Since launching the first Global Challenges in 2016, Solve Community Partnerships have contributed to our Solver teams’ work in more than 50 countries around the world.
Solve’s community of private, public, and nonprofit leaders has catalyzed vast support for the Solver teams. This includes more than $2 million in funding—in addition to mentorship, technical expertise, investment opportunities, media and conference exposure, and business and entrepreneurship training. The purpose of our marketplace is to create transformational partnerships that help the Solver teams scale their innovative solutions to Solve’s Global Challenges and improve the lives of billions of people around the world.
Solver Partnership: Fueling the Potential of Human Trafficking Survivors
Solver AnnieCannons teaches coding skills to survivors of human trafficking—but it can be hard to study on an empty stomach. Meanwhile, Solver Copia enables businesses to redistribute high-quality extra food to people in need. For the past several months, Copia has been delivering food to AnnieCannons, providing an additional level of support to students and their families. These two organizations are tightly aligned; they're both woman-led, using tech for social good, and working to eliminate misconceptions surrounding their recipients.
Arts and Culture Mentorship Curated by Yo-Yo Ma, Cellist
Arts and culture mentorship was awarded to Solver teams that leveraged arts and culture—from storytelling to music—to impact the lives of their beneficiaries. Within the Brain Health Challenge, the mentorship was awarded to a Solver team that proposed a non-medical intervention that used arts and culture to reduce stress and enhance brain fitness and resiliency among those living with cognitive impairment. Within the Women & Technology Challenge, the mentorship was awarded to two Solver teams that used arts and culture to motivate and inspire girls to learn tech skills and pursue careers in STEM fields. The three selected Solver teams were mentored by Yo-Yo Ma over the course of several months.
Solver Story on Timeless Founder Emma Yang
In her Solve application, Timeless founder Emma Yang cited three factors limiting her mobile app’s success: app awareness, app adoption, and the common stereotype that the elderly can’t use technology. To overcome these limitations, she needed exposure, backing from the Alzheimer's community, and connections in the neuroscience field.
As part of the Solve community, Yang has received much of the support she needs to scale Timeless. She’s made connections with field experts, business leaders, and app developers, and she’s gained strong publicity, raising app awareness through keynote speaking engagements at events such as Global Education & Skills Forum, SharpBrains Virtual Summit, and Misk Talk USA.
Yang also had the opportunity to participate in a Solve Brain Trust, a workshop in which leaders advise Solver teams on strategies for improving and scaling solutions. In Timeless’ Brain Trust, she received business and technical advice from a cohort of health, tech, and business experts. “Being a Solver is empowering,” said Yang. “With such diverse resources, this community truly drives impact.”
All solutions selected in Solve’s four 2018 Global Challenges received a $10,000 grant funded by Solve. Solver teams were selected by a panel of cross-sector judges at Solve Challenge Finals during UN General Assembly week in New York City on September 23, 2018.
In addition to Solve funding, Solver teams were awarded the following prizes and partnerships:
The General Motors Prize for Advanced Technologies
Four Solver solutions that deploy advanced technologies were chosen to receive grant funding provided by General Motors.
Selected Teachers & Educators solutions deploy advanced technologies to provide affordable and accessible training to educators, personalized learning for a diverse set of learners, or a holistic approach to teaching STEM. Selected Work of the Future solutions deploy advanced technologies to prepare current and future workforces for the transformations of work that lie ahead through improved economic security, career flexibility, or new income streams.
Artificial Intelligence for the Betterment of Humanity Prize
Solutions that use artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve the human condition were selected for this prize. This prize was made possible by the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and our global community through information technology. Four recipients of the Artificial Intelligence for the Betterment of Humanity Prize received an initial grant of $25,000 each. One of these Solver teams will be eligible for an additional grant of $100,000 to be announced at Solve at MIT in May 2019.
UN Women She Innovates Prize for Gender-Responsive Innovation
Solutions that are women-led or use innovation to advance the needs of women and girls were selected for this prize. This prize was founded by UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change. The grant was made possible by Citi, with additional support from SAP Next-Gen. One Solver team was the recipient of the UN Women She Innovates Prize for Gender-Responsive Innovation, and received a grant of $30,000.
- Recipients: Neopenda
RISE to Make $1 Million in Investment Funding Available for Resilient Infrastructure Solutions
In the Coastal Communities Challenge, solutions that address one of five resilience sub-topics might be eligible for a partnership with RISE. RISE's mission is to catalyze innovation and growth around creative solutions in the areas of sea-level rise, recurrent flooding, and economic resilience. Teams must be willing to demonstrate their solutions in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia, USA. RISE will provide eligible applicants access to data and background information for each sub-topic as well as access to regional subject matter experts. Qualifying teams from the Coastal Communities Solver class will have the opportunity to be considered for investment from RISE’s $1 million investment fund.
Save the Children Prize for Breakthrough Innovations for Children
Solutions that benefit children or youth in countries where Save the Children works were selected for the Save the Children Prize for Breakthrough Innovations for Children. Four Solver teams received a grant of $25,000 per solution and access to in-country Save the Children resources. This prize was made possible by Save the Children, which believes every child deserves a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm.
Teachers & Educators Prize
Six Solver teams were selected from the Teachers & Educators Challenge to receive a grant of $25,000 per solution. This prize is made possible by an anonymous donor.