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About Solve

Solve is an initiative of MIT. We believe that to achieve a more sustainable and equitable future for all, we need new voices and ideas. We launch open calls for exceptional and diverse solutions to the most pressing global challenges from anyone, anywhere in the world. Selected innovators get the backing of MIT and our community of supporters to scale their impact and drive lasting change. Join us on this mission.

Submit your solution. Support our work. Fund your own challenge.


Core Values

  1. OPTIMISM
    Though complex challenges exist in the world, they can be solved.
  2. PARTNERSHIP
    No one organization, sector, or industry can solve these challenges alone. Progress must be made through partnership.
  3. OPEN INNOVATION
    Talent and ingenuity exist everywhere; we must find and support those with big ideas.
  4. HUMAN-CENTERED SOLUTIONS
    Solutions must begin with, end with, and involve the people for whom they’re designed.
  5. INCLUSIVE TECHNOLOGY
    Technology should address economic, cultural, and social barriers to create opportunities for all.

Our Story

Solve was born out of the Office of the President of MIT in 2015, a natural offshoot of MIT’s mission to advance knowledge in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

Thanks to our community of supporters, Solve has mobilized over $75 million in funding for Solver teams and social innovators.


Download the 2023 Annual Report

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

MIT Solve is committed to inclusion and diversity to build a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more diverse our team is, the better we can achieve our mission of solving world challenges.

Advisors

Noubar Afeyan

Co-Founder and Chairman, Moderna

Colin M. Angle

Chairman, CEO & Founder, iRobot

H.S.H. the Prince Henri d’Arenberg

Founder & Chairman, be.Source, a private foundation under Belgian law

Ursula M. Burns

CEO and Chairman, VEON

Vilas Dhar

President & Trustee, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

Linda Henry

Managing Director, The Boston Globe

Henrietta Holsman Fore

Managing Partner; Chairman & CEO, Radiate Capital; Holsman International

Elizabeth McGovern

Trustee, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation; Founder and Executive Director, WEEMA International

United States

Lubna Olayan

CEO and Deputy Chairman, Olayan Financing Company (OFC)

Laurene Powell Jobs

Founder and President, Emerson Collective

Terry & Susan Ragon

CEO, Founder, Owner & VP Finance, Administration, Recruitment, InterSystems Corporation

Ray A. Rothrock

Executive Chairman, RedSeal, Inc.

Eric Schmidt

Technical Advisor and Board Member, Alphabet Inc.

David Moinina Sengeh

Chief Innovation Officer, Government of Sierra Leone

Neela Montgomery

Chief Executive Officer, Orveon

Megan Smith

CEO & Founder shift7, Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer, shift7

United States

Marjorie Yang

Chairman, Esquel Group

 
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