A wicked problem is...
A social or cultural problem that is difficult or impossible to solve for as many as four reasons: incomplete or contradictory knowledge, the number of people and opinions involved, the large economic burden, and the interconnected nature of these problems with other problems. Poverty - Climate Change - Water Quality - Healthcare and Education are wicked problems. These problems are typically offloaded to policy makers, or are written off as being too cumbersome to handle en masse. Yet these are the problems plaguing our cities and our world and that touch each and every one of us.
Over the course of 10 days this past October, 10 Prospective CEOs, successful entrepreneurs from across the United States, came together to confront 10 wicked problems facing cities.
The program is called 10.10.10.
10 CEOs · 10 Wicked Problems · 10 Days
The goal? To each create a new venture based on a new product or service that can change the world. These ventures are for-profit initiatives that attack one or more of the 10 wicked problems that were identified during the program in a way that only entrepreneurs can do, as opposed to how current bureaucracies are failing to do.
After ten days, Ari Kaufman introduced The Waterlyzer, the first in-home device that attaches to a smart phone for analyzing and identifying contaminants in drinking water.