Creative thinkers sought for Leicester event to tackle global problems

Posted by ap507 at Nov 30, 2015 12:27 PM |
University brings together bright sparks to think about how science or technology can provide potential solutions for complex issues

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 30 November 2015

Event open to public at University of Leicester on  Saturday 12 December. Apply via

Bright and innovative thinkers are being invited to the University of Leicester for the first UK event outside of London known as Solve for X.

Solve for X is a global community initiated by Google that aims to bring about brilliant scientific innovations and technological breakthroughs, that have the potential to solve big global problems facing humanity. Breakthrough projects are known as ‘Moonshots’ and represent a potential solution to a complex problem that is enabled by science or technology

The University of Leicester is delighted to be hosting the Leicester X Moonshot Sprint event. Thinking about creative solutions to the world’s major challenges is at the heart of our mission as an institution, and this event provides the perfect opportunity to do so.

Paul Muston, co-organiser and co-founder of Quack Apps Ltd, said:Solve for X is a community of scientists, inventors, engineers, artists, thinkers, doers, the young, the wise, men and women from every background across every geography connected by a shared optimism that science and technology can cause radically positive things to happen in the world.”

Professor Jeremy Levesley from the Department of Mathematics, said: “We are excited to be collaborating with local entrepreneurs in the data world, as such people are blazing the trail for the use of emerging digital technologies. We see Leicester as an emerging hub of such activity. This is the first UK event outside of London. We expect it to be a memorable one.”

At the event, everyone will be able to contribute as members of small teams. Each team will choose 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 may choose to move their idea forward or to refocus on a different solution.

  • Solve for X Moonshot Sprint takes place on Saturday 12th Dec 2015 at the University of Leicester. Applications to participate via


Notes to editors:

Media are welcome to take part in the event to report on it- please contact Professor Reiko Heckel on

Share this page: