at MIT

Annual Flagship Event

Schedule

Monday, May 08, 2017

03:30 pm to 05:00 pm

Does technology still create more opportunity than it destroys?

Technological advancements such as the steam engine, washing machine, and electric lighting have historically created significant global opportunities and progress for both individuals and businesses. While technological innovations have increased jobs, productivity, and incomes, they have also created negative disruptions - for example, eliminating jobs in agriculture – and many benefits have not been realized equally by all people. As the pace of innovation continues to increase with further automation, robotics and artificial intelligence, the critical question becomes whether technology today is destroying more opportunity, jobs, and livelihoods than it creates, and whether this is a temporary or permanent trend. How can businesses, governments, and individuals limit the harmful disruption caused by technological advancement and further amplify their benefits?

Join Solve for this opening plenary as our panelists debate whether technology today is creating or destroying opportunity and equality. In addition, the panel will consider:

  • How can we continue to invest in technological advancements, especially the ones that solve big, bold global challenges such as climate change and food security, without critically disrupting jobs and livelihoods?
  • How can the benefits of new technology, such as genomics and big data, be enjoyed by all?
  • How can businesses and governments encourage technological innovation and create programs that limit negative disruptions to the labor market, and even increase the employability and wages of workers – particularly for those in sectors most at risk of automation?
  • What are the ethical and moral implications that businesses, governments, and consumers need to consider for their innovations?

Featured Speakers

L. Rafael Reif

President, MIT

Speakers

Erik Brynjolfsson

Schussel Family Professor & Director, MIT - Sloan School of Management, MIT - Initiative on the Digital Economy

05:00 pm to 06:30 pm

Networking Reception

Opportunity to meet and greet Solvers

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

08:00 am to 09:00 am

Breakfast

09:00 am to 10:30 am

Plenary Session: How can we design stronger, smarter cities globally?

From ancient Rome to present-day Nairobi, cities have served as hubs of global progress. They account for nearly 70% of the world’s current GDP, and offer opportunities to foster resource efficiency and economic development. Urbanization, however, presents significant challenges – for example, nearly 29% of city dwellers worldwide currently live in slums, typically lacking basic services such as clean water and adequate housing. If we want to eliminate urban slums while greening our skyscrapers, or reduce resource inefficiency while improving infrastructure and basic service delivery, then we must revolutionize how cities are designed, rebuilt, and planned.

Join Solve for this plenary as our panelists discuss how businesses, governments, and individuals alike can rethink conventional urban design models and increase resilient and smart city planning efforts by:

  • Leveraging technology to mitigate climate change – for example, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.
  • Improving modes of transportation for all city dwellers, and ensuring that they are clean, reliable, accessible, and affordable.
  • Increasing investment for solutions that deliver basic services to slum and informal settlements, such as clean water, sanitation, and education.

Featured Speakers

Amar Hanspal

Chief Product Officer & Interim Co-CEO, Autodesk

Speakers

Thierry Déau

Founding Partner & CEO, Meridiam

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Working Group: Chronic Diseases

How can we help people prevent, detect and manage chronic diseases, especially in resources-limited settings?

Solvers

Dr. Gavin Armstrong

Founder & CEO, Lucky Iron Fish

Nick Gogerty

Chief Technology Officer, Healthcoin

Malena Gonzalez

Co-Founder, NutriCount Inc.

Abhinav Khare

Graduate Research Assistant, University at Buffalo

Shailesh Prithani

Co-Founder & CEO, Doxper

Teemu Suna

CEO & Co-Founder, Nightingale Health Ltd.

Dr. Reza Yavari

Board Certified Endocrinologist, Founder & CEO, Beyond Care

Nirinjan Yee

CEO, BreathResearch

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Working Group: Inclusive Innovation

How do we create a more inclusive, productive, and sustainable economic future for all?

Solvers

Majora Carter

Founder & CEO, Startup Box

Mariana Costa Checa

Co-Founder & CEO, Laboratoria

Brenna Nan Schneider

Founder & CEO, 99Degress

Ella Peinovich

Founder, Soko

Liisa Petrykowska

Founder & CEO, Ignitia

Augusto Ruiz-Tagle

Co-Founder, Destacame

Richard Wang

CEO, Coding Dojo

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Working Group: Refugee Education

How can we improve learning outcomes for refugees and displaced people under 24?

Solvers

Gail Anderson

Teacher, Dock Mennonite Academy High School, rPartners

Lucrezia Bisignani

Founder & CEO, Kukua

Mehemed Bougsea

Head of Strategy and Business Development, Kiron Open Higher Education

Rama Chakaki

Co-founder, VIP.fund

Jacqui Jorgeson

Associate Director, The Schoolbox Project

Mohsin Mohi Ud Din

Director of Storytelling Innovation, Ashoka’s Youth Venture

Richard R. Rowe

Chair & CEO, Open Learning Exchange, Inc.

Chrystina Russell

Vice President for Global Engagement, Southern New Hampshire University

Katie Zaniboni

Volunteer, The Refugee Project, Team Up 2 Teach

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Working Group: Carbon Contributions

How can individuals and corporations manage and reduce their carbon contributions? 

Speakers

Ernest J. Moniz

Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems Emeritus, Special Advisor to the MIT President, MIT

Solvers

Simon Black

Frank Knox Fellow, Harvard University

Ed Cullinan

Senior Engineer, Research and Innovation, ATCO Pipelines and Liquids

Adam Flynn

Chief Technology Officer, ForeLight Inc.

Mike Hands

Founder & Director, Inga Foundation

Kyle Kornack

Executive Director, Global Citizens Imperative

Kevin Kung

PhD Student, Engineering, MIT, Safi Organics

Mike Stanley

Founder & CEO, Transit X

12:30 pm to 02:00 pm

Networking Lunch

02:00 pm to 03:30 pm

Working Group: Chronic Diseases

How can we help prevent, detect and manage chronic diseases, especially in resources-limited settings?

Solvers

Dr. Gavin Armstrong

Founder & CEO, Lucky Iron Fish

Nick Gogerty

Chief Technology Officer, Healthcoin

Malena Gonzalez

Co-Founder, NutriCount Inc.

Abhinav Khare

Graduate Research Assistant, University at Buffalo

Shailesh Prithani

Co-Founder & CEO, Doxper

Teemu Suna

CEO & Co-Founder, Nightingale Health Ltd.

Dr. Reza Yavari

Board Certified Endocrinologist, Founder & CEO, Beyond Care

Nirinjan Yee

CEO, BreathResearch

02:00 pm to 03:30 pm

Working Group: Inclusive Innovation

How do we create a more inclusive, productive, and sustainable economic future for all?

Solvers

Majora Carter

Founder & CEO, Startup Box

Mariana Costa Checa

Co-Founder & CEO, Laboratoria

Brenna Nan Schneider

Founder & CEO, 99Degress

Ella Peinovich

Founder, Soko

Liisa Petrykowska

Founder & CEO, Ignitia

Augusto Ruiz-Tagle

Co-Founder, Destacame

Richard Wang

CEO, Coding Dojo

02:00 pm to 03:30 pm

Working Group: Refugee Education

How can we improve learning outcomes for refugees and displaced people under 24?

Solvers

Gail Anderson

Teacher, Dock Mennonite Academy High School, rPartners

Lucrezia Bisignani

Founder & CEO, Kukua

Mehemed Bougsea

Head of Strategy and Business Development, Kiron Open Higher Education

Rama Chakaki

Co-founder, VIP.fund

Jacqui Jorgeson

Associate Director, The Schoolbox Project

Mohsin Mohi Ud Din

Director of Storytelling Innovation, Ashoka’s Youth Venture

Richard R. Rowe

Chair & CEO, Open Learning Exchange, Inc.

Chrystina Russell

Vice President for Global Engagement, Southern New Hampshire University

Katie Zaniboni

Volunteer, The Refugee Project, Team Up 2 Teach

02:00 pm to 03:30 pm

Working Group: Carbon Contributions

How can individuals and corporations manage and reduce their carbon contributions?

Solvers

Simon Black

Frank Knox Fellow, Harvard University

Ed Cullinan

Senior Engineer, Research and Innovation, ATCO Pipelines and Liquids

Adam Flynn

Chief Technology Officer, ForeLight Inc.

Mike Hands

Founder & Director, Inga Foundation

Kyle Kornack

Executive Director, Global Citizens Imperative

Kevin Kung

PhD Student, Engineering, MIT, Safi Organics

Mike Stanley

Founder & CEO, Transit X

04:00 pm to 05:30 pm

Plenary Session: How can we get rural communities connected for opportunity?

Approximately 3.4 billion people globally live in rural communities, the majority in developing and emerging countries. Rural communities account for 75% of the world’s poor, with limited access to basic services including education, health, and finance. Many lack reliable mobile and internet connectivity, and therefore critical access to information services. Despite this, rural markets have steadily flourished in countries such as Mexico and South Africa, and many rural parts of Asia have experienced rising wages and increased purchasing power. Further, investing in and boosting the yields and incomes of the 500 million smallholder farmers in the world – the majority of whom are women – is essential to ensure we can feed the growing population, estimated at 10 billion people by 2050. Rural populations are incredibly resilient and resourceful, and by enabling their talent and ingenuity to flourish, they can themselves create the solutions needed for greater prosperity.

For this plenary our speakers will explore how businesses, governments, and individuals alike can support innovation in rural communities by exploring how to:

  • Invest in connectivity – boosting mobile and high speed internet coverage to allow rural communities to access information, financial services, and global markets.
  • Support smallholder farmers to increase both the yield and nutritional value of their crops, as well as fair market access.

Featured Speakers

Ursula M. Burns

Chairman, Xerox Corporation

Speakers

Anurudh Ganesan

Co-Founder & CEO, Vaccine Innovations Inc.

05:30 pm to 07:00 pm

Networking Reception

Network with Solvers and Solve community members

07:15 pm to 09:00 pm

Jeffersonian Dinners

Intimate thematic dinners at various locations

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

08:00 am to 09:00 am

Breakfast

09:00 am to 10:30 am

Plenary Session: How can we harness talent and ingenuity everywhere to solve global challenges?

Our planet is full of bold thinkers and even bolder ideas. Humans today are more inter-connected than ever before, and yet, the ideas and talent of the 7 billion people living on this Earth have far from been utilized to their full potential. Solving the world’s seemingly intractable challenges, requires the participation of all humankind – from high school students, one of whom has developed a potential method for detecting the early stages of pancreatic cancer, to a refugee who has created a school that educates hundreds of girls in a refugee camp. To unearth the next Einstein, we must reach out to all talent globally and give them the resources to participate in solving the challenges of their communities and the challenges of the world. 

For this plenary, our speakers will explore how businesses, governments, and individuals alike can:

  • Support inclusive approaches to innovation - such as open innovation, co-creation, and crowd-sourcing – and democratize the ways in which solutions are developed to tackle global problems.
  • Enable those living in resource-limited settings to access education and information, to develop their talents and participate in solutions-building.
  • Ensure the equal participation of women and underserved populations in inclusive innovation, breaking down the barriers that prevent full participation and access to technology.

Speakers

Besan Abu-Joudeh

Co-Founder & CEO, BuildPalestine

Deborah Berebichez

Chief Data Scientist, Discovery Channel TV Host, Metis, Outrageous Acts of Science

Fawn Qiu

Founder, Make Anything

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Working Group: Education

Working group focused on Education. 

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Working Group: Health

Working group focused on Health.

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Working Group: Economic Prosperity

Working group focused on economic prosperity. 

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Working Group: Sustainability

Working group focused on Sustainability. 

12:30 pm to 02:00 pm

Networking Lunch

02:00 pm to 03:30 pm

Working Group: Education

Working group focused on Education. 

02:00 pm to 03:30 pm

Working Group: Health

Working group focused on Health. 

02:00 pm to 03:30 pm

Working Group: Economic Prosperity

Working group focused on Economic Prosperity. 

02:00 pm to 03:30 pm

Working Group: Sustainability

Working group focused on Sustainability. 

04:00 pm to 05:30 pm

Closing Plenary: Fast-forward, what might the world look like in 2050?

Mahatma Gandhi once said that “the future depends on what you do today.” Our current ideas and innovations will shape the world of tomorrow. Technology in particular will drastically alter the lives of the expected 10 billion people on Earth by 2050: for example, it is predicted that 90% of the global population will be covered by mobile broadband networks by 2020, and that renewable energy sources could adequately supply up to 80% of total U.S. energy generation by 2050. With promising developments on the horizon, how can we seize the opportunities present and leverage the accelerating power of technology to address remaining challenges and achieve a more equitable, sustainable, healthy, and prosperous Earth by 2050?

For this plenary our speakers will discuss how businesses, governments, and individuals alike can:

  • Imagine the world of tomorrow, and make the right investments today to support its promise.
  • Support interventions that reflect long-term thinking, prevention, and greater risk-taking in solution-building across all sectors, rather than focusing on short-term election cycles, profitability and impact.
  • Increase R&D for technologies that will redefine health, education, and resource use as we know it – from robotics in telehealth services to distance learning tools for rural communities.

Speakers

Jason Pontin

Editor in Chief & Publisher, MIT Technology Review

07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Jeffersonian Dinners

Intimate thematic dinners at various locations