Google’s Solve for X 2013 conference highlights posted, inspiration renewed

Google had their Solvefor(x) conference last week hosting 50 experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists from around the world.

We heard 18 technology moonshot proposals, which you can watch on Make sure to catch Danielle Fong, whose creativity, courage and persistence shine through as she describes her potentially game changing idea for renewable energy storage. Take a look at Peter Diamandis and Eric Andersonbdescribing their new asteroid mining company, Planetary Resources—exactly the kind of moonshot thinking that Solve for X was created to celebrate. Watch Flaminia Catteruccia suggest an ingenious shift in our approach to stopping the spread of Malaria, and check out Keith Black’s proposal to diagnose Alzheimer’s 20 years before any symptoms appear using a test that could be included in a routine eye exam.

Google X labs are where moonshots like Google Glass and Driveless cars (and a bunch of stuff we don’t know about) are coming from. As of Today, there are some excellent updates on the site:

  • Submit moonshots: Whether it’s an early idea, something you’re already working on, a proposal you’d like to see others work on, or a moonshot idea from someone else that you’d like to promote, we’d like to hear from you—pleasesubmit those moonshot videos. Read more about what qualifies as a moonshot.
  • Join and declare your X: We’ve added community areas and we hope you will join and create a profile declaring your X. Your “X” is something you are passionate about working on or solving in the world like learning access or robotics or climate change or raising happy kids. You can watch, share and rate moonshots. Search to find moonshot proposals that match your interests and join the innovation conversation.
  • Check out even more moonshot ideas: Several new partners have joined Solve for X to amplify moonshot ideas, including X PRIZE, GE FOCUS FORWARD, TED, MIT Technology Review, Singularity University, and ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination. Talks from their events and programs that are aligned with the moonshot ethos (huge problem, radical solution, breakthrough technology) are now cross-linked and hosted on Some of our favorites are The Invisible Bicycle HelmetThe Music ManSolar RoadwaysBio-Integrated ElectronicsSimple DesignsSlingshot and Gulf Oil Cleanup X PRIZE Winning Team Vor-Tek. Take a moment to watch them!

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