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What is the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium?

The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is the nation's premier CIO event bringing together information technology executives from around the world and leading faculty from MIT. The annual event offers a day of interactive learning and thought-provoking discourse on the future of technology, best practices, and business that is not available anywhere else. It includes presentations, panels, networking and a closing reception.

The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is designed by the organizing team from the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association, the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research.

MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association
MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research

Using knowledge from personal experience and the expertise of the academicians at MIT Sloan School of Management, conference organizers have access to vital information and a network of expert business leaders to draw from, which allows them to foster thought-provoking discussions and facilitate peer networking for their fellow executives.

The Symposium is part of the CXO Series produced by MIT Sloan Boston, along with MIT Sloan, including the MIT Sloan CFO Summit.

When was the program introduced?

This is the fifteenth annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. The program began in 2004.

What differentiates the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium?

We are focused on the needs of the CIO and making the latest MIT research accessible to a broad audience.

Each year, the volunteers who plan the Symposium have two primary goals in mind. The first is to provide leading-edge content that addresses the changing role of the CIO. For example, this year's theme will focus on the digital enterprise, and the role of the CIO in leading this technical and cultural transformation.

Keynote presentations and panels all cover different aspects of the topic, based on the insights of MIT experts, and firsthand experience of respected executives who are already shaping the current and future CIO role.

The second goal is to help participants minimize time away by providing practical education and peer networking in a convenient, one-day format.

Who attends the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium?

The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium attracts 800 senior-level IT decision makers at MIT in a day of networking, spirited discussion and informative discourse concerning today's business and technology issues.

In 2015 our attendee demographic included: Our company revenue demographic included:
  • 11% – CEO, President
  • 23% – CIO/CTO/COO
  • 25% – VP/GM/Director
  • 15% – Manager/Supervisor
  • 6% – Academic-related/Professor
  • 26% – >$5Billion
  • 18% – $1-4.99 Billion
  • 6% – $500-999 Million
  • 10% – $100-499 Million
  • 13% – $10-99 Million

How many speakers participate in the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium?

This year the program will have 12 sessions and 48 panelists. These numbers are relatively consistent each year. We strive for top quality and a variety of perspectives in every panel.

What are some of the companies and industries that the speakers represent?

In past events, the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium has had a diverse group of business leaders from a wide range of industries participating in the Symposium, including executives from Aetna, AgilePath Corporation, Akorri, Alcatel-Lucent, ARAMARK Corporation, Bank of America, BT,BOSE, Boston Celtics, Chubb Specialty Insurance,Cisco Systems, Dow Jones & Co., Draper Laboratory, Dunkin' Brands Inc., EDS, EMC, Egenera, Fidelity, FM Global,, Ford Motor Company, France Telecom, GAO, GE, GM, Gillette, Gomez, Google, HP, Intel, ISGN, Johns Manville, McKinsey & Co, Microsoft Corporation, Neighborhood Health Plan, nGenera, Partners HealthCare System, Pegasystems Inc., Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, Red Hat, Rolls Royce,SAP, Staples Inc., State Street Corp, Thomson Financial, TJX Companies, W3C and many more.

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