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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Headline Solve at MIT

PM Justin Trudeau

Last week, MIT News reported that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will headline this year’s Solve at MIT, the flagship event of MIT Solve, which will take place May 16-18. All are invited to watch the plenary session live.


Other speakers at this year’s Solve event include:

  • Eric Schmidt, technical advisor and board member of Alphabet
  • Ursula Burns, chairman of the Supervisory Board at VEON and the first female African American CEO of a Fortune 500 company
  • Yo-Yo Ma, cellist and curator of the MIT Solve Arts and Culture Mentorship Prize
  • Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code


MIT Solve was created in 2015 to develop a “global marketplace for social impact innovation.” The organization issues four challenges yearly across the following themes: Economic Prosperity, Health, Learning, and Sustainability. Two of the four 2018 Challenges directly relate to J-WEL's focus areas: Work of the Future and Teachers and Educators. The Work of the Future Challenge “aims to find and support tech-based solutions that can ensure those left behind by the technological transformations of work can fully participate in and profit from the new opportunities these transformations create.” The Teachers and Educators Challenge aims to identify solutions that will “support teachers and educators to better provide accessible, personalized, and creative learning experiences for all.”

Innovators from any nationality or industry are invited to submit solutions. After the most promising ideas are selected, Solve convenes leaders to partner with Solve teams, allowing them to scale their ideas and create transformational change worldwide. Commenting on MIT Solve, Prime Minister Trudeau said the following: "We live in a time of tremendous change and face challenges global in scale. Finding solutions shaped across borders, involving every generation, is imperative. I look forward to visiting the United States to speak with graduates and those at the forefront of innovation to look at what we can — and must — do to build a better tomorrow for future generations."

Solutions for both the Work of the Future and Teachers and Educators challenges, along with several others, are being accepted until July 1, 2018.