Dreamstake and Google host World Poverty Think-Tank Event
Dreamstake, a support and investor platform for start-ups, and Google for Entrepreneurs are holding London’s first Solve for X event at Google’s Campus London on 22nd January 2016 from 13:00 – 18:00. This event will bring together the brightest minds in London to discuss and become an innovative think-tank for how technology can help eradicate world poverty over the next 15 years.
Solve for X is a global community that aims to surface brilliant scientific innovations and technological breakthroughs that have the potential to solve big global problems facing humanity. Previous events have been held across the world and the UK but this is the first time London has been the host.
The discussion topic, Tech Against Poverty, was selected in light of the UN announcing that it had reached its target of reducing extreme poverty rates by half before 2015. With this in mind extreme world poverty should be able to be eradicated in the next 15 years (by 2030). Dreamstake and Google want to test the hypothesis that the start-up culture will have a major positive impact on the poorest communities in the world. In other words, the start-up culture can spread wealth far more evenly than ever before, by building a global eco-system and joining the dots between the current clusters and the rest of the world.
Scientists, inventors, engineers, artists, thinkers and doers will be brought together by a shared optimism that technology can cause radically positive things to happen in the world. The event will use the Google Moonshot sprint process that allows everyone to contribute as individuals as a member of small teams. Each team will chose and concentrate on one aspect of the problem and attempt to solve it through the team's diverse creativity and experiences. They will pitch their idea to the mentors and get feedback. Depending on the feedback they chose to either move their idea forward or to refocus on a different solution.
The event is hoping to create some effective new thoughts in this space, with Google for Entrepreneurs actioning any ideas they see as innovating and taking a step closer to solving extreme poverty.
“We are honoured to be involved with this possibly world changing event. We are approaching the most interesting phase of the internet where its influence will be felt on a much broader scale. The impact that this is having on the developing world is immense and we hope this event will unveil innovating ideas that will allow everyone the chance to start up their own business to help them climb out of poverty,” Paul Dowling, CEO of Dreamstake.