April 5, 2019
Hyatt Regency, Cambridge

IdeaStream gathers together the leading minds in innovation and entrepreneurship for an invitation-only event each spring. Top-name venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs, industry participants and MIT researchers consider this a must-attend event for several reasons:

Sneak peek: See cutting-edge research that will impact the marketplace in wide-ranging areas in the next 2-4 year.

People: Meet the thought leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship at this intimate gathering. Each year, we expect a balance of MIT researchers, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and investors.

Idea exchange: Participate in the thought-provoking program with plenty of opportunities for structured and unstructured networking.

Agenda: Included are project presentations, discussions, networking and posters.

This is a tentaitve agenda and is subject to change. Please check back often for updates and additional speakers.

7:30 AM                      Registration opens

8:15 – 8:30 AM           Opening Remarks

8:30 – 9:20 AM           IdeaStream Forum

                                    Presentations by Deshpande grantees at different points in their lifecycle

Biomass torrefaction for high-yield, water-saving fertilizer: Ahmed Ghoniem, Professor of Mechanical Engineering 

On-site soil nutrient analysis system for smallholder farmers: John Hart, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Producing E. coli test kits in Nepal: Jeffrey Ravel, Professor of History, Susan Murcott, Research Scientist, Department of Urban Studies & Planning 

Developing Intelligent Selective Electrodialysis for 21stCentury Agriculture: John Lienhard, Professor Mechanical Engineering with Kishor Nayar, PhD Candidate and Amit Kumar, Research Scientist

Reducing runoff and environmental impact of agricultural spraysKripa Varanasi, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering with Maher Damak, PhD Candidate

Optically Transparent Thermally Insulating Retrofits for Single-pane WindowsEvelyn Wang, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Gang Chen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Xuanhe Zhao, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering with Elise Strobach, Graduate Research Assistant and Bikram Bhatia, Postdoc Associate

9:20 – 10:00 AM          Poster & Networking Break 

10:05 –  10:45 AM       IdeaStream Forum: Devices, Materials & Healthcare

                                     Presentations by Deshpande grantees at different points in their lifecycle

Turbocharging single-cylinder engines to increase power, improve efficiency, and reduce emissions: Amos Winter, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineeringwith Michael Buchman, PhD Candidate 

Solid-State Color Pixel for E-Paper Displays: Geoffrey Beach, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering with Mantao Huang, Graduate Student

Robust Anti-Fouling Ultrafiltration Membranes: Jeffrey Grossman, Professor of Materials Sciences and Engineering with Brendan Smith, PhD Candidate

Low-cost Spectroscopy Solutions for Raman Sensing and Beyond: Rajeev Ram, Professor of Electrical Engineering with Amir Atabaki, Research Scientist   

Engineered binding proteins as replacements for antibodies in immunoassays: Hadley Sikes, Associate Professor Chemical Engineering, with Eric Miller, PhD Candidate and Ki Joo Sung Graduate Student

10:50 – 11:30 AM        Poster & Networking Break

11:35 AM – 12:10 PM  IdeaStream Forum: Healthcare

                                    Presentations by Deshpande grantees at different points in their lifecycle

On-chip Raman spectroscopic sensors for chemical and biological sensing: Juejun Hu, Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Derek Kita, PhD Candidate & Jermoe Michon, PhD Candidate 

Hydrogel for reducing immune-related adverse events during immunotherapy: Jeremiah Johnson, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Farrukh Vohidov, Postdoctoral Associate and Sachin Bhagchandani, PhD Candidate

Unimolecular, multifunctional polymers as next generation immunomodulators:Jeremiah Johnson, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Yivan Jiang, Research Assistant

Development of a Polymer Micro Carrier System for More Efficient Large-Scale Production of Human-Derived Pluripotent Stem Cells: Linda Griffith, Professor of Biological Engineering, Paula Hammond, Professor of Chemical Engineering with Marianna Sofman, Graduate Student Researcher

Hydration: Refinement and clinical testing of a radio-frequency non-invasive physiological hydration sensor for improved elderly care: Martha Gray, Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Luca Daniel, Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science with Ian Butterworth, Biomedical Research Engineer

12:15 –1:45 PM          Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Jeff Karp, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital 

1:45 – 2:30 PM         Networking in Poster Session Room

The 2019 IdeaStream will be held at the Hyatt Cambridge just up the river from MIT overlooking Boston.

Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 02139-4896
Tel: +1 617 492 1234 Fax: +1 617 491 6906

Maps and directions available here.

The Hyatt has a discounted room rate of $249 per night for IdeaStream attendees. Contact the Hyatt at (888) 421-1442 by March 14, 2019 and reference the “MIT Deshpande Center” to get the special rate or reserve a room online here.

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IdeaStream is not just about ideas, but connections between people. At IdeaStream, MIT faculty, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives come together to share ideas about new technologies and future opportunities for innovation. Attendees of this invitation-only event make this a must-attend event.

Participants at IdeaStream 2018 included the following organizations:

20/20 HealthCare Partners  



Allied Minds, Inc.

Arnold Strategies, LLC

Axiom Ventures

Babson College

BAE Systems

Bantam Group



BASF Venture Capital


Boston Angel Club

Broad Foundry

Broad Institute

Broadland Advisors, LLC


Canon Virginia, Inc.


Cooper Perkins, Inc.


Deshpande Foundation

Dow Chemical

Edelman & Associates

EMD Millipore

Energetiq Technology, Inc


Exact Sciences

Excel Venture Management

Guzdar Consultants


Harvard Medical School



Huawei Technologies

IMA S.p.A.


InTea House Venture Capital

Intel Corporation


Leading Business Ventures

Liberation Capital

Lockheed Martin

M Ventures

Main Street Partners LLC

Mass Tech Transfer Center

MediaTek, Inc.

Merck & Co.


MilliporeSigma (Merck KGaA)

MIT Center for Biomedical Engineering

MIT Center for Synthetic Biology

MIT Corporate Relations

MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

MIT Department of Biological Engineering

MIT Department of Chemical Engineering

MIT Department of Chemistry

MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering

MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

MIT Energy Initiative

MIT Health Sciences and Technology

MIT Human Resources

MIT Industrial Liaison Program

MIT Materials Science and Engineering

MIT Office of Digital Learning

MIT Office of Philanthropic Partnerships

MIT Office of the President

MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics

MIT Resource Development

MIT School of Engineering

MIT Spectrum

MIT Tata Center

MIT Technology Licensing Office

MIT Venture Mentoring Service

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories

MSR Healthcare Consultants LLC

Nano Terra Inc.

NAVSEA Warfare Centers

Newlin Investment Company

Noveome Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Novo Nordisk

Petro Biz Solutions

Queens University


Sagely Health

Samsung Electronics


Scalable Display Technologies

Sinorich Capital

Slips Technologies

Sparta Group LLC

The Dedon Lab

Via Separations

Weybridge Partners

WhiteLeaf Advisors

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

WL Gore

Yonghua Capital

Z Corporation

Zetta Venture Partners