Global Challenges

MIT Solve’s Global Challenges seek social entrepreneurs who are using technology to solve today’s most pressing problems.

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MIT Solve’s Global Challenges seek social entrepreneurs who are using technology to solve today’s most pressing problems. Those selected as a Solver team join our nine-month support program, receive access to funding in grants and investments, join a powerful network of impact-minded leaders, receive coaching and strategic advice from experts, and gain exposure in the media, among many other benefits.

Solve’s 2023 Global Challenges are:

  1. Financial Inclusion

  2. Health in Fragile Contexts

  3. Learning for Civic Action

  4. Climate Adaption & Low-Carbon Housing

  5. As part of the Global Challenges, Solve is also opening applications for the sixth annual Indigenous Communities Fellowship, which looks for Indigenous innovators in the US and Canada.

 

US Equity and Indigenous Communities Work

For its second year, Solve will select a small cohort of entrepreneurs among the 2023 Solver Class to join the Black & Brown Innovators in the US Program. The program offers culturally-responsive support and partnership opportunities, and selected teams will participate in our annual US Equity Summit. 

Over the past six years, Solve has received 9,600+ solutions from 160 countries. We’re now proud to support 268 Solver teams selected over the years, who have collectively affected over 160 million lives. These teams are 62% women-led and headquartered in 56 different countries.

Join us in supporting these inspiring innovators. Contact cara.scarnati@solve.mit.edu to learn more about prize funding opportunities.

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Financial Inclusion Challenge

How can we provide financially excluded individuals and small enterprises with the tools they need to withstand financial shocks and build wealth?

Learning for Civic Action Challenge

How can all people learn about and take civic action to improve their communities and the world?

Climate Adaptation & Low-Carbon Housing Challenge

How can communities adapt to more extreme weather and create low-carbon housing for all?

Health in Fragile Contexts Challenge

How can we build resilience in health systems and maintain access to care despite destabilizing events?

2023 Indigenous Communities Fellowship

How are Indigenous innovators in the US and Canada building upon traditional knowledge and technology to meet the social, environmental, and economic goals of their communities?

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Application Clinics

MIT Solve | 2023 Global Challenges Application Clinic

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Anyone, anywhere can apply to Solve's Global Challenges! This session is your opportunity to learn more about: MIT Solve, the benefits of...

MIT Solve | 2023 Global Challenges Application Clinic

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Anyone, anywhere can apply to Solve's Global Challenges! This session is your opportunity to learn more about: MIT Solve, the benefits of...

MIT Solve | Indigenous Communities Fellowship Community Engagement Clinic

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MIT Solve | 2023 Global Challenges Application Clinic (En Español)

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MIT Solve | 2023 Global Challenges Application Clinic

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Anyone, anywhere can apply to Solve's Global Challenges! This session is your opportunity to learn more about: MIT Solve, the benefits of...

MIT Solve | 2023 Global Challenges Application Clinic

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Anyone, anywhere can apply to Solve's Global Challenges! This session is your opportunity to learn more about: MIT Solve, the benefits of...

MIT Solve | Indigenous Communities Fellowship Community Engagement Clinic

Learn more about Solve's Global Challenges here!

See Event Details

Come join Solve staff to learn about the 2023 Indigenous Communities Fellowship! This session is your opportunity to learn more about: MIT...

MIT Solve | 2023 Global Challenges Application Clinic

Learn more about applying to a Global Challenge

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Anyone, anywhere can apply to Solve's Global Challenges! This session is your opportunity to learn more about: MIT Solve, the benefits of...

MIT Solve | 2023 Global Challenges Application Clinic

Learn more about applying to a Global Challenge

See Event Details

Anyone, anywhere can apply to Solve's Global Challenges! This session is your opportunity to learn more about: MIT Solve, the benefits of...

MIT Solve | Indigenous Communities Fellowship Community Engagement Clinic

Learn more about Solve's Global Challenges here!

See Event Details

Come join Solve staff to learn about the 2023 Indigenous Communities Fellowship! This session is your opportunity to learn more about: MIT...

MIT Solve | Indigenous Communities Fellowship Community Engagement Clinic

Learn more about Solve's Global Challenges here!

See Event Details

Come join Solve staff to learn about the 2023 Indigenous Communities Fellowship! This session is your opportunity to learn more about: MIT...

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Do you have a solution to a global problem? Apply to Solve's Global Challenges, which are open to anyone, anywhere in the world between February to March each year. If our Challenges are not open right now, sign up for our email newsletter below to receive the latest updates.

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2022 Global Challenges

The Care Economy

How can we make giving and receiving care accessible, affordable, and valued for all?

2023 Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge

Presented with Solv[ED]

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in your community and the world? If your answer is “yes!,” we want to hear about your solution.

Re-engaging Learners

How can we bridge learning gaps for the most underserved children and youth between the ages of 5 and 18 so they can thrive and succeed?

2022 Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge

Presented with Solv[ED]

Are you 24 and under and passionate about making a positive impact in your community and the world? If your answer is “yes!,” we want to hear about your solution.

Climate: Ecosystems + Housing

How might communities protect high-carbon ecosystems and create low-carbon housing for all?

Equitable Health Systems

How can we build affordable, accessible, and high-quality health systems that serve everyone, everywhere?

2022 Indigenous Communities Fellowship

Presented with shift7

How can Native innovators in the US build upon traditional knowledge and technology to meet the social, environmental, and economic goals of their communities?

Past Challenges: Open for Partnerships

Antiracist Technology in the US

How can communities of color use technology to advance racial equity and access economic opportunity, health, and safety?

Digital Inclusion

How can everyone have access to the digital economy?

Good Jobs & Inclusive Entrepreneurship

How can marginalized populations access and create good jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves?

Community-Driven Innovation

How can citizens and communities create and improve social inclusion and shared prosperity?

Work of the Future

How can those most affected by the technology-driven transformations of work create productive and prosperous livelihoods for themselves?

Women & Technology

How can women and girls of all socioeconomic backgrounds use technology to fully participate and prosper in the economy?

Inclusive Innovation

How do we create a more inclusive, productive, and sustainable economic future for all?

Equitable Classrooms

How can all young learners have access to quality, safe, and equitable learning environments?

Learning for Girls & Women

How can marginalized girls and young women access quality learning opportunities to succeed?

Early Childhood Development

How can all children under five develop the critical learning and cognitive skills they need to reach their full potential?

Teachers & Educators

How can teachers and educators provide accessible, personalized, and creative learning experiences for all?

Youth, Skills, & 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?

Refugee Education

How can we improve learning outcomes for refugees and displaced people under 24?

Resilient Ecosystems

How can communities sustainably protect, manage, and restore their local ecosystems?

Sustainable Food Systems

How can we produce and consume low-carbon, resilient, and nutritious food?

Circular Economy

How can people create and consume goods that are renewable, repairable, reusable, and recyclable?

Coastal Communities

How can coastal communities mitigate and adapt to climate change while developing and prospering?

Sustainable Urban Communities

Presented with Climate CoLab

How can urban communities increase their access to sustainable and resilient food and water sources?

Carbon Contributions

How can individuals and corporations manage and reduce their carbon contributions?

Health Security & Pandemics Challenge

How can communities prepare for, detect, and respond to emerging pandemics and health security threats?

2020 Health Security & Pandemics

How can communities around the world prepare for, detect, and respond to emerging pandemics and health security threats?

Maternal & Newborn Health

How can every woman, new mother, and newborn access the care they need to survive and thrive?

Healthy Cities

How can urban residents design and live in environments that promote physical and mental health?

Frontlines of Health

How can communities invest in frontline health workers and services to improve their access to effective and affordable care?

Brain Health

How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?

Chronic Diseases

How can we help people prevent, detect and manage chronic diseases, especially in resources-limited settings?

2021 Indigenous Communities Fellowship

Presented with shift7

How can Native innovators in the US use traditional knowledge and technology to meet the social, environmental, and economic goals of their communities?

2020 Indigenous Communities Fellowship

Presented with shift7

How can Native innovators in the US use traditional knowledge and technology to drive social, environmental, and economic impact in their communities?

2019 Indigenous Communities Fellowship

Presented with shift7

Native-led solutions that use traditional knowledge and technology to create sustainable and prosperous livelihoods for Indigenous communities

Oceti Sakowin Solve Fellowship

Presented with shift7

How can tribal communities advance renewable energy, food, or water access and contribute to economic prosperity and sovereignty?

 
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