, MIT Sloan School of Management; Eric J. Wilhelm, Founder and CEO, Instructables

Session C

La Sala
2nd Floor
Stratton Student Center

TR35: Connecting and Collaborating through IT

A panel of past and present TR35/TR100 honorees discuss innovations in IT that influence how we communicate and work together.

Moderator: Erika Jonietz, Senior Editor, Technology Review
Confirmed Panelists: Dries Buytaert, CTO and Cofounder, Acquia; Tanzeem Choudhury, Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College; Meredith Ringel Morris, Researcher, Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group, Microsoft Research; Adam Smith, CTO, Xobni

4:35 pm — 5:00 pm

Kresge Auditorium

Closing performance: Zoë Keating

Classically trained musician Zoë Keating combines her cello and a small box of electronics to create original works that inhabit a unique space somewhere between classical music and electronica.

* Schedule subject to change

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