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Solve Convocation, Open Sessions, and Reception

  • Kresge Auditorium, MIT 77 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA, 02139 United States (map)

A Call to Solve Hard Problems

Welcome by L. Rafael Reif, President, MIT and Jason Pontin, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, MIT Technology Review; Keynote by Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Solve Roundtable: CURE - Accelerating Innovation in Healthcare

Introduction by Dr. Phillip A. Sharp, Institute Professor, MIT; Nobel Laureate

The CURE roundtable will undertake the challenge of how to leverage innovations in healthcare delivery and medical research to make care affordable and universally available. To deliver on this challenge, CURE seeks to impact near-term productivity improvement and longer-term radical innovation as a path to transform everything from fundamental research to delivery of patient services at all points of care. CURE will focus on five areas of research and healthcare innovation, tackling issues that include cancer, brain disorders, mitigating the risk of infectious disease, leveraging IT, and more.

Solve Roundtable: MAKE - Internet Access for All: A Civic Responsibility or a Corporate Opportunity

Introduction by Dr. Rodney Brooks, Professor Emeritus, MIT; Founder and Chairman, Rethink Robotics

The MAKE roundtable addresses the issues of basic infrastructure, the future of work, and new foundations for innovation in the digital economy. MAKE invites members of the greater Boston community who seek to better understand the social and economic factors that foster prosperity. Explore ways to reconcile the economic goals of more jobs, more automation, and greater efficiency. How will we create modern cities, using less energy and producing less waste? How can we make the tools required to usher in a new era of entrepreneurship? How can we spark a new era of business innovation that enables all who work to benefit equitably from the value they create?

These events are hosted in conjunction with HUBweek and as part of Solve, which will hold its inaugural meeting on the MIT campus October 5-8, 2015. Solve aims to inspire extraordinary people to work together to solve the world’s greatest challenges in the context of four content pillars- Learn, Cure, Fuel, and Make- with a common purpose: to make the world a better place. For more information about Solve, please visit

Earlier Event: October 4
Where the Brain and the Law Intersect
Later Event: October 5
When Doctors Report the News