Organizations work with the MIT-based center in innovative take on finding climate solutions.
Today, Nike; the City of Boulder, Colorado; and the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts’s Kendall Square EcoDistrct opened up three new contests on the Climate CoLab’s open-innovation platform.
The contests allow thousands of people around the world to contribute their own ideas – as well as help develop other people’s ideas – on how to confront specific aspects of the climate challenge: How can we rethink how we value and use materials? How can we build community engagement and connectivity around climate change? And how can we encourage the use of sustainable transportation, such as biking?
The contests include:
These three contests are part of a larger suite of 15-20 contests that the Climate CoLab runs each year, all of which focus on specific aspects of climate change, such as decarbonizing energy supply and transportation, preparing for the impacts of climate change, and shifting the public’s perception of climate action.
To date, the Climate CoLab has brought together a growing community of 50,000 people, including a broad range of scientists, policy makers, business people, investors, and concerned citizens. Anyone, form anywhere in the world, can contribute an idea to the contests. The ideas are then judged by a panel of experts, and the winners receive cash prizes.
“A complex challenge like climate change requires more expertise than any one person – or even small group of people – can possess,” says Prof. Thomas Malone, director of the Center for Collective Intelligence at the MIT Sloan School of Management and founder for the Climate CoLab. “This online problem-solving platform brings in the new voices and creative approaches that are needed to take effective action on climate change.”
These contests end in January and winners will be announced in the spring of 2016. Stay tuned for other contests being launched throughout the year.
Learn more about each contest and submit proposals by clicking the links above.