If you were at the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology on Tuesday afternoon, you were in for a treat.;
Xconomy’s Tech Agenda 2015 conference hit on some of the most important trends to watch for in the coming year—across industries as diverse as robotics, security, e-commerce, venture capital, and big data. And from perspectives that were as diverse and authoritative as any event I’ve attended.
We made it a point not to talk about “women in tech” at this event, but to let the program speak for itself. And speak it did. Here are seven highlights:
1. There is an “epidemic” of entrepreneurship going on at MIT. Lita Nelsen, director of MIT’s technology licensing office, noted that students and post-docs are all thinking about starting companies and joining small organizations out of school. It’s a huge shift from a decade ago, when most job-seekers flocked to big companies if they could. MIT, it seems, is not immune to “millennial workforce” trends.
2. Narcissism of tech consumers will get worse, not better. You can thank that element of human nature (along with addiction) for the rise of social media, photo sharing, and other self-centered, time-wasting technologies. Katie Rae, managing director at Project 11, said the trend will continue to influence the kinds of products and companies that flourish. She also lamented having to hear 22-year-olds talk about their “opportunity costs.”