Are you 24 and under and passionate about making a positive impact in your community and the world? If yes, then apply for Youth Innovation Challenge.
Young people hold the empathy, power, and ingenuity to solve problems, in their communities, the world, and everywhere in between. Solv[ED] is designed to spark a sense of agency in young people aged 24 and under, encouraging, inspiring, and supporting them to become problem-solvers in their communities and the world.
- Learning includes, but is not limited to, solutions that are:
- Supporting access to high quality educational opportunities, including individuals in rural, remote or displaced communities
- Preparing underserved people to learn skills they need for the workforce
- Enabling teachers and educators to support student and/or adult learning
- Sustainability includes, but is not limited to, solutions that are:
- Reducing carbon emissions from organizations and communities, particularly through clean energy
- Helping communities adapt and build resilience to impacts of climate change such as extreme weather
- Creating goods that are renewable, repairable, reusable, and recyclable
- Promoting access to sustainable and resilient food and water sources for rural and/or urban communities
- Health includes, but is not limited to, solutions that are:
- Promoting physical and mental health
- Supporting access to effective and affordable healthcare in urban or rural communities
- Enabling the prevention, detection and management of illness, emerging pandemics and health security threats
- Promoting health equity; reducing and, ultimately, eliminating disparities in health
- Economic Prosperity includes, but is not limited to, solutions that are:
- Addressing the gaps in technological and digital literacy necessary to participate in a changing job market
- Creating pathways to upskill, reskill, and retrain workers, as well as connect them to the demands of employers
- Supporting access to platforms that support temporary, informal and freelance workers, helping provide stability, safety nets, and security
- Ensuring the inclusion and value of women, low-income and underserved communities in the creation of new technologies, jobs, or entire industries
- Provide tools and opportunities for equitable access to jobs, credit, and generational wealth creation for marginalized communities
The Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for you to submit your tech-based solution that:
- Improves learning opportunities and outcomes for learners across their lifetimes, from early childhood on
- Supports financial and economic opportunities for all
- Accelerates healthcare access and health outcomes, reducing and, ultimately, eliminating disparities in health
- Takes action to combat climate change and its impacts
- Addresses an unmet social, environmental, or economic need not covered in the four topics.
- The 10 most promising solutions will be selected by their judges as Solv[ED] Innovators. Over $200,000 is available in prize funding to share among selected Solv[ED] Innovators.
- In addition to prize funding, selected Solv[ED] Innovators will receive mentorship and coaching from members of the MIT and MIT Solve community.
- Anyone, anywhere around the world can submit a solution to the Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge if they are aged 24 and under.
For more information, visit https://solve.mit.edu/challenges/solv-ed-youth-innovation-challenge