Launched in October 2020, the MIT and Accenture Convergence Initiative for Industry and Technology is intended to demonstrate how the convergence of industries and technologies is powering the next wave of change and innovation. The five-year initiative is designed to advance three main pillars: research, education, and fellowships. As part of the third pillar, Accenture has awarded five fellowships to MIT graduate students working on research in industry and technology convergence who are underrepresented, including by race, ethnicity and gender.
The recipients of the inaugural Accenture Fellows program are working across disciplines including electronics, textiles, machine learning, economics, and supply chain. Their research has the potential to advance innovation and technology to influence industry convergence and to broaden the convergence process to virtually all industries — through creative problem-solving, the accelerated adoption of new technologies, unique collaborations, and thinking imaginatively and boldly.