United Nations Academic Impact Partners with MIT Solve to Tackle Global Issues

Would you like the chance to pitch your innovative idea for how to solve one of the world's greatest challenges at the United Nations? Are you an inventor, technologist, entrepreneur, practitioner, or issue expert working on climate change, refugee education, or chronic diseases? Are you passionate about ensuring solutions to these challenges are affordable, implementable, and can reach the world's most at-risk populations, no matter who they are or where they live? If so, Solve needs your ideas!

Solve is an initiative of MIT aimed at developing and implementing real and lasting solutions to the world’s greatest challenges—from education and health, to energy and inequality. Its mission is to solve world challenges by unearthing the best solutions to specific actionable challenges through open innovation, building and convening a community of private, public, non-profit, and academic leaders to bring resources to bear, and supporting these solutions to become a reality by brokering partnerships between the Solve community members that drive real and lasting impact. By crowdsourcing solutions, Solve seeks to leverage the collective thinking and experience of people living in different communities around the world to surface fresh ideas that can be piloted and resourced in response to a series of specific prompts.

Solve at United Nations on March 7, 2017 is a collaboration with UN Academic Impact and supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through unearthing solutions which support their realization.

  • Solve’s current active challenges are:
  • Refugee Education: How can we improve learning outcomes for refugee and displaced young people under 24? (Goal 4) Click here to view the challenge.
  • Carbon Contributions: How can individuals and corporations manage and reduce their carbon contributions? (Goals 9, 12, 13 and 15) Click here to view the challenge.
  • Chronic Diseases: How can we help people prevent, detect and manage chronic diseases, especially in resources-limited settings? (Goal 3) Click here to view the challenge.

Solve would like your help sourcing solutions for these challenges!

If solutions are selected, finalists will be invited to pitch their solution at Solve at United Nations on March 7, 2017, which will bring together innovators with the most promising solutions to Solve’s Refugee Education, Carbon and Chronic Diseases challenges to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. Solvers selected during Solve at United Nations will move on to join the Solve community and present their solutions to leaders from the private, public, nonprofit, and academic sectors at Solve at MIT in May 2017!

Interested in participating? Click here. Have more questions? Click here. The deadline for application is January 20, 2017.

Carbon Contributions
Increasing population growth, rapid urbanization, and improving living standards mean the world has to double its energy and food supply by 2050, while also addressing the urgent challenges of climate change. Click here to share your best ideas on how individuals and corporations can monitor, manage, and mitigate their carbon contributions. Selected finalists will pitch their ideas at the United Nations on March 7, 2017!  

Refugee Education
Over 50 million children worldwide are refugees or migrants: for many, access to continuous, high-quality education is far from guaranteed. Click here to submit your solution for how to ensure youth under 24 have access to high-quality learning, no matter where they live. Selected finalists will pitch their ideas at the United Nations on March 7, 2017!

Chronic Diseases
Worldwide chronic diseases are responsible for 38 million deaths annually, almost 75% of which occur in low- and middle-income countries, costing countries trillions in direct care costs and lost productivity. Click to share your ideas on preventing, detecting and managing chronic diseases, especially in resources-limited settings. Selected finalists will pitch their ideas at the United Nations on March 7, 2017!

General Solve
Solving the greatest global challenges requires non-traditional thinking and collaboration across every sector, industry, and geography. Have a great idea for managing carbon emissions, providing education to refugees and displaced children, or preventing, detecting and managing chronic diseases? Visit to see how you can get involved. Selected finalists will pitch their ideas at the United Nations on March 7, 2017!

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