To qualify as a Top Solver, these Solvers had to win two or more Challenges and/or win $50,000 USD or more in awards. This year's Top Solvers come from eight countries including India, Austria, Australia, Finland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. Challenges solved in 2008 varied within a range of subjects - from baby cleansers and the protection of crops to viral marketing ideas and the reduction of the spread of malaria.
Our Solvers are some of the world's smartest, most innovative thinkers and each year there are more Challenges posted that look to find answers to increasingly difficult problems. All of our Solvers, and especially our Top Solvers, prove time and time again that they can rise to the occasion to successfully tackle these issues and make a difference in the world.
Please join me in congratulating the 2008 Top Solvers!