We Solve For X is an annual event hosted by Google which explores “moonshot” ideas and technologies aimed at solving real world problems. Bringing together leaders in wide-ranging fields fosters cross disciplinary exploration around overcoming specific challenges.
For the public launch of the We Solve For X site, we knew scalability presented a challenge. Through the use of low cost, cloud based technologies such as App Engine for hosting, Google Docs as a collaborative content management system, and YouTube for video serving, it is now possible to engineer social, scalable ways to interact with information, anywhere, on any device—and with each other. As much a “mash-up” as an event-driven campaign site, Solve For X not only served thousands of hits per second but was fundamentally distributed and social.