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?