MIT's new "Solve" event focused on future of technology to be curated by Agarwal & Brooks

MIT will convene technologists, philanthropists, business leaders, policymakers, and social-change agents Oct. 5-8, 2015, for the launch of “Solve,” an effort to galvanize these leaders to drive progress on complex, important global challenges that MIT has singled out as urgent and ripe for progress. 

Solve will organize challenges into four content pillars, identified by MIT as strategic targets for interdisciplinary research, problem solving, and collaboration:

  • Learn, curated by CSAIL principal investigator and ed X CEO Anant Agarwal, will focus on access to education, and digital and distance learning.
  • Make, curated by former CSAIL Director and Rethink Robotics CTO Rodney Brooks, will delve into manufacturing, global infrastructure, and the future of work.
  • Cure, curated by Phillip Sharp, Institute Professor at MIT and an affiliate of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, will examine the affordability of care, and advanced diagnostics and therapies.
  • Fuel, curated by Angela Belcher, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT, will focus on environmental sustainability, food and water security, and cleaner energy.

The curators will assemble challenge teams to address specific global issues in the developing and developed worlds, with short- and long-term goals for tackling pressing issues where serious progress is possible.

“Solving the world’s most pressing challenges depends in part on the kind of daring innovations and ideas that MIT is known for — and in fields from water, food, energy, and human health to innovation and education, our faculty are pioneering new answers,” MIT Provost Martin Schmidt says. “But lasting solutions to intractable human problems demand ambitious, sustained collaborative action, and require, from us, new ways of working with the world. Through Solve, we are connecting new ideas for action with people who, together, have the power to spark and accelerate meaningful change.”