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Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge: an opportunity for you to submit your technology solution

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in your community and the world? If so, apply to the Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge.

Deadline: 24-Jan-2023

Name of donor:MIT Solve

Size of the grant:Not available

Category:Awards, prizes and challenges

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Priority area(s) of interest

They believe that young people have the empathy, power and ingenuity to solve problems in their communities, the world and everywhere else. Solv[ED] inspires a sense of agency in people aged 24 and under, encouraging, inspiring and helping them to solve problems. Solve[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge.

Young leaders like you are passionate about solving problems in your communities and in the world.

  • Prize funding is available to be shared among the 10 selected Solv[ED] innovators. The selected solutions will be announced in spring 2023 and invited to participate in Solve at MIT, which will take place in May 2023. Each of the 10 selected teams will receive at least 5,000 $ in prize money and will have the opportunity to receive follow-up funding. In addition to prize funding, the selected Solv[ED] innovators will receive mentoring and other support from the MIT Solve community.
Areas of intervention
  • The Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge is your opportunity to submit your technological solution that :
    • Improves learning opportunities and outcomes for learners throughout their lives, from early childhood (apprenticeship).
    • Supports financial and economic opportunities for all (economic prosperity).
    • Accelerates access to health care and health outcomes, reducing and ultimately eliminating health disparities (Health).
    • Takes action to combat climate change and its impacts (sustainability).
    • Addresses an unmet social, environmental or economic need that is not covered in the four dimensions above.
  • The Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge welcomes submissions that address one of the four Solve pillars: learning, health, sustainability and economic prosperity. In addition, we welcome solutions that address an unmet social, environmental or economic need not covered by the four pillars, see more on this below.
  • Learning includes, but is not limited to, solutions that are :
    • Supporting access to high quality educational opportunities, including those living in rural, remote and displaced communities
    • Preparing the underserved for the skills they need for the workforce
    • To enable teachers and educators to support student and/or adult learning
  • Sustainability includes, but is not limited to, the following solutions
    • Reducing carbon emissions from organisations and communities, particularly through clean energy.
    • Helping communities to adapt and build resilience to the impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather.
    • Create renewable, repairable, reusable and recyclable goods.
    • Promote access to sustainable and resilient sources of food and water for rural and/or urban communities.
  • Health includes, but is not limited to, the following solutions
    • Promote physical and mental health.
    • Support access to effective and affordable health care in urban and rural communities.
    • To enable the prevention, detection and management of diseases, emerging pandemics and health security threats.
    • promote health equity; reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities.
  • Economic prosperity includes, but is not limited to, solutions that are :
    • Addressing the technological and digital literacy gaps needed to participate in a changing labour market.
    • Create pathways to upgrade skills, retrain and re-skill workers, and connect them to employer demands.
    • Support access to platforms that support temporary, informal and self-employed workers, helping to ensure stability, safety nets and security.
    • Ensure 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 marginalised communities.
Eligibility criteria
  • Are you 24 years old or younger? Whoever you are, wherever you are in the world, then they want to hear about your solution!

For more information, visitthe Youth Innovation Challenge site.

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