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PRESS RELEASE: MIT Solve Announces Flagship Meeting Solve at MIT with Speakers from Amazon, Girls Who Code, Mozilla, and Patagonia

Solve’s Open Challenges Include Work of the Future, Frontlines of Health, Coastal Communities, and Teachers and Educators

  • Solve at MIT will convene 300+ leaders in philanthropy, business, government, and academia on May 16-18 in Cambridge, MA.
  • The full agenda is available here.
  • To apply for media credentials, please register here.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 4, 2018 — On May 16-18, Solve, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will convene more than 300 innovators from around the world to crowdsolve the world’s most pressing challenges at its flagship annual event, Solve at MIT. A marketplace for social impact, Solver teams will meet with members of the Solve community to build robust partnerships with diverse private, public, and nonprofit leaders to help pilot, scale, and implement their solutions.

Participants at this year's Solve at MIT include:

  • Rayouf Alhumedhi, Hijab Emoji Project
  • Rick Ridgeway, VP of Public Engagement, Patagonia
  • Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Alexa, Amazon
  • Pita Nikolas Taufatofua, Tongan Olympian
  • Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code
  • Mitchell Baker, Chairwoman, Mozilla
  • Ursula Burns, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, VEON
  • Yo-Yo Ma, Cellist, Curator of the MIT Solve Arts and Culture Mentorship Prize
  • L. Rafael Reif, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The meeting will convene the Solver class of tech entrepreneurs with members of the extended Solve community to build partnerships that will help pilot, scale, and implement their solutions. Solver Emma Yang created Timeless, an app to empower Alzheimer’s patients by helping them remember friends and family. And Solver Angel Adelaja of Fresh Direct Nigeria is using stackable container farms to increase local food production and entice a new generation to become farmers.

This year’s confirmed participants represent leading innovative organizations like Patagonia, IBM, Merck, The Dow Chemical Company, Google, Emerson Collective, and The Santander Group.

The event program can be found here, confirmed speakers can be found here, and Solve's advisors can be found here.

Media interested in attending Solve at MIT can register here. Those approved will receive confirmation and further instructions via e-mail.

About Solve:  

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. Solve issues four Challenges each year across its pillars—Economic Prosperity, Health, Learning, and Sustainability—to find the most promising Solver class to drive transformational change. Solve then deploys its global community of private, public, and nonprofit leaders to form partnerships these Solver teams need to scale their impact. Last year, more than 1,000 people from 103 countries submitted solutions to Solve’s four challenges. Solve’s open Challenges include: (1) Work of the Future, (2) Frontlines of Health, (3) Coastal Communities, and (4) Teachers and Educators. Join the community at

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