About

Solving the world’s most pressing challenges through open innovation and partnership.

Mission

Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world's most pressing problems. Each year, Solve issues four Global Challenges to find the most promising Solver teams who will drive transformational change. Solve then builds and convenes a community of leaders and changemakers to form partnerships these Solver teams need to scale their impact.

Meet the solve team

Core Values

  1. OPTIMISM
    While big challenges exist in the world, they are solvable.
  2. PARTNERSHIP
    No one organization, sector or industry can solve these challenges alone.
  3. OPEN INNOVATION
    Talent and ingenuity are everywhere, and we must tap into them.
  4. HUMAN-CENTERED
    Solutions must start, end, and involve the people they’re designed for.
  5. TECHNOLOGY
    Solutions will include a technological component, but must also address political, economic, and cultural barriers and ensure that technology is adopted by most underserved communities.

History

Solve was born out of MIT in 2015, a natural offshoot of MIT’s commitment to open technological innovation, and its long commitment to actionable thought leadership in the public sphere.

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

Advisors

Noubar Afeyan

Founder, Senior Managing Partner & CEO, Flagship Pioneering

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

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, VEON

Eric Cantor

Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Moelis & Company

Wenchi Chen

Chairman & CEO, VIA

Laurene Powell Jobs

Founder and President, Emerson Collective

Linda A. Mason

Leader in Residence, Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School, Harvard University

Lubna Olayan

CEO and Deputy Chairman, Olayan Financing Company (OFC)

Terry & Susan Ragon

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

Victoria Ransom

Founder & CEO, Wildfire

Ray A. Rothrock

Chairman & CEO, RedSeal, Inc.

Peter Sands

Executive Director, The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Megan J. Smith

CEO shift7, 3rd U.S. CTO, Entrepreneur, Engineer, shift7

United States

Ratan N. Tata

Chairman, Tata Trusts

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