Accenture (ACN) And MIT Partnering To Help Organizations Pursue Opportunities From Industry And Technology Convergence 

By Dan Anderson ● Oct 27, 2020
  • Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and MIT have announced that they have launched the “MIT and Accenture Convergence Initiative for Industry and Technology.” These are the details.

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and MIT have announced that they have launched the “MIT and Accenture Convergence Initiative for Industry and Technology.” This new initiative combines Accenture’s technology, strategy, and industry experts along with the best minds from across MIT to explore how the convergence of industry and technology will transform global business, what it means for the future of society, and how organizations can uncover and better capture its opportunities.

The 5-year initiative is going to help develop forward-looking thought leadership, research, educational programs, and other activities for offering industry fresh insights and practical guidance on realizing the full potential of technology.

The project is co-sponsored by Accenture’s Chief Executive Officer Julie Sweet and MIT President L. Rafael Reif.

KEY QUOTES:

“As disruptive technologies and ideas continue to blur the boundaries between industries, moving with speed and designing a future that will benefit all requires a different approach. 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

  “The world is experiencing disruption beyond what any of us have seen in our lifetimes. In that context, it is more important than ever that academia and industry collaborate to address pressing societal challenges and opportunities. Building on MIT’s long relationship with Accenture, we are eager to join forces again now to demonstrate how the convergence of industries and technologies is powering the next wave of change and innovation, and how we can harness and shape these forces for positive impact.”

— Rafael Reif

“Collaborating with MIT on cutting-edge industry research will enhance the value we provide to our clients and elevate our position as a global thought leader on technology and industry convergence. This initiative will also give Accenture professionals and MIT faculty and students unique opportunities to explore, ideate and learn.”

— Sanjeev Vohra, global lead of Accenture Applied Intelligence and Accenture’s program lead for the MIT and Accenture Convergence Initiative for Industry and Technology

“Our new collaboration with Accenture, which will build upon prior mutual efforts, is an obvious and wonderful step forward. I can’t wait to see the many incredible educational and innovative opportunities launched through this alliance.”

— Anantha Chandrakasan, dean of the MIT School of Engineering and MIT’s lead for the initiative