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 Conference Poster

Video Keynote: National Initiative on Technology-Mediated Social/Civic Participation, Ben Shneiderman

Video Word by the Summit Conference Series Chair, Marko B Popovic

The Summit WEBCAST ARCHIVE now includes 18 great lectures, see below.

John Henry Clippinger, Harvard
Keynote Ben Shneiderman
University of Maryland
Marko B Popovic, MIT and Ed Chi, PARC
Anmol Madan, MIT
ΣMIT Conference Series Chair and participant Jyoti Ballabh


During the one-day summit conference we examined the current effects that web based platforms/networks are creating on economy, energy and health care sectors and engaged 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 social media and 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.

Live webcast provided to the active registered participants.


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.


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.


Event sponsors: MIT European Club, Iggy’s bread of the World,
Technical support: MIT AV team. Special thanks to Ty Sealy MIT CSAIL.


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
webcast video Wikipedia Dynamics and "Harnessing the Community"

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

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

Judith Donath
Founder of the MIT Sociable Media Group, Faculty Fellow Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
webcast video Far from frivolous Fashion in the networked community

Marta C. Gonzalez
Professor, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering
webcast video Modelling human travels with location aware devices

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

Catherine Havasi
Postdoctoral researcher at the MIT Media Lab
webcast video Can computers understand people the way they understand data?

Benjamin Heywood
President and Director of PatientsLikeMe
webcast video PATIENTSLIKEME

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

Dale Joachim
Prof., Director of the Ecology Media Group at MIT Media Lab
Summit Conference Co-Organizer
webcast video "I am all EARS"

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
webcast video Blogospheres: energy policy and health care policy in the United States\Mark_Klein_.jpg

Mark Klein
Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
webcast video Supporting Large-Scale Deliberation: The MIT Deliberatorium

Anmol Madan
MIT Media Lab, Human Dynamics
webcast video Social Sensing to Model the Evolution of Opinions

Timothy O'Brien
Vice President Yahoo!
webcast video Re-energizing the internet's busiest ramp...Yahoo! Just for You

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
webcast video Transactional Networks: Negotiating, Contracting and Transacting for Online Deal Making\Marko_Popovic_.jpg

Marko B Popovic
Founder STEP Fund and Businessbook, MIT AI Lab, CSAIL and Media Lab veteran
Summit Conference Series Chair
webcast video We will make it happen!

Jhonatan Rotberg
Lecturer MIT Media Lab, Director Next Billion network
webcast video I AM NEXT / MIT NextLab: Developing Mobile Apps for the Next Billion Users

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
webcast video National Initiative on Technology-Mediated Social/Civic Participation

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

Benjamin Waber
MIT Media Lab, Human Dynamics. Research Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Program for Networked Governance
webcast video Human Networks: The Future of Work

Martin Wattenberg
Computer scientist and artist, founding manager of IBM's Visual Communication Lab, creator of Many Eyes
webcast video Visualizing Text


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

The Summit Conference Series Organizing Committee