Maryland Innovation Center and Mind Over Machines Partner to Launch Workforce Development & Automation Workshop Series

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

As part of a new partnership, Maryland Innovation Center (MIC) and human-centered data and software consultancy, Mind Over Machines, will launch the Workforce Ascension and Enhancement (WAE) series to provide the business community with the tools they need to automate business processes and free up human capital. This pilot program aims to spark employee ascension and company growth through automation.

The WAE series will include a 101 course on the foundation all companies need to understand how to best leverage Artificial Intelligence (Digital Assistants) to automate business processes and maximize staff resources, a series of labs, and an ongoing learning hub for participants to stay engaged with workforce and automation and industry trends, awards, and support.

The live series of workshops will be a hands-on experiment—all using one data set to go through methodological items and activities. Businesses will then be able to bring their own data sets to the live workshops where they will be able to apply automation tools to their own business challenges. By the end of the workshops, participants will have a roadmap of where they can apply automation enhancements to free up employee time to more meaningful tasks and projects.

The World Economic Forum Future of Jobs Report suggests automation , in tandem with the COVID-19 recession, is creating a ‘double-disruption’ scenario for workers. And by 2025, the time spent on current tasks at work by humans and machines will be equal. However, there is a way forward. Automation can change the world for the better, but only if we prepare for it. WAE is the first step in preparing for this shift.

“The market is in transition from a reactionary, defensive position driven by the global pandemic to a progressive, re-imagined state where organizations are capitalizing on new ways to think about People, Process and Technology. Artificial intelligence (AI) affords us the opportunity to think about this concept as one synergistic principle that scales from each employee to their department and across the enterprise,” says Steve Navarro, CRO & General Manager of Mind Over Machines. “We believe the brands that flourish will be the ones that use AI to unburden their employees from their mundane, manually driven tasks. Freeing employees to focus on the real value humans bring to business… creativity and problem solving.”

“For many businesses hit by changes in every direction by the pandemic, the ability to innovate processes has been stalled due to the pressure of keeping afloat. Our partnership with Mind Over Machines will help businesses gain the skills and mindset needed to enhance their workforce through human-centered automation with the help of experts to help them along the way,” says Chuck Bubeck, Executive Director, Maryland Innovation Center. “These free programs will allow businesses to apply automation tools to the tasks and processes of their own businesses in real-time so that they can free up the potential of their staff and improve business effectiveness.”


About Mind Over Machines: Mind Over Machines is a data and software consultancy with a human-centric, partnered approach to solving complex business tech issues. The partnership between Mind Over Machines and the Maryland Innovation Center will provide the business community the tools they need to automate business processes that free up human capital to enable our workforce to ascend in their roles and deliver more value back to the business. For more information, please visit: www.mindovermachines.com.

About HCEDA: The Howard County Economic Development Authority(HCEDA) is a public-private partnership whose primary goal is to promote economic growth and stability by supporting existing businesses, targeting new businesses, and attracting corporate/regional headquarters. The Authority also maintains several programs aimed at the special needs of small, minority-owned, and agricultural businesses. Additionally, the Authority strives to preserve the distinctive quality of life in Howard County. For more information, please visit: www.hceda.org.

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