Solve for X: celebrating moonshot thinking
February 15, 2013
Last week, Google hosted its 2013 Solve for X event, where they gathered 50 experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists from around the world who are taking on moonshots — proposals that address a huge problem, suggest a radical solution that could work, and use some form of breakthrough technology to make it happen, Megan Smith and Astro Teller, co-hosts/creators of Solve for X, write on Google Official Blog.
There were 18 technology moonshot proposals, which you can watch on SolveforX.com.For example:
- Danielle Fong describes her potentially game changing idea for renewable energy storage.
- Peter Diamandis and Eric Anderson describe their new asteroid mining company, Planetary Resources.
- Flaminia Catteruccia suggests a new approach to stopping the spread of Malaria.
- Keith Black’s proposes to diagnose Alzheimer’s 20 years before any symptoms appear, using a test that could be included in a routine eye exam.
Google launched some updated features on SolveForX.com, a forum to encourage and amplify moonshot thinking and collaboration. “We invite innovators everywhere to use SolveForX.com to promote and support one another, and we encourage everyone to join in, bring your passion and ingenuity, and think big,” the organizers say.
- Submit moonshots: Whether it’s an early idea, something you’re already working on, a proposal you’d like to see others work on, or a moonshot idea from someone else that you’d like to promote, we’d like to hear from you — please submit those moonshot videos. Read more about what qualifies as a moonshot.
- Join and declare your X: We’ve added community areas and we hope you will join and create a profile declaring your X. Your “X” is something you are passionate about working on or solving in the world like learning access or robotics or climate change or raising happy kids. You can watch, share and rate moonshots. Search to find moonshot proposals that match your interests and join the innovation conversation.
- Check out even more moonshot ideas: Several new partners have joined Solve for X to amplify moonshot ideas, including X PRIZE, GE FOCUS FORWARD, TED, MIT Technology Review, Singularity University, and ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination. Talks from their events and programs that are aligned with the moonshot ethos (huge problem, radical solution, breakthrough technology) are now cross-linked and hosted on SolveforX.com.
“Our vision for Solve for X is that it becomes a forum where technology-based moonshot thinking is practiced, celebrated and amplified by all of us. We invite you to come collaborate with us at www.SolveforX.com.”