Solve for X

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Type Think tank

Solve for X is a think tank project launched by Google[1] to incite collaboration to solve global issues, "X" representing a remedy.[2] The project kicked off on February 1, 2012 at a three-day convention at CordeValle Resort in San Martin, California. Solve for X talks were presented to 50 people, hosted by Google executives Eric Schmidt, Astro Teller, and Megan Smith.[3] The conventions are expected to occur "a few times a year".[4] The website inaugurated on February 6, 2012.[5]

Solve for X has been likened to TED talks[1][6] since both projects host seminars by innovators, which can be viewed by others "vicariously" through the projects' respective websites. European director Bruno Giussani stated regarding Google's endeavor: "The world needs more ideas, not fewer and more commitment to sharing them freely and openly so that collectively we can test-run them and turn them into reality ... Google being at the origin of this, obviously technology and engineering will play a big role in Solve For X".[4]

Solve for X was initially believed to be linked to the Google X Lab working on new technology such as web-connected appliances, driverless cars, and space elevators,[1][6] but eWeek reported that Google X is wed to more realistic undertakings, not the "moonshot" solutions Solve for X was created to pursue.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c "Google unveils “Solve for X,” a secret project to solve the world's biggest problems". Fox News. 2012-02-06. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  2. ^ Rampton, John (2012-02-07). "Solve for X: Google’s Answer to All World Problems". Search Engine Watch. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  3. ^ Franzen, Carl (2012-02-07). "Google Reveals ‘Solve For X’ Website For TED-Like Talks Series". Talking Points Memo. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  4. ^ a b "Google 'Solve for X' meetings target tech 'moonshots'". BBC News. 2012-02-07. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  5. ^ Bosker, Bianca (2012-02-06). "Solve For X, Google's Attempt At 'Moonshot Thinking,' Finally Opens To The Rest Of Us (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  6. ^ a b Horn, Leslie (2012-02-06). "Updated: Google Tackles 'Radical' Ideas Via 'Solve for X'". PC Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  7. ^ Boulton, Clint (2012-02-07). "Google Solve For X Targets Tech's 'Moonshot' Challenges". eWeek. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2013-03-06.