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 lies in 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.”
—L. 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:
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.
Attend a Solve Event
At Solve events around the world, Solvers pitch technological solutions. Through the live meeting series and community gatherings, continuous progress is made towards a solution to the challenge until we solve it or conclude that it is necessary to abandon it.
Solve hosted several events at HUBweek, a celebration of innovation and creativity in the Boston area, a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration between the Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital.