MIT commissioned new custom awards from Bennett Awards for its MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC). The MIT IIC is the flagship program of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE). The competition awards over $1 million to “inclusive innovators”: organizations around the world that are using technology to solve a huge challenge of our time: create greater shared prosperity by reinventing the future of work.
Organizations competed in 4 different award categories:
- Skills Development & Opportunity Matching
- Income Growth & Job Creation
- Technology Access
- Financial Inclusion
Following applications, more than 70 Core Judges and an expert Champion Committee select 16 winning organizations. Four grand prize winners each receive $150,000 and twelve winners each receive $35,000.
For this competition, MIT commissioned Bennett Awards to create new custom awards for the 16 winners. These awards were acrylic vertical prisms with a design and color scheme based on the MIT IIC logo. Each unique award had surface imprints of the MIT IIC logo and the award designation. The Grand Prize awards were 14” tall, and the Winner awards stood 12” tall.
The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) is led by Professor Erik Brynjolfsson and co-director Andrew McAfee. The IDE explores how people and businesses will work, interact, and prosper in an era of profound digital transformation. Brynjolfsson and McAfee launched the IIC in 2015 to ensure that the benefits of digital progress are shared by all.