Meet the Keynotes

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Erik Brynjolfsson

Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Schussel Family

Erik Brynjolfsson is director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Schussel Family Professor at the MIT Sloan School, and research associate at NBER. His research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance, digital commerce, and intangible assets. At MIT, he teaches courses on the Economics of Information and the Analytics Lab.

Professor Brynjolfsson was among the first researchers to measure the productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles. His research also provided the first quantification of the value of online product variety, often known as the “Long Tail,” and developed pricing and bundling models for information goods. His research has appeared in leading economics, management, and science journals and has been recognized with ten Best Paper awards and five patents.

Author of several books including, with co-author Andrew McAfee, NY Times best-seller “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies” (Norton, January 2016) and “Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future” (Norton, June 2017), Brynjolfsson is editor of SSRN’s Information System Network and has served on the editorial boards of numerous academic journals. Holding bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University in applied mathematics and decision sciences and a doctorate from MIT in managerial economics, he has also taught at Harvard and Stanford.

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Easton LaChappelle

CEO, Unlimited Tomorrow
Easton LaChappelle has been taking apart things since he was a child and is now changing industries. At 14, he made his first robotic hand out of LEGOs, fishing wire and electrical tubing. With his gradual improvement, the hand turned into an arm and advanced to a 3D-printed brain-powered invention that he could operate with his mind.

After an encounter with a 7-year-old girl at a science fair whose prosthetic arm cost $80,000 (and would need to be replaced when she outgrew it), LaChappelle was inspired to turn his prototype into a practical and affordable device. Not only were his designs amazing, but his young age in addition to his self-taught knowledge of robotics started to make an impact. President Obama shook hands with one of his arms and has traveled the world spreading the message that you can learn outside of the education system including a TED talk. He’s worked at NASA on the Robonaut project developing a new telerobotic interface.

At 18, Easton founded his own company, Unlimited Tomorrow, to commercialize this technology and bring it to the masses.

Unlimited Tomorrow's philosophy is to keep the user first and to give extreme technology at an affordable price. By using new technologies such as 3D printing, 3D scanning and AI, it allows Unlimited Tomorrow to create a product that's better, faster and more affordable than anything in the market.

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