Solve at MIT 2023

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It’s easy to think that the challenges facing us today are insurmountable – that the issues are too big and complex, that we are too divided and gridlocked to actualize solutions at scale. Yet, year after year, the Solve community uncovers incredible entrepreneurs and innovators who are facing these issues head-on and making a real difference in their communities and the world. Join us for Solve at MIT 2023, May 4-6 on MIT Campus, along with 400 social impact leaders to get inspired, build partnerships, tackle global challenges in real-time, and celebrate progress.

About the Event

Solve at MIT is an inspiring, interactive three-day event that brings together our Solve community and cross-sectors leaders from around the world committed to solving global challenges. Over the course of the event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from leaders in social impact, connect with innovators looking to scale their solutions, form partnerships with like-minded individuals and organizations, and learn about the upcoming 2023 Global Challenges. 

Our annual Global Challenges are open to anyone, anywhere in the world. Through an open innovation platform, we source tech-based ideas, businesses, or products that solve urgent global problems. The most promising social entrepreneurs from across the world are chosen to join our Solver class in the areas of Economic Prosperity, Climate, Learning, and Health. Solve also selects a group of Indigenous Communities Fellows who are helping to make Native communities in the US thrive.

View the event schedule here

Want to join us for Solve at MIT?

Experience the magic of Solve at MIT from anywhere! Livestreamed plenary sessions will begin at the following times:

  • Opening Plenary: Unlocking our Collective Potential Thursday, May 4: 1:00pm ET
  • Morning Plenary: Ensuring a Just Transition to Net Zero Friday, May 5: 10:30am ET
  • Closing Plenary: Bringing us Together or Tearing us Apart? Saturday, May 6: 11:30am ET

Featured Speakers

Lewis Akenji

Managing Director, Hot or Cool Institute

Hina Baloch

Executive Director of Sustainability and Environment, General Motors

United States

Manish Bapna

President and CEO, National Resources Defense Council

Norhan M. Bayomi

postdoctoral research associate at the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative and Lead Research and Co-Lead of the MIT Climate Machine, MIT

Lynette Bell

President, Truist Foundation

Adam Bly

Founder and CEO, System

Heather Clancy

Vice President and Editorial Director, GreenBiz

Nighat Dad

Founder and Executive Director, Digital Rights Foundation

Kami Dar

Co-founder and CEO, Uniti Networks

Celina De Sola

Co-Founder & President, Glasswing International

Ellen Fitzsimmons

Chief Legal Officer & Head of Public Affairs, Truist

William Gumede

Founder and Executive Chairperson, Democracy Works Foundation

Adrianne Haslet

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor, Global Advocate for amputee rights

Jacquelyn Ingram

Midwife, global health advocate, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii

United States

Atif Javed

Executive Director, Tarjimly

United States

Nneka Jones


​Mariama Kabia

Digital Equity Accelerator Lead, Social Impact, HP

Sophia Kianni

US Representative, United Nations Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

Mtamu Kililo

CEO, MycoTile Ltd


Sangbae Kim

Director of the Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory and Professor of Mechanical Engineering , MIT

Janelle Knox-Hayes

Professor of Economic Geography and Planning, MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Sally Kornbluth

President, MIT

Kelly Levin

Chief of Science, Data and Systems Change, Bezos Earth Fund

Elizabeth McGovern

Trustee, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation; Founder and Executive Director, Trustee, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation; Founder and Executive Director, WEEMA International

United States

Aida Murad

Impact Artist & Entrepreneur

Amy Nordrum

Executive Editor, MIT Technology Review

Ms. Cheri Smith

MIT Solver & 2022 Indigenous Communities Fellow | President & CEO, Founder, Alliance for Tribal Clean Energy

United States

Kelsey Wirth

Co-Founder & Chair, Mothers Out Front

Beatie Wolfe


Whitney Wolfe Herd

Founder and CEO, Bumble

Emily Young

CEO and Founder, Moving Health

United States

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