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60 global tech entrepreneur finalists will pitch their solutions to 350+ leaders and judges; the 30+ best will form the next Solver class with more than $650,000 in prize funding available
Solve Challenge Finals will convene 350+ leaders in philanthropy, business, government, and academia on September 23 in New York City
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., September 5, 2018 — Solve, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, today announced the 60 Challenge finalists—selected from a pool of 1,150 applicants from 110 countries—who will present a live pitch of their solution to one of the most pressing global Challenges at the Solve Challenge Finals on September 23 in New York City to kick off UN General Assembly week.
During the event, the finalists will pitch their solutions to one of Solve’s 2018 Global Challenges: (1) Coastal Communities, (2) Frontlines of Health, (3) Teachers & Educators, and (4) Work of the Future to a panel of expert judges from organizations such as the World Bank Group, Rockefeller Foundation, TPG/The Rise Fund, World Health Organization, Citi, and Starbucks, and a live audience. After the pitches, Diane von Furstenberg, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Cheryl Dorsey will discuss bridging the pioneer gap for early stage innovators to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Solve Challenge Finals is a unique opportunity to showcase the most promising tech-based solutions to global challenges.” said Solve’s Executive Director, Alex Amouyel. “We had incredible diversity of solutions—nonprofits, for-profits, academic projects, all ages, and over 110 countries were represented. The judges had the difficult task of choosing the most promising ones. In the end, they chose 60 finalists who hail from 24 countries, and over 50% of these finalists are women.”
During the event, Solve’s esteemed panel of judges will choose 30+ finalists to become the next Solver class. As a Solver, these entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to meet and build partnerships with Solve members to help accelerate their solutions. More than $650,000 of funding is available for selected Solver teams, including:
The General Motors Prize for Advanced Technologies
The Artificial Intelligence for the Betterment of Humanity Prize, supported by the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation
UN Women She Innovates Prize for Gender-Responsive Innovation, made possible by Citi, with support from SAP Next-Gen
The Blockchain for Social Impact Prize to become ConsenSys Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC) Fellows
The full event program can be found here. Program participants include:
Diane von Furstenberg, Founder and Chairman, Diane von Furstenberg
Cheryl L. Dorsey, President, Echoing Green
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of the Board of Gavi, The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations
Cynthia Barnhart, Chancellor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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 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. This year, more than 1,150 people from 110 countries submitted solutions to Solve’s four Challenges: (1) Coastal Communities, (2) Frontlines of Health, (3) Teachers & Educators, and (4) Work of the Future. Join the community at solve.mit.edu.