Discover the emerging
technologies that will
change the world.
December 13th – 14th, 2019
Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing

About the Event

EmTech China is hosted by MIT Technology Review, the world's oldest technology publication. MIT Technology Review finds and explains the significance of the new technologies that are disrupting existing industries, creating entirely new markets, and changing society. The purpose of EmTech China is clear: the event draws a knowledge graph for those who care about the latest development of technologies.
EmTech conferences have been running for almost 19 years now as MIT Technology Review’s premier gathering. As the biggest EmTech conference, EmTech China covers a wide range of tech topics, from artificial intelligence to biotech, from fintech to material sciences.


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Hassan Adekoya
Chief Information Officer, Department of City Planning, City of New York
For more than 20 years, Hassan Adekoya has dedicated his career to the City of New York - the largest municipal government in the United States. Most recently, as Chief Information Officer, Hassan has led unprecedented digital transformation for NYC Department of City Planning around portfolio modernization, new lines of business digital products and enterprise data management to name a few. Hassan has won numerous awards for his work including Global City on a Cloud Best Practice Award, Information Week’s Top 10 Government IT Innovator, Digital Government Achievement Award, Outstanding IT Achievement in Government Award, Best of NYC to name a few. Hassan earned a Master of Philosophy and Master of Science from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and New Jersey Institute of Technology respectively, specializing in computer science. He also earned his bachelor's from the City University of New York’s Hunter College, majoring in computer science with a concentration in mathematics and geography. He is an avid soccer fan and follows the English premier league religiously.
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Robert Armstrong
Director, MIT Energy Initiative
Robert Armstrong directs the MIT Energy Initiative, an Institute-wide initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology linking science, technology, and policy to transform the world's energy systems. A member of the MIT faculty since 1973, Armstrong served as head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1996 to 2007. His research interests include energy, the rheology of complex materials, and polymer fluid mechanics. In 2008, Armstrong was elected into the National Academy of Engineering for conducting outstanding research on non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, co-authoring landmark textbooks, and providing leadership in chemical engineering education. Armstrong received the Warren K. Lewis Award in 2006 and the Professional Progress Award in 1992, both from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the 2006 Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology, which is devoted to the study of the science of deformation and flow of matter. Armstrong was a member of MIT’s Future of Natural Gas and Future of Solar Energy study groups and is co-chairing the Future of Storage study currently underway. He co-edited Game Changers: Energy on the Move with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz.
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Maher Chebbo
Senior Executive SVP, GE Global Digital Energy Solutions
Maher is leading GE Global Digital Energy Solutions as Senior Executive SVP, Chief Business Innovation Officer, covering Power Generation, Grids, Storage, Renewables & Energy Efficiency Services. Before GE, Maher spent 21 years with SAP where he had several local, regional and global leadership positions focusing on Solution Engineering, Global Field Operations, Software innovation & development through incubating new products (Corporate in-Venturing), Industry business development, Value Engineering and General Management. Beside his permanent role at GE, Maher is Chairman of the GB of REEEP (as of 21st of April 2018), President of ESMIG, Vice-Chairman of ETIP SNET Executive Committee and Chairman of its Digital Energy group. Maher is also a member of the Scientific Audit Committee of TNO.
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Claire Delaunay
Vice President of Engineering, NVIDIA
Claire Delaunay is vice president of engineering at NVIDIA, where she is responsible for the Isaac robotics initiative and leads a team to bring Isaac to market for roboticists and developers around the world. Prior to joining NVIDIA, Delaunay was the director of engineering at Uber, after it acquired Otto, the startup she co-founded. She was also the robotics program lead at Google and founded two companies, Botiful and Robotics Valley. Delaunay has 15 years of experience in robotics and autonomous vehicles leading teams ranging from startups and research labs to Fortune 500 companies. Delaunay holds a Master of Science in computer engineering from École Privée des Sciences Informatiques (EPSI).
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Yaniv Erlich
Chief Science Officer,; Associate Professor, Columbia University
Dr. Yaniv Erlich is the Chief Science Officer of and an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computational Biology at Columbia University (leave of absence). Prior to these positions, he was a Fellow at the Whitehead Institute, MIT. Dr. Erlich received his bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv University, Israel (2006) and a Ph.D. from the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (2010). Dr. Erlich’s research interests are computational human genetics. Dr. Erlich is a TEDMED speaker (2018), the recipient of DARPA’s Young Faculty Award (2017), the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award (2013), Harold M. Weintraub award (2010), the IEEE/ACM-CS HPC award (2008), and he was selected as one of 2010 Tomorrow’s PIs team of Genome Technology.
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Ibrahim Gokcen
Chief Technology Officer, Schneider Electric
Gokcen has more than 20 years of commercial and digital leadership experience. He brings extensive knowledge of digital transformation from global industries. In September 2018, Gokcen took on the role of Schneider Digital Chief Technology Officer at Schneider Electric. Gokcen is responsible for 3 core missions: developing digital architecture and rationalizing Schneider Digital landscape; driving the developer system and agile posture; transforming the development paradigm toward API-first modern application development and deploying transversal competencies and platforms for Schneider Electric. Prior, Gokcen was the Chief Digital Officer at A.P. Moller – Maersk, where he was in charge of the digital strategy, products and establishment of IT partnerships. He joined A.P. Moller - Maersk from GE where he spent 12 years and, among others, led the strategy and business development of a digital energy business. Gokcen holds a PhD in Computer Science from Tulane University and is the co-author of several technology-related publications and filed 3 patents.
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Catherine Havasi
Chief Strategy Officer, CEO & Co-Founder, Luminoso; Researcher, MIT Media Lab
Dr. Catherine Havasi is a technology strategist, AI researcher, and entrepreneur. In the late 90s, she was a crowdsourcing pioneer when she co-founded the Common Sense Computing Initiative, or ConceptNet, the first crowd-sourced project for artificial intelligence and the largest open knowledge graph for language understanding. Her work at MIT has spanned computational creativity, transfer and meta learning, natural language understanding, and educational outreach, resulting in several spin-out companies: Dalang, Luminoso, and Learning Unlimited. She is currently a visiting scientist at the MIT Media; she directed the Digital Intuition group there under a prior appointment. She also runs the AI strategy consulting firm Snowcap AI.
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Kris Kersey
Blockchain Lead & Managing Director, PwC Advisory Emerging Technology
Kris is the U.S. Advisory Blockchain Lead in our Emerging Technologies group focusing across industries on how crypto-assets and blockchain-enabled ecosystem applications will impact business models and shared business processes. Over the last 18 years, he has advised major organizations in consumer and industrial products, energy, transportation & logistics, health care, technology, media and financial services firms in areas such as digital business and technology strategies, operating model design and implementation, performance re-engineering and measurement, and large-scale transformation delivery. Kris joined PwC through the acquisition of Diamond Management & Technology Consultants in 2010 where he was a Principal. Kris holds a combined masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and the H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy and Management.
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Derek O'Halloran
Head, Future of Digital Economy and Society; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
Derek is a member of the Executive Committee and leads the Digital Economy and New Value Creation programme at the World Economic Forum. This provides a platform to amplify and accelerate collaboration on 4IR-enabled business models innovation to create new value for business and society. He is also responsible for the digital technology industries. Derek previously worked in the technology and services industries across the Asia, the United States and Europe, serving both private and public-sector clients. Derek holds an MPA in International Finance and Economic Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and an MA Hons in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh and is a graduate of the Global Leadership Fellows Programme at the Forum. He is co-author of “Beyond Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Digital Enterprise” (Wiley, 2015).
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Simone Schuerle
Assistant Professor, ETH Zurich
Simone Schuerle is assistant professor at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where she heads the Responsive Biomedical System Lab. With her team, she develops diagnostic and therapeutic systems at the nano-and microscale with the aim of tackling a range of challenging problems in medicine. Prior to taking this position, she researched at MIT on nanosensors for in vivo tumor profiling as well methods to enhance drug transport (2014-2017). She is recipient of several awards and fellowships and was honored with the distinction of “Young Scientist” by the World Economic Forum (WEF) for her scientific contributions to society. In 2014 she co-founded the spin-off MagnebotiX that offers electromagnetic control systems for wireless micromanipulation. She earned her Ph.D. degree in 2013 at ETHZ.
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Yigong Shi
President, Westlake University; Academician, the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Professor Yigong Shi received his bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University in 1989 and Ph.D. degree in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1995. From 1998 to 2008, he served as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, tenured Full Professor (in 2003) and Warner-Lambert Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. In 2008, he joined Tsinghua University full time and served as Vice President. Since 2018, he has served as President of Westlake University. Professor Shi mainly uses biochemical and biophysical methods to study the molecular mechanism of apoptosis, the structure and function of membrane proteins, and intracellular biological macromolecules. His research systematically describes the molecular mechanism of activating, inhibiting, reactivating and regulating apoptosis protease in mammals, fruit flies and nematodes in the field of apoptosis.
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Gadi Singer
VP, Artificial Intelligence Products Group and General Manager of Inference Products Group, Intel
Gadi Singer is VP of the Artificial Intelligence Products Group and general manager of the Inference Products Group at Intel Corporation. Singer is responsible for the best-in-class inference compute product line, NNP-I, the Intel® Nervana™ Neural Network Processor for Inference. He has previously overseen the architecture of future-looking IPs and leadership technologies such as AI ASICS and CPU cores plus computer graphics, imaging, security and audio, among others as well as driven solutions for emerging workloads and usages in AI and Machine Learning. Singer received his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the Technion University, Israel, where he also pursued graduate studies.
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Gleb Yushin
Co-Founder & CTO, Sila Nanotechnologies
Gleb Yushin is a Co-Founder & CTO of Sila Nanotechnologies. He is also a Professor of Materials Science at Georgia Institute of Technology and an Editor-in-Chief for Materials Today. Gleb has co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications and over 40 patents. For his contributions to the development of energy storage materials, Gleb has received numerous awards and was recognized as one of the world’s most influential scientific minds by the Electrochemical Society. Gleb holds BS and MS degrees in Physics from Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from North Carolina State University.
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…Many more to be announced.
…And many more to be announced.


EmTech China is your opportunity to discover future trends and to understand the technologies that will drive the new global economy. It's where tech, business, and culture converge, and where you gain access to the most innovative people and companies in the world.
Re-inventing the Future
We’ve seen how powerful emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence blockchain, 3D printing, sensors, new materials can be, but how disruptive will these really become? The race is on to define the future in the era of big data and its impact on industry and populations worldwide. Get a snapshot of our future-world, separate fact from hype, and what’s imminent from what’s far off.
New Era of Computing
For decades, breakthroughs in traditional computing have reshaped our daily lives and industries around the world. With fast moving developments in the fields of AI and quantum computing, among others, the time is now to understand and plan for new capabilities that are coming into view. We will also examine the emerging risks that accompany these breakthroughs, such as rising cybersecurity threats.
Being Digital – The Future of Fintech
Financial innovation is transforming how services are distributed, consumed, and priced and promises to substantially alter the structure of the industry. As Fintechs reshape customer expectations setting higher bars for the user experience, how are incumbents adapting? There is a true revolution coming to finance. How are the promising new initiatives transforming key global industries?
Engineering Humans
The concept of engineering better health, augmenting our physical and mental abilities, and extending longevity with these and other technologies is the promise of precision medicine. From CRISPR to decoding brain-waves to surgical robotics, advances in biotech and medical device technology confirm nothing is impossible. Is the human cyborg the future?
Exploring the Physical World
A new generation of powerful materials are poised to disrupt the dynamics of energy storage and distribution with a promise to create more sustainable and powerful lithium-ion batteries and deeper sensor capabilities in the applications they might lead to, cross-industry. What is the next wonder material to entrance the world?


13th December


Opening Remarks


Re-inventing the Future

Robert Armstrong Director, MIT Energy Initiative
Hassan Adekoya CIO, New York City Department of City Plannning
Claire Delaunay VP of Engineering, NVIDIA
Ibrahim Gokcen CTO, Schneider Electric

New Era of Computing

Gadi Singer VP, Artificial Intelligence Products Group and General Manager of Inference Products Group, Intel
Catherine Havasi Chief Strategy Officer, CEO & Co-Founder, Luminoso; Researcher, MIT Media Lab

Being Digital -- The Future of Fintech

Derek O'Halloran Head, Future of Digital Economy and Society, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
Kris Kersey Blockchain Lead & Managing Director, PwC Advisory Emerging Technology

14th December


Engineering Humans

Yigong Shi Chair Professor of Structural Biology & President, Westlake University; Academician, the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Foreign Academician, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Foreign Academician, the United States National Academy of Scienc
Simone Schuerle Assistant professor, ETH Zurich
Yaniv Erlich Chief Science Officer,; Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computational Biology, Columbia University

Exploring the Physical World

Gleb Yushin Co-Founder & CTO, Sila Nanotechnologies
Maher Chebbo Senior Executive SVP, GE Global Digital Energy Solutions

Innovators Under 35 2019 China Awarding Ceremony



Established in 1999, the annual list recognizes outstanding innovators who are younger than 35. We are searching for individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades. Our goal is to recognize the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems. We also reward ingenious and elegant work that matters to the world at large — not just to peers in a particular field or industry.

On 14th of December 2019, the 35 selected innovators will be announced and presented in EmTech China.

·Time:afternoon of the 14th of December, 2019

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Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing
Surrounded by urban greenery, Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing is located in Wangjing SOHO. Wangjing Subway Station (Line 15) is around an 18-minute walk away. Beijing 798 Art Zone is around a 12-minute drive from Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing, while Sanlitun SOHO is around 25 minutes' drive away. Beijing National Stadium - Bird Nest is about 30 minutes' drive away. Beijing Capital International Airport can be reached within 45 minutes' by taxi.


  • 2-day pass
  • VIP pass of the main forum for 2 days
  • On-site lunch for December 13th and 14th
  • Dinner banquet with speakers


-When is the deadline for booking my event registration ticket?
The deadline for booking a ticket is Dec. 10th. Tickets may be sold out early, so book now.
-How to book my ticket offline?

Please pay by wiring to:

Account: Beijing Yan Yi Technology Co. Ltd.

Account No.: 11050160550000000009

Bank: China Construction Bank Beijing Chaonei Street, sub-branch

and email your payment information, and we will contact you directly.

-How do I get my ticket(s)?
We will send the QR code within 30 days before the event after successful payment. You will need the QR code on-site to get your badge for admittance to EmTech China.
-What does my VIP ticket include?
Lunch on the 13th & 14th and dinner banquet with speakers on the 13th will be included in VIP ticket together with access to the summit on the 13th and 14th.
-About the invoice
On the “purchasing page”, click "get the invoice", and choose “conference ticket cost” as invoice content; and after the required information is entered, we will send the invoice by mail within one month’s time.
-About Cancellation Policy
The registration ticket is non-refundable once purchased, but it is transferable to another name. Please contact in order to record the updated ticket info.
-Reserved seats onsite
Early-bird tickets and 2-day pass holders will not have reserved seating. VIP areas are reserved for the VIP ticket holders only.
-Is there a simultaneous interpretation service at the conference?
Yes. You can pick up translation equipment with proper ID card/passport. After the conference, please return the equipment to get your ID card/passport back.


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