Summit Conference Series

9:30AM-5:30PM, Friday, October 2, 2009

Wong Auditorium (E51-115) and Ting Foyer, Tang Center

MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA

Conference Agenda

Webcast for general public. Web-interactive platform for registered participants only; IP address TBA. This web page will be frequently updated.


During the one-day summit conference we plan to examine the current effects that web based networks are creating on economy, energy and health care sectors and engage in a constructive brainstorming on future directions.

Web based social networks are already making its mark in history these days. While many anticipate that the full power of global networks will be soon released yet too few researchers study how people interact with the Web in the business, health and policy related context and utilize on-line collaborative tools to trigger the mass behavioral change at the local and global levels.

( The Summit Conference exclusive lunch, 12:30-1:30PM, and evening cocktail, 6:00-7:00PM, are per invitation only.)


The Summit Conference Series provide unique opportunity for high-level leaders, called to describe their perspective and shape a program of action, to directly connect with both near and distant speakers/audience and engage in constructive discussion via novel communication media intertwining physical and on-line spaces.

The Summit Conference Series talks duration is 10-15 min followed by 5 min Q&A.

( The Summit Conference is locally organized/sponzored by the MIT EURO CLUB.)
(Please note the Summit Conference Series are not organized or sponsored by the MIT Media Lab .)


While there is no registration fee it is highly recommended that all attendees register in advance. Conference avenue seating is limited and active participation in the Q&A and Discussion sections will be granted only to the registered attendees.

To register please contact us at and include your name, title, affiliation and specify whether you plan to attend a) in person b) passive on-line or c) active on-line (via Skype)


Please contact us at to learn on the various sponsorship options.


For all other requests and/or inquires please contact us at +1 (617) 470 8198 or .


Ed Chi
Area Manager and a Senior Research Scientist at Palo Alto Research Center's (PARC) Augmented Social Cognition Group

John Henry Clippinger
Co-Director of the Law Lab, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

Predrag Djuranovic
President, MIT European Club
Summit Conference Co-Chair

Judith Donath
Faculty Fellow Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

Marta C. Gonzalez
Professor, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering

Saul Griffith
National Inventors Hall of Fame, MacArthur Genius Award recipient, President/Chief Scientist Makani Power

Umair Haque
Director of the Havas Media Lab

Catherine Havasi
Postdoctoral researcher at the MIT Media Lab

Jamie Heywood
Co-founder and Chairman of PatientsLikeMe

Cesar A. Hidalgo
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and Research Fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard University

Dale Joachim
Prof., Director of the Ecology Media Group at MIT Media Lab
Summit Conference Co-Chair

Erik M. Johnson
Center for Future Banking at MIT, Executive-in-Residence
Bank of America, Senior Vice President

John Kelly
Founder and Chief Scientist of Morningside Analytics

Mark Klein
Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

Anmol Madan
MIT Media Lab, Human Dynamics

Timothy O'Brien
Vice President Yahoo!

Daniela Alina Plewe
Lecturer, Communications and New Media Program at the National University of Singapore, PhD candidate at the Sorbonne Paris 1
Summit Conference Co-Chair

Marko B Popovic
Founder STEP Fund and Businessbook, MIT AI Lab, CSAIL and Media Lab veteran
Summit Conference Series Chair

Jonathan Rotberg
Lecturer MIT Media Lab, Director Next Billion network

Ben Shneiderman
Prof., Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland
(author: A National Initiative for Social Participation, Science Letters vol 323, no 5920)
Keynote speaker on the National Initiative for Social Participation

Fernanda Viegas
Research scientist and computational designer, IBM Watson Research Center, Visual Communication Lab, creator of Many Eyes

Benjamin Waber
MIT Media Lab, Human Dynamics. Research Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Program for Networked Governance

Martin Wattenberg
Computer scientist and artist, founding manager of IBM's Visual Communication Lab


Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke conveyed his regrets - that he is unable to join - and best wishes on a successful event.


We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Summit Conference Series at MIT on October 2, 2009.

The Summit Conference Series Organizing Committee