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Press Release: MIT Solve Announces the Launch of Solv[ED]

Solv[ED] will inspire and support people aged 24 and younger to become problem-solvers in their community and the world

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 3, 2021—MIT Solve, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, today announced the launch of Solv[ED], a program designed to spark a sense of agency in people aged 24 and under, encouraging, inspiring, and supporting them to become problem-solvers in their community and the world. Solv[ED] will equip young people with knowledge, tools, and resources to practice problem identification and solution design, prioritizing experiential learning, accessibility, and community-building.

“Solv[ED] will give young people the opportunity to learn about and practice skills for social entrepreneurship. I’m especially excited about the ways that it’ll do this while bringing young people from around the world together,” said Emma Yang, the youngest MIT Solver and the Founder and CEO of Timeless, an app for Alzheimer’s patients to remember events, stay connected and recognize people through artificial intelligence-based facial recognition technology.

“There is no one path through Solv[ED]’s offerings. We’re creating a program for young people to design their own social impact journeys,” said Solve’s Executive Director, Alex Amouyel. “We can’t do this alone. That is why we are inviting youth organizations, education providers, and other cross-sector leaders to join us and support young problem-solvers all over the world.”

Solv[ED]’s program will include:

  1. Facilitated Solveathon Workshops and Learning Sessions, starting June 2021 

  2. A Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge, starting September 2021

  3. The Solv[ED] Solutions Event, scheduled for early 2022

  4. A Solv[ED] Social Innovation online course, scheduled for Fall 2022.

The program will evolve and grow based on the meaningful input of young people. The calendar of inaugural events is available here.

Solv[ED] is made possible by the generous support of our anchor funder, the Morgridge Family Foundation, as well as support from the Rieschel Foundation, and the Pozen Social Innovation Prize. 

"The next generation faces existential threats in an exponentially advancing world," said Carrie Morgridge, Vice President and Co-Founder of the Morgridge Family Foundation, "It's not enough to say we believe in young people; we need to invest in their ideas, leadership, and solutions today so they can create a better tomorrow." 

We also welcome our inaugural Solv[ED] Members, including: Anant National University, Antropia ESSEC, Firefly Innovations at City University of New York, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Learn with Leaders, T.A. Pai Management Institute, Universidad de los Andes, and Universidad Privada Peruano Alemana. Solv[ED] Members are like-minded organizations committed to supporting Solv[ED] participants becoming problem-solvers in their community and the world.

For more information and to sign up for ongoing updates about Solv[ED], read more here

About MIT Solve: 

Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a mission to solve world challenges. Solve is a marketplace for social impact innovation. Through open innovation Challenges, Solve finds incredible tech-based social entrepreneurs all around the world. Solve then brings together MIT’s innovation ecosystem and a community of Members to fund and support these entrepreneurs to help them drive lasting, transformational impact. Join Solve on this journey at solve.mit.edu.

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