Each year, Solve announces new challenges for which it seeks solutions.

Current Challenges

Solvers for the current challenges were selected at Solve at the United Nations Event on March 7, 2017. The current challenges are closed for submissions.

Carbon Contributions

How can individuals and corporations manage and reduce their carbon contributions?

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Chronic Diseases

How can we help people prevent, detect and manage chronic diseases, especially in resources-limited settings? 

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Inclusive Innovation

How do we create a more inclusive, productive, and sustainable economic future for all?

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Refugee Education

How can we improve learning outcomes for refugees and displaced people under 24?

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The current challenges are closed for submissions. Interested in our upcoming challenges which will launch in May?

Current Solvers

Carbon Contributions

Simon Black

Frank Knox Fellow, Harvard University

Ed Cullinan

Senior Engineer, Research and Innovation, ATCO Pipelines and Liquids

Adam Flynn

Chief Technology Officer, ForeLight Inc.

Mike Hands

Founder & Director, Inga Foundation

Kyle Kornack

Executive Director, Global Citizens Imperative

Kevin Kung

PhD Student, Engineering, MIT, Safi Organics

Mike Stanley

Founder & CEO, Transit X

Chronic Diseases

Dr. Gavin Armstrong

Founder & CEO, Lucky Iron Fish

Nick Gogerty

Chief Technology Officer, Healthcoin

Malena Gonzalez

Co-Founder, NutriCount Inc.

Abhinav Khare

Graduate Research Assistant, University at Buffalo

Shailesh Prithani

Co-Founder & CEO, Doxper

Teemu Suna

CEO & Co-Founder, Nightingale Health Ltd.

Dr. Reza Yavari

Board Certified Endocrinologist, Founder & CEO, Beyond Care

Nirinjan Yee

CEO, BreathResearch

Inclusive Innovation

Majora Carter

Founder & CEO, Startup Box

Mariana Costa Checa

Co-Founder & CEO, Laboratoria

Brenna Nan Schneider

Founder & CEO, 99Degress

Ella Peinovich

Founder, Soko

Liisa Petrykowska

Founder & CEO, Ignitia

Augusto Ruiz-Tagle

Co-Founder, Destacame

Richard Wang

CEO, Coding Dojo

Refugee Education

Gail Anderson

Teacher, Dock Mennonite Academy High School, rPartners

Lucrezia Bisignani

Founder & CEO, Kukua

Mehemed Bougsea

Head of Strategy and Business Development, Kiron Open Higher Education

Rama Chakaki


Jacqui Jorgeson

Associate Director, The Schoolbox Project

Mohsin Mohi Ud Din

Director of Storytelling Innovation, Ashoka’s Youth Venture

Richard R. Rowe

Chair & CEO, Open Learning Exchange, Inc.

Chrystina Russell

Vice President for Global Engagement, Southern New Hampshire University

Katie Zaniboni

Volunteer, The Refugee Project, Team Up 2 Teach

How Challenges Work

Solve kicks off each new year in May, when it announces new challenges. After that, it launches into three phases of the Solve Challenge Cycle.

  1. Sourcing Solutions
    Anyone can participate in a Solve challenge and submit a solution.
  2. Selecting Solutions
    Those who submit the most promising solutions will be invited to pitch live at a Solve event in front of expert judges and industry leaders. Learn about Solve at the United Nations
  3. Support & Partnerships
    A smaller group of innovators selected by a panel of judges will become Solvers and gain access to Solve’s community, which is comprised of other Solvers and Solve members from the private, public, non-proft, and academic sectors who are seeking partnerships and opportunities to implement innovative, scalable ideas. Partnerships between our Solvers and members will be announced at our flagship event Solve at MIT.