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Throughout the year, Technology Review's editorial staff finds and explains the significance of the new technologies that are disrupting existing industries, creating entirely new markets, and changing society. EmTech MIT brings that editorial content to life. Our annual conference provides you with access to the most innovative people and companies that you should be following, all in a program that will challenge and inspire you.

This year's topics include new approaches to scaling alternative energy sources, the changes digital technologies are bringing to traditional education, the growing significance of personal genomics, the unprecedented impact of big data and social technology on everyday life, and more.

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Wednesday, October 24

3:30pm EDT

Risk in the Vortex of Innovation

Joe Coray, Vice President, Technology & Life Science, Renewable Energy and International business at The Hartford, will speak to future trends in the world of technology industry, with a perspective of risk in the vortex of innovation. Areas of discussion include data and the implication of tracking, software, cyber risk and privacy issues.


Presented by The Hartford

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Joseph Coray

The Hartford, VP of the Technology and Life Science Practice and Renewable Practice
Joe Coray is the Vice President, The Hartford's Technology & Life Science Practice and the Marine Practice.  In this capacity, he is responsible for all execution activities of the group, including overseeing field sales, underwriting and strategy for the practice, including Life... Read More →

Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:30pm - 3:45pm EDT
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

4:45pm EDT

Emerging Technology in Entertainment

As it becomes easier to access movies, television and games anytime and anywhere, from a wide variety of mobile devices, the complexity of producing and delivering entertainment has increased dramatically. How are new technologies being deployed to enhance our entertainment experience?


Charles Dages, Executive Vice President, Emerging Technology at Warner Brothers, will host a look back at a dramatic decade of change in the technology behind our favorite movies, shows and games.




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Charles Dages

EVP of Emerging Technology, Warner Bros.
As Executive Vice President, Emerging Technology, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, Charles L. Dages is responsible for identifying new transformational technologies for Warner Bros. and applying them to improve, reinvent or create new methods of production and distribution of... Read More →

Wednesday October 24, 2012 4:45pm - 5:45pm EDT
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA
Thursday, October 25

9:00am EDT

Opening Remarks and Investing in Ideas

A conversation with Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab on investing in ideas.

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Joi Ito

Director, MIT Media Lab
Incoming Media Lab director Joi Ito is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways. A vocal advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom, Ito is board chair... Read More →

Thursday October 25, 2012 9:00am - 9:30am EDT
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

11:15am EDT

Emerging Technology in Politics

Lawrence Lessig, Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, on the impact of emerging technologies in politics this U.S. election year

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Lawrence Lessig

Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University
Lawrence Lessig is the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  Prior to returning to Harvard, Lessig was a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School (where he was founder of Stanford's C... Read More →

Thursday October 25, 2012 11:15am - 11:45am EDT
Main Stage

1:45pm EDT

Creating a Culture of Innovation

Addressing our world's most pressing challenges requires innovative thinking, but that is only the start. For innovative ideas to reach the marketplace, they must be supported by an ecosystem of investors and advisors to navigate the challenging road to commercialization.

This interactive session with Shell GameChanger Mandar Apte will explore common roadblocks to innovative thinking and creativity, proven behaviors and skills needed to overcome these challenges, and the role that employees play in the social process of innovation.


Presented by Shell GameChanger



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Mandar Apte

GameChanger, Shell International
Mandar Apte works in Shell’s global GameChanger team, an innovation program that invests in people in or outside of Shell to help mature their breakthrough energy ideas to proof of concept. Mandar has a MS in Petroleum Engineering from Univ. of Tulsa and has been in Shell since 1999 where he has done various roles in chemical... Read More →

Thursday October 25, 2012 1:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Stage MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

2:00pm EDT

EmTech Preview: Redefining Networking

Steve Herrod, CTO of VMWare, on the company's plans to redefine networking and power the future of cloud computing

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Steve Herrod

CTO, VMware
Steve Herrod is the Chief Technology Officer and SVP of R&D at VMware, driving the company's broad technology strategy, working with VMware’s engineering teams towards continued delivery of innovative products. Steve provides leadership around technology collaborations between engineering... Read More →

Thursday October 25, 2012 2:00pm - 2:15pm EDT
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

4:15pm EDT

IT Innovation on a Global Scale

Sophie Vandebroek, CTO of Xerox, on fostering creative collaboratoin in a global organization

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Sophie Vandebroek

CTO, Xerox
Sophie Vandebroek is chief technology officer for Xerox and president of the Xerox Innovation Group. She is responsible for overseeing Xerox’s research centers in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the U.S. as well as the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). She is a fellow of the Institute... Read More →

Thursday October 25, 2012 4:15pm - 4:45pm EDT
Main Stage
Friday, October 26

9:00am EDT

The Innovation Imperative: A Workshop on Entrepreneurship with Ken Morse (Advance registration required)

The Innovation Imperative: Innovate or Die                     

Featured Speaker: Ken Morse, Chairman, Entrepreneurship Ventures, Inc.

Veteran serial entrepreneur and business leader Ken Morse will share new insights on how companies, large and small, can organize themselves to achieve both incremental and radical innovation. Ken's revelations are gleaned from successful organizations in Silicon Valley, Route 128, and other innovation clusters around the world. This workshop will offer proven techniques for fostering innovation, examining the key roles and beliefs that successful entrepreneurs share.

Register now: http://kenmorseworkshopemtech.eventbrite.com/

Note: This workshop is included in your EmTech registration. Advance registration is required as seating is limited.

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Ken Morse

Chairman, Entreprenuerialship Ventures Inc.
Ken Morse was a co-founder of six high-tech companies; five had successful IPOs or mergers; one was a disaster. They included 3Com Corporation, Aspen Technology, Inc., a China trade company, a biotech venture, and an expert systems company. Ken was either the CEO or responsible... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Lecture Hall MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

10:30am EDT

Tour Options (Advance registration required)

EmTech MIT attendees may select one of the tour options.


Options include The Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD), the Broad Institute ChemBio tour, and the Broad Institute Genomics Platform.

Please register in advance at: http://emtechtours.eventbrite.com



Friday October 26, 2012 10:30am - 12:00am EDT
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA