Massachusetts Institute of Technology SOLVE in the USA invites applications from entrepreneurs worldwide for the Community-Driven Innovation Challenge in 2019.

Strong, prosperous, and inclusive communities are built upon engaged and connected citizens who actively participate in shaping their social, economic, and political future. The mobile phone, the internet, new digital technologies, and innovations have created unprecedented access to services such as finance and education, as well as opportunities for citizens to engage in community action and democratic processes.

Yet, for the most marginalized who lack connectivity, these technologies can further exclude them from essential services and decision-making processes. Further, local and national governments too often fail to engage their citizens in real consultation and co-creation of public services. It is no surprise that trust in governments, corporations, and other institutions around the world is low and often decreasing—47 percent of global survey respondents to the Edelman Trust Barometer report distrusting their government. And while more and more countries have become democratic in the past decades, voting rates are declining in many countries.

Worth of Award

  • All solutions selected for Solve’s four current Global Challenges will receive a $10,000 grant funded by Solve.
  • In addition to Solve funding, Solver teams who also fulfil the criteria below are eligible for the following prizes and partnerships. You do not need to meet these requirements to apply to the Community-Driven Innovation Challenge:
  • AI Innovations Prize: Solutions that are propelled by advanced computing techniques or that leverage artificial intelligence to address the Challenge are eligible for the AI Innovations Prize.Up to $500,000 will be granted across several recipients selected for the prize.
  • GM Prize on Community-Driven Innovation: Solutions that foster prosperity and social mobility for underrepresented community members, including through STEM education, are eligible for the GM Prize on Community-Driven Innovation, made possible by General Motors. Up to $50,000 will be granted to two Solver teams within the Community-Driven Innovation Challenge.
  • Innovation for Women Prize: Solutions that use innovative technology to improve the quality of life for women and girls are eligible for the Innovation for Women Prize. Up to $75,000 will be granted across up to three Solver teams selected to receive the prize.
  • Innovation for Refugee Inclusion Prize: Solutions that use innovation to advance economic, financial, and political inclusion of refugees in their hosting communities are eligible for this prize. Up to $50,000 will be granted to one or more recipients selected for the prize. Eligible Solver teams will be selected from the Community Driven Innovation Challenge.
  • Innospark Ventures Prize: The Innospark Ventures Prize is open to AI-based solutions from across the cybersecurity, education, healthcare, life sciences, and business services sectors focused in the United States. Up to $100,000 will be granted to up to four eligible Solver teams from across any of Solve’s current Global Challenges.
  • The Rockefeller Foundation will host representatives of up to four of the teams who are awarded an AI-focused prize (the AI Innovations Prize or the Innospark Ventures Prize) at its high-level summit on AI taking place at its Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Italy, in October 2019.


The Solve community aims to find and support tech-based solutions to ensure citizens and communities create and improve social inclusion and shared prosperity. To do so, the Solve community seeks solutions that:

  • Support communities to participate meaningfully in designing and determining solutions around critical services including housing and transportation;
  • Make governments, corporations, and other institutions more accountable, transparent, and responsive to citizen feedback;
  • Create or advance equitable and inclusive economic growth across geographies and demographics; and
  • Ensure all citizens can overcome barriers to civic participation and inclusion, including expanding access to information, internet, digital literacy, and services.


  • 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.
  • Scalability: The solution can be grown and scaled to affect the lives of more people.
  • 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
  • Partnership Potential: The applicant clearly explains how the solution would benefit from the broad range of resources that the Solve community is positioned to provide.

How to Apply

You can submit your solution through the application link on their website

Deadline: deadline to apply is July 1, 2019.


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