Over the years – by a path I can’t explain – I’ve had the opportunity to become involved with MIT. It’s one of my favorite places for a whole lot of reasons. One aspect of my involvement is as a photographer for various events. The Communications Forum, the Futures of Entertainment, Media in Transition, Unbound and emTech are some of them and they’ve all be awesome. Bill Joy, one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems and now a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, was one of the speakers at emTech 11. He’s heavily into energy now and had a great on-stage chat with Jason Pontin of the Technology Review. Here are some of my photos from that session. enJoy them. hahahahahahaha!
In 2006 I had the opportunity to become involved with MIT. It started with my attending a Communications Forum event on citizens’ media. I enjoyed the event and wrote a post on it. I attended a second on news, information and the wealth of networks and wrote about that one too. Links to both showed up on the Forum site so after the third I introduced myself to David Thorburn, the director of the Forum. To my surprise, he said they’d been looking for me because they thought my write-ups were good and asked if I’d be interested in acting as the Forum rapporteur. Of course I said yes.
Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to write about a number of Forum events. At some point I started photographing them as well. Apparently I was one of the few people able to take decent shots in the Bartos Theater. When I saw that the Emerging Technology Conference – emTech – was coming up I asked if I could attend. I was able to as the event photography and had a great time.
One of the most engaging speakers was Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab. He discussed fostering innovation in a “fireside chat” with Jason Pontin, the editor-in-chief of the Technology Review. Ito has an intellect and a curiosity and an enthusiasm that is infectious. These all came across in his words during the event and I hope they come through in these 12 photographs as well.