Connection Science Annual Sponsors' Conference

November 16, 2021

SAVE THE DATE!  November 15-17, 2021

MIT Connection Science is happy to announce it will be welcoming our sponsors and guests back to campus beginning this November 16-17. We are committed to providing a safe environment to all of our guests on campus, including attendees to our fall conference.

MIT Connection Science conferences will be open to fully vaccinated individuals only, excepting those individuals who have a medical condition or religious exemption. We will use a new application developed at MIT – Tim Tickets – to grant campus access or scan into an event. We will provide detailed information on the application and using Tim Tickets when the application is launched. Of course, we will follow mandatory masking and social distancing indoors, per campus guidelines.

This will be a live in-person event (with a recording/webcast available), and we hope to have the honor of welcoming you back to campus for this event.  

MIT Connection Science Annual Sponsors’ Conference

“Horizon 3: Trust & Finance, Mobility and Infrastructure”

November 15-17, 2021

MIT Media Lab, 6th Floor


Monday, November 15

3:00 – 5:00 PM MIT Connection Science Fellows and Executive Board Meeting (closed door session for MIT Connection Science Sponsors and Executive Board)

6:00 – 8:00 PM Cocktail reception and dinner at the MIT Media Lab 


Tuesday, November 16: MIT Trust Data and Finance Initiative

8:00 AM – 9:00: Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15  AM: Welcome Remarks, Introductions and Agenda Review, Diane Green – Chairperson, MIT Corporation,  Prof Alex “Sandy” Pentland

9:15 – 10:45 AM TRUST::DATA – NEW FINANCE : Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and Digital Currency – a new “Bretton Woods” Accord exploring new payment rails, new risk, regulatory, taxation models, and solutions:  Panelists:  Jeff Saviano – Partner at EY, Thomas Hardjono – MIT Connection Science, Bob Hedges – SVP Global Strategic Initiatives at Visa, Diane Green, Chairperson of the MIT CorporationModerator: Alex “Sandy” Pentland

10:45 – 11:00AM : Break

11:00 – 12:30: TRUST::DATA – DATA PRIVACY : The future of data privacy, and data ownership – threats, risks and solutions for consumer services, insurance, healthcare and financial services. Panelists: Ben Moskowitz – Consumer Reports, Hossein Rahnama – CEO of Flybits, Peter Bordow – SVP and Principal Architect at Wells Fargo, Robert Pozen – lecturer at MIT and former President of Fidelity

Moderator: Alex “Sandy” Pentland”

12:30 – 1:30PM : Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 PM : TRUST::DATA – AI Driven Finance: opportunities and risks of Artificial Intelligence in automation of financial applications, financial systems and markets, fairness in algorithmic decision making.  Panelists: Chintan Mehta,- EVP &CTO Wells Fargo, Tapodyuti Bose - Managing Director at Citi, Mona Vernon - Head of Fidelity Labs,  Moderator: Douglas Kim

3:00- 3:30PM: BREAK

3:30 – 4:00 PM “Active Fairness in Algorithmic Decision Making”, Michiel Bakker, Deep Mind

4:00 – 4:30 PM : “Social Bridges in Community Purchase Behavior, Understanding consumer behavior in terms of healthcare, financial decisions and commerce.”, Prof. Vivek Singh

4:30 – 5:00 PM : “Computational Law”: Exploring the ways that law and legal processes can be reimagined and engineered as computational systems – Dazza Greenwood – MIT Connection Science

5:00 - 6:00: Discussion, Student Poster and Cocktail reception

6:00: Dinner at the MIT Media Lab


Wednesday, November 17 MIT Trust Data:: Mobility and Infrastructure

8:00 AM – 9:00: Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 AM: Introducing Trust Data:: Mobility and Infrastructure - “Building Back Better” our communications, transportation and public service infrastructure to improve healthcare, commerce, and the environment: 

Prof Alex “Sandy” Pentland, MIT Connection Science, Prof Jinhua Zhao at MIT Urban Mobility Lab, John Moavenzadeh – MIT Mobility Lab, Dr. Kyu Rhee – CMO – CVS/Aetna

10:30 – 11:00 AM: BREAK

11:00- 11:30AM:  “Mobility Rich Census” Prof. Esteban Moro

11:30 – 12:30 PM : “Social Determinants of Health”, Prof Alex “Sandy” Pentland

12:30 – 1:30 PM :  Lunch and Demonstrations: 

  • “Voyage Viewer” by Isabella Loiza Saa
  • “Atlas of Opportunity” by Mohsen Bahrami
  • “Interoperability of CBDC Networks”, Thomas Hardjono

1:30 – 2:00: Prof. Jinhua Zhao  (title TBD)

2:00 – 2:30: Dr. Shenhao Wang, “Economic Opportunities with Mobility Data”

2:30-3:30: In depth discussion and next steps.  

3:30: Adjourn