In 4th Annual Symposium the Tata Center Gathers Experts to Discuss Translating Research into Valuable Impact


Conference attendees participate in a workshop on health challenges in the developing world during Day 2 of Tata Center Annual Symposium 2018. | Photo: Nora Callahan

The MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design held its 4th Annual Symposium at the Samberg Conference Center in Cambridge, MA on September 27-28, 2018. The two-day conference packed a wide array of diverse speakers, panel discussions, startup presentations, and several workshops on water, health, agriculture, housing, environment, and energy.

If you were not able to make it to Cambridge for the event you can listen to recordings of select talks and panels here:

Opening remarks by Tata Center Director, Dr. Rob Stoner with a few words from Manoj Kumar from the Tata Trusts.
The Keynote Address on Day 1 was delivered by Maurizio Vecchione, Executive Vice President of Global Good, Ideas by Intellectual Ventures.
The Keynote Address on Day 2 was delivered by Ann Mei Chang, former Chief Innovation Officer at USAID and author of a new book Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good.
Panel: Lessons from Scaling Social Enterprises
The “Lessons from Scaling Social Enterprises” panel dug into how social entrepreneurs can balance the growth of a company while maintaining the quality of a product at a reasonable price point for the target markets. The panelists included:

* Jessica Alderman, Director of Communications at Envirofit International
* Alex Eaton, CEO of Systema Biobolsa & Charity
* Manoj Sinha, CEO of Husk Power Systems