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.

8:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
The Business of Emerging Technology (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

A continuous stream of emerging technologies is radically transforming business, disrupting the technological status quo, and reinventing the way people work. Our opening session takes a deep dive into the state of technology today and what leaders need to know now in order to prosper and thrive.  

10:30 a.m.
Networking Break
Transforming Communications with 5G (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

5G technology is unlocking the potential of advanced communications, enabling smart machines, AI, and people to interconnect on a vastly deeper and more effective level. Where is the baseline for 5G? What is its true potential, and what is just industry hype? And how is 5G disrupting business technology today? 

12:30 p.m.
Lunch and Networking
1:30 p.m.
Special Session, presented by Intel
Making Change with Digital Currencies (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Digital technologies are redefining financial systems, creating new opportunities and challenges in generating profits, protecting secure transactions, and transforming large-scale economies. With so much uncertainty and misinformation around digital currencies, what will it take for business leaders to successfully navigate a world where payments are either tracked, or intentionally not tracked, electronically?  

3:30 p.m.
Networking Break
Smart Manufacturing and the Power of Data (4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Industry 4.0 has taken hold; smart manufacturing is a reality. Now what? How thoroughly has emerging technology disrupted the manufacturing business, and how can decision-makers make better use of massive data, smart innovations, increased compute power, and the potential 5G windfall? 

5:30 p.m.
Networking Reception
8:30 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
Fostering Innovation (9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

Innovation is the fuel that drives business. What then is the formula for innovation? What does it take to foster a culture that will not only transform internal business practices but will create new products and open new markets for new customers? We begin our second day by exploring how smart leaders develop, adopt, and fund the efforts to foster disruptive technologies. 

10:00 a.m.
Networking Break
Next-Gen AI & ML Advances (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Today’s artificial intelligence is driven by colossal data sets, pumped into gigantic cloud data centers, to be analyzed by endless algorithms. As AI evolves, what technologies will take us to the next level? This session examines the new role of the cloud and the advent of Tiny AI, the latest advances in data federation, to ensure the privacy of sensitive data.   

12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Networking
Creating a Cyber-Resilient Organization (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

From personal data breaches to corporate espionage and ransomware, the impact of cybersecurity breaches is no longer constrained to the IT department. From prevention to response, our experts examine the steps organizations must take to defend their data and the process to follow when defenses have been breached. 

2:30 p.m.
Networking Break
Technology for the Future of Work (3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Technology is impacting the nature of work on every level of an organization, from workforce talent to digital implementation and automation. What technology is having the most significant impact? How do we make the smart practical decisions that enhance and embrace the technology that is changing the way we work today?   

The Digital Technology Transformation (4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

At the current speed of change, organizations need the ability to respond quickly and correctly to capitalize on new opportunities. How can decision-makers prepare their teams for an agile future where current technology, business strategy, and future innovation intersect with profitability? 

5:00 p.m.
Closing Toast