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I am thrilled to announce Solve’s new Challenges, which will be open for submissions until July 1, 2018. Solve’s Challenges are open to anyone—if you have a relevant solution, please apply here and make sure to share widely with your networks. I will be formally announcing our next set of Challenges to the MIT community at 1pm ET today at MIT’s Intelligence Quest launch event. You can watch it here.
- Coastal Communities: How can coastal communities mitigate and adapt to climate change while developing and prospering?
- Frontlines of Health: How can communities invest in frontline health workers and services to improve their access to effective and affordable care?
- Teachers & Educators: How can teachers and educators provide accessible, personalized, and creative learning experiences for all?
- Work of the Future: How can those left behind by the technology-driven transformations of work create meaningful and prosperous livelihoods for themselves?
Over the past six months, the Solve team has consulted over 500 cross-sector leaders and experts to determine our 2018 Challenges. We hosted 26 Challenge Design Workshops in 8 countries, ranging from Detroit, to Standing Rock, to Riyadh, to London, and to Paris to source insights on the most pressing current problems communities around the world are facing today. And in the spirit of open innovation, we encouraged community members to vote and propose new Challenge ideas on the Solve website—receiving more than 12,000 votes.
These are big problems—the type that MIT, founded as a school of practical application and of real entrepreneurial spirit, has sought to tackle for more than 150 years. At Solve, we are opening up the doors of a world class institution to people who may not have an MIT ID card, because we believe that talent and ingenuity are everywhere.
We look forward to reviewing all of the solutions as we work to select the next set of finalists, who will then be invited to Solve Challenge Finals on September 23, 2018 in New York City during the UN General Assembly Week for the chance to become part of the 2018 Solver class.
Solve is also launching our inaugural Oceti Sakowin Fellowship to advance renewable energy, food, and water access. Learn more about the Fellowship here.
Solve is a global community of private, public, and nonprofit leaders accelerating positive impact. If you want to support our current or future Solver classes and help us tackle these Challenges, find out how you can become a Solve member if you're not already part of the community.
Thank you for your support,
Alex Amouyel, Executive Director of MIT Solve, speaks to the community during the Opening Plenary at Solve at MIT, May 8, 2017. (Photo by Adam Schultz / MIT Solve)