October 19
Preparing for Tomorrow

As we prepare for the main event, take this day to orient yourself, meet some of the Innovators Under 35, and join a working group for team collaboration throughout the event.

October 20
Leading with Innovation

We have reached an inflection point where we must reset, rethink, and rebuild. We'll talk about leading with innovation: first strategically; then by diving deep into AI and Biotechnology, two fundamental technologies changing our lives and businesses.

October 21
Technology in Context

Technology doesn’t exist in isolation. There are forces, both positive and negative, that influence the speed and direction of innovation. We'll examine the constraints and opportunities put on the digital world by real-world actors.

October 22
Now and Next

Our digital world is built upon a foundation of cloud services that run our businesses and connect our lives. We’ll explore these services and their providers and take a look ahead at the next emerging technologies hoping to cross the chasm. 

*Sessions below are listed in ET. Times are subject to change.

Preparing for Tomorrow (2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

As we prepare for the main event, take this day to orient yourself, meet some of the Innovators under 35, and join a working group for team collaboration throughout the event.

2:00 p.m.

Today is your day to prepare for tomorrow. We’ll run an abbreviated program that will give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the environment and connect with peers in groups with whom you can collaborate throughout the event. Here’s the plan:

 

Welcome and Introductory Remarks 

 

Online Environment Tour
We’ll walk you through all the features of our online environment and turn you into an expert virtual attendee.

 

Working Group Introductions
For those wanting to get connected, we’ll group individuals into small working groups and give you access to Slack channels for communication, Google Docs for capturing ideas, and online meeting rooms for networking.

Early Bird Sessions (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
11:00 a.m.

Real-time help with any issues you may have navigating our online environment. 

11:30 a.m.

The show about the show. Get a behind-the-scenes preview on the day's sessions and speakers. Get the inside track on the can't-miss sessions and tips for making the most out of your EmTech MIT experience. 

Leading with Innovation (12:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.)
12:00 p.m.

We have reached a world-altering inflection point. It is time to re-evaluate priorities and processes to find new ways of doing and being, unencumbered by old rituals and routines formerly held in place by inertia or the status quo. EmTech MIT’s program examines the fundamental underpinnings of our technology-driven world, exploring with purpose a new path forward. 

1:10 p.m.
  • Innovators’ Think Tank
    Our Innovators Under 35 are all working on game-changing technology. In this session, we’ll challenge them to brainstorm solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.
  • Executive Primer: AI
    A brief tutorial to help you understand the essentials of Artificial Intelligence.
  • Online Collaboration Cohorts Meet-up
    Connect with your working group to share thoughts and ideas, questions and answers.
Artificial Intelligence (1:40 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.)
1:40 p.m.
Understanding AI Editorial
1:45 p.m.
What is the true current state of Artificial Intelligence? Have we reached the point of diminishing returns on deep learning AI strategies? Or is this just a moment of AI reflection, a part of the natural growing process? Deep learning has greatly advanced the field of study, but deep learning has yet to lead to deep understanding. What techniques and algorithms are most likely to fuel the next major step in the growth of AI?
2:10 p.m.

What becomes possible when you harvest agricultural data? You get models to predict supply and demand, you understand impacts of climate on crops, and you ultimately enable a more connected, efficient, and productive food industry worldwide. Get the latest on what AI brings to the table in the agricultural industry.

2:55 p.m.
  • Discussion: Inside MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
    Meet the researchers inside MIT’s CSAIL, and learn about their latest ground-breaking projects.
  • Virtual Lab Tours
    Get a behind the scenes look into some of the most interesting MIT labs, and join a Q&A session with the researchers that run them.
  • Executive Primer: Biotech
    A brief tutorial to help you understand the essentials of biomedicine and biotechnology.
  • Online Collaboration Cohorts Meet-up
    Connect with your working group to share thoughts and ideas, questions and answers.
Biotechnology (3:25 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.)
3:25 p.m.
In a matter of months, covid-19 has changed everything. And while it may not be possible to ever get back to the way things were, the development of a vaccine or treatment is essential to stabilizing our world. In this segment, we’ll explore the latest vaccine research and progress on other covid-related treatments.
4:45 p.m.
Day 1 Closing Remarks
After Hours (5:00 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.)

For those who just can’t get enough, join us for a drink – sponsored by you – and listen in as we debate key issues in technology. Today’s topic will be Encryption Back Doors. Should the government be given a private, top-secret back door key to every encryption algorithm in the name of national security? We’ll present both sides, and you’ll vote on the winner.

Early Bird Sessions (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
11:00 a.m.

Real-time help with any issues you may have navigating our online environment. 

11:30 a.m.

The show about the show. Get a behind-the-scenes preview on the day's sessions and speakers. Get the inside track on the can't-miss sessions and tips for making the most out of your EmTech MIT experience. 

Cybersecurity: Prevention and Response (12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.)
12:05 p.m.

Cybersecurity is like a tax on our data. Those who do not pay the tax, by establishing adequate measures to safeguard digital operations, put not only their data at risk, but also their reputations and potentially even their financial viability. In this morning’s session, we’ll examine the evolving nature of cyberthreats and explore response strategies for when the almost inevitable breaches occur. 

1:15 p.m.
  • Innovators’ Think Tank
    Our Innovators Under 35 are all working on game-changing technology. In this session, we’ll challenge them to brainstorm solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.
  • Executive Primer: Climate
    A brief tutorial to help you understand the essentials of technology's role in environmental protection.
  • Online Collaboration Cohorts Meet-up
    Connect with your working group to share thoughts and ideas, questions and answers.
EmTech Spotlights (1:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.)
1:45 p.m.

The digital world is full of amazing people doing amazing things. In our EmTech Spotlight segment, we’ll explore some of the emerging technology and trends being worked on in the labs of universities, startups, and private enterprise. 

1:50 p.m.

During these uncertain times, people have turned to social media more than ever. With the ever-increasing volume of content, how are AI and ML being used to detect bad actors, manipulated media, and misinformation - and more importantly, stay focused on empowering healthy public conversation through core principles, policies, and technologies?

3:05 p.m.
  • Research-led Discussion Group
    Meet the researchers inside MIT’s CSAIL, and learn about their latest ground-breaking projects.
  • Virtual Lab Tours
    Get a behind the scenes look into some of the most interesting MIT labs, and join a Q&A session with the researchers that run them.
  • Online Collaboration Cohorts Meet-up
    Connect with your working group to share thoughts and ideas, questions and answers.
The Path Forward: Policy, Strategy, and Vision (3:35 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.)
3:35 p.m.

Our digital world does not exist within a bubble isolated from all the other converging social and political forces of modern life. This segment explores the impact of these forces on technology and examines the checks and balances that are - or should be - in place to ensure an equitable distribution of technology’s benefits for all.  

3:40 p.m.

Technology has developed in the context of societies that are racist and biased. How do we overcome discriminatory design when it is hardcoded into the very infrastructure that shapes future technology innovations? Can we imagine, design, and deploy technology that confronts racism and empowers communities that are typically negatively affected by technology? And if so, how?

4:05 p.m.

Our technical infrastructure is already aging or under-built in many areas. What needs to be in place for the next generation of technology innovations, and how big is the problem? What is needed? How do we fix it? And how do we ensure that marginalized communities, municipalities, regions, and even countries are not left behind? 

4:55 p.m.
Day 2 Closing Remarks
After Hours (5:10 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.)

For those who just can’t get enough, join us for a drink – sponsored by you – and listen in as we debate key issues in technology. Today’s topic will be Breaking up Big Tech. The technology landscape is dominated by a handful of key players sometimes referred to as the G-MAFIA: Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, IBM, and Amazon. We entrust these large organizations with our personal data, we rely upon their services as the foundation of our digital world, and we expect from them constant innovation. Should such great power and responsibility be entrusted to so few? You be the judge. 

Early Bird Sessions (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
11:00 a.m.

Real-time help with any issues you may have navigating our online environment. 

11:30 a.m.

The show about the show. Get a behind-the-scenes preview on the day's sessions and speakers. Get the inside track on the can't-miss sessions and tips for making the most out of your EmTech MIT experience. 

Building Responsible Global Scale Technology (12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
12:00 p.m.
Welcome Remarks
12:05 p.m.

Our digital world is built on a foundation of global scale cloud platforms and social networks that run our businesses and connect our lives. What does it mean to build responsible global scale technology? This segment examines what it takes to scale up globally while also keeping individuals, privacy, and security in mind as we build responsive and responsible technology at global scale.

12:10 p.m.

Building communities and connecting with others online has become increasingly easier as global scale technology eliminates time and distance in the virtual social space. How is the definition of social space changing within the virtual world? What new technology needs to be in place in order to scale up responsibly, and what can we learn from global scale social spaces? 

12:35 p.m.
Main Street has gone digital, expanding its regional reach into a worldwide market. What does global scale really mean with the cloud? What innovations are needed to truly globalize the cloud in a responsible way for today’s businesses?
1:00 p.m.
Who owns the cloud? Should it be government, private enterprise; or should it be open, like the internet, available equally to all citizens of the digital world? Open source software has proven its worth with transparency, reliability, and security. Is it now time to open source the cloud?
1:30 p.m.
  • Innovators’ Think Tank
    Our Innovators Under 35 are all working on game-changing technology. In this session, we’ll challenge them to brainstorm solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.
  • Executive Primer
    A brief tutorial to help you understand the sessions to come.
  • Online Collaboration Cohorts Meet-up
    Connect with your working group to share thoughts and ideas, questions and answers.
EmTech Spotlights (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
2:00 p.m.

The digital world is full of amazing people doing amazing things. In our EmTech Spotlight segment, we’ll explore some of the emerging technology and trends being worked on in the labs of universities, startups, and private enterprise. 

2:05 p.m.
Spotlight on: Carbon Capture
3:30 p.m.
  • Research-led Discussion Group
    Meet the researchers inside MIT’s CSAIL, and learn about their latest ground-breaking projects.
  • Virtual Lab Tours
    Get a behind the scenes look into some of the most interesting MIT labs, and join a Q&A session with the researchers that run them.
  • Online Collaboration Cohorts Meet-up
    Connect with your working group to share thoughts and ideas, questions and answers.
Big Innovations (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
4:00 p.m.
What will be the next big innovation? What will be the next cloud, the next connected device, or the next artificial intelligence that changes our world? In this parting segment, we’ll hear from two veteran innovators and get their perspectives on the technologies that will define tomorrow.
4:05 p.m.

At a time when innovation is slowing down, how do VCs find the right innovators and right innovations, not just the projects that are looking for funding?

4:30 p.m.

Innovation is the art of shooting for the moon, but how do you know when a moonshot is realistic or just a dream idea? And at what point do you throw caution to the wind and innovate your moonshot?

5:00 p.m.
Day 3 Closing Remarks
After Hours (5:15 p.m. - 5:55 p.m.)

For those who just can’t get enough, join us for a final drink, as always, sponsored by you. For our final day, we invite you to join an MIT Technology Review editorial meeting, where our editors and all attendees can reflect on the past four days. Share your favorite moments, quotes, and observations as we unpack the event that was.