MIT and Accenture announce a five-year collaboration
MIT and Accenture announced a five-year collaboration to develop learning and research through new business convergence insights in technology and innovation. The MIT and Accenture Convergence Initiative for Industry and Technology is established within the School of Engineering. It will aim to draw faculty, researchers, and students from across MIT. Accenture will work with MIT to establish opportunity on multiple fronts: from graduate fellowships awarded to graduate students working on research in industry and technology convergence who are underrepresented, including by race and ethnicity and by gender, to an ambitious educational program targeting Accenture’s 500,000 employees.
The new MIT and Accenture Convergence Initiative for Industry and Technology will focus on the following offerings:
Advancing a portfolio of research projects that address technology and industry convergence in the near and long-term. This will include MIT research that is data-driven that connects to topics including AI, knowledge curation, and talent.
Providing five annual fellowships that will be awarded to graduate students working on research in industry and technology convergence who are underrepresented, including by race and ethnicity and by gender.
Establishing multiple learning programs including: a digital learning program bringing learnings to the broader Accenture community and leveraging MIT’s most innovative digital learning methodologies; a weeklong program held at MIT (possibly online) for Accenture leadership; a program designed to immerse c-suite executives in the latest convergence technologies; and opportunities for the MIT student community to engage with Accenture thought leaders.
Sanjay Sarma will serve as chair of the advisory board for the MIT and Accenture Convergence Initiative for Industry and Technology. Brian Subirana, research scientist and director of the MIT Auto-ID lab, will serve as director of the Initiative. Co-leads of the new Initiative will be Anantha Chandrakasan and Sanjeev Vohra, global lead of Accenture Applied Intelligence, both of whom will work with the advisory board including members from each organization.
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