Announcing the Launch of the Solutions Exchange Summit: A Global Collaboration between The Resolution Project and MIT Solve

New York, NY., September 17th, 2018—The Solutions Exchange Summit (SolEx), a new collaboration between The Resolution Project and MIT Solve, a marketplace for social impact innovation, will be a groundbreaking two-day program, immediately preceding United Nations General Assembly Week and Solve Challenge Finals. SolEx will convene two global communities of social innovators for an exchange of resources, learnings, and partnerships to create effective solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

On September 21st and 22nd, 60 Resolution Fellows from around the world will be joined by 60 finalists from MIT Solve’s 2018 Challenge Finals, as well as social sector leaders, investors, and corporate partners. Participants will focus on knowledge sharing, partnership acceleration, individual skills development, and community building.

The Summit will feature programming that is aligned with Resolution Fellow’s global work and with MIT Solve’s 2018 Global Challenges: Coastal Communities, Frontlines of Health, Teachers & Educators, and Work of the Future.  Event attendees will also participate in solution sessions, Challenge Design Workshops, team building exercises, and individual coaching sessions.

“After a decade of traveling all around the world to source and subsequently support some of the best and brightest young social entrepreneurs, it is now time to bring a cohort of Resolution Fellows together in New York City to provide a forum for meaningful collaboration, learning, and resource exchange,” said Oliver Libby, Chair and Co-Founder of The Resolution Project. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with MIT Solve on this momentous occasion—our respective communities of changemakers are extremely well-aligned and are poised to unleash some much-needed solutions to challenges they each see in their respective communities.”

“We are excited to collaborate with The Resolution Project—and to convene two leading groups of tech entrepreneurs who are tackling the world’s greatest Challenges,” said Alex Amouyel, Executive Director of MIT Solve. “This year, Solve received 1,150 solutions from more than 110 countries—and 50% of those applicants are women. We’ve narrowed down the pool to 60 promising finalists and we’re thrilled to bring this group to the Resolution Project for two days of thought-provoking programming to advance such important work to kick off UN General Assembly week.”

A full event program can be found here.

Program participants include:

  • Uzodinma Iweala, award-winning writer, filmmaker, medical doctor, and CEO of The Africa Center in New York.
  • Prabhjot Singh, Chair, Mount Sinai Health System.
  • Asha Varghese, Director, Global Health, GE Foundation.
  • Larisa Hovannisian, CEO, Teach for Armenia.
  • Bill Staby, CEO, Resolute Marine Energy.
  • Mel Ochoa, COO at Landmark Ventures (Social Innovation Summit).

Founding Sponsors of the Solutions Exchange Summit include: The Rockefeller Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation, BNY Mellon, the Mastercard Foundation, and The Roddenberry Foundation.

Media interested in attending SolEx should contact Jared Proudfoot at jared@resolutionproject.org, or sign up for an individual session here.

About The Resolution Project

The Resolution Project is a global youth leadership development organization, and the leading identifier and accelerator of undergraduate social entrepreneurs. Resolution discovers young social entrepreneurs through Social Venture Challenges at undergraduate youth conferences. Resolution then enables the winners of its competitions to make a positive impact through lifelong Resolution Fellowships, which include dynamic, hands-on support, mentorship, and seed funding to implement their social ventures.

About MIT Solve

Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world’s most pressing problems. Solve issues four Challenges each year to find the most promising Solver class to drive transformational change. Solve then deploys its global community of private, public, and nonprofit leaders to form partnerships these Solver teams need to scale their impact. This year, Solve received more than 1,150 solutions from 110 countries tackling its four Global Challenges: (1) Work of the Future, (2) Frontlines of Health, (3) Coastal Communities, and (4) Teachers & Educators. Join the community at solve.mit.edu

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