A lot of exciting things happened for Climate CoLab in 2018. Winners were announced for seven sectoral climate change contests ranging from land use change to adaptation. These winners were invited to activities that took place at MIT and in Boston, and had the opportunity to present their proposals in front of a variety of stakeholders at a MIT student event and HUBweek– a week long celebration of science, technology, and art. During the presentation at HUBweek, a Grand Prize Winner was announced. Johanna Hoffman took home a $10,000 Grand Prize for her proposal Climate Stories.
Additionally, we worked closely with some exciting contest partners including Horizon18, Centre for Social Innovation, Ville de Montréal, ICLEI, UN Environment, UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R, and InsuResilience. Contest winners from the Exploring Synergistic Solutions for Sustainable Development contest–run alongside UN Environment–were invited to showcase their work at UN Environment’s conference in Kenya, met with the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Environment, and had their proposal included in the Global Environment Outlook, which is UN Environment’s flagship report on the state of the environment and is distributed to decision-makers around the globe. Further, the winners from the Absorbing Climate Impacts contest, run in partnership with the UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R and InsuResilience, joined us at COP24 to present their proposals in front of the global community.
Growing to 120,000 members, Climate CoLab continues to be on the forefront of crowdsourcing innovative solutions for global climate change. We’re excited to see what 2019 has in store for us!
Annalyn Bachmann & the Climate CoLab Team
at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence