Samsung Solve For Tomorrow

Competing to make the world a better place

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow encourages young minds to envision and realize innovative solutions that can resolve challenges and risks that their communities face.

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) based contest created to foster problem solving skills while promoting the positive impact young minds can have on our society. The contest inspires our participants to tackle the emerging challenges and produce tangible innovations to help improve our society. During its journey, we aim to equip students with skills that go far beyond technical, including critical thinking, creative thinking, communicating, and collaborating skills, required for the future workforce.

Accumulated number of Solve for Tomorrow Contestants around the world
(As of 2020)

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest is comprised of 3 levels of problem solving: reframe, ideate, and realize. Contestants who make it to the finals will be offered an opportunity to pitch their ideas to win Samsung's technology in classrooms.

Since its inception in the U.S. in 2010, Solve for Tomorrow has expanded its operation in 22 countries worldwide including Korea. Samsung employees volunteer to advise on projects and offer their expertise in each country, walking the journey together with the contestants.

An idea of a boy who didn’t feel safe in a school zone

How can we prevent traffic accidents in a school zone?

In order to ensure the safety of students who ride school buses, the U.S. has enacted a law that requires cars in the opposite lane to stop unconditionally and the cars behind the school bus to not pass the bus when a school bus stops at a station. However, many drivers don’t comply with the rule, sometimes costing lives of innocent students. Students at the Holly Grove Middle School in North Carolina came up with an idea for a school bus safety system when they saw a friend almost hit by a passing car while crossing the road.

Developing smart school bus system

The students’ idea was shared with the community and the local police officers and school traffic managers joined forces to help the students. With their help, the students conducted a research and found that most of the existing bus stop signages in the area were not working properly. They begin developing a smart stop signage that can be recognized by nearby vehicles as far as 120 meters away from a school bus.

Enthusiastic support from the local community

The smart school bus system has currently been deployed at bus stops where traffic accidents occur most frequently, with the enthusiastic support of the mayor and the local residents. The goal of the students is to reduce the rate of traffic accidents in school zones by less than 50 percent. Discussions are now underway to expand the system through the whole city and add a feature of voice guidance for the students with low vision.

An idea of a girl suffering with diabetes

Diabetes is a common chronic disease - more than 10% of the world’s population suffers from the disease. It is also one of the most difficult diseases to cure. With diabetes, the pancreas can no longer makes insulin, so a patient with diabetes has to inject it into the body with a needle. However, portable insulin, which requires a timely injection, is particularly weak at high temperatures and can easily lose its efficacy at temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. So Valentina Avetta, an Argentine girl who has type 1 diabetes, decided to develop a solution that can visually check the temperature of insulin.

The first step towards a dream

Valentina, who has always been interested in science, studied the chemical structure that is discolored by heat and developed a micro-sensor with her friends that monitors the temperature and warns the users when the temperature of portable insulin exceeds 30 degrees. Through Samsung Solve, Valentina was able to materialize her idea, and she was also able to share her experiences and discuss her innovation at various public events, receiving more support for her research.

Growing into a scientist

Valentina is now majoring bioengineering in college. With the approval of her school, she is continuing her research to complete the micro-sensor solution in the university’s lab facilities. She has also served as one of the judges of Argentina Samsung Solve in 2019 and is a role model for many teenagers aspiring to become innovators and entrepreneurs.