What Solve Does
Solve convenes extraordinary people to examine and address challenges where technology, business innovation, and smart policy can be combined to bring about real and lasting solutions. Read more about the program
Solve calls upon a diverse community of technologists and researchers, entrepreneurs and business leaders, policy makers and NGO managers, change agents and activists, and empowers them to work together.
What Is Solve?
Solve is a community whose mission is to discover, evaluate, and advance solutions to challenges. Solve aims to reduce the time between the invention and deployment of solutions. MIT’s contribution to Solve is its convening power, expertise, and objectivity.
“We will do more than talk about the greatest problems facing our world. We will set the course to solve them.”
—Rafael Reif, President, MIT
Four Critical Themes,
One Urgent Call to Action
Solve members are exploring four themes to identify specific challenges where new thinking and emerging technologies have the potential to make the world a better place for all. Gifted people are working to devise practical, actionable solutions.
What Kinds of Challenges Does Solve Address?
A challenge should be global in scale, and its solution should be a big deal; plausible technological solutions should be available either now or soon, even if we don’t know how to manufacture or distribute the technologies at scale; there should be a practical gap between the technology and its adoption, which may be political, economic, or social rather than simply technical; and there must be a clearly defined, achievable output that would advance the solution.
Together, we’re taking on challenges in these areas, or pillars:
Making affordable education accessible to all who want to learn. How can we offer to a billion more people free access to high-quality education that elite universities now provide? Read more about Learn
Leveraging innovation to improve health outcomes and bring greater productivity to the healthcare system. Can we cut the mortality and morbidity of diseases such as cancer by 50% in 10 years? Read more about Cure
Powering a planet and its people through a mix of cleaner energy and sustainable production. Will we have enough clean water and nutritious food for the estimated 9.6 billion people on earth in 2050? Read more about Fuel
Providing meaningful work, economic opportunity, and modern infrastructure in a rapidly changing global economy. How can we provide Internet access that reaches everyone on the planet? Read more about Make
A call to change the world: We seek people for whom solving the world’s problems is an enduring passion; people who wish to be accountable for creating change. If we've just described you, we hope you'll get involved in our ongoing program. You can sign up below to stay in touch and receive Solve updates and other communications.