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14 contests now closed – semi-finalists being selected


Saturday, June 13, at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time, marked the deadline for 14 Climate CoLab contests.  You can view them all on the contest home pages:

What’s next?

Fellows and Judges are now reviewing every proposal and selecting their contest’s Semi-Finalists.  Semi-Finalists receive feedback from the Judges and have the chance to revise their proposals before the second round of judging.  The 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 late August/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.

What do they win?

Judges Choice and Popular Choice winners will receive a special invitation to attend selected sessions at MIT’s SOLVE conference and present their proposals before key constituents in a workshop the next day, where a $10,000 Grand Prize will be awarded. A few select Climate CoLab winners will join distinguished SOLVE attendees in a highly collaborative problem-solving session.  Some contests have additional prizes given by the contest sponsor.

Are any contests still open?

Yes!  The six regionals contests are open until July 18th, and the global contest will start welcoming entries in July.

Miss the contest deadline? 

Once the semi-finalists are announced in early July, the Climate CoLab will open contest workspaces where anyone can enter and work on proposals outside of the contest period.

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