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Learning on the Road:
Alumni Conferences 2014

Alumni came together around the world to discuss faculty research, share industry insights, and contribute to the mission of MIT Sloan to improve the world. Below is a sampling of thoughts shared at the conferences this year.

HealthcareMIT Innovations in Health Care, Cambridge, MA - December 3–4, 2013

“As you’ve heard over the last two days of the conference, there is certainly more emphasis on going to where the patients are–moving away from the brick and mortar of our clinics and hospitals, and going out into the community to provide services to patients in a variety of new settings.”
Thomas Kochan, Professor of Engineering Systems, on “Managing Organizational Changes in Health Care Systems”

MIT ImpactMIT IMPACT: Making Innovation Real, San Francisco, CA - February 13, 2014

“Filling the pipeline and stopping it from leaking is critical to having a healthy innovation economy. We can’t afford to leave any talent behind, and we need, as a matter of economic competitiveness and reducing inequality, to make sure anybody who has something to contribute as an innovator has the opportunity to do so.”
Mitch Kapor, Founder of Lotus Development, on Entrepreneurship and Equal Opportunity

Digital EconomyMIT and the Digital Economy: The Second Machine Age, New York, NY - April 4, 2014

“We call ourselves ‘mindful optimists.’ If we understand the problems that we’re facing and the opportunities that we’re facing and take the right actions, I think we could have a really, really good outcome. This could be the best thing that ever happened to humanity. But at the same time, we recognize there’s no automatic good outcome. That is going to depend very much on our choices and the kinds of policies that we have in terms of education, fostering entrepreneurship, and tax policy.”
Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy, on The Second Machine Age

FinanceShanghai Finance Forum, Shanghai, China - July 19, 2013
Boston Finance Forum, Boston, MA - May 16, 2014

“The need for rigorous financial analysis of public policy has never been greater, and MIT is ideally positioned to take on this important task.”
Robert C. Merton, PhD ’70, Nobel Laureate and School of Management
Distinguished Professor of Finance, on the Center of Finance and Policy

Student Conferences by the Numbers (2013–14)
As a complement to their coursework, MIT Sloan students often explore a specific field, topic, or geographic area through the organization of student conferences. Each year, student groups organize and host a variety of conferences on campus, providing forums to share ideas, network, and pose questions for the future, while at the same time gaining valuable leadership experience beyond the classroom.

A sample of conferences:
MIT Sloan Women In Management Conference
MIT Energy Conference
MIT Venture Capital Conference
MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
MIT Sloan Africa Business Conference

11 conferences
306 student organizers
5,818 attendees
36 MIT and MIT Sloan alumni speakers