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13th Annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium to Help CIOs Thrive in the Digital Economy
Speakers Include Top Executives from Uber, Delta Dental, Kabbage, Mendix, Schindler, MIT Thought Leaders and more

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The 13th annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, a world class one-day conference, will gather more than 700 CIOs and senior business executives to discuss, network and explore critical business issues, technologies and leading-edge research.  The Symposium will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 18, 2016 at the MIT Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, MA.  Registration is still open.

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The Symposium will focus on the theme, "Thriving in the Digital Economy" and will arm attendees with actionable insight to prepare their organization for digital success. Panel discussions will be spearheaded by CIOs and MIT Thought leaders including Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee, George Westerman, Barbara Haley Wixom, Leslie Owens, Peter Weill, Sandy Pentland, Marshall Van Alstyne, Stuart Madnick, and others.

"According to MIT Sloan research (Leading Digital) companies that thrive in the digital economy are 26% more profitable than their industry peers," said Lindsey Anderson, Chair of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.  "The 2016 Symposium will provide insights into ways CIOs can help their organizations thrive in the digital economy by excelling in the strategic use of data, leading digital innovation, creating new business opportunities through platform strategies, and adapting to the changing nature of work and the workplace."

The Symposium will feature more than a dozen interactive panel discussions with top leaders in their fields of expertise. All of the day's sessions will help attendees learn how to effectively use technology to improve business performance while sustaining their leadership.  The full agenda is available at  Highlights include:

  • Morning Keynote Panel: "Thriving Through Digital Ecosystems" will discuss MIT research that found that companies with 50% or more of their revenues from digital ecosystems had higher revenues and higher profit margins than their industry's average. MIT case studies and survey results will be shared along with conversation with digital leaders on how they are each brokering connections with their firms, customers and partners. Featuring Peter Weill, MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR); Rob Frohwein, Kabbage; Lucille Mayer, BNY Mellon; and Gary Sholten, Principal.
  • Afternoon Keynote Panel: "The Perfect CIO: Empowering Business Partners and Serving Customers" will feature lively discussion on how CIOs have to respond, innovate, and make evidence-based decisions, not only within their own organization but increasingly for the whole company with technology and customer requirements changing at such a fast pace. Top priorities of high performing CIOs and the business outcomes for which they should be increasingly held accountable will be highlighted. Featuring Leslie Owens, (CISR); Craig Stephenson, Korn Ferry; and Steven Rosenbush, The Wall Street Journal's CIO Journal.

Other panel sessions driven by key IT leaders, practitioners, and MIT researchers include: "How the On-Demand/Gig Economy is Redefining the Future of Work," "Big Data 2.0: Next-Gen Privacy, Security, and Analytics," "Mitigating Cyber Risks in the Growing World of Internet-connected Devices," "Best Practices for Managing a Digital Innovation Portfolio," "Enrich Your Products & Services with Data Wrapping," "How Blockchain Will Transform the Digital Economy," "Transform Your Business Through IoT," "Redesigning the Digital Workplace," "The Owner's Guide to Platform Strategies," "Can Big Data Substitute for Experiments?," and "A Tale of Two Machine Ages."

The Symposium will also feature this year's finalists for the prestigious MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award on several panels and conclude with The Innovation Showcase, which connects CIOs and senior business leaders with ten carefully selected early-stage technology companies which have the potential to impact CIOs' top and bottom lines through innovation value.

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About the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is the premier global conference for CIOs and digital business executives to become more effective leaders. In one day, CIOs and senior IT executives explore enterprise technology innovations, business practices and receive actionable information that enables them to meet the challenges of today and the future. The Symposium offers a unique learning environment by bringing together the academic thought leadership of MIT with the in-the-trenches experience of leading, global CIOs and industry experts. The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is organized and developed by the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association, the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), and the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). Visit for more information and registration.

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