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Winners Announced in 7 Climate Contests!


In the summer of 2017, Climate CoLab opened seven contests on key challenges in addressing climate change, including reducing emissions in transportation, implementing a price on carbon, preparing for climate impacts, and others. Nearly 300 proposals were submitted to the platform, and evaluated by expert Judges, who then selected 95 Semi-Finalists. Authors had a chance to revise their proposals with the Judges’ feedback before entering a second round of evaluation, where 37 proposals were selected as Finalists, and opened for a public vote.  In 2017 and early 2018, the Climate CoLab community grew to over 100,000 members, who cast over 10,000 votes to select the contests’ Popular Choice winners. We are excited to announce that 17 Winners have been selected by the Judges and global community!

The Judges’ Choice Award and Popular Choice Award Winners will be invited to MIT in October to participate in our programming as a part of HUBweek, a week-long “festival of the future” in the heart of Boston.  The $10,000 Grand Prize winner will be announced at those events.

2017 Contest Results 

All submitted proposals are now displayed on each contest homepage, with the contest Winners, Finalists, and Semi-Finalists recognized.

Starting in 2017, authors were asked to specify if their proposal is a project or a practice*. In many contests, Judges selected two Judges’ Choice Winners to acknowledge both the top practice and project submitted.


Judges’ Choice Winner Project
Incentivized disaster preparedness & gamification /  Saadithya + Sarkar
Platform to drive disaster risk preparedness with chatbots, gamification, incentives, insurance innovation; & bridge multiple stakeholders.

Judges’ Choice Winner Practice
Naturally heated homes for colder and poorer regions of the world /  Javed Sultan
Searching for Building Technology that are less fossil fuel dependent, affordable, encourage capacity building, and more climate responsive.

Popular Choice Winner
User-Maintained, Highly Efficient Solar Powered Water Purification Systems /  PV Pure
Our solar-power purification systems are cost-effective, easy to maintain, and sustainably use varied water sources to combat disaster risk.


Judges’ Choice Winner Practice
Naturally heated homes for colder and poorer regions of the world /  Javed Sultan
Teaching people to build low carbon footprint, energy efficient, and naturally heated homes in poorer and colder regions of the world

Judges’ Choice Winner Project & Popular Choice Winner
willpower-energy: Make your own fuel from CO2 at home /  Alexia Ferreira Teren and 1 other
willpower-energy makes it possible to transform atmospheric CO2 into fuel and to store energy – in your own home for your own home.

Carbon Pricing

Judges’ Choice Winner Project
Put A Price On It /  Our Climate
Empower students and millennials across the U.S. to hold polluters accountable with a price on carbon pollution.

Judges’ Choice Winner Practice
Proxy pricing carbon in state govt procurement, contracting, and acquistion /  Adele Morris
Proxy pricing adds a hypothetical carbon surcharge to market energy prices when choosing among emissions-intensive goods and services.

Popular Choice Winner
Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend: Bending the Emissions Curve /  CitizensClimateLobby
A revenue neutral, rising fee on GHG emissions will steer the economy to a low-carbon future and re-establish US climate leadership.

Energy Supply

Judges’ Choice Winner Project
HELIAC Solar Cooker – Inexpensive, But Efficient /  HELIAC
The Heliac Solar Cooker is inexpensive but efficient. A lens focusing sunlight generates heat. Improvements, distribution, & sales welcome.

Popular Choice Winner (tie)
Clean cooking solutions and development of a climate change mitigation programme /  Climate Advocacy
Replacement of open fire stoves with improved cookstoves can reduce indoor air pollution & can cut the amount of GHG emissions significantly

Popular Choice Winner (tie)
Community micro hydropower generation in the Hispaniola island /  REDSER
Community managed micro hydropower systems are a key instrument for climate change mitigation and sustainable development at local scale.

Land Use: Agriculture, Forestry, Waste Management

Judges’ Choice Winner Project & Popular Choice Winner (tie)
Developing an Alternative to Shifting Cultivation in North-East India. /  David Gandhi and 4 others
The SALT approach will be adapted to offer hill tribes a sustainable and climate smart alternative to shifting cultivation.

Popular Choice Winner (tie)
Assam Fuelwood Decision Support System (AFDSS) /  Swapan Mehra and 5 others
Systems dynamics modelling approach to address unsustainable extraction of fuelwood from forests and promote adoption of clean technologies

Shifting Attitudes & Behaviors

Judges’ Choice Winner Project (tie)
Climate Stories: a mobile community planning hub for climate adaptation /  Urban Fabrick
Climate Stories is an interactive mobile community hub for climate change engagement, planning & action.

Judges’ Choice Winner Project (tie) & Popular Choice Winner
Youth Climate Leaders (YCL) /  Cassia Moraes and 4 others
Young people traveling the world and working together to learn more about climate change and start their careers as climate leaders


Judges’ Choice Winner Project (tie) & Popular Choice Winner
Solar powered boats; fostering marine eco-conservation /  Birupakshya Dixit and 1 other
Use of Solar boats in tourist places can reduce the air, water and noise pollution.

Judges’ Choice Winner Project (tie)
Detox the Fleet /  Bill Ferree and 2 others
Battery electric drive retrofit protocol for small commercial vehicles. Used cars, vans, delivery trucks–carbon emission free.

*Starting in 2017, authors were asked to specify if their proposal is for a project or a practice.

  • A practice suggests actions that could be taken, but not the specific people or organizations who will take them. (For example, a proposal for how solar energy could be installed in developing countries using a franchise business model.) If the practice has already been implemented with very good results in one (or, preferably, many) places, it could be called a best practice.
  • project suggests actions that could be taken and the specific people or organizations who will take them. (For example, a proposal that outlines how CompanyX will work with the Indian government to launch solar energy franchises.)