The Google Developer Group: GDG North Jersey, based in Montclair, is 1 of only 2 sites in the United States – and 12 worldwide – selected to serve as hosts for Google’s first ever partner-led Solve for X campaign seeking pioneers for what Google refers to as visionary, game changing “moonshots”.
A true moonshot is a radical solution to a huge problem faced by millions or billions of people, which is solved using breakthrough science or technology.
Google has been searching for pioneers for the past 2-3 years. For the first time members of the public are invited to be presenters. These 12 groups around the world are now helping Google to find them.
Qualifying ‘Solve for X’ events will be held on December 11, January 7 & January 12 in NJ, NYC and Somerville (Boston area), followed by the main event at Rutgers University on Monday, February 2nd, 2015.
The lineup of Solve for X events is as follows:
Prelim Event: MSU
Montclair State University
University Hall, Room UN1070
1 Normal Ave, Upper Montclair, NJ
December 11, 2014
6:00 – 8:30pm
Prelim Event: Google NYC
Google New York City (Chelsea Market)
111 8th Ave
New York, NY
January 7, 2015
6:00 – 8:00pm
Prelim Event: The Grommet
87 Elmwood St, Somerville, MA
January 12, 2015
Exact time TBD
The Main Event: Rutgers University
Livingston Hall at Livingston Student Center
61 Joyce Kilmer Ave, New Brunswick, NJ
Monday, February 2, 2015
Exact time TBD
The Google NYC event has a deadline of Dec 28th, and the Boston-area event at TheGrommet has a deadline of Jan 5th. Submissions that come in after that point will still be considered, but will have a more difficult path than submissions that are received in time to participate in one of the prelim events.
GDG North Jersey was organized and is headed up by Todd Nakamura, a software developer and architect, who also founded and organized the group NJ Cloud Architects.
Solve for X started as an experimental event in February 2012 at the CordeValle Resort in San Martin, CA. Over the course of three days, forty-six top scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world came together to discuss and debate radical solutions to some really big problems using breakthrough technologies. Solve For X events have helped to advance ideas such as Google Glass, the driverless car, Project Loon (Wifi balloons) and reusable nuclear waste (Transatomic Power) to name a few.