“Innovation is here, and at a rate we’ve never witnessed before.”

As Sue Siegel (GE Ventures) said as a guest speaker at our first Symposium in 2019, the pace of innovation will never be as slow as it is today. History is proving that to be true.


Who should attend

In April, the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship will bring together top global corporate innovators for:

  • interactive dialogue
  • intriguing fireside chats
  • and keynote talks

while unveiling some of the latest innovation coming out of MIT and beyond.

You’ll explore how entrepreneurship can thrive in traditional corporate environments, share groundbreaking insights from the MIT community, and build connections with top innovators joining us from the world’s leading organizations.

This is an annual event you don’t want to  miss.


Overview

This symposium highlights our mission to continue global growth and impact through entrepreneurship and innovation. Our partnerships with corporate innovators are allowing top global companies to grow and adapt to the latest technologies, ideas, and resources available from the MIT ecosystem.
This year we will be organizing two days of programming with the following schedule:

Wednesday, April 26th:

  • Individually organized tracks for corporates, energy & climate tech, education, and disruptive technology, featuring thought leadership talks and lab tours
  • Exclusive access (for our corporate members only) to the Martin Trust Center’s annual Celebration of Entrepreneurship event

Thursday, April 27th:

  • Corporate symposium program including thought leadership talks, fireside discussions, and lightning round pitches from MIT spinouts and students
  • Cocktail networking event to meet and connect with others in the Boston ecosystem and beyond

Schedule

Day #1: Wed. April 26th

Educators Track (Trust Center, MIT Bldg. E40, room 160)

8:00 – 8:45 am
“Symposium Introduction + Running an Entrepreneurship Center”
Susan Neal, Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

8:45 – 9:30 am
“Adopting the Trust Center Model”

9:30 – 10:00 am
“Engaging External Stakeholders”
Macauley Kenney, Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

10:00 – 10:15 am BREAK

10:15 – 11:00 am
“Course & Curriculum Development”
Paul Cheek, Executive Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

11:00 – 11:30 am
“Orbit: Critical Digital Infrastructure”
Doug Williams, Product Lead, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
“Mission, Vision, Values & the Future of Educational Entrepreneurship Centers + AMA”
Bill Aulet, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Disruptive Technology Track (Trust Center, MIT Bldg. E40, room 160)

1:00 – 1:30 pm
“Overview of the Tech Landscape”
George Whitfield, Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

1:30 – 2:15 pm
“Robotics: Realities, Myths & Potential”
Jenny Larios Berlin, Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

2:15 – 3:00 pm
“The Future Impact of Biotech”

3:00 – 3:15 pm BREAK

3:15 – 4:00 pm
“Tech in Healthcare”
Christine Hsieh, Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

4:00 – 4:45 pm
“AI, Web 3.0, ChatGPT & All the Other Things You Should Know About”
George Whitfield, Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

4:45 – 5:15 pm
“Lab Tour”

Energy, Climate, and Sustainability Track (Trust Center, MIT Bldg. E40, room 160)

1:00 – 1:30 pm
“The Landscape”
Ben Soltoff, Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

1:30 – 2:00 pm
“The Dual Challenges”
David Baldwin, CTO and Director, SunLight Power

2:30 – 3:00 pm
TEX-E Project Overview”
Ben Soltoff, Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

3:00 – 3:15 pm BREAK

3:15 – 4:00 pm
“Measuring Progress & Having an Impact”

4:10 – 4:40 pm
“Lab Tour: Plata Lab

4:50 – 5:20 pm
“Lab Tour: Furst Lab

Day #2: Thur. April 27th

8:00 – 9:00 am
Breakfast & Registration

9:00 – 9:15 am
“Welcome and Overview”
Bill Aulet, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

9:15 – 10:00 am
“Cybersecurity: What are the Risks? What Should We Do? Will This Ever End?”
Kirk Arnold, Independent Board Member and Advisor
Art Coviello, Managing Partners, SYN Ventures

10:00 – 10:15 am
“MIT Technology Breakthrough: Analog Deep Learning with Murat Oren”

10:15 – 10:30 am BREAK

10:30 – 11:15 am
“The Future of Work: Do We Need Offices? The Most Interesting Corporate Experiments in a Post-COVID World”
Roy Hirshland, Vice Chairman, Savills
Jenny Larios Berlin, Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Fireside Chat

12:00 – 1:15 pm
Networking Lunch

1:15 – 2:30 pm
“AI: Where Are We Now? Where Do We Go From Here? The Opportunities and The Danger”
Alfred Spector, Visiting Scholar, MIT Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department

2:30 – 3:15 pm
“An Update on the Evolving Nature of Sales”
Emmanuelle Skala, SVP of Strategic Operations & Hardware/Customer Success, Toast
Jim Baum, Venture Partner, OpenView
Paul Cheek, Executive Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

3:15 – 4:15 pm
“The State of Corporate Entrepreneurship”
Sue Siegel, Corporate Board Director, Former CEO, GE Ventures
Yu-Ting Kuo, Corporate Vice President, Technology and Research Group, Microsoft
Brad Peterson, Executive Vice President & CTIO, Nasdaq
Bill Aulet, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

4:15 – 4:30 pm
“Wrap Up and Take Aways”
Bill Aulet, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

4:30 – 6:00 pm
“Showcase and Closing Networking Reception”
featuring MIT spinout companies