The Solve conference, taking place on the MIT campus October 5-8, 2015, seeks to answer the hard questions of our time, questions that must be addressed now to prepare for a future that is just a short time away.
Solve will investigate challenges in the context of four content pillars: LEARN, CURE, FUEL, and MAKE. Each pillar focuses on one central objective and identifies a series of questions that approach that objective by breaking it into smaller pieces. These questions are at the center of the conference, where each will be explored to help us understand both the opportunities for progress toward our objectives and the barriers to achieving it.
LEARN — Provide access to a quality education by 2050 to anyone, anywhere, with the will to learn.
- How can we prepare students to become lifelong learners by teaching at scale the skills to learn?
- How can we support teachers and transform teaching to better prepare students for the challenges and opportunities ahead?
- How do we transform universities to become partners in lifelong learning and retraining?
- How can we bring the benefits of collaborative, in-person educational environments to digital learning programs?
“Our goal is not to come up immediately with solutions to these problems ourselves, but to define the questions well enough to be able to bring communities together to help solve them. In the case of education, this means identifying contributors around issues ranging from economics to politics to human rights to infrastructure and, of course, to learning.”
Eric Klopfer — co-curator, LEARN
“What we want to show are the kinds of developments that will stand the test of time. However, we also want to see the first results in five or ten years, so 2050 falls in the right horizon in terms of long-term impact versus short-term effect.”
Anant Agarwal — co-curator, LEARN