Joichi "Joi" Ito has been recognized for his work as an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and internet freedom. As director of the MIT Media Lab, and a Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences, he is currently exploring how radical new approaches to science and technology can transform society in substantial and positive ways.
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  • Chairman of the board of PureTech, and has served as both board chair and CEO of Creative Commons

  • Serves as a strategic advisor to the Sony Corporation

  • Author of "Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future"


  • “The Media Lab started as an engine for reinvention. Joi is pushing that reinvention even further. His vision, energy, and dedication to changing the world in positive ways are evident in his actions. We are honored for the opportunity to recognize his work and contributions to technology.”

    John B. Hillenbrand

    IRI Chairman