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2017 Climate CoLab Semi-Finalists Announced

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From June to September, 2017, nearly 300 proposals on ways to tackle global climate change were submitted to seven open, online contests on MIT’s Climate CoLab. Climate CoLab would like to thank all of the proposal authors who created them, the expert Advisors and Judges who contributed their expertise to the contest process, and the volunteer Fellows and Catalysts who donated their time to support the community, and offer feedback to authors.

Contest Judges have now reviewed all of the proposals and selected 95 to advance as Semi-Finalists. We are excited to share with you the latest cohort of Climate CoLab Semi-Finalists, and please join us in congratulating them for their achievements.

Who are the Semi-Finalists?

To learn more about the current Semi-Finalists, please visit the contest home-pages using the links below.

What happens next?

Semi-Finalists Proposal Revision Period: Open Now until Monday, November 6, 6 p.m. Eastern Time

Semi-Finalist proposal authors will now have until November 6, 6 p.m. Eastern Time to respond to the Judges’ and community feedback, and to revise their work. At the deadline, 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, and using the “support” function to indicate their encouragement.


Finalist Selection Period from November 7 – December 12, 2017 

Following the proposal revision period, proposals will undergo another round of evaluations between November 7 – December 12 , to select the contest’s Finalists. From among the Finalists, Judges will select their favorites, called Judges’ Choice Award winners.


Public Voting Period from December 18 – January 15, 2018

Once Finalists are selected, Finalists’ proposals will be opened to a public vote, to determine the Popular Choice winners. This Public Voting Period will be open from December 18 – January 15, 2018, 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 contest workspaces for a forum to continue developing your proposal and to find new collaborators.

Happy Co-Laborating!