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Solve for X is a community of individuals and organizations working to accelerate progress on technology moonshots.
Solve for X is a forum to hear and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems. Radical in the sense that the solutions could help billions of people. Radical in the sense that the audaciousness of the proposals makes them sound like science fiction. And radical in the sense that there is some real technology breakthrough on the horizon to give us all hope that these ideas could really be brought to life.

This combination of things - a huge problem to solve, a radical solution for solving it, and the breakthrough technology to make it happen - is the essence of a moonshot.

Solve for X is intended to be a forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork.



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+Solve for X is excited to collaborate with +Limor Fried of +Adafruit Industries to host a Moonshot Meet Up this Friday, April 25.  Featured panelists include +Ayah Bdeir of LittleBits and 2012 +Google Science Fair Finalist Catherine Wong. Tune in live to ask your questions and see live demos of what these DIY tech hackers are 10x thinking about!
+Solve For X is a place to hear about and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems.  Created by Google, +Solve for X embraces moonshot pioneers with a Huge Problem to solve, a Radical Solution for solving it, and Breakthrough Technology to make it happen.  The ‘Moonshot Meet Up’ Hangout on Air series was created by +Solve for X to connect community members with engaging, hands-on discussions with Moonshot Pioneers and to further the discussion of technology moonshots.

Limor "Ladyada" Fried from Adafruit will be interviewing Ayah Bdeir from littleBits and Catherine Wong.

Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning library of Electronics dubbed “LEGOs for the iPad generation.” Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the leaders of the open hardware movement. Bdeir’s career and education have centered on advancing open source hardware to make education and innovation more accessible to people around the world. She is a co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, a TED Senior Fellow and an alumna of the MIT Media Lab. Bdeir was named one of Fast Company’s 1000 Most Creative People in Business and one of Popular Mechanics’ 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream. littleBits was named as one of CNN’s top 10 Emerging Startups to watch. In two short years, littleBits has garnered praise as the most extensive, versatile and easy to use hardware platform out there and partnered with leading science, art and technology organizations such as MoMA and KORG. Originally from Lebanon and Canada, Ayah now lives in New York City.

littleBits is an opensource library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun.

littleBits (spelled lower case L, upper case B, all one word) consists of tiny circuit-boards with specific functions engineered to snap together with magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap together for prototyping, learning and fun. Each bit has a specific function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, pulse, motors, etc), and modules snap to make larger circuits. Just as LEGO™ allows you to create complex structures with very little engineering knowledge, littleBits are small, simple, intuitive, blocks that make creating with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together.

With a growing number of available modules, littleBits aims to move electronics from late stages of the design process to its earliest ones, and from the hands of experts, to those of artists, makers, students and designers.

Catherine Wong is a previous Google Science Fair Finalist and she is working on building hackerspaces for schools Specifically, aiming to bring hackerspaces - filled with relatively inexpensive but awesome equipment ranging from 3D printers to soldering stations, as well as stations for CS and engineering classes - to the high schools or communities of students in disadvantaged neighborhoods; our mission is to reignite the excitement of learning in students who might otherwise be struggling by giving them access to the tools to build and make.

Limor "Ladyada" is a MIT engineer, open source hardware and software pioneer and entrepreneur. She is the founder of the educational electronics company, Adafruit. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Limor was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine, an EFF Pioneer Award recipient for open-source software & hardware and was recently awarded Entrepreneur magazine's Entrepreneur of the year.

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This Hangout On Air is hosted by Adafruit Industries. The live video broadcast will begin soon.

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"We're trying to do things that could radically change the world."

+Megan Smith, +Natalie Villalobos+Limor Fried  and several other innovative women leaders have shared their personal stories, solutions and impact on the tech industry. Check out Women Techmakers, a community that is helping to increase visibility and resources for technical women: 
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I need help to make a app to help our agricultural workers and growers find each other and to make it easy for workers to report abuses to the proper authorities, such as wage theft, deplorable living conditions and many other human right violations.
I have the a plan of how the app will work and how it will self sustain and grow. Is anyone interested in lending a their skills? 
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Google X admits that they've thought about designing a space elevator that could take humans from ground to orbit using very little energy. #moonshotideas  

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use the oceon and waves to create the vaccume..
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Yesterday we wrote about the SK-1 suit, the first-ever space suit taken to space. Recently, NASA announced the Z-2 Suit, the newest prototype in its next-generation spacesuit. For the first time, they're asking the public to vote on the final design.

You can vote on the NASA website here:

Let us know what you think of the new spacesuit. I think we're all looking forward to seeing these featured in live space walks in the future!
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So, ... Robert Heinlen once asked (60 years ago!) how  you scratch your nose in a spacesuit. Do these suits answer that question? If you throw up in these spacesuits do you still die? What if you get something in your eyes and are blinded temporarily?
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What moonshot pioneers from history have #SolvedforX? What stories of 10x moonshots have made a huge impact on the pressing problems of our global society?
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+Kris Kitchen I'm open to your thoughts. 
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American inventor and #moonshotpioneer Philo Farnsworth was only 14 years old when he discovered how electrical television could work.

Rumor has it he was in the midst of plowing a potato field when the idea came to him that an electron beam could scan images line by line, which became the basis for all televisions until LCD and plasma screens were invented. His first working version of what he called an "image dissector” was premiered in 1927. #SolvedForX
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"Physical devices are about to experience a profound transformation...hardware and software are fusing into a single fluid entity." 

Watch a conversation between +Joichi Ito  of +MIT Media Lab  and +Jon Bruner of +O'Reilly about manufacturing, design, hardware and the code that makes sense of it all. 
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Yep, way beyond prototypes... 

(Smug Smile on my face)
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Curious about the mysterious Google X? +Jon Gertner of +Fast Company takes the public on a tour of the very secretive #moonshot lab. 

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+armando sori That is Above Top Secret. 
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The first-ever space suit taken to space was a high-altitude pressure suit called the SK-1 suit, worn by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in April 1961. Since then, the space-suit has evolved drastically, but there is still much room for innovation.

What do you think the future of the space suit is?

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Awesome, +Megan Smith! This was my favorite part: "Such pressure suits may also help kids here on Earth with cerebral palsy gain mobility."  I love when things can go beyond their original intention. Thanks for sharing that!
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The Micro, the 3D Printer under $300 dollars, just passed 1 million in funding on Kickstarter in 24 hours.  What type of radical solutions could an affordable 3D printer empower in moonshot thinking?

To learn more about Micro, check out their Kickstarter campaign here:
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A 3d printer that could recycle common home plastic packaging would be great. hummm. like a  paper shredder that puts all the plastic in a hopper then melts it to create new products at home? 
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