MIT-CHIEF Annual Conference

​The MIT-CHIEF Annual Conference is a high-profile forum to address key issues in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in both China and the U.S., providing a platform upon which high-impact discussions and collaborations can take place. We bring the best minds at MIT and around the Greater Boston Area to form panels and speeches in a way that will generate inspiration among the audience, and serve as the indicator of next three years’ technology advancements in each field of the topics.  

Held annually at MIT in November since 2011, our conference has become one of the most impactful conferences for engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and investors to exchange transformative ideas. The 2015 Annual Conference attracted over 800 audiences.

This year's conference consists of two days of exciting events:
  • keynote presentations
  • Panel discussions on 7 topics, including Autonomous Driving, New Energy, Health Care, New Material, Machine Learning, Hardware, and Early-stage Startup Development.  
  • Business Plan Contest Finale, where the top 10 startup teams will pitch their ideas and compete for a total cash award of $30K.
When & Where

Time: Nov 12th & 13th (Weekend)
Location: MIT Stata Center ( map )


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2016 Speakers Highlight
Zhang, Shoucheng 
张首晟
Shoucheng Zhang (张首晟) is the JG Jackson and CJ Wood professor of physics at Stanford University. He is a condensed matter theorist known for his work on topological insulators, quantum spin Hall effect, spintronics, quantum Hall effect and high temperature superconductivity. He is identified as one of the top candidates for the Nobel Prize by Thomson Reuters in 2014. He has been elected as the member of the National Academy of Science in 2015.

He is also a founder of Danhua Capital .
-Professor at Stanford University
-Founder of Danhua Capital
Zhang, Charles
​张朝阳
Charles Zhang or Zhang Chaoyang  is a Chinese businessman, investor and the Founder, Chairman and current CEO of Sohu Inc. (Chinese: 搜狐) Sohu Inc is listed to trade on NASDAQ and now has around 14,200 employees worldwide. Dr. Zhang is regarded as one of the China’s Internet pioneers and was named by Forbes magazine as one of the richest men in China in 2010.

Dr. Zhang graduated from MIT in 1993 with a PhD in Experimental Physics.
-Founder, Chairman & CEO Sohu Group
Robert Samuel Langer , is an American biotechnologist, engineer, scientist, entrepreneur, inventor and the David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is a widely recognized and cited researcher in biotechnology, especially in the fields of drug delivery systems and tissue engineering. His publications have been cited approximately 200,000 times and his h-index is 224. According to Google Scholar, Langer is one of the 10 most cited individuals in history.

Langer holds more than 1100 granted or pending patents.He has also authored over 1,300 scientific papers and has participated in the founding of multiple technology companies. In 2015, Langer was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the most influential prize in the world for engineering.
Robert Samuel Langer
-Professor at MIT
-Most Cited Individuals in History
Li, Feng
李丰
Mr. Feng Li is the founder of  FreesFund (峰瑞资本) .  Feng focuses on E-commerce, Fintech, online education, new generation lifestyle businesses and O2O enterprises.

Previously as a partner at IDG-Accel, Feng led investments on a series of successful projects.
he also led the establishment of IDG-Accel’s post-investment service system, providing help to early stage startups.
-Founding Partner of Frees Fund,
-Former Partner of IDG-Accel
Victor is the Co-Founder of ZhenFund . In addition to being a respected business man, he is also a well-known humanities and philosophy scholar. As such, Victor is also ZhenFund's Director of Entrepreneurial Thought and frequently advises portfolio companies on their mission and vision. He is also a famous collector and lover of rare books.

Prior to ZhenFund, Victor was a Co-Founder of New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE: EDU), the largest provider of private education in China. He served as Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Directors at New Oriental and established New Oriental's spoken English division. His popular English classes were reported in-depth by Time Magazine in 2000. Victor also hosted a popular TV show called "From Word to the World", which was widely broadcasted on more than 30 channels in China.

Wang, Victor
王强
-Co-Founder of ZhenFund
Eric Gan is the founder of eAccess, a mobile telecommunications company taking on the myth held by both Japanese and foreign business that Japanese consumers were "different" from the rest of the world. His success in marketing low-cost mobile phones led to his career advancement—becoming the president of Ymobile, a SoftBank Corp . subsidiary, and later becoming executive vice president of SoftBank itself. He has led SoftBank’s pivot to overseas markets, especially in China and India, putting him at the forefront of Japanese companies expanding to new consumers.

Prior to eAccess, Gan was a telecom analyst and managing director for Goldman Sachs Japan, where he was involved in advising telecommunications financing projects in Japan and Asia.
Gan, Eric 
-Executive Vice President of SoftBank Group
Trond A. Undheim
Dr. Trond A. Undheim is the lead of MIT Startup Exchange (STEX) under MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP). He built MIT's unique digital platform partnering up 230+ global multinationals with 1000+ MIT startups.
-Lead, MIT Startup Exchange (STEX)
Cheng, Terry
程天纵
Terry Cheng served as the CEO of Foxconn International Holding, Executive VP of Foxconn Technology Group, President of Texas Instruments Asia, and President of China Hewlett-Packard (HP). Since retirement, he has mentored young entrepreneurs on their startup journey for three years.

Terry Cheng is now  well known as the mentor of hardware startups. He co-founded Terry & Friends to cultivate a vibrant community for young entrepreneurs.
-Ex-CEO of Foxconn
-Ex-President of Texas Instruments Asia and China HP
Chris Evdemon
Chris is a Partner at Sinovation Ventures (创新工场) and CEO of Sinovation North America, currently based in the Bay Area after spending 10 years in Singapore and in Beijing. Chris has been “hands on” his entire career around his entrepreneurial and angel investment projects.
-Partner at Sinovation Ventures

Panel Discussions

  1. New Energy
    This panel is co-organized by MIT Energy Initiative
  2. Autonomous Driving
  3. Health Care
  4. New Materials
  5. Machine Learning
  6. Hardware
  7. Early-stage Startup Development