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The agenda for 2014 MIT-CHIEF is subject to change. This page is updated on a daily basis.
Please note that all the events during 2014 MIT-CHIEF will be in English except the ZhenFund Pitch Contest, which will be in Chinese.

Saturday, 15 November 2014
08:00 — 09:00
Registration
09:00 — 09:10
Welcome Address
Yichao Pan | Co-President, MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum
09:10 — 09:35
Opening Remarks
Alex 'Sandy' Pentland | Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab
09:35 — 10:00
Keynote Session 1
Donald Sadoway | John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, MIT Department of Materials Science Engineering
10:00 — 10:25
Keynote Session 2
Joe Chen | Chairman & CEO, Renren Inc.
10:25 — 10:40
Coffee Break
10:40 — 11:55
Panel 1A: Robotics and Artificial IntelligencePanel 1B: Innovations in Education
Yerrie Kim | Executive Director, EF Education First
12:00 — 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 — 14:45
Panel 2A: Space Tech and BusinessPanel 2B: Start-up Development
14:45 — 15:00
Coffee Break
15:00 — 15:30
Keynote Session 3
Semyon Dukach | Managing Director, Techstars Boston
15:30 — 17:30
Business Plan Contest Finale
18:30 — 21:00
VIP Dinner (By Invitation Only)
Sunday, 16 November 2014
09:00 — 09:30
Keynote Session 4
09:30 — 10:45
Panel 3A: Early-stage Investment and IncubatorsPanel 3B: Healthcare Technologies
10:45 — 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 — 11:30
Keynote Session 5
11:30 — 12:00
Keynote Session 6
12:00 — 12:30
Closing Remarks
12:30 — 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 — 17:00
ZhenFund Pitch Contest (In Chinese)
Xiaoping Xu | Founder, Zhen Fund
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Welcome Address

Yichao Pan

Co-President, MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum
Ph.D. Candidate, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Opening Remarks

Alex 'Sandy' Pentland

Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab
Director, Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program
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Keynote Session 1

Donald Sadoway

John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, MIT Department of Materials Science Engineering
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Keynote Session 2

Joe Chen

Chairman & CEO, Renren Inc.
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Panel 1A: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Robotics, and more generally artificial intelligence, is the leading force behind the massive changes in how the world has always worked. From traditional industrial manipulators in assembly lines, to more recent applications such as humanoid robots, self-driving cars, and unmanned aerial vehicles, robots have shown a whole new level of agility, sophistication and intelligence. Emerging robotic technologies is invigorating this new industry with both startups and established businesses racing to lead the next innovation. Recent acquisitions and investments of robotics startups by technological giants have captured the imagination in the robotics world and beyond. In this year’s MIT-CHIEF, we are excited to add a new Robotics panel session with the goal to facilitate constructive dialogue in the robotics industry. We look for answers to key questions, such as: What are some of the most advanced academic robots and industrial robots? What is the most fertile area in robotics to exploit for engineers? What are some of the business opportunities facing entrepreneurs and investors? What does it take to make robots socially adaptable, and eventually capable of working side-by-side with humans?

William Borgia

MIT Sloan Fellow, Robotics Industry Executive
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Nicholas Roy

Associate Professor, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Director, Project Wing at Google[X]
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Panel 1B: Innovations in Education

Education has always been an obstacle for many countries in the world. Whether it is the developing or developed country, we are always trying to learn the most efficient and impactful way of spreading knowledge and wisdom. With the internet and technology becoming more advanced each day, people are able to easily access some of the highest qualities of teaching provided by the finest institutions in the world. There are online platforms such as MOOC, private courses, and non-profits that provide free education within their own country. The question is, how has education evolved with advanced technology, and how the most innovative way of teaching and learning can be pursued and achieved? Also, how could we improve the quality of teaching with the help of technology? How can US and China share learning resources more effectively? How has online platforms changed the way of teaching? What are the future paths for online education?

Yerrie Kim

Executive Director, EF Education First
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Panel 2A: Space Tech and Business

With people worldwide celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 in 2014, and the recent success of China’s Chang’e-3 unmanned lunar lander landing on the Moon, space exploration becomes a hot topic again. Today, the rise of private spaceflight companies such as SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Xcor, Space Adventures, China’s plan to go to the Moon in the next 10 years, as well as Americans’ expectation of Human to Mars in the next 20 years, are all catalyzing a new era for space race and space collaboration. This new ear would have no doubt having a fundamental impact on the world and people’s lives. Acting as the renaissance of space technologies, this decade could well play out the way that late 1990s and early 2000s did for the Internet: offering uncertainty, boundless creativity and ample opportunities. This year at MIT-CHIEF, we proudly present a new panel “Space Tech & Business” with a focus on the latest trends in this emerging industry and spotting the opportunities for the investors and aspiring entrepreneurs in this promising field. Topics will include but not limited to: Is it economically feasible to potentially spend billions, if not trillions of dollars in the long run in the new “Space Race”? If so, what is the best approach to get to space, what should be the missions? How could upcoming innovations from space help living on Earth? How to engage people involved in cutting edge research, discovery and strategy from across the fields of medicine, energy, space and technology to focus on collaborating and accelerating innovations? Is space travel tourism going to take off in the next five to ten years? What will the experience be like? What are the space technologies and innovations investors should pay attention to? Who are investing in the space tech industry? How to become a space entrepreneur? How to get involved in this game?

Kellie Gerardi

Media Specialist, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
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Paulo Lozano

Director, MIT Space Propulsion Laboratory
Associate Professor, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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Jane Poynter

President, Paragon Space Development Corporation
CEO, World View Experience
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Panel 2B: Start-up Development

Thanks to millions of creative inventors and brave entrepreneurs, the world are developing rapidly and our life are changing dramatically and becoming more fantastic. In recent years, the environment becomes more and more supportive and friendly to start-ups and attracts a lot of people to bring their ideas into realities by building their own companies. However, there are still many factors to consider when deciding whether or not to start a new company, e.g., market demanding, competition, funding, and management and so on. Moreover, a lot of other problems would possibly come up during the initial development stage of a new company, such as marketing of products, equity division between co-founders, constitution of board of directors. It is almost impossible for start-up founders to be familiar with everything so there is always something for them to learn. In order to help entrepreneurs to learn from the successful start-ups and address their specific concerns when building the companies, this year’s MIT-CHIEF hosts a panel on "Start-up Development", featuring in-depth discussion for people to learn more about founding start-ups. The topics include: Preparation for starting a new company; Process of starting a new company; Key factors for success; Special tips for founding a start-up in China.

Bofei He

CEO and Co-Founder, DeepGlint
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Louis Li

Founding Partner and CEO, Pacific Founder
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Keynote Session 3

Semyon Dukach

Managing Director, Techstars Boston
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Panel 3A: Early-stage Investment and Incubators

The first step is always the hardest. New entrepreneurs, with their limited time, experience and resources, are often overwhelmed by the heavy demands of the business world. This is where business incubators come into play. Operationally, incubators provide startups with the essential advisory and administrative support, so as to boost their “survival rate” and accelerate their growth. Financially, incubators help startups save on operating cost and attract more seed funding. Strategically, incubators bring valuable networks, industrial expertise as well as business trainings. However, as with all services, the multiple benefits that incubators provide also come at a price, be it cash or equity. Therefore, whether a specific startup would benefit from joining an incubator is an intricate business decision that requires careful analysis. This year we host the panel of "Early Stage Investment and Incubator", providing an opportunity to hear from investors' perspectives which cover basic questions of startups seeking for investments, such as: What are the strength and weakness of being invested at initial stage? What are the metrics of investors and incubators evaluating the proposals? Which qualities they prefer to see among the people who seek for investment? How do the incubators compare the entrepreneur environment in US and in China? Which industries or sectors are incubators interested in?

Robby Bitting

Director of Marketing, MassChallenge
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Christina Chase

Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
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Millie Liu

Founding Partner, Procyon Ventures
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Panel 3B: Healthcare Technologies

An exciting era of in healthcare is now under way. Many innovative individuals and organizations are building technologies that are enabling everyone (healthy or not) to use their own health/fitness information in an entirely new way and consequently improve the quality of life. Wave after wave of M&A activities make startups and investors excited more than ever before. The healthcare reforms in the US as well as China are bringing tremendous opportunities in both public and private sectors. It is a time that produces entrepreneurs and heroes in healthcare. This panel strives to bring leaders from industry and academia to discuss the latest trend in the field. We aim to provide insights into how the advancement of these technologies and activities will revolutionize the way human beings understand health, communicate health data, and receive healthcare.

Zen Chu

Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Innovation, MIT Sloan School of Management
Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
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Theresa Kavanaugh

Partner, Goodwin Procter
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ZhenFund Pitch Contest (In Chinese)

ZhenFund is a premier seed fund that invests primarily in early-stage startups in China. Founded by XU Xiaoping (Bob) and WANG Qiang (Victor), cofounders of New Oriental Education, ZhenFund took a prominent role in shaping the Chinese entrepreneurship ecosystem. Partnered with Sequoia Capital China, ZhenFund has invested in over 100 companies since 2011. ZhenFund aims to cultivate the next generation of high impact entrepreneurs. By fast-tracking the development of Chinese young innovators, ZhenFund supported some of the most promising tech startups in China, including Jumei (NASDAQ: JMEI), Jiayuan (NASDAQ: DATE) and Lightinthebox (NASDAQ: LITB). Coming to the MIT community, Bob hopes to discover talented and motivated young entrepreneurs and to help them succeed through an unparalleled combination of resources, education and seed investment.

Xiaoping Xu

Founder, Zhen Fund
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