MIT Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).In 2019, nearly 1,400 people from over 100 countries submitted solutions to Solve’s four Global Challenges. Past Solve Challenges include Work of the Future,Frontlines of Health, Coastal Communities,and Teachers & Educators.Solve's current advisors include Laurene Powell Jobs, Colin M. Angle, Megan Smith and Ursula M. Burns.Solve was born out of the office of MIT President L. Rafael Reif in 2015.Innovators and entrepreneurs of all backgrounds are invited to participate.
Each year, Solve announces new Global Challenges for which it seeks solutions.The first round of judging takes place once solution applications close. Solve staff screens all solutions submitted on its online open innovation platform and funnels strong applicants to the Challenge Leadership Group, a panel of industry leaders. The Challenge Leadership Group then selects finalists for each Challenge. Finalists are invited to a live pitch event where the most promising solutions are selected to make up that year's Solver class.Once selected, the Solver class gains access to Solve’s community. The Solve staff helps match-make between the Solver class and leaders from the tech industry, business, philanthropy, government, and civil society who seek partnerships and opportunities to implement ideas.