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2019 MIT Startup Ecosystem Conference

May 30, 2019


Registration and Breakfast


Welcome Remarks


A Catalyst for Innovation
Desh will cover his experience catalyzing innovation as a company founder, investor, philanthropist and board member. What are the key ingredients for innovation? What are commonalities among innovative companies? How can one create innovation that is impactful and lasting in the marketplace?


Startup Lightning Talks Part I - Data and AI
- ClimaCell: Micro weather, global coverage
- BlinkAI: Imaging AI for autonomy, robotics, sensing
- Interpretable AI: Turning data into trusted action
- Secure Ai Labs: Streamlines data access for business analytics
- Nara Logics: AI for personalization and decision support
- Silverthread: Improving software health and economics


Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture
Ten years ago, Dr. Rana el Kaliouby spun Affectiva out of the MIT Media Lab. On a mission to humanize technology, Dr. el Kaliouby has raised over $50 million in venture funding and is one of few women leading an AI company. Affectiva created the new technology category of Emotion AI and is the pioneer of Human Perception AI, software that detects complex and nuanced emotions and cognitive states. Dr. el Kaliouby will share her best practices for creating an entrepreneurial culture that fosters creativity and innovation.


Startup Lightning Talks Part II - Smart Manufacturing
- Osaro: Industrial grade intelligent systems
- DUST Identity: Diamond-grade supply chain security
- RightHand Robotics: Robots for piece-picking and packaging
- ThruWave: Making the invisible visible with human-safe millimeter waves
- Inkbit: 3D printing powered by machine vision and AI
- iQ3Connect: VR for collaborative engineering design review & training


Networking Break


Solving Industry Challenges with MIT Faculty
How can industry-leading corporations engage with academia to solve strategic challenges that affect their industries? How does one frame a challenge to motivate the brightest minds? What are the pitfalls to avoid? Luca has lead strategy, digital transformation, and innovation initiatives in the insurance industry over the last decade. In his role at SwissRe, Luca successfully partnered with MIT Professor Dimitris Bertsimas to solve an industry wide challenge. The partnership led to the creation of new technology and a startup.


Panel Discussion: Startup-Corporate Partnerships
Moderator: Marcus Dahllöf
Panelists: Ali Azarbayejani, Cogito; Nazeer Bhore, Exxonmobil; Rei Goffer, ClimaCell; Luca Marighetti, Swiss Re


Startup Lightning Talks Part III - New Frontiers
- Via Separations: Massive energy savings from tiny pores
- Top Flight Technologies: Heavy lift, long range hybrid-electric UAVs
- Zapata Computing: Algorithms for quantum computing
- CATALOG: Infinite data archives
- CompanionMx: Proactive mobile monitoring of behavior health
- Arbor Biotechnologies: From the diversity of life, for the diversity of life
- Cellino: Engineering retinal cell therapies at lightspeed


Lunch with Startup Exhibition


Innovating in a Startup
What happens when a startup matures? How does it continue to generate innovative products? At what point does it need to create innovation processes while also remaining focused on existing business? Cogito was founded in 2006 as a health tech company, co-founded by Professor “Sandy” Pentland, one of the most entrepreneurial faculty at MIT. Cogito has since evolved to a company that provides augmented emotional intelligence and coaching to call center users, raising a total of $72.5M. Ali, cofounder and CTO, will share insights into how the company continues to roll out innovative products as it grows and matures.
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Building an Innovation Ecosystem: MIT’s future vision of Kendall Square and beyond
As other cities across the globe try to cultivate their own innovation ecosystems, Israel will discuss MIT’s historical, ongoing and future strategies in fostering the Greater Boston, and specifically the Cambridge innovation ecosystem. He will cover MIT’s senior leadership vision of the future and how corporations could participate and capture value as important ecosystem contributors.


Panel Discussion: Corporate Presence in the Boston Innovation Ecosystem
Moderator: Scott Kirsner
Panelists: Hervé Coureil, Schneider Electric SE; Stas Gayshan, CIC; Brian Rosnov, Philips Healthworks; Reshma Shetty, Ginkgo Bioworks


Disruptive Innovation: Picking the Right Axis for Competition
Helen will talk about disruptive innovation through the lens of iRobot founder to cover how new technology can attack market by competing on new metrics. Learn to uncover the right axis for creating an innovative product. How does a new and disruptive product beat established leaders? Where should one focus to create a disruptive product?


Closing Remarks


Networking Reception with 1-on-1 Meetings