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Past BTM Conferences

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Why "Breaking the Mold" 

Learn more about the research that inspired us to start a conversation and "Break the Mold"

The Breaking the Mold Initiative was founded in 2014 by two MIT MBA students who came forward with what was then a bold idea – let’s get the business community talking about unconscious bias. Since it's founding, the initiative has served as a platform for three conferences, four workshops, and dozens of open discussions aimed at promoting tolerance and understanding.

Events of this past summer highlighted that there is much work yet to be done. In fact, we believe the situation demands action. As a result, we are excited to announce the 2017 Breaking the Mold Hackathon, an intense, interactive, one-day event to build tools to combat unconscious bias and intolerance.

The MIT community has incredible talents, the ability to imagine, build, and deploy innovative technologies from Zipcar, to the Gillette razor, to the technology behind the kindle. It’s time to set our sights on building tools and solutions to combat unconscious bias. Let’s do what MIT does best -- let’s invent!


XV Anniversary: 

MIT's report on the status of women in science

Watch this video to learn the story about how MIT successfully tackled the issue of implicit bias in STEM and led the way for other academic institutions to dramatically increase female presence in STEM fields.