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MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Posted 04.26.16

MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge to Host MIT Technology Review Editor in Chief and Publisher Jason Pontin for Presentation of the ’10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2016′

CAMBRIDGE, MA–(Marketwired – Apr 26, 2016) – There is no shortage of new technologies boasting the ability to improve lives or change the face of an industry. In a very large and crowded pond, it can be difficult to find the big fish. How do we identify the real game changers?

On May 19, the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge (MITEF) Innovation Series, along with MIT Technology Review Editor in Chief and Publisher Jason Pontin, will help answer this question with a review of the publication’s annual list of 10 Breakthrough Technologies — and why everyone should be paying attention to them.

“We care about technology for a number of reasons, be it new conveniences, cost reductions, or that it’s a problem-solving engineering marvel,” Pontin said. “The 10 Breakthrough Technologies list is not only a celebration of technological advances, but also a map for our readers of what the publication thinks is important, what challenges need to be solved and what technologies we think can get the job done.”

“MIT Technology Review consistently has a finger on the pulse of emerging technologies with the potential to affect great change in life and business,” said MITEF of Cambridge Executive Director Katja Wald. “This event will offer a perspective on the technologies of today that matter the most and deserve recognition as innovative standouts in the constantly changing tech community.

Technologies to be reviewed include:

  • Immune Engineering – Genetically engineered immune cells are saving the lives of cancer patients. That may be just the start.
  • Precise Gene Editing in Plants – CRISPR offers an easy, exact way to alter genes to create traits such as disease resistance and drought tolerance.
  • Conversational Interfaces – Powerful speech technology from China’s leading internet company makes it much easier to use a smartphone.
  • Reusable Rockets – Rockets typically are destroyed on their maiden voyage. But now they can make an upright landing and be refueled for another trip, setting the stage for a new era in spaceflight.
  • Robots That Teach Each Other – What if robots could figure out more things on their own and share that knowledge among themselves?
  • DNA App Store – An online store for information about your genes will make it cheap and easy to learn more about your health risks and predispositions.
  • SolarCity’s Gigafactory – A $750 million solar facility in Buffalo will produce a gigawatt of high-efficiency solar panels per year and make the technology far more attractive to homeowners.
  • Slack – A service built for the era of mobile phones and short text messages is changing the workplace.
  • Tesla Autopilot – The electric-vehicle maker sent its cars a software update that suddenly made autonomous driving a reality.
  • Power from the Air – Internet devices powered by Wi-Fi and other telecommunications signals will make small computers and sensors more pervasive.

To register for the event and for more information:

Follow MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge @mitefcmb; MIT Technology Review@techreview; and Jason Pontin @jason_pontin.

Event Schedule

Registration & Networking: 6:00 PM
Program: 6:30 PM
Cocktails & Light Refreshments: 7:15 -8:00 PM

Sponsors supporting this event include Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.; CHEN PR;Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds; Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton; and Wolf Greenfield.

About The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge is the founding chapter and one of 27 worldwide chapters comprising the MIT Enterprise Forum, Inc. Offering more than 40 programs and events annually that inspire innovation, MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge initiatives facilitate critical one-on-one mentoring while providing team services that increase the skills and expertise necessary for entrepreneurs to succeed.

About MIT Technology Review
Founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1899, MIT Technology Review is a digitally oriented independent media company whose analysis, features, reviews, interviews, and live events explain the commercial, social, and political impact of new technologies. MIT Technology Review readers are curious technology enthusiasts — a global audience of business and thought leaders, innovators and early adopters, entrepreneurs and investors. Every day, we provide an authoritative filter for the flood of information about technology. We are the first to report on a broad range of new technologies, informing our audiences about how important breakthroughs will impact their careers and their lives. Subscribe. Follow us: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+.