Disrupting Life!

February 22, 2014

Eventbrite - 2014 MIT Sloan Technology Conference - Disrupting Life

Welcome to the 2014 MIT Sloan Tech Conference.  This year, the conference will be centered around the theme of technologies that are disrupting life.  It is a platform for technology leaders from Box, Fitbit, MC10, Neurosky, Google, D-Wave and Terrafugia share their views on tech trends that will cause global shifts.

The future is finally here – flying cars and quantum computing are becoming a reality. At the MIT Tech Conference, 2014 hear industry leaders share their vision, strategic direction, and business models that will enable us to fundamentally change how we live, work, learn, and play in ways we have never fathomed.

The MIT Sloan Tech Conference on Disrupting Life promises to show you the most bleeding-edge ideas.  Come ready to learn and experience how your life can be disrupted by fascinating new technologies!

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Keynotes and Panels

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Opening Keynote : Carl Dietrich, CEO, CTO, Terrafugia

Carl Dietrich – Terrafugia’s CEO/CTO, Co-Founder, received his BS, MS and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) shortly after being selected as the 2006 winner of the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Innovation.

Mid-Morning Keynote : Seth Priebatsch, CEO, Levelup, SCVNGR

After his freshman year at Princeton, Seth took a “leave-of-absence” to found SCVNGR, parent company to LevelUp. The 25 year old CEO of LevelUP has helmed LevelUp’s “Interchange Zero” strategy, which offers zero transaction fees to merchants. With major investment firms taking notice of LevelUp (Google Ventures, Balderton Capital, Highland Capital and more), Seth Priebatsch is well on his way to changing the way we pay.

Panel Focus : Disrupting Education

Moderator: Seth Reynolds, Partner, The Parthenon Group


  • Dr. Sanjay Sarma, Director of Digital Learning, MIT
  • J. Philipp Schmidt, Director’s Fellow, MIT Media Lab; Co-Founder of P2PU
  • Jeff Young, Author, “Beyond the MOOC Hype”. Nieman Fellow, Harvard University; Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Jonathan Haber, Founder, Degree of Freedom – an online learning experiment
  • Nick Ducoff, VP of Content, Boundless


Panel Focus : Disrupting the Human Condition

Moderator: Colin Kennedy, Founder Fitgiver


  • Stanley Yang, CEO, Neurosky
  • Ben Schlakta, Co-Founder and VP of Business Development, MC10
  • William Crawford, Head of Boston Office, Fitbit
Afternoon Keynote : Ann Mei Chang, CIO Mercy Corps

Ann Mei Chang is the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps. Previously, she served as the Senior Adviser for Women and Technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State and as a Director of Engineering at Google. Ann Mei was recognized among the 125 Women of Impact for 2013 by Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

Closing Keynote : Vern Brownell, CEO D-Wave

Vern Brownell joins D-Wave from Egenera, a global leader in delivering computing solutions that simplify datacenter infrastructure and operations. He holds an MBA degree from Anna Maria College and a BEng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Panel Focus : Disrupting Marketplaces

Moderator:  Balaji Bondili, Leader in Innovation practice, Deloitte


  • Tom Shepherd, Architect, Box
  • Tamara Mendelsohn, VP of Marketing, Eventbrite
  • Austin Allison, CEO Dotloop
  • Steven Stanek, Director of Technology, Shopkick


Panel Focus : Disrupting Communities

Moderator: Dr. John Sviokla, Head of Global Thought Leadership, PWC


  • Zachary Bookman, Co-Founder, CEO of OpenGov.com
  • Tyler Willis, VP for Business Development of Unified
  • Amanda Von Goetz, Co-Founder, CEO of Thyme Labs
  • Ian Johnstone, Founder of GunbyGun.org
  • David Beck, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Social Media at Univision Communications, Inc
Morning Session
08:15 - 09:00
Registration and Networking
09:00 - 10:00
Opening Keynote – Carl Dietrich, CEO Terrafugia
10:10 - 11:10
Panel Discussion 1: Disrupting Education
10:10 - 11:10
Panel Discussion 2 : Disrupting the Human Condition
11:20 - 12:20
Pre Lunch Keynote : Seth Priebatsch, CEO Levelup | Scvngr
Afternoon Session
12:30 - 1:10
Networking Lunch
1:20 - 2:20
Afternoon Keynote : Ann Mei, CIO Mercy Corps
2:30 - 3:30
Panel Discussion 3 : Disrupting Markets
2:30 - 3:30
Panel Discussion 4 : Disrupting Communities
3:40 - 4:40
Closing Keynote : Vern Brownell, CEO D-Wave


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