Enter MIT Solve’s Initiative to Provide Architectural Solutions to World’s Challenges

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Every year, MIT’s Solve takes the initiative to every professional, and student round the world to provide a solution to some of the most painstaking challenges the planet faces today. This year, the challenge is provide solutions on four world issues. The due date for the submissions is fast approaching. All submissions need to be completed and submitted by July 1st, 2018.

Of the most importance to the architecture fraternity would be the challenge of addressing global warming and effects of climate change to coastal communities around the world. As time passes by, these communities which consist of upto 30% of humanity will need to continuously tackle the problem of sunken cities as water from the oceans penetrates their homes. Increased temperatures continue to be a growing problem. Architects have the responsibility to address this issue by providing architectural and tech solutions to curb the menace.

Nevertheless, all the four challenges facing coastal communities, frontlines of health, teachers and educators as well as work of the future need some creativity piured into the thinking. Architects and designers are highly creative professionals whose inptu would be very welcome in the initiative.

MIT’s Solve says there’s more than $650,000 in prize funding up for grabs! The categories are as follows:

  1. Coastal Communities: How can coastal communities mitigate and adapt to climate change while developing and prospering?
  2. Frontlines of Health: How can communities invest in frontline health workers and services to improve their access to effective and affordable care?
  3. Teachers and Educators: How can teachers and educators provide accessible, personalized, and creative learning experiences for all?
  4. Work of the Future: How can those most affected by the technology-driven transformations of work create productive and prosperous livelihoods for themselves?

If you’re interested in applying, here’s how the program works: Solve advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world’s most pressing problems. Solve issues four Challenges each year across its pillars — Economic Prosperity, Health, Learning, and Sustainability — to find the most promising Solver teams who will drive transformational change. Each Solver receives $10,000 from MIT Solve and opportunities for additional funding from the Solve community, including prizes from General Motors and the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation. Solve then deploys its global community of private, public, and nonprofit leaders to form partnerships these Solver teams need to scale their impact.

If you have a solution for Solve’s four new challenges, apply by July 1, 2018 at solve.mit.edu.

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Ian Mutuli is the Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He occasionally writes about startups and tech for The Press Farm. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.

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