Description: Solve seeks innovative, human-centered, tech-based solutions to Global Challenges. Their definition of “tech-based” is broad: in addition to AI, blockchain, and virtual reality, Solver teams have leveraged a plant-based fiber that absorbs oil spills, biodegradable sanitary pads, and user-friendly mobile. See website for more info on the diverse technologies used by Solver teams. The 2021 Global Challenges are: Antiracist Technology in the U.S.; Digital Inclusion; Equitable Classrooms; Health Security & Pandemics; and Resilient Ecosystems.
Award: Finalists will pitch their solutions to a panel of expert judges and an audience of 400+ leaders at Solve Challenge Finals in September during UN General Assembly Week in NYC. Selected solvers will join a supportive community of social impact leaders, funders, and experts to help advance their innovative work through Solve’s nine-month program; receive mentorship and strategic advice from Solve/MIT networks; attend the Solve at MIT flagship event in May; and receive access to funding. All solutions will receive a $10,000 grant. Additional prizes/funding are available for specific challenges. See website for more info.
Eligibility: Anyone (individuals, teams, organizations), anywhere around the world can submit a solution to Solve’s Global Challenges. Applicants from previous years and current/alumni Solver teams are welcome to apply. However, the proposed solution must be new and not one previously selected by Solve.
Deadline: 12 pm ET, June 16, 2021