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Semi-Finalists Announced in Nike’s Materials Matter Contest

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NIKE’s “Materials Matter” Contest Semi-Finalists Announced!

We are excited to announce the Semi-Finalists in the MIT Climate CoLab and NIKE, Inc., “Materials Matter” contest– an effort aimed at sourcing innovative ideas on how to engage industries, designers, and consumers, in valuing and adopting low-impact fabric & textiles.


See the Semi-Finalists here.
The contest is part of NIKE, Inc.’s strategic focus on reducing its environmental footprint, while enabling business growth. NIKE, Inc., has a commitment to attain 100% renewable energy in company-owned-and-operated facilities by 2025, and is part of RE100, a major global campaign to showcase business efforts in the transition to renewable energy. Of NIKE’s climate efforts, Eric Sprunk, its Chief Operating Officer has stated, “Climate change is a global issue that requires global solutions. As part of our business strategy, we are pursuing the use of renewable energy, driving energy efficiency and innovating in sustainable materials for athletes and for the future of sport.”

What happens next in the NIKE Materials Matter Contest?

Materials Matter Proposal Revision Period Open Now until June 19, 23:59 EDT 

The Semi-Finalist proposal authors in the Materials Matter contest will now have until June 19, 2016 at 23:59 EDT to revise their work. On June 20, all proposals will be locked for editing and considered final. We encourage the Climate CoLab community to support the Semi-Finalists by making suggestions on their comment page during the revision period!

Finalist Selection Period 

After the proposal revision period, we will hold another round of evaluations for the Materials Matter contest in late June, to select the contest’s Finalists. From among the Finalists, Judges will select their favorite, called the Judges’ Choice Award.

Public Voting Period from July 5 – 31 

Finalists’ proposals will be opened to a public vote, to determine the Popular Choice Award. This Public Voting Period will be open from July 5 – 31, during which all are invited to vote for their favorites. In the meantime, the public can comment on, or “support” proposals (which is akin to a “like” on Facebook) throughout the judging periods.

Where did all the other proposals go?

Contests have now entered the “Proposal Revisions” phase, which only displays the Semi-Finalists selected to advance to the next round. To view all submitted proposals, click the “Semi-Finalist selection” phase at the top of the contest homepage. If your proposal was not selected as a Semi-Finalist, but you would like to continue working on it, please visit our new contest workspaces for a forum to continue developing your proposal and to find new collaborators.

For more background on the contest: