The Emerging Technology Conference occurs annually at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At this conference, critical technological innovations from across the spectrum are presented, and groundbreaking workshops display the most recent and advanced breakthroughs in industry, allowing attendees to experience these technologies before they have been unveiled elsewhere. In 2009, the conference will span three days, from September 22nd to the 24th. During this time, a series of keynote speakers will lead groundbreaking presentations and lectures over the most critical developments in industries like computing, communications, biotech, energy, and the Web.
The recently announced keynote speakers for 2009 include Victoria Hale, founder of the Institute for OneWorld Health, and Robert S. Langer, institute professor at MIT. He was also named one of the 100 most important people in America in 2001 by CNN, and is the most cited engineer in history. He is the recipient of more than 170 major awards, including the 2006 United States National Medal of Science. Other keynote presenters include Bill Moggridge, CEO of IDEO, Kenneth Morse, managing director of the MIT entrepreneurship center, Wim Sweldens, vice president of Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, and Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent.
In addition to the presentations by the keynote speakers, a variety of workshops will be offered. This year, one of the highlighted workshops is “Lab to Market,” which is designed for individuals who desire to successfully enter the marketplace in today’s difficult economic climate. This workshop explores the technological innovations that can aid in this procedure, and it is relevant for all workers from entrepreneurs to employees of well established companies. Perhaps one of the most helpful features of this workshop is that it is filled with success strategies that are specifically applicable to the current economy.
Along with the cutting-edge workshops, displays of new technological innovations, and exciting key-note presentations, Technology Review also annually recognizes the top thirty-five innovators under the age of thirty-five, an honor which is both highly revered and sought after in the technological industry. The winners are selected from a pool of over three hundred men and women who are groundbreakers in their individual fields. Past winners include thirty-two year old J.B. Straubel, inventor of the electric sports car, thirty-four year old Aimee Rose, inventor of a portable, ultra sensitive explosive detector, thirty-two year old Farinaz Koushanfar, inventor of a locking microchip to prevent piracy, and thirty-one year old Jack Dorsey, inventor of Twitter.
In addition to viewing the latest and most innovative developments in their fields, attendees of the Emerging Technology conference also have the exclusive opportunity to network with hundreds of senior-level developers. Each year, the conference draws major innovators and leaders in business and technology, including CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, policy leaders, entrepreneurs, venture investors, and more. In years past, senior-level representatives and top decision makers have been sent from companies such as Adobe Systems, Bank of America, Amazon Web Services, IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, ESPN, JPMorgan Investment Management, Samsung, Toyota, and the United States Senate.
The Emerging Technology conference is clearly not an event to be missed if one wishes to gain a competitive edge. Groundbreaking technology is revealed, timely workshops are offered, and networking opportunities abound. These experiences provide not only a broad scope of knowledge about the current possibilities, but also furnish insight to the future, trends on the horizon.