MIT Solve 2016: The Program Focuses On Addressing The World's Most Dire Issues In It’s Second Year!By Vinay Patel, UniversityHerald Reporter
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology's Solve program divulged its preliminary schedule of activities for fall this year and spring 2017. Solve is an ongoing MIT-based program that aims to find solutions to some of the toughest challenges of our times.
The live meeting series centers on cultivating a community to discover, gauge; and promote technological solutions to global problems. Last year, MIT announced an array of prizes to take care of the deficiency of prospects as far as low-and-middle-income workers are concerned, TechnologyReview reported.
The live meeting series entitled, "Solve" was announced back in 2014 by the Cambridge-based private research university, MIT's President L. Rafael Reif. The program kick started last fall.
In his opening remarks, Reif noted that MIT is focused on "doing good for the world," and with the announcement of Solve, MIT intends to expedite positive change.
At its first extensive event, Solve brought change agents, policymakers, business leaders, philanthropists and technologists from around the globe in a bid to study and to concentrate on problems where smart policy, business innovation and technology could be combined and used to accomplish authentic and long-term changes, according to a post on MIT official website.
Following the event, teams have carried out steps on a number of problems, such as financing a comprehensive competition, eliminating hurdles to creating a safe, affordable new nuclear reactor design, and outlining a slew of projects in schools in Washington, Seattle, Haiti, South Africa; and Johannesburg.
Fuel, Learn, Cure and Make have been the four "pillars" of the Solve program. This year's program boasts five "challenges" within these pillars:
Carbon price: How can newly-introduced technologies be beneficial to put a price on carbon emissions along with other greenhouse gases?
Negative carbon emissions: To figure out ethical, economical and scalable methods to eliminate carbon dioxide from the environment.
Refugee education: Find ways to enhance learning in refugee camps in a bid to offer children a quality education.
Leveraging innovation: How to use tools such as mobile devices in order to help people with mental disorders including autism, schizophrenia, and dementia?
Inclusive innovation: Find ways to create a more productive, inclusive and sustainable economic future for everyone.
These challenges were set up by MIT faculty in collaboration with several thought leaders and domain experts. In years to come, challenges will be generated via an expansive community, such as nongovernmental organizations, industry leaders, crowd sourcing, external advisers and academia, and councils of experts choose challenges where progress seems feasible.
Solve is actively looking for suggestions for the challenges. The program invites participants from across the globe to take part in the process by simply joining its community.