Feb 06 AT 3:14 PM Dustin Earley 15 Comments

Solve for X: where radical “moon shot” ideas come alive

Solve for X

Google’s lust to make the world a better place doesn’t simply stop with open operating systems and socially enhanced web search. That’s only the beginning. They have a ton of money, loads of data and enough industry cred to pull in some of the brightest minds on the planet for just about any project the company undertakes. But it goes further still.

Google wants to put their resources to good use beyond branded products. So they’ve launched a website and will be hosting regular conferences under the name Solve for X.

If you’re familiar with TED, then you already have a good idea what Solve for X is all about. The conference is going to be an invite only event where people from all over the world present “moon shot” ideas on how to fix problems associated with things like education, energy, health problems, the economy and more. After the conference, the information presented will find its way to the Solve for X website.

The information posted (in the form of presentations) will be 12 minutes long and include answers to the following questions:

  • What is the huge problem you’re focused on fixing?
  • What is the product or service that sounds like science fiction but that, if made, would radically improve the problem you just described?
  • What specifically is the science or technology breakthrough that can give us all hope that such a product or service can be made and released to the world within a decade?

The official Solve for X website isn’t open to the public yet, but it should be ready any time now.

What do you think of Google’s Solve for X project, is it a step forward for radical idea organization? Or should Google be focusing on things like Android and Chrome?

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Solve for X

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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    Sounds cool. If youve got the time, money, and resources, why not put that to use by giving the world’s best and brightest a forum to try to solve the world’s problems?

  • protozeloz

    I think is a great project it also helps them gather brilliant heads that are stuck in a county.

  • JH

    awesome idea!

  • spazby

    excellent idea, come up with something no one is expecting….

  • greeny42

    I’m excited to listen, and I hope it leads to action.

    • Dustin Earley

      The “action” part is what gets me, but I have a good feeling most of the ideas presented will be a reality sooner than later.

  • Marvles

    Pretty awesome, I wonder if they’ll ever let the common man (me ;) )propose some ideas

    • professandobey

      Yeah. I have an idea that I think could have a huge impact on side street traffic, but I don’t know how to make it happen.

  • Vance

    I hate to dirty up the altruistic high we’re all on with talk of $$$ right now, but what will be the protocol for “giving credit” for ideas, I wonder?? No doubt many, if not all ideas actually brought to fruition by a group like this will be highly valuable, marketable solutions. So – who gets paid? Do they donate any and all proceeds to charity? What about patents, etc?
    Just some questions I have – but in general I love the idea!

    • leganzish

      Maybe I’m being cynical, but I imagine Google would use this to come up with their next wild dream ideas like self driving cars that they’re working on now. In a way, they’re crowdsourcing grandiose ideas. They’ve got the means and the minds to make them happen, now they’re putting a suggestion box on their counter for other great minds to propose the next huge thing.

  • WlfHart

    I hope they post the talks like TED does!

  • smeghead68

    Fantastic idea, hopefully something tangible will come of it.

  • aranea

    Interesting idea. From what I see anybody can submit their talk for publication on the Solve for X website. If so that’s cool because less known but bright people may get their voice heard too.

  • AVIX

    The sooner, the better!

  • Balu

    This is a remarkable idea, Google should have done it earlier