Why Inclusive Innovation?

Technology is the most disruptive force in human history, ushering in a new era of unprecedented health, convenience, and prosperity. Yet many people are not experiencing the benefits of this progress, despite actively seeking to more fully participate in and profit from new educational, financial, and work opportunities.

At MIT, we believe that inclusive innovation – the use of technology to generate increased economic opportunity for moderate and low income earners –  is an imperative with a tight deadline. The question we should be asking ourselves at this historic moment isn’t “what is technology going to do to our economy and society,” but rather “what will we do with technology?”

Our vision is an economy that works for all. Our mission is to accelerate the success of the changemaking entrepreneurs that are making that vision a reality, and to drive a solutions-oriented conversation about the future of work.

Past Challenges

In each year of the Challenge, we discover the groundbreaking solutions that are revolutionizing the future of work to create greater shared prosperity today.

2018
We launched a global tournament to broaden our reach outside the “traditional” innovation hubs, and awarded $1.6 million to 60 organizations.
2017
We expanded our applicant and judging pools, prize purse, and global impact, and celebrated 16 inclusive innovators at a gala event.
2016
Twenty-four winners from around the world received one million dollars in our inaugural year.

Team

Regional Team

The Regional Team is comprised of dedicated people from diverse organizations, backgrounds, and companies across the world. Regional Team members spearhead the IIC’s effort to source and celebrate changemaking organizations within their respective regions.