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Announcing MIT Solve's 2019 Global Challenges

I am thrilled to announce the launch of Solve’s 2019 Global Challenges: Circular Economy, Community-Driven Innovation, Early Childhood Development, and Healthy Cities.

Over the past six months, Solve staff have consulted more than 500 leaders and experts to determine the 2019 Challenges. Solve hosted 14 Challenge Design Workshops in eight countries—in cities ranging from New York City to Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi to Monterrey, Mexico—to collect feedback from communities around the world. More than 30,000 votes were cast online through Solve’s open innovation platform to influence challenge themes.

The 2019 Global Challenges

  1. Circular Economy: How can people create and consume goods that are renewable, repairable, reusable, and recyclable?

  2. Community-Driven Innovation: How can citizens and communities create and improve social inclusion and shared prosperity?

  3. Early Childhood Development: How can all children under five develop the critical learning and cognitive skills they need to reach their full potential?

  4. Healthy Cities: How can urban residents design and live in environments that promote physical and mental health?

Solve now seeks tech-based solutions from innovators around the world that address these four challenges, and anyone can submit a relevant solution by the July 1 deadline.

Finalists will be invited to pitch their solutions to Solve’s Challenge Leadership Group—a judging panel of cross-sector leaders and MIT faculty—at Solve Challenge Finals on September 22, 2019, in New York City during UN General Assembly Week.

The most promising solutions will be selected to form the 2019 Solver Class, and Solve will then deploy its global community of private, public, and nonprofit leaders to build the partnerships needed to scale their work.

Opportunities for Future Solver Teams

Selected Solver teams will join a supportive community of peers, funders, and experts to help advance their work; receive mentorship and strategic advice from Solve and MIT networks; attend Solve at MIT, our flagship event in May 2020; and receive a $10,000 grant from Solve—as well as access to significant additional prize funding from our partners.

To date, Solve’s community has committed more than $7 million in funding to Solver teams, in addition to in-kind support such as mentorship, technical expertise, media and conference exposure, and business and entrepreneurship training.

How You Can Get Involved

  • If you have a relevant solution, apply here.
  • Spread the word: you can find sample social media posts here.
  • To support or help develop solutions, host a Solveathon!

We can’t wait to see the innovative solutions you’ll submit. Happy solving!

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