Solve has launched its new challenges for 2017, which is a good base for wireless sensor network practitioners, researchers and IoT experts to showcase why the future belongs to us. According to MIT President Rafael Reif at Solve at MIT “As I look out on the world, I’m more certain than ever of the power and significance of the collaborative problem-solving global platform we call Solve,”. “In the two and a half years since we first announced Solve, it has evolved in important ways. As many of you know firsthand, since then Solve has launched specific, actionable challenges around refugee education, carbon contributions, chronic diseases, and inclusive innovation. In its first cycle, Solve attracted more than 400 solutions from more than 57 countries.”
Applications for those who have a solution to any of these challenges are due August 1. The challenges are:
- Brain Health: How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?
- Sustainable Urban Communities: How can urban communities increase their access to sustainable and resilient food and water sources?
- Women and Technology: How can women and girls of all socioeconomic backgrounds use technology to fully participate and prosper in the economy?
- Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future: How can disadvantaged youth learn the skills they need to prepare them for the workforce of the future and thrive in the 21st century?
Solve further announced three prizes for the 2017 challenges during Solve at MIT. Applicants for these challenges should be sure to opt in if they’re eligible.
- Atlassian Foundation International is pledging up to $1 million in grant funding for the Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future Challenge to selected Solvers from non-governmental organizations, nonprofits, social enterprises, academics, entrepreneurs, and for-profit organizations.
- The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is pledging up to $1 million in grant funding for the Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future Challenge to selected Solvers who will have an impact in developing countries across the Indo-Pacific.
- World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma is pledging to curate a mentorship prize for selected Solvers who propose solutions based in arts and culture to the four challenges.
Applicants who are selected as finalists will join the Solve Challenge Finals in New York City on Sept. 17 during the United Nations General Assembly Week. The Solve pitch session will take place in front of challenge judges, Solve members, and a live audience in New York.
“This is just the beginning of the community, of the marketplace, of the movement,” said Solve Executive Director Alex Amouyel during Solve at MIT. “And to truly realize the vision of Solve, we need you to continue the charge.”