The following email was sent today to the MIT community by Provost Martin Schmidt.
To the members of the MIT community,
I write to let you know about several upcoming events that belong to the overall effort known as "Solve," and to welcome you to attend the sessions that are of interest to you next week at Solve at HUBweek.
Last fall, during Boston's annual HUBweek festival, MIT launched its first Solve conference to bring together technologists, philanthropists, business leaders, policymakers, and change agents to address some of the world's most pressing challenges. Solve is envisioned as a live meeting series organized around four pillars: Fuel, Learn, Cure, and Make. The next major conference, Solve at MIT, will be held in May 2017. In preparation, we will hold a number of events at which potential solutions will be proposed and assessed.
Next week, we launch the first of these intermediate events with Solve at HUBweek, where teams of innovators will pitch solutions to challenges ranging from educating children in refugee camps to removing carbon from the atmosphere. Next spring, the teams with the best solutions will return to campus for Solve at MIT, where experts and influencers will help the finalists advance their proposals from idea to reality. You can read more on MIT News.
Solve at HUBweek will run from September 27 to 28 at the MIT Media Lab. Event and registration details can be found here, with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.
A few highlights:
Solve: Make, September 27, afternoon: How do we create a more inclusive, productive, and sustainable economic future for all?
MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition (IIC) Awards Ceremony, September 27, evening: A celebration of solutions that create greater economic opportunity across society
Solve: Learn, September 28, morning: An examination of opportunities for expanding access to a quality education
Solve: Fuel, September 28, afternoon: A discussion of challenges in energy, food, water, and sustainability
I also invite you to participate in the other exciting and creative activities planned for HUBweek, of which MIT is a proud sponsor. A collaboration with Harvard University, The Boston Globe, and Massachusetts General Hospital, HUBweek celebrates the region's innovative spirit through art, science, and technology. I am especially looking forward to Inside Kendall Square, an exploration of the most innovative square mile on the planet.
I hope you can find a way to participate.
Martin A. Schmidt