CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) today announced the finalists for the Inclusive Innovation Competition (IIC). IIC Core Judges delivered over one thousand reviews to identify the first official class of IIC finalists - 24 organizations that are inventing a more inclusive, productive, and sustainable future for all.
The following Award Candidates all support people who earn middle- and base-level incomes. Each of these Candidates will receive a prize in one of four categories (Skills, Matching, Humans + Machines, and New Models) or a Judges' Choice award.
99 Degrees Custom (@99Custom)
Bottom Line (@BottomLineMA)
Coding Dojo (@codingdojo)
General Assembly (@GA)
Ignitia AB (@IgnitiaWeather)
Iora Health (@iorahealth)
Lead Genius (@LeadGenius)
Rethink Robotics (@RethinkRobotics)
Rural Sourcing Inc. (@RuralSourcing)
SAP SE (@SAP)
Skills for Chicagoland's Future (@SCFJobs)
Soko, Inc. (@Shop_Soko)
StartUp Box (@startupboxSBx)
Viridis Learning (@viridis)
Year Up (@YearUp)
To learn more about these organizations and the IIC, please visit MITinclusiveinnovation.com.
All finalists will be awarded $25,000. Four winners will be selected and announced on September 27 at the IIC Awards Ceremony at the MIT Media Lab to receive an additional $100,000 Grand Prize. The IIC Awards Celebration, hosted by IDE director Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson and IDE co-director Andrew McAfee, is free and open to the public. To register, visit https://mit-iic-awards-ceremony.eventbrite.com.
Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the IDE, says, "The goal of the IIC is to identify organizations that are harnessing digital innovations to create shared prosperity. We are excited to celebrate these amazing innovators that are lifting the economic prospects in the Second Machine Age."
Throughout the month of September, the IIC will spotlight each Finalist's work and video on Twitter (@MIT_IIC).
Developed in collaboration with MIT Solve and the MIT Innovation Initiative (MITii), the competition is being funded with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NASDAQ foundation, and Eric and Wendy Schmidt.
The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) explores how people and businesses will work, interact, and prosper in an era of profound digital transformation. Working alone and with public and private sector partners, the IDE supports and conducts groundbreaking research in the areas of productivity and employment, big data, new digital business models, and social analytics. For more information, visit http://ide.mit.edu.
The MIT Sloan School of Management is where smart, independent leaders come together to solve problems, create new organizations, and improve the world. Learn more at mitsloan.mit.edu.
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