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MIT Solve

Solve's 2019 Global Challenges

Dear Solve Community,

I am thrilled to announce the launch of Solve’s 2019 Global Challenges:

  1. Circular Economy: How can people create and consume goods that are renewable, repairable, reusable, and recyclable?
  2. Community-Driven Innovation: How can citizens and communities create and improve social inclusion and shared prosperity?
  3. Early Childhood Development: How can all children under five develop the critical learning and cognitive skills they need to reach their full potential?
  4. Healthy Cities: How can urban residents design and live in environments that promote physical and mental health?
Over the past six months, we’ve consulted more than 500 leaders and experts, hosted 14 Challenge Design Workshops in eight countries, and collected more than 30,000 votes through Solve’s open innovation platform to gain input on these Challenges. 

Solve now seeks solutions from tech-based innovators around the world, and anyone can submit a solution by the July 1 deadline. Finalists will be invited to pitch their solutions at Solve Challenge Finals on September 22, 2019 in New York City during UN General Assembly Week. 

Our esteemed Challenge Leaders will select the most promising solutions to form the 2019 Solver Class, and Solve will then deploy its global community of cross-sector leaders to build the partnerships needed to scale their work.

Selected Solver teams will join a supportive community of peers, funders, and experts to help advance their work; receive mentorship and strategic advice from Solve and MIT networks; attend Solve at MIT, our flagship event in May 2020; and receive a $10,000 grant from Solve—as well as access to significant additional prize funding from our partners.

In the last two years, Solve’s community has committed more than $7 million in funding to Solver teams, in addition to in-kind support such as mentorship, technical expertise, media and conference exposure, and business and entrepreneurship training.

Here’s how you can get involved:
  1. If you have a relevant solution, apply here.
  2. Spread the word: you can find our social media packet here for sample posts.
  3. To support or help develop solutions, host a Solveathon!
If you have a relevant solution, I hope you’ll apply.

Happy Solving!

Alex Amouyel
Executive Director
MIT Solve



To help current and future Solver teams, donate to MIT Solve.
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