Tech innovations are changing the face of business worldwide. It is no longer a question of if, but when, emerging technologies are going to disrupt your business model.
EmTech Asia is the showcase for the emerging technologies with the greatest potential to change our lives and an access point to the most innovative people and companies in the world. The event is an opportunity to glimpse the future and understand the technologies that will change the face of business and drive the new global economy.
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Come 14-15 February 2017, join over 700 business leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change makers at MIT Technology Review’s inspirational conference on emerging technologies that matter.
Inspire. Innovate. Collaborate. Join us for two days of intelligent conversation as we bring MIT Technology Review’s award winning editorial content to life.
The world’s most influential leaders and innovators are coming to EmTech Asia. Get inspired and hear from those who are driving the next generation of technological breakthroughs and changing the world.
Greer's research focuses on creating 3-dimensional nano-architectures and designing experiments to assess their properties. These architected meta-materials have multiple applications as biomedical devices, battery electrodes, and lightweight structural materials and provide a rich “playground” for fundamental science. Greer has S.B. in Chemical Engineering (minor in Advanced Music Performance) from MIT in 1997, Ph.D. in Materials Science from Stanford, worked at Intel (2000-03) and was a post-doc at PARC (2005-07). Julia joined Caltech in 2007 and has appointments in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Medical Engineering.
Greer has over 100 publications; she was recently named a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (2016), was selected as a Midwest Mechanics lecturer (2015), and her work was recognized among Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies by MIT's Technology Review (2015). She was a Gilbreth Lecturer at the National Academy of Engineering (2015), is a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum (2014) and is a recipient of multiple awards: Kavli Early Career (2014), Nano Letters Y oung Investigator Lectureship (2013), Society of Engineering Science Y oung Investigator (2013), TMS Early Career Faculty (2013), NASA Early Career Faculty (2012), Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (2012), ASME Early Career (2011), DOE Early Career (2011), TMS's Young Leaders (2010), DARPA's Young Faculty (2009), Technology Review's TR-35, (2008), and NSF's CAREER (2007). Greer serves as an Associated Editor of Nano Letters and on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science. She is also a concert pianist, with recent performances of "nanomechanics rap" with MUSE/IQUE, solo piano recitals and chamber concerts (2007-present), and as a soloist of Brahms Concerto No. 2 with Redwood Symphony (2006).
Professor of Materials Science and Mechanics
California Institute of Technology
David Oh is a senior systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was Lead Flight Director of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover. David led the teams that successfully flew the rover to Mars in 2012 and led the cross-cutting systems engineering team that designed, tested, and delivered the rover's core avionics, thermal, and communications systems. He is currently the Project Systems Engineer for "Psyche: Journey to a Metal World," a proposed mission that would use electric propulsion to explore the largest metal asteroid in the solar system. He received a Sc.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1997.
Project Systems Engineer
Former Lead Flight Director, Curiosity Mars Rover
Dr. Mike North, host of Discovery shows "Prototype This!," "In The Making," & "The Potentialists," and Science Show "Outrageous Acts of Science," is an undaunted, anything-but-mild engineer. Fusing science with media he opens doors to awe-inspiring experiences and radical paradigm shifts, whether teaching innovation at UC Berkeley, creating a more equitable planet as founder of ReAllocate, or making the impossible at North Design Labs.
Host, Prototype This!
Walter O'Brien is the CEO of Scorpion Computer Services, CEO of Scorpion Studios, the founder of ConciergeUp.com, and the Executive Producer of Scorpion, the hit CBS-TV drama with over 26 million television viewers that is inspired by O'Brien's life. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has certified Walter O'Brien as being a person of national interest to the United States and granted him an Extraordinary Ability EB 1-1 Visa. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, plus Navy and Air Force systems to employ his artificial intelligence systems to protect American military personnel. In addition, he has worked with multiple Fortune 500 companies including the world's largest mutual fund, Fujitsu, Trados, Oracle Corporation, Baltimore Technologies, and Critical Path. O'Brien serves as chairman or board member for the Houston Technology Center, Strike Force Solutions, Talentorum Alliance, and Lawloop.
O'Brien regularly donates his time and talent to helping charities and the community in general to encourage new generations to celebrate intelligence. He is a frequent media commentator, public speaker and radio show guest. O'Brien provided the seed funding for TaxiWatch Kilkenny, a suicide prevention program that has saved 75 lives since its inception in 2015. Also in 2015 O'Briencontributed to the next XPRIZE selection as part of XPRIZE Visioneering.
CEO, Scorpion Computer Services
Executive Producer, Scorpion (CBS-TV series)
André Choulika, Ph.D., is one of the founders of Cellectis and has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since 2000. He has also been President of Calyxt since August 2010. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Choulika worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Molecular Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, where he was a pioneer in the analysis and use of meganucleases to modify complex genomes. After receiving his Ph.D. in molecular virology from the University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie), he completed a research fellowship in the Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics. André Choulika also has management training from the HEC (Challenge +).
Chairman and CEO
Sean O’Sullivan is founder and Managing Director of SOSV. Sean got his entrepreneurial start as a founder of MapInfo, bringing street mapping technology to personal computers. MapInfo went on to become a $200 million public company with over 1,000 employees. In another startup, he and George Favaloro from Compaq invented the term “cloud computing.” Sean has continued as a visionary entrepreneur and investor, creating and supporting a range of businesses, humanitarian and educational endeavors, including JumpStart International, CoderDojo, Mathletes and Khan Academy.
Sean graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985 with a degree in electrical engineering.
Dr. Chia-Peng Day is a Sr. VP/General Manager of the Foxconn Technology Group. He had received a Ph.D. from M.I.T. Dr. Day had worked at General Motors Manufacturing Development on early painting robot development, as a founding member and director of advanced robot systems at GM-Fanuc Robotics, and worked on automation systems at Rockwell Automation and manufacturing systems at Stoneridge Corp. before joining Foxconn.
General Manager - Automation Technology Development Committee
Marc Hamilton is Vice President of Solutions Architecture and Engineering at NVIDIA. He leads a worldwide engineering team responsible for working with NVIDIA's customers and partners to deliver the world's best end to end solutions for artificial intelligence, deep learning, professional visualization, and high performance computing. Prior to NVIDIA, Marc worked at HP in the Hyperscale Business Unit and at Sun Microsystems in the HPC and data center groups. Marc holds a BS in Math and Computer Science from UCLA, an MS in Electrical Engineering from USC, and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management program.
Vice President of Solutions Architecture and Engineering
Dr. John L. Gustafson is an applied physicist and mathematician. He is a former Director at Intel Labs and former Chief Product Architect at AMD. A pioneer in high-performance computing, he introduced cluster computing in 1985 and first demonstrated scalable massively parallel performance on real applications in 1988. This became known as Gustafson's Law, for which he won the inaugural ACM Gordon Bell Prize. He is also a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society's Golden Core Award.
Visiting Professor, A*STAR-CRC
Former Chief Product Architect, AMD
Former Director, Intel Labs
Thomas worked at the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies for 3 years as both an end user of HPC systems, and later transitioned into designing and building them at the lab. This experience led to starting REX Computing in 2013 as a recipient of Peter Thiel’s “20 Under 20” Fellowship, where he leads architectural design and operations. Thomas has been featured on Forbes' 30 under 30 list and is a project lead for the Open Compute Project HPC Group.
Kevin is an accomplished entrepreneur and executive, with experience in the networking, storage, cloud and security sectors. Kevin is CEO and co-founder of food tech innovator Innit Inc. Previous roles include CEO of Kidaro (acquired: MSFT), Vice President at Decru (acquired: NTAP), and VP/GM and founding team at Inktomi (NASDAQ, acquired: YHOO). Kevin is a Fellow at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business where he sits on the Dean's Advisory Council, and earned his Bachelor's and MBA degrees at UC Berkeley, where he served as MBA class president.
Cofounder and CEO
As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company’s annual conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum.
Mr. Pontin joined MIT Technology Review in 2004 as its editor and was named publisher in August 2005. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Pontin was the editor of Red Herring, a business and technology publication. From 2002 to 2004 he served as editor in chief of the Acumen Journal, which he founded, covering the business, economic, and policy implications of discoveries in biotechnology and the life sciences. He has written for national and international publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, the Financial Times, Wired, and the Believer. He is a frequent guest on television and radio.
Editor in Chief & Publisher
MIT Technology Review
In her 14 years at MIT, Kathleen has helped MIT Technology Review to redefine the magazine brand and to achieve success in a rapidly changing market. She has established several new lines of business in the United States as well as in Asia, Europe and Latin America. She leads events, sales and international licensing for MIT’s media company as well as the global team of the entrepreneurial support organization, the MIT Enterprise Forum.
She has been a long-time judge for the MITX awards and a distinguished juror for Lemelson-MIT prizes, also known as the “Nobel Prize for Innovators.” She sits on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum and she was awarded the 2009 Folio: 40, which recognized the most innovative and influential people in magazines.
MIT Technology Review
Professor Sir David Lane is one of the scientists credited with the landmark discovery of cancer gene p53 , called the "Guardian of the genome", in 1979. He is currently the chief scientist of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), where his main role is to advise and engage in scientific development across the Biomedical Research Council and the Scientific Engineering Research Council at the strategic level.
He is Scientific Director of the Ludwig Institute, a not-for-profit foundation, that promotes and funds international research on cancer. He is also the chairman of Chugai Pharmbody Research, which he helped to attract to Singapore.
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Professor Daniel Hastings is currently director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). Before joining SMART, Hastings completed a seven-and-a-half-year tenure as MIT’s dean of undergraduate education. Hastings, the Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, joined the MIT faculty in 1985 and became a full professor in 1993.
From 1997 to 1999, Hastings served as the U.S. Air Force’s chief scientist, leading influential studies of Air Force investments in space and of preparations for a 21st-century science and technology workforce. From 2002 to 2008, he was a member of the National Science Board. He became director of the MIT Technology and Policy Program in 2000, director of the Engineering Systems Division in 2004, and dean for undergraduate education in 2006.
CEO, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)
Former Chief Scientist, US Air Force
Alexander Ling is a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies located at the National University of Singapore.
His expertise is on development of quantum systems that can work outside of university labs, and Alexander has a strong interest in deploying quantum technology for applications. He took part in the first quantum encryption demonstration in Singapore (in 2004), and is currently working to overcome the technical challenges faced in building a global quantum encryption network. One of his latest achievements is the successful operation of a quantum light source on board a satellite in space. Alexander received his PhD from NUS, and worked as a post-doc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the United States before returning to Singapore.
Principal Investigator, Quantum Optics
Centre for Quantum Technologies
National University of Singapore
Kay-Soon is the centre director of satellite research centre (SaRC) of Nanyang Technological University. He has worked in the academia as well as in the industry. He joined the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University in 1994 first as a lecturer and subsequently became an Associate Professor. He has successfully supervised 48 graduate theses and delivered 43 funded projects. He has served as Consultants to many companies and had a number of patents on nonlinear circuits, UWB systems, solar energy management system and imaging sensor. His present funded projects are in the field of control system and satellite development.
The SaRC has successfully developed six satellites (X-SAT, VELOX-PII, VELOX-PIII, VELOX-I, VELOX-II and VELOX-CI) and they have been launched between April 2011 and December 2015. These satellites cover different classes of satellites ranging from microsatellite to picosatellites. They weigh between 193g to 123kg. The first satellite is named X-SAT which is a 105 kg micro-satellite has captured 9000 pictures since it was in service from 20 April 2011. In orbit experiments for other satellites include fault tolerant system, peak power tracker for solar energy, model predictive control of satellite attitude, radio occultation, precision navigation have been successfully demonstrated. Dr Low received the IEEE Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA) 2014 best conference paper award, the Singapore Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2014, and Defence Technology Prize (Research & Development category) in 2011.
He has been a senior member of IEEE since 2000. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales.
Satellite Research Centre
Nanyang Technological University
Dr Marek T. MICHALEWICZ is the CEO of A*STAR Computational Resource Centre (A*CRC) and a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Computational Sciences at the Stony Brook University, USA.
Marek holds MSc and PhD degrees in Theoretical Physics. He has been involved in computational physics since 1982. In 1997 Marek conceptualized a nanocar (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanocar). 19 years later the world’s first nano-car race will take place (http://nanocar-race.cnrs.fr/indexEnglish.php).
In 1999 he founded a (nano)-sensors company Quantum Precision Instruments.
Marek leads the InfiniCortex project: concurrent "Galaxy of Supercomputers" located in 7 countries on four continents, connected using InfiniBand protocol and 100Gbps+ networks.
A*STAR Computational Resource Centre
Nobu Okada founded ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD. in Singapore in 2013 to address the growing threat of space debris by developing removal technologies, while passionately campaigning for the sustainability of outer space. Prior to this, he managed IT companies in Japan, China, India and in Singapore. Before joining the IT industry, Nobu worked for consulting giant, McKinsey & Company as well as Japan’s Ministry of Finance. Nobu received his Bachelors degree in Genetics from the University of Tokyo in 1995 and his MBA at the Krannert School of Business in Purdue University in 2001.
Nobu recruited a team of “Space Sweepers”, composing of experts from various backgrounds with key experience to enable the company to develop reliable solutions against the major global issue of space debris.
Founder and CEO
Over 700 like-minded individuals with the innovation bug will make their way to Singapore on 14 – 15 February 2017. They are CEOs, CTOs, Heads of Strategy and Innovation, Investors and R&D Heads from:
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Come and meet the individuals and companies leading the next wave of tech innovation and disruption. Exhibit at EmTech Asia.
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Agile co-working robots coupled with increasingly intelligent systems are changing our way of life. Leading innovators are designing machines to interact more naturally—and safely—with humans in our existing environments while deep learning is bringing the promise of AI one step closer to reality. The business impacts and opportunities of AI will change the face of every industry, from health care and biomedicine to retail, finance, transportation, advertising and much more.
Computing and Cybersecurity
The end of Moore's law is bringing about a new era for computing. Unum, quantum and neuromorphic computing are just a few of the emerging solutions to increase computing power after Moore's law no longer applies. Meanwhile, as more sectors of the economy go digital, cyberattacks rise too. With more than 50 billion connected devices predicted by 2020, further expertise is needed to curb vulnerabilities.
Agile Manufacturing and New Materials
Breakthroughs in nanoarchitecture are bending the rules of physics with materials whose structures can be precisely tailored so they are strong yet flexible and extremely light. Lighter structural materials can be more energy-efficient and versatile.
Virtual and Augmented Realities
After many false dawns, new devices are finally bringing virtual reality into the mainstream. At the same time, emerging technologies promise to challenge VR's primacy - think augmented, mixed, holographic or cinematic reality - by blending virtual reality and real life together. How will our day-to-day experiences be augmented by these emerging technologies?
Brave New (Bio-Engineered) World
Genetically engineered immune cells are saving the lives of cancer patients. Gene editing in plants promises to increase agricultural output and feed a growing population. DNA App stores will make it cheap and easy to learn more about our health risks and predispositions. What are their technological and ethical implications?
Around the world, cities are focusing on new technologies to improve services and prepare for population growth. Singapore’s Smart Nation program harnesses technology to improve citizen services, connecting everything to everyone and making citizen life in Singapore easier. Intelligent transport, innovative fintech solutions and new smart living projects are just a few of the initiatives being trialled.
Reusable rockets are changing the economics of space missions and travel, making launch systems incredibly cheaper. In this new space race companies are looking at ways to service satellites and spacecrafts as well as overcoming astronauts’ health issues arising from long missions in zero gravity – think 3D printing and genome sequencing. On top of that, space could also spell the answer to Internet access for the next 4 billion.
We are looking for 10 innovators under the age of 35 who exemplify the spirit of innovation in technology and business. Organized by MIT Technology Review since 1999, the prestigious Innovators Under 35 competition has honoured some of the world's most brilliant minds such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla's JB Straubel, Google's Larry Page and Broad Institute’s Feng Zhang.
We encourage you to nominate young researchers and entrepreneurs who are using technology to come up with creative and inspirational solutions to global problems. The 10 honourees are recognized not only for their advances in a field of research, but also for their capacity to make an impact on society as a whole, and to lead the future of technology.