2019 Agenda

DAY 1: Thursday, November 21 - AI & the Work of the Future Congress

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DAY 2: Friday, November 22 - Congress Unconference

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DAY 1: Thursday, November 21 - AI & the Work of the Future Congress | Kresge Auditorium

7:30am - 8:20am

Registration and Breakfast

8:20am - 8:30am

Call to Order

Christie Ko, MIT IDE

Christie Ko

Associate Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)

8:30am - 8:45am


Daniela Rus, MIT CSAIL

Daniela Rus

Director, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)

Erik Brynjolfsson

Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)

8:45am - 9:00am

Framing of the Conference


Elisabeth B. Reynolds

Executive Director, MIT Work of the Future (WotF) Task Force

9:00am - 9:45am

Panel 1: Through the Lens of Technology: Dispelling the Myths

This panel will examine the current state of AI technology, where it will likely be in the next 10+ years and examples of how new technologies are, or have the potential to, transform the workplace. How do we move from a vision of robots as overlords to one of robots as collaborators?   While new technologies are substituting some human tasks, the vast majority will compliment work.

Daniela Rus, MIT CSAIL

Daniela Rus

Director, MIT CSAIL
Fred Goff, Jobcase

Fred Goff

CEO, Jobcase, Inc.

Scott Prevost

Vice President of Engineering, Sensei, Adobe

Julie Shah

Associate Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT, and Lead, Interactive Robotics Group, MIT CSAIL

9:45am - 10:15am

Fireside Chat

David Autor, MIT

David Autor

Ford Professor of Economics, MIT Economics
James McGlennon, Liberty Mutual

James McGlennon

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Liberty Mutual Insurance

10:15am - 10:45am


10:45am - 11:30am

Panel 2: Through the Lens of Industry: Integrating New Technology and Implications for Work

This panel will build off of Panel 1’s emphasis on technologies and look more broadly at an industry-level as to how technological and business innovations are changing workflow, jobs, tasks and skills within specific industries.   There will be a particular focus on supply chains, which play a critical role across nearly all industries. Experts drawn from a diverse set of industries such as mobility, healthcare and retail will speak to how change is occurring at the industry level for workers going forward.

David Mindell, MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics

David Mindell

Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future (WotF), Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT, and CEO and Founder, Humatics Corporation

Ittai Dayan

Executive Director of Strategy, Research & Clinical Operations, MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS)
David Johnson, Nissan

David Johnson

Vice President, Production Engineering and New Model Quality, Nissan North America, Inc.

Zeynep Ton

Professor of the Practice, MIT Sloan School of Management

11:30am - 12:00pm

Fireside Chat

Andrew McAfee, MIT IDE

Andrew McAfee

Co-Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), and Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management
Ardine Williams, Amazon

Ardine Williams

Vice President, Workforce Development, Amazon

12:00pm - 1:00pm


1:00pm - 1:45pm

Inclusive Entrepreneurs: Building the New Economy

High-growth startups drive net new job creation in the US, yet too few of these startups create jobs for middle- and low-income earners. A new class of tech entrepreneurs — inclusive innovators that harness technology to create work for economically and geographically diverse populations — is enabling more workers to share in the economic progress of the digital age. The pathway to success for these entrepreneurs is full of obstacles, exceeding the challenges faced by traditional tech startups. What are the systemic challenges facing inclusive innovators? How do we foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports inclusive innovation? How do we enable a more diverse population of entrepreneurs to identify underappreciated challenges and drive innovative solutions to solve them?

Devin Cook, IIC

Devin Cook

Executive Producer, Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC)
Radha Basu, iMerit

Radha Basu

CEO, iMerit
Kathryn Finney

Kathryn Finney

CEO, digitalundivided

David Hall

Partner, Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Revolution LLC

1:45pm - 2:30pm

Panel 3: Innovation and Experimentation in Delivering Education and Skills

The changing nature of work and implications for education and training are a central focus of national and regional conversation and policy. This panel will explore  how the labor market is changing and current strategies to promote human capital development. Panelists will represent some of the key innovations in this space from community colleges to private-sector led certifications, to online education.

Paul Osterman, MIT Sloan

Paul Osterman

Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Professor of Human Resources and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

Jacob Hsu

CEO, Catalyte
Suzan LeVine, WA State

Suzan (Suzi) LeVine

Commissioner, Washington State Employment Security Department
Guillermo Miranda

Guillermo Miranda

Global Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, IBM

Annette Parker

President, South Central College

2:30pm - 3:00pm


3:00pm - 3:45pm

Panel 4: Work of the Future Policy Levers: People, Places and Institutions

How do we shape policy and practice such that it ensures that technological innovations benefit society at large? This panel will delve into several key areas that have emerged as important for reform and investment such as R&D and tax policy, education and training, worker advocacy and place-based strategies. Panelists will discuss the latest ideas on how the U.S. can build a strong foundation for shared prosperity in the 21st century.


Erik Brynjolfsson

Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)
Daron Acemoglu, MIT Economics

Daron Acemoglu

Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, MIT
Alastair Fitzpayne, The Aspen Institute

Alastair Fitzpayne

Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative, The Aspen Institute
Sarita Gupta, Ford Foundation

Sarita Gupta

Director, Future of Work(ers) Program, Ford Foundation
Michael Kratsios, White House

Michael Kratsios

Chief Technology Officer of the United States, The White House

3:45pm - 4:00pm


4:00pm - 6:00pm


DAY 2: Friday, November 22 - Congress Unconference | Samberg Conference Center

8:00am - 12:30pm

Unconference Workshop

Participants in last year’s Congress provided feedback that they want to play an active role in crafting a future where innovation, inclusion, and economic opportunity is a possibility for everyone – and we heard you!

On November 22, we’re offering the inaugural AI and the Work of the Future Unconference Workshop at MIT. Join us for an impactful day two as we harness key insights from the Congress combined with your questions and ideas to formulate creative, actionable solutions. We want to tap your perspective, expertise, and ideas to create a unique and powerful solution space that amplifies and facilitates the AI and the work of the future-driven conversations that matter most to you and your organization. Unconference Workshop findings will result in a published MIT report that will be shared with academics, policymakers, future of work entrepreneurs, and the public.

What is an Unconference?
An unconference removes pre-defined, specific topics or speakers, empowering participants to derive the topics, and then become the speakers in a breakout format. The notion of offering an unconference was borne at last year’s AI and the Work of the Future Congress where attendees requested the opportunity to have more discussion around the ideas presented. Learn more about what’s in store here: How ‘Unconferences’ Unleash Innovative Ideas.

What are the themes and challenges of the Unconference Workshop?
We propose the following high-level themes as a starting point, based on the primary sessions of the Day 1 Congress on Nov. 21. However, to be true to the spirit of the Unconference Workshop, discussion topics will be chosen based on ideas presented and voted upon live at the Unconference Workshop.

  • How do we dispel the myths of technology and the impact on work?
  • How do we integrate new technology into jobs, tasks, and skills?
  • How do we harness education to promote human capital development?
  • What public policy levers should be implemented to impact people, places, and institutions?

Unconference Workshop organizers will prepare a summary of each breakout, including the three key action items from each session, and generate a report that will be shared publicly and posted on the Congress website. MIT faculty and researchers —  including Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee, Liz Reynolds, and Katie Bach —  plus MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge Global Finalists and Winners, will be at the event and ready to be inspired by your ideas and implement them into their work. All attendees will be provided with interactive Klik Badges that will be utilized for surveys and priority voting.

Don’t miss this opportunity to actively help MIT chart a course for catalyzing innovation for inclusion and economic opportunity for all!


Breakfast and Networking


Overview of Unconference Workshop

Introduction and description of Unconference workshop process


Group Discussion Topic

Attendees propose a discussion topic idea to the group, and the audience votes on those ideas/questions


Coffee Break

Organizers sort the topics by priority vote and schedule breakout sessions


Breakout Session

Breakout session topics and locations are announced, and attendees move to the breakout rooms for group discussion


Plenary Session

Attendees return to plenary session where an appointed spokesperson from each breakout group summarizes and prioritizes the discussions into three key action items


Lunch and Networking