Founder of MIT Media Lab
Nicholas Negroponte is the co-founder (with Jerome B. Wiesner) of the MIT Media Lab (1985), which he directed for its first 20 years. A graduate of MIT, Negroponte was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. He gave the first TED talk in 1984, as well as 13 since. He is author of the 1995 best seller, Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages. In 2005 he founded the non-profit One Laptop per Child, which deployed $1 billion of laptops for primary education in the developing world. In the private sector, Negroponte served on the board of directors of Motorola (for 15 years) and was general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has personally provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Zagats and Wired magazine.
VP, Global Design, Nike
John Hoke currently serves as the Vice President, Global Design, Nike, Inc. In this role, he spearheads all creative design for the Nike brand, including Converse and Hurley. John leads a global team of diverse and fiercely talented designers of every discipline. Nike Design is recognized as one of the most powerful design houses within and leading a multi-national corporation. Some prior roles at Nike, Inc. include Vice President of Global Footwear, Converse; Vice President, Global Footwear Design; Global Creative Director, Footwear Design; Global Creative Director, Brand Design.
John completed the Stanford Executive Program, SEP MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business and completed the Masters program of Architectural Design at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, John was awarded the permanent title of "Fellow" for the distinguished merit within Design from the Pennsylvania State University.
In September 2005, Herman Miller, Inc. elected John to its Board of Directors. In 2007, John joined the Oregon College of Art and Craft as a Trustee and in 2008, John joined the Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum as a Trustee.
Outside Nike, John dabbles in his sketchbook and computer, snowboarding, mountain biking, running and enjoys time spent with his wife and three sons.
VP of Technology Innovation, Trimble
Doug Brent joined Trimble as vice president of Technology Innovation in July 2011. Mr. Brent has a twenty-five year record of management and leadership in high technology companies in Silicon Valley. Prior to Trimble, Mr. Brent served as Chief Operating Officer at ICANN from 2006 to 2010. Prior to his role at ICANN, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Packet Design Inc. from 2002 to 2005. Before Packet Design, Mr. Brent was vice president of engineering at Andes Networks, and vice president of engineering at Whistle Communications. When IBM acquired Whistle, he joined IBM as general manager for small business services, Global Small Business Division. Mr. Brent has also held executive and engineering management positions at Taligent (an Apple/IBM/HP joint venture) and Apple Computer. He has a B.A. from University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.
Director, CSAIL at MIT
Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. Rus's research interests are in robotics, mobile computing, and data science. Rus is a Class of 2002 MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of ACM, AAAI and IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy for Arts and Science. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Former Director of
Robotics, Google X
Jeff Linnell brings an unorthodox approach to robotics. Part cinematographer, part Creative Director and part self-taught engineer, Linnell, founded Ultraviolet (now UV Phactory), A digital design and production studio, and began a multi-discinplinary career merging the three. His work led him to San Francisco where he founded both Autofuss & Bot & Dolly, a design/production company and an engineering studio specializing in automation, robotics and film. Bot & Dolly developed proprietary software with the goal of making robotics accessible to humans, enabling artists in all forms to use them as a comfortable extension of their workflows. This culminated in filming the 2013 blockbuster Gravity, as well as the short film Box, both of which garnered Bot & Dolly many awards and accolades. In addition to exploring the nexus of entertainment and technology, Bot and Dolly is well regarded as an automation leader in the emergent field of Digital Fabrication.
Both Bot & Dolly, and Autofuss were acquired by Google in 2013, and Jeff assumed roles focusing on human/machine interaction as well as Head of Product.
Upon leaving Alphabet (Google) in 2016, Jeff along with key members of his design, engineering, and product teams formed Figure.works. Figure is dedicated to the enablement of next generation robotics through cloud connected software. Figure is focused on the aggregation, visualisation, and sharing of 'Robot Shaped Data' to enable the next wave of automation applications.
Chairman and CEO of Piaggio, Chairman of IMMSI
Roberto Colaninno is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Piaggio & C. S.p.A. and Chairman of IMMSI S.p.A., the company that controls the Piaggio Group. He is Honorary Chairman of Alitalia-Società Aerea Italiana and a member of the company's Board of Directors.
After his early experience in Italian auto components maker Fiaam, of which he became Chief Executive Officer, in 1981 Mr Colaninno founded the Sogefi company in Mantua. Under his leadership, Sogefi expanded to become one of Italy's primary auto components players and a stock-listed company. During this period, he held senior positions in a number of leading US and British automotive multinationals. In September 1996, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Olivetti, at a time when the Ivrea-based company was experiencing a serious crisis. Thanks in part to international agreements, he rapidly restored Olivetti to health and transformed it into a telecommunications holding, with controlling shares in Omnitel and Infostrada and minority interests in the information technology business.
In February 1999, Mr Colaninno led Olivetti in a public tender offer for Telecom Italia worth more than €60 billion, the largest takeover bid ever made in Italy up to that time. Olivetti acquired approximately 51% of Telecom Italia and Mr Colaninno was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company, as well as Chairman of TIM, holding these posts until July 31, 2001.
In September 1998, he established Omniaholding S.p.A., the family-owned financial company of which he is Chairman. In September 2002, Mr Colaninno joined other partners to form Omniainvest S.p.A., a holding in which Omniaholding currently owns the majority. In November 2002, through Omniaholding and Omniainvest, he acquired IMMSI S.p.A., a stock-listed real estate holding company.
Beginning in February 2003, IMMSI also acquired shareholdings in industrial and services companies, notably control of the Piaggio Group and of the Intermarine Group. In 2008 IMMSI S.p.A. was one of the founders of CAI (Compagnia Aerea Italiana), the company that acquired the Alitalia and Airone airlines. Mr Colaninno has served as a director of Mediobanca, Capitalia and other financial organisations.
Mr Colaninno has been a member of the Confindustria Management Committee and the Confindustria Board since 2005. In 2001, he was awarded an honorary degree in Business & Economics from the University of Lecce. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary master's diploma in Management, Innovation & Services Engineering from the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, a special-statute university in Pisa.