How can indigenous communities use technology while incorporating traditional and ancestral knowledge to create sustainable and prosperous livelihoods for themselves?
Through the Indigenous Communities Fellowship, MIT Solve seeks tech entrepreneurs within the Oceti Sakowin, Navajo Nation, and Hopi Tribe communities with solutions that support and scale sustainable economic development and resiliency. Solve welcomes solutions that:
- Enable new skill development and create employment opportunities that help sustain natural and cultural resources
- Support native youth in creating new business ventures
- Provide access to technology and connectivity
- Connect local entrepreneurs and business owners to accessible capital and markets
- Applicants must be over the age of 13.
- Submitted solutions must include use of technology for practical and functional purposes. This can be high-tech or low-tech: examples include software (mobile app), hardware (computers, phones, connectivity), agriculture (seeds, irrigation), or manufacturing. This may encompass new technology like drones and artificial intelligence, or existing ancestral technology (like traditional home structures or food storage and preservation) applied in new and interesting ways.
- Strong preference will be given to tribal members and native-led projects that directly benefit and are located within the Oceti Sakowin, Navajo Nation, and Hopi Tribe communities. Solve specifically looks for a diverse set of Fellows and projects.
All selected Fellows will receive a minimum of $10,000 in fellowship funding and take part in the flagship Solve at MIT event in May 2019 and a regional Solve event in fall 2019. Fellows will be selected by a panel of cross-sector reviewers.
Have a project for this Fellowship opportunity? Apply online here by March 1, 2019. Know someone who should apply? Pass the information along!