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Program

Now in its fourth year, Crowds & Climate explores the potential for new, crowd-based technologies -- such as crowdsourcing, virtual collaboration, and online communities -- to help the world employ all its best resources and ingenuity to combat the challenge of climate change.

The one-and-a-half-day program will weave together a traditional conference style (keynote addresses and breakout sessions) with a strong online and crowd-focused approach (workshops, virtual engagement, and Open Space "unconference" session).

This year’s conference includes exclusive Climate CoLab programming, as well as a joint closing session with Solve, an MIT-initiated program with a goal to reduce the time between the invention and deployment of solutions to the world’s largest challenges.  Crowds & Climate is also a featured event of HUBweek, a week-long city-wide festival celebrating ideas and innovation in the Boston area hosted by MIT, Harvard University, The Boston Globe, and Mass General Hospital.

 

Keynote Speaker
 

Janos Pasztor
Senior Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Change
Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

For the last 35 years, Mr. Pasztor has worked for various United Nations and non-governmental organizations, and recently served as the UN’s Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change in the lead-up to the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, France in December 2015. He is currently the Director of the Carnegie Council’s Climate Geoengineering Governance project and a Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Climate Change.  Mr. Pasztor is a Hungarian and a Swiss citizen, and received his MS and BS degrees at MIT. Read more.


 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

All sessions will take place in the MIT Samberg Center except the Fuel challenge presentations, closing keynote & reception, which will be in the MIT Media Lab.

 This session will be webcast

 

8:00 AM

Doors Open

Registration opens and morning coffee and tea will be served.
 


 

9:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Address  

Thomas Malone, Director, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence @twmalone
 


 

9:45 AM

Recognizing Contest Winners  

In 2016, Climate CoLab sourced 579 proposals on how to tackle 17 unique aspects of the climate change challenge, including how to reduce emissions from the aviation industry, how to inspire the public to take climate action, how to adapt to climate change, and many more.  See the 2016 contest themes.  

From these, 27 top proposals from over 10 countries were selected for their novelty, feasibility, presentation, desirability, and impact on climate change.  Join us in congratulating the 2016 Climate CoLab winners!
 


 

10:00 AM

Breakout Sessions:  Winners' Presentations and Workshops  

Hear from and interact directly with the winning teams as they present their work to a live and global audience. Presentations will be followed by a highly interactive workshop, where you can meet and contribute to these innovative teams.

Attendees can select which of the following concurrent breakout sessions to join each hour:

10:00 am - 11:00 am 


15 minute break

11:15 am - 12:30 PM


 

12:30 PM

Community Lunch

Mingle with Climate CoLab winners and other experts and attendees over lunch.  Tables will feature topics so that people with similar interests can sit together.
 


 

1:30 PM

Breakout Sessions:  Winners' Presentations and Workshops  

Hear from and interact directly with the winning teams as they present their work to a live and global audience.  Presentations will be followed by a highly interactive workshop, where you can meet and contribute to these innovative teams.

Attendees can select which of the following concurrent breakout sessions to join each hour:

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM 


15 minute break

2:45 pm - 3:45 PM

15 minute travel time
 


 

4:00 PM

Keynote Address & Grand Prize Award 
MIT Media Lab

The CoLab Methodology
Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review, @jason_pontin
Thomas Malone, Director, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, @twmalone

Keynote Address
Janos Pasztor, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Change and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, @jpasztor

Audience Q&A, moderated by Thomas Malone

Grand Prize Winner Announcement
Thomas Malone will award the $10,000 Climate CoLab Grand Prize recipient, chosen from among all the 2016 Climate CoLab contest winners.

The Future of Solving
Alex Amouyel, Incoming Exective Director, Solve, @alexamouyel


 

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Evening Reception
MIT Media Lab

Informal networking and hors d'oeuvres served, open to all conference attendees.

 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Doors open at 8:00 AM)

All sessions will take place in the MIT Samberg Center

In this highly interactive morning session, meet and build connections with other climate innovators.  Through a facilitated "unconference", you can host or join short breakout sessions to delve deeper into topics that are of greatest relevance, interest and importance to you. In these sessions, you can:

  • Network with other attendees in a meaningful way
  • Explore more deeply the themes introduced at the conference
  • Bring up new topics or issues that were not addressed
  • Share research, projects, businesses and/or Climate CoLab proposal ideas with others, get feedback, and explore how to make them happen


Attendees will be given the opportunity to move freely between discussion topics as well as generate their own.  Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Sector-specific challenges and opportunities, such as financing the global response to climate change, scaling renewable energy technologies in developing countries, and carbon pricing
  • The role of the crowd in tackling climate change
  • Leveraging crowds to address other complex societal issues, such as the remaining three Solve pillars: education, healthcare, and infrastructure/economic opportunity


Facilitated by Bob Halperin, president of Alumni Forum Services and Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.

Morning beverages will be served but please note that lunch is not included.

 

Other HUBweek events

Monday, September 25 - Saturday, October 1
 

Climate CoLab is a featured event of HUBweek, a week-long city-wide festival celebrating ideas and innovation in the Boston area hosted by MIT, Harvard University, the Boston Globe, and Mass General Hospital.  Events that may be of interest to the Climate CoLab community include:

 

And many others.

 

 - Please note that the schedule is being finalized and is subject to change -