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Finalists now being selected for 17 contests


Last night at midnight marked the revision deadline for the Semi-Finalist proposals in the Energy SupplyWaste Management and Youth Action contests.

To view all Semi-Finalist proposals now undergoing the second round of judging, visit the homepages of the following contests:

Adaptation to Climate Change
Communicating Coastal Risk and Resilience
Consumption of Products & Services
Creating Public Demand for Green Buildings
Crowdsourcing for Disaster Risk Management
Energy Supply
Land Use
Shifting Behavior for a Changing Climate
U.S. Carbon Price
U.S. Government
Urban Resilience
Waste Management
Youth Action

The revision period is open for the Global Plan contest until Wednesday, August 27, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. During this period, Semi-Finalist proposals in the the Global Plan contest are unlocked and authors can revise their proposals for the final round of judging and public voting, incorporating the feedback received from the Judges after the first review.  At midnight, proposals will be locked for editing and considered final.

We welcome the global community to contribute to the Semi-Finalists by making suggestions on their Comment page during the revision period.

What’s next?

The Semi-Finalists are now undergoing the second round of judging.  Proposals that advance through this second round are named Finalists, and are eligible to win the Judges Choice Award, as well as the Popular Choice Award, which is determined through a public vote.  During the voting period, which will begin in early September and continue until late September, all are invited to come to the Climate CoLab and vote for the one Finalist proposal in each contest that they believe is the most promising*.

Proposal commenting and supporting (which is akin to a “Like” on Facebook) will be open throughout the judging periods.

Be sure to become a member to get updates on and participate in each of these phases.

*You must have a valid email to vote.  For more details about the voting period, see:

What do they win?

Both Judges Choice and Popular Choice winners will be connected with people who can support the implementation of their proposal, which may include policy makers, business executives, NGO and foundation officials, scientists, and others.  They will be recognized and publicized by the MIT Climate CoLab and invited to showcase their proposals at a conference held at MIT November 2014, where a $10,000 Grand Prize will be awarded. (See 2013 conference.)  Some contests have additional prizes given by the contest sponsor.

Miss the contest deadline? 

You can still enter and work on proposals outside of the contest periods in the Proposal Workspace.  When the next round of Climate CoLab contests open, you can move your proposal from here to any relevant contest.

Where did the other proposals go?

Contests have been advanced to the “Finalists Selection” phase, which only show the Semi-Finalist proposals.  To view all submitted proposals, click the “Semi-Finalist selection” phase at the top of the contest homepage.