The MIT and Accenture Convergence Initiative

In October 2020, the MIT School of Engineering and Accenture, announced a five-year collaboration that will further advance learning and research through new business convergence insights in technology and innovation. The MIT and Accenture Convergence Initiative for Industry and Technology aims to draw faculty, researchers, and students from across MIT.

Our ongoing collaboration focuses on the following:

  • Advancing a portfolio of research projects that address technology and industry convergence in the near and long-term. This includes MIT research that is data-driven that connects to topics including AI, knowledge curation, and talent.
  • Providing five annual fellowships 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 educational programs that bring learnings to the broader Accenture community by leveraging MIT’s most innovative digital learning methodologies; and opportunities for the MIT student community to engage with Accenture thought leaders.

“Rapid progress will depend on the ability of industries to learn from each other, from technology leaders and from diverse perspectives across business and academia. MIT, with its strengths across science and engineering, the arts, architecture, humanities, social sciences, and management, and its continuing commitment to interdisciplinary programs, is the ideal partner for Accenture to create breakthrough new research, education and thought leadership programs that can help companies and countries seize the opportunity of the convergence of industry, technology and markets and embrace the change it will bring to create more 360-degree value for all.”

— Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture