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In the Media: Vice Impact Shows What It's Like to Pitch at MIT Solve

This March, we brought all of the finalists from our 2016 challenges to the United Nations to pitch their solutions. Vice Impact came to tell their story, see their solutions to global problems firsthand, and show what it’s like to pitch at Solve. 

Mohsin Mohi Ud Din is the Director of Storytelling Innovation at Ashoka’s Youth Venture. Applying to our 2016 Refugee Education Challenge, he was one of the finalists who came to the United Nations to pitch his solution, #MeWeSyria. Through story-telling, his solution engages refugees through a global network to increase social and emotional learning and civic engagement to counter violent extremism for children between the ages of 12 and 18. Mohsin believes that this process will help refugees improve their resilience and key change-making skills that are essential for survival.

When Vice Impact started following him, they could not have known that Mohsin would become a Solver. They followed him as he came to the United Nations. They showcased his emotional journey that day. They showed his pitch before our judges. And, they showed the moment he found out that his solution joined our 2016 class of Solver teams. Watch Vice Impact's short video in their tweet above, or find their full documentary here

Are you ready to compete for solving global challenges and become a Solver like Mohsin? Here’s what it takes to pitch at Solve and become a Solver:

  • Step 1: Apply to be a solver by submitting your solution on our website. Mohsin and #MeWeSyria applied to our Refugee Education challenge in 2016, and now we have four new challenges that are waiting for you: (1) Brain Health, (2) Sustainable Urban Communities, (3) Youth, Skills, and Workforce of the Future, and (4) Women and Technology
  • Step 2: After an initial screening by Solve staff, complete solutions go to our Challenge Leadership Groups for judging review based on alignment with the challenge, scalability, potential for impact, novelty, and feasibility.
  • Step 3: Once our judges make their selection, finalists will come to a Solve pitch event. This September for our 2017 challenges, we’re holding our pitch event in New York City during UN General Assembly week. Each finalist will have three minutes to pitch their solution to the panel of judges, Solve members, Solve staff, other finalists, media, and more. Then the judges will ask further questions of the finalists. Once the pitching is complete in each challenge, the judges will select the final Solver teams from the group. 
  • Step 4: We’ll announce our Solver teams. These Solver teams will join our community of leaders and changemakers with the resources, the expertise, the mentorship, and the know-how to help each solution pilot, implement, and scale. 

Sound like fun? Submit your solution by August 1st here.

Photo courtesy of Adam Schultz.


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