Launch a Custom Challenge
Design and launch your own innovation challenge on MIT Solve’s award-winning open innovation platform
Looking to launch your own innovation challenge? Our team will work with you to understand your organization’s social impact objectives and design an innovation challenge tailored to meet your goals through our proven methodology, global community, and award-winning open innovation platform with more than 140,000 active registered users.
Contact Sara Monteabaro, Director, Strategic and Partner Programs, to learn more about our packages and the support that Solve provides.
Solve’s Open Innovation Platform
Solve’s award-winning open innovation platform was designed based on 10 years of research conducted by the Climate CoLab, a project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, which studies how people and computers can be connected so that collectively, they can act more intelligently than any one person, group, or computer has ever done before.
Anyone, anywhere in the world can submit a solution to open innovation challenges hosted on Solve’s platform. Users may also comment and vote on published solutions. All judging is completed inside the platform, with solutions assigned to specific judges to review and evaluate.
The Solve Community
Launching a challenge with Solve gives you access to our global community of innovative Solver teams as well as Members and partners from the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors. We’ll leverage our community to support your challenge from start to finish, from challenge crowdsourcing and promotion to workshops, judging, events, and more.
You'll also have the opportunity to host Solveathon and Challenge Design workshops—design-thinking workshops led by experienced Solve facilitators—and attend our annual flagship events Solve Challenge Finals and Solve at MIT, which convene 400-500 social impact leaders, technologists, executives, and industry experts to solve the world's most pressing problems.
The World Bank ID4D Mission Billion Challenge
The World Bank's Identification for Development (ID4D) Initiative used Solve’s platform and methodology to launch the Mission Billion Challenge powered by MIT Solve. In its first year, the Mission Billion Challenge crowdsourced solutions for practical and cost-effective ‘privacy by design’ features that could be embedded into digital identification systems in countries that are growing. The Mission Billion Challenge received 175 solution submissions from 56 countries and distributed a total of $100,000 in prize funding to the challenge winners.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity Global Maker Challenges
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity partnered with Solve and eight UN agencies to launch the Global Maker Challenges, four challenges that offered an opportunity for makers and innovators to solve real-world problems using advanced manufacturing technologies. The challenges addressed the following topics: Sustainable Energy, Rural Transformation and Zero Hunger, Digital Divide and Digital Literacy, and Sustainable Cities. In year one, the Global Maker Challenges received over 1,100 solution submissions and winners and finalists received a total of $520,000 in prize funding.
Photo: Yann Macherez / World Bank ID4D