The MIT Tech Conference is an annual event hosted by the MIT Sloan Tech Club at the MIT Media Lab. Open to the general public, this conference features interactive expert panels, keynote speakers from the biggest names in tech and a showcase of the world's most innovative technologies. This year’s conference will focus on the world's most innovative Exponential technologies, and its objectives are to understand what’s preventing us from unlocking the full potential of converging exponential technology, explore the convergence of exponential technologies and study how they are creating more opportunities together.

Why Exponential Technologies?

Every so often, a technology comes along that launches our world into a new era. Advances like electricity, the personal computer and the internet each marked an exponential acceleration in technological growth and development. Today, potential exponential technologies like the Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Synthetic Biology have already augmented our lives in ways previously unimaginable. Though individually, each technology has begun to alter the human experience, the potential of these technologies is profoundly amplified when they work together. Converged, exponential technologies have the power to bring us into a world that even the boldest futurists have yet to imagine. Some of the key technologies covered this year include:

Why MIT?

The mission of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. We are also driven to bring knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges.

MIT’s spirit of interdisciplinary exploration has fueled many scientific breakthroughs and technological advances. A few examples: the first chemical synthesis of penicillin and vitamin A. The development of radar and creation of inertial guidance systems. The invention of magnetic core memory, which enabled the development of digital computers. Major contributions to the Human Genome Project. The discovery of quarks. The invention of the electronic spreadsheet and of encryption systems that enable e-commerce. The creation of GPS. Pioneering 3D printing. The concept of the expanding universe.

The MIT Media Lab specifically is the perfect location for this year's conference on Exponential Technologies because it creates disruptive technologies that happen at the edges, pioneering such areas as wearable computing, tangible interfaces, and effective computing.

MIT Media Lab

75 Amherst St, Cambridge MA, 02139