Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Solve initiative is looking for tech solutions around new Global Challenges

Posted by Maria Codina on March 29, 2018 at 11:33 am



MIT Solve is excited to announce that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Solve initiative is looking for tech solutions around four new Global Challenges:

  1. Coastal Communities: How can coastal communities mitigate and adapt to climate change while developing and prospering? #CoastalCommunities
  2. Frontlines of Health: How can communities invest in frontline health workers and services to improve their access to effective and affordable care? #HealthWorkers
  3. Teachers and Educators: How can teachers and educators provide accessible, personalized, and creative learning experiences for all? #EduLeaders
  4. Work of the Future: How can those left behind by the technology-driven transformations of work create meaningful and prosperous livelihoods for themselves? #FutureOfWork

Here’s how it works: Solve advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world’s most pressing problems. Solve issues four Challenges each year across its pillars — Economic Prosperity, Health, Learning, and Sustainability — to find the most promising Solvers who will drive transformational change. Solve then deploys its global community of private, public, and nonprofit leaders to form partnerships these Solvers need to scale their impact.

Over the past six months, the Solve team has consulted over 500 cross-sector leaders and experts to determine our 2018 Challenges. We hosted 26 Challenge Design Workshops in 8 countries, ranging from Detroit, to Standing Rock, to Riyadh, to London, and to Paris to source insights on the most pressing current problems communities around the world are facing today. And in the spirit of open innovation, we encouraged community members to vote and propose new Challenge ideas on the Solve website—receiving more than 12,000 votes.

These are big problems—the type that MIT, founded as a school of practical application and of real entrepreneurial spirit, has sought to tackle for more than 150 years. At Solve, we are opening up the doors of a world class institution to people who may not have an MIT ID card, because we believe that talent and ingenuity are everywhere.

We look forward to reviewing all of the solutions as we work to select the next set of finalists, who will then be invited to Solve Challenge Finals on September 23, 2018 in New York City during the UN General Assembly Week for the chance to become part of the 2018 Solver class.

Solve is also launching our inaugural Oceti Sakowin Fellowship to advance renewable energy, food, and water access. Learn more about the Fellowship here.

Solve is a global community of private, public, and nonprofit leaders accelerating positive impact. If you want to support our current or future Solver classes and help us tackle these Challenges, find out how you can become a Solve member if you’re not already part of the community.

If you have a solution for Solve’s four new challenges, apply at solve.mit.edu by July 1, 2018.


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