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CoLab Talk: 10 contests open, semifinalists selected, welcoming new staff members


Spring 2016 Contests Launched!

Contest entries will help build national & global climate plans.

Starting today, a new suite of contests are open and seeking proposals until May 23, 2016! Winners will be invited to MIT to present their proposal, be eligible to win a $10,000 Grand Prize, and be invited to join the Climate CoLab Winner’s Program. Proposals can also win cash awards for being included in national and global climate action plans built on the site later this year.  Read more and see the press release.

Semifinalists Selected

The Judges for the Winter 2015-2016 contests have selected semifinalists to advance to the next round of judging.

The semifinalist proposals have been unlocked and authors have until March 7, 2016 to revise their work for the final round of judging and public voting. At midnight on that date, all proposals will be closed for editing and considered final. We encourage the Climate CoLab community to support the semifinalists by making suggestions on their comment page during the revision period.

To view the semifinalists, visit the contest homepages for the following contests:

(Fostering Climate Collaboration in Boulder, CO, sponsored by the City of Boulder, CO and 100 Resilient Cities, is still selecting semifinalists and will announce soon.)

New Staff Members

We are thrilled to welcome two new full-time members of the Climate CoLab team:


Jennifer Perron, Community & Partnerships Manager.  Jennifer is a climate change researcher and policy analyst from Vermont. She previously was an International Climate Policy Coordinator/Adaptation Coordinator at the US Climate Action Network and participated as a MIT Climate CoLab Fellow in the 2015 global contest. She holds a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environment: Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan.


Carlos Botelho, Software Engineer.  Carlos is an entrepreneur from Brazil who has been a founding member of three software companies.  He is currently completing his Masters degree in Ubiquitous computing at the Universidade de Brasília.


We also welcome Stephan Rabanser, a Computer Science Masters student at the Technische Universität München (TUM) – Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM), who is a visiting student with the Climate CoLab until June this year and will be supporting the development of the platform.