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. They are increasing knowledge and expanding the dialogue on the digital economy.

The IDE has five primary activities, including research with rigor and relevance, events to bring together thought leaders and practitioners with differing perspectives, a fellowship program that encourages visitors to campus, a competition focusing on Inclusive Innovation so that more of the population benefits from a technology-driven economy, and educational programs within the MIT Sloan graduate curriculum and executive education.

Programs & Opportunities

  • Inclusive Innovation Challenge: Awards a total of $1 million to organizations that are inventing a more inclusive, productive, and sustainable future for all.​
  • Events: MIT IDE events have gathered together thousands of practitioners, academics, and public policy experts on a level, neutral playing field to solve pressing issues that we all face, such as the future of work. The IDE held 16 events in 2016. In total, 2,215 people attended their gatherings.