On March 13, join leaders from the  MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) and the Autodesk Foundation to celebrate the launch of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) 2019 global tournament. The IIC is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s premier future of work prize, awarding $1.6 million to entrepreneurs using technology to revolutionize work and drive economic opportunity in the digital era. The Autodesk Foundation supports the design and creation of innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. This includes preparing for workforce transitions by supporting organizations that help people prosper in the era of automation – in service of a more equitable future.

Erik Brynjolfsson (co-author of The Second Machine Age, director of the IDE, and co-founder of the IIC) will provide opening remarks. Andrew McAfee (co-author of The Second Machine Age, co-director of the IDE, and co-founder of the IIC), and Andrew Anagnost (CEO of Autodesk) will engage in a fireside chat, hosted by WIRED Magazine’s Emily Dreyfuss.  Featuring key insights on building an inclusive economy, this discussion will examine the impact of technology on work, future of work challenges and opportunities, as well as an exploration of the ‘tech for good’ movement. What can corporations, start-ups, and policymakers do now to accelerate inclusive innovation solutions and increase economic opportunity for workers?