CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Flying cars and quantum computing are becoming a reality. Meanwhile, EdTech, wearable technology, and personalized marketplaces and communities are changing how we learn, play, buy and interact with each other. But what are their full implications? And what’s next?
On February 22, the MIT Technology Conference will showcase disruptive technologies, services and platforms with the power to transform everyday lives. With companies like Box, Fitbit, Eventbrite, MC10, Shopkick and Levelup being represented, the conference promises to provide a platform for technology enthusiasts of all levels to network and hear visionaries discuss the challenges and opportunities in this arena over the next five years and beyond.
This third annual conference will be held at the world-renowned Media Lab on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA.
Panel topics will include:
Disrupting the Human Condition: A look at the development of technology creating a closer link between the human body and devices. Discussions will cover technological development and constraints, early customer feedback, and ethical and societal implications.
Disrupting Markets: An exploration of disruptive technologies creating more efficient markets through personalization and modern design. The circumvention and removal of antiquated regulations and barriers will also be explored.
Disrupting Communities: A look at how disruptive technologies change the way digital identities, social networks, customer-led marketing, crowd-sourced information and other community-focused disruptive technologies influence users’ daily interactions.
Disrupting Education: Are the rise of MOOCs such as edX and Coursera and tablets effective options? Experts such as Sanjay Sarma, director of Digital Learning at MIT, and Nick Ducoff, vice president of Content and Operations at Boundless, will debate issues around digital learning.
Keynote speakers are:
Vern Brownell, CEO, D-Wave
D-Wave has built and sold the world’s first quantum computer to Google. CEO Brownell will talk about the power of quantum computers and what to expect when computing takes its next leap forward.
Carl Dietrich, CEO/CTO, Terrafugia
The creator of the first ‘flying car’, this longtime pilot, who holds a BS, MS and PhD from MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, will serve as a tour guide into the future of transportation.
Seth Priebatsch, CEO Levelup, SCVNGR
This 25-year-old Princeton drop-out has already made waves with both his augmented reality game SCVNGR and Levelup, a payment platform. Priebatsch will talk about Levelup's "Interchange Zero" strategy, which aims to negate 10% credit card charges, the current “cost of doing business”.
Ann Mei Chang, CIO, Mercy Corps
Chang has served as director of Engineering at Google and as a senior adviser for women and technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Chang will discuss how technological advances are creating opportunities for development.
For more information or to register, please visit: http://disruptinglife.mitsloantech.com/