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Smarter Together

Each year, the Office of External Relations holds a series of conferences for our alumni community. Bringing faculty leaders and alumni together across the country, each conference tackles some of the biggest issues facing the world today, envisioning solutions through collaboration, and proving we’re smart enough to know that we’re smarter together.

Visit mitsloan.mit.edu/alumni/events for a list of events near you.


FinTech and the Disruption of Finance: Perspectives from MIT Sloan School of Management

September 16, 2016

FinTech and the Disruption of Finance, Andrew W. LoAndrew W. Lo

Over 300 alumni and friends gathered at the Times Center in New York City where the audience heard presentations from faculty members Andrew W. Lo, Antoinette Schoar, Bill Aulet, SF ’94, and Roberto Rigobon, PhD ’97. Simon Johnson presented his research into how central banks should respond to new digital currencies like bitcoin that have the potential to disrupt the flow of money all over the world. A special panel, “FinTech: Beyond the Startup,” explored the disruptive nature of FinTech and was moderated by Robert Hedges, SM ’84, and featured Ben Golub, SB ’79, SM ’82, PhD ’84; Phillip Riese, SF ’77; and Mona Vernon, SM ’11.

For more information on the MIT Sloan Finance Group, visit: mitsloan.mit.edu/faculty-and-research/academic-groups/finance/.


MIT Health Innovations: Technology, Analytics, and Systems

October 21, 2016

MIT Health Innovations: Retsef LeviRetsef Levi

MIT Sloan faculty and industry leaders came together with over 200 attendees to discuss the challenges confronting the U.S. healthcare industry as it navigates a major transformation. The audience was treated to four panels and two keynote addresses, including “New Innovations in Healthcare,” moderated by Christopher McLeod, SM ’79, with Sofija Jovic, EMBA ’14; Daniel Silberman, MBA ’06; and Dina Katabi, SM ’99, PhD ’03. Professor Retsef Levi acknowledged that the health system is under significant pressure to change but, “what it needs to transform to is very different. The idea of health is going to be broader, more comprehensive. It’s going to be team-based, patient-centric, and data-driven personalized care.”

For more information on the MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation, visit: hsi.mit.edu.

Celebrating a Half-Century of MIT Entrepreneurship

November 11 – 12, 2016

Celebrating a Half-Century of MIT Entrepreneurship

MIT Sloan celebrated more than 50 years of entrepreneurial research, education, and practice at MIT. The two-day conference featured panel discussions with faculty and alumni and demonstrations illustrating the breadth of entrepreneurship at MIT, with a special focus on the development of MIT’s entrepreneurial program and its global reach. The program featured over 50 speakers over the two days including, Brad Feld, SB ’87; Helen Grenier, SB ’89, SM ’90; Robert Langer, ScD ’74; and Tom Leighton, PhD ’81. Founder Ed Roberts, SB ’57, SM ’58, SM ’60, PhD ’62 was honored at a special reception at the conclusion of the evening featuring remarks from MIT President L. Rafael Reif, Dean David Schmittlein, and Martin Trust, SM ’58, among others.

For more information on the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, visit: entrepreneurship.mit.edu.


Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing the Digital Revolution

June 20, 2017

Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing the Digital Revolution

Over 200 attendees started the day with a keynote from Andrew McAfee, who encouraged the audience to rethink the integration of minds and machines, products and platforms, and the core verses the crowd. A series of fireside chats with alumni and industry leaders moderated by McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson, PhD ’91, explored each of the three elements in depth.

For more information on the Initiative for the Digital Economy, visit: ide.mit.edu.