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PRESS RELEASE: MIT Solve Announces 20 Youth, Skills and the Workforce of the Future Challenge Finalists

Finalists Chosen Out of Hundreds of Applications to Live Pitch During United Nations General Assembly Week in New York

Today MIT’s new Solve initiative announced the finalists for the Solve Challenge Finals in New York City during the United Nations General Assembly Week. Twenty innovators and entrepreneurs were selected as finalists for the Youth, Skills and the Workforce of the Future Challenge and will pitch their solutions on Sunday, September 17 to a live audience and a panel of expert judges including Lucy Ashman, Global Director of Social Innovation of Teach for All; Nafez Dakkak, CEO of Queen Rania Foundation (UK); and Melissa Beaumont Lee, Atlassian Foundation Manager. 

Finalists also can win other incredible prizes including:

  1. Up to US$1 million in grant funding from the Atlassian Foundation for the Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future Challenge to selected Solvers from non-government organizations, non-profits, social enterprises, academics, entrepreneurs and for-profit organizations. 
  2. Up to US$ 1 million in grant funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in grant funding for the Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future Challenge to selected Solvers who will have an impact in developing countries across the Indo-Pacific. 

The finalists’ exciting and creative solutions answer how disadvantaged youth can learn the skills they need to prepare them for the workforce for the future and thrive in the 21st century.

Just a few examples of the 2017 Youth, Skills and the Workforce of the Future finalists’ solutions include:

  • Markoding: An integrated community platform that can be used online or offline to teach underprivileged youth how to code in a fun and simple way for free, using their available resources like smartphones and internet shops. Coding and programming are quickly becoming one of the most important job skills of the future, and this platform prepares underprivileged youth for the future job market by providing easy and affordable access to coding lessons.
  • Tuteria: An online platform where learners can easily find, evaluate, book, pay for and track lessons with a verified local teacher who can teach them to earn extra income. It is designed to help people living in countries like Nigeria, where there is not easy, reliable way to find teachers for subjects like Math, Physics, Art, and SATS.
  • JobHack: JobHack is a free online course that teaches unemployed youth in developing countries the digital enterprising skills required to create their own job. The program aims to empower youth in areas where unemployment is highest, and benefit governments and society overall by creating stronger local economies and less talent loss through immigration.

A full list of finalists’ solutions can be found below:

Solution Team

Solution Name

Country

40K

40K PLUS

Australia

Generation

Generation: Global Youth Employment Program

United States

Raspberry Pi Foundation

Building a translation community for digital making resource

United Kingdom

Save the Children / BDjobs /Seek International / WSU

Kolorob Jobs

Bangladesh

JobHack.org

JobHack: Learn How To Create Your Own Job

Australia

Asia Education Foundation

Go Global: addressing inequality through technology

Australia

WeRobotics

South Pacific Flying Labs

United States

TULA Philippines

The Ultimate Learning Accelerator

Philippines

Open Learning Exchange

Community Centers: Youth Learning to Make a Meaningful Living

United States

Baan Dek Foundation

Digital Superheroes Academy

Thailand

MARKODING

MARKODING: Let's learn coding!

Indonesia

National Educational Support Trust, USA (NEST USA)

WordScientists.org

United States

BagoSphere

BagoSphere

Philippines

Solve Education!

Dawn of Civilization (DOC)

Singapore

Ruangguru

Ruangguru Digital Bootcamp

Indonesia

PN TEAM

Play 4 Gateway - Games to better leverage on youth potential

Cambodia

The Wanji Team

Wanji: Gamified Narratives Delivered Through Basic Telephony

United States

The Rumie Initiative

A Books to Bytes Revolution for Youth Employment

Canada

ScriptEd

ScriptEd

United States

Tuteria

Tuteria

Nigeria


Immediately following the live pitch session, the finalists chosen by the judges will be announced as Solvers and join the Solve community to build partnerships with cross-sector leaders that help pilot, scale and implement their solutions. 

Solve is a community that brings together technologists, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, researchers, and other change agents to unearth and implement solutions to specific, actionable challenges facing the world. More than 950 solutions from all over the world were submitted to Solve’s 2017 Global Challenges: (1) Brain Health, (2) Sustainable Urban Communities, (3) Women and Technology, and (4) Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future. 

To attend the Solve Challenge Finals in New York City on September 17, apply for a press pass to the event here and view the schedule here. Additional details will be released in the weeks leading up to the Challenge Finals. 

About Solve:  
Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that identifies and supports lasting solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. Solve is a community that brings together technologists, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, researchers, and other change agents to unearth and implement solutions to specific, actionable challenges issued around the pillars of Economic Prosperity, Health, Learning, and Sustainability. Learn more atsolve.mit.edu.

Press Contact:
Ken Meyer
617-475-8067
press@solve.mit.edu

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