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Technology Review, the authority on the future of technology, convened emerging technology experts and innovators from across the world at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the 10th annual EmTech@MIT Conference this week. This year’s conference, which took place from September 21-23, 2010, focused on important and game-changing innovations as identified by Technology Review in the key sectors of communications, energy, biotech, IT and materials.

  “The discourse at EmTech was at an especially high level this year, accented by the remarkable achievements of the participants. These leaders are showcasing the successes they have created, even within a limiting economic climate,” said Kathleen Kennedy, Chief Strategy Officer, Technology Review. “Our speakers and guests are focused not only on the innovation process and the latest market trends, but also new worldviews that are necessary for leading their respective sectors in this new decade. The achievements of these innovators are inspiring, but their determination and optimism are infectious. This tells us that the future of technology is bright.”

The conference kicked off with a day of sessions and demonstrations themed ‘Lab to Market’, presented by the investors and entrepreneurs who are growing innovation companies worldwide.

Wednesday’s ‘Global Communication & Collaboration’ themed events featured Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint, in a keynote presentation titled: "What's Ahead in Wireless: Revolutionizing the Way We Do Business," where he discussed how advances in wireless technology, such as 4G, will transform and shape our future. Hesse also discussed both the benefits and the challenges the rapid growth of wireless presents for our environment.

In addition, IT visionary Stephen Wolfram, Founder and CEO, Wolfram Research and WolframAlpha, discussed The Future of Computation. His latest innovation changes the dynamics of ‘search’ to make the world’s information computable and accessible to everyone. “This is the decade for computable knowledge,” he said.

An awards ceremony honored the TR35 annual list of 35 outstanding men and women under the age of 35 who exemplify the spirit of innovation in business and technology.  This year’s winners include Philip Low, Founder and CEO of NeuroVigil, who was honored for advances in patient self-monitoring of neurological disorders.

As well, Wesley Chan, Investment Partner for Google Ventures, was recognized. Chan developed the Google Toolbar, Google Analytics and Google Voice.

And David Kobia from Ushahidi, was bestowed the honor of Humanitarian of the Year for his work creating web programs for communities around the world faced with natural disasters or social upheaval.

Finally, Thursday’s theme ‘Fueling the Future’ focused on next generation fuels, vehicles and clean technologies, featuring top experts including Exxon Mobil’s Senior Technology Advisor Nazeer Bhore; Jose Bravo, Chief Scientist of Shell Global Solutions; and John Reilly, Co-Director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Center for Environmental Policy Research MIT.  The conference ended with a presentation by Harry Atwater of the California Institute of Technology on technological developments in solar energy.

You can learn more about the conference at: http://www.technologyreview.com/emtech/10/index.aspx . Also, all the week's videos are available on demand here: http://www.technologyreview.com/emtech/videos/10/

 
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