Updated Jan 04, 2019CLOSED

Work of the Future

Offered by GM, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Save the Children as part of SOLVE and Work of the Future

How can those left behind by the technology-driven transformations of work create meaningful and prosperous livelihoods for themselves?

The Solve community aims to find and support tech-based solutions that ensure those left behind by the technological transformations of work can fully participate in and profit from the new opportunities these transformations create.
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CLOSEDJul 01, 2018Deadline
$10,000 - $160,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 1: Ideation, Stage 2: Research & Development, Stage 3: Proof of Concept, Stage 4: Transition to Scale, Stage 5: Scaling and Stage 6: Sustained Scale
Implemented In:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasWorkforce Development (Education) and Technology
To do so, the Solve community seeks solutions that:

-Offer pathways to upskill, reskill, and retrain workers, as well as connect them to the demands of employers
-Develop inclusive platforms that support non-unionized, temporary, informal and freelance workers, helping provide stability, safety nets, and security
-Include the early participation of women, disenfranchised and low-income communities in the creation of new technologies, jobs, or entire industries

Note for ideation stage innovative solutions:We welcome you to submit your solution to participate in the discussion, but please note that solutions that are still only at the concept stage are unlikely to be selected. You have until the submission deadline to prototype and experiment with your idea!

Other Requirements

Potential for ScaleJudges will score applications based on Scalability: The solution can be grown and scaled to affect the lives of more people

Judges will score applications based on:
-Alignment: The solution addresses the challenge that has been set forth using technology.
-Potential for Impact:The planned implementation of the solution has the potential to impact lives.
-Feasibility:It is feasible to implement the solution, and the team has a plan for the solution to sustain itself financially.
-Innovative Approach:This is a new technology, a new application of a technology, a new business model, or a new process for solving the challenge

Application Directions

Submit your solution through the SOLVE platform here

Application And Awards Process

In the first round, Solve staff will perform an initial screening of all applications for completeness, for coherency, and for whether the solution appropriately addresses the challenge. Then our judges will score the screened applications to determine finalists.

In the second round, each finalist will pitch before the challenge judges and a live audience. The judges will determine which solutions are the most promising.

March 1, 2018 – Challenges open
July 1, 2018 - Deadline to submit a draft solution application
July 20, 2018 - Deadline for editing a solution application
August, 2018 - Finalists announced
September 22-24, 2018 - Finalists pitch in New York during the U.N. General Assembly
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