Wednesday, September 28, 2016

All sessions took place in the MIT Samberg Center except the closing keynote & reception, which was in the MIT Media Lab.

8:00 AM Registration opened

Registration opened and morning coffee and tea was 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.

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 Session #1

Attendees heard from and interacted directly with the winning teams as they presented their work to a live and global audience. Presentations were followed by a highly interactive workshop.

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

10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Localizing Energy (Room 3 & 4)
  • Inspiring the Public (Room 5 & 6)

15 minute break

11:15 am - 12:30 pm
  • Transforming Transportation (Room 3 & 4)
  • MIT Campus & Region (Room 5 & 6)

12:30 am Community Lunch

Climate CoLab winners and participants mingled and other experts and attendees over lunch. Tables featured topics so that people with similar interests could sit together.

1:30 pm Breakout Session #2

1:30 am - 2:30 am
  • Sustainable Supply Chains (Room 3)
  • Social Enterprises in Developing Countries (Room 4)
  • Apps & Maps (Room 5)
  • Fuel: Carbon Price (Media Lab, 75 Amherst St))

15 minute break

2:45 am - 3:45 pm
  • Social Enterprises in Developing Countries (Room 4)
  • Apps & Maps (Room 5)
  • Fuel: Negative Carbon Emissions (Media Lab, 75 Amherst St)

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 awarded 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 - 6:30 pm Evening Reception

MIT Media Lab Informal networking and hors d'oeuvres were served, open to all conference attendees.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Unconference Sessions

MIT Samberg Center

In this highly interactive morning session, attendees met and built connections with other climate innovators. Through a facilitated "unconference", they could host or join short breakout sessions to delve deeper into topics that are of greatest relevance, interest and importance to them.

In these sessions, you could:

- 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 were given the opportunity to move freely between discussion topics as well as generate their own.

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

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

Breakout Sessions

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Inspiring the Public: Climate Education & Collaboration Rooms 5 & 6, Samberg Conference Center

Sarah Finnie Robinson, Climate CoLab Judge, Founding Partner, WeSpire Inc.

 DearTomorrow, a promise to the future about climate change /
To shift behavior and broaden the climate culture, we invite people to send open letters about climate change to loved ones in the future.

 What is climate change and what do I have to do with it? /  ENGAJAMUNDO 
We seek to empower young Brazilians by showing them that we are part of the solution to overcome current problems caused by climate change.

 ClimateX /  Team MITACAL 
ClimateX is a platform where MIT Alumni can learn climate-related science, technology and policy while transitioning into a green career

Localizing Energy Rooms 3 & 4, Samberg Conference Center

Frank O'SullivanDirector of Research, MIT Energy Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

 Interactive Business Energy and Emissions Dashboard for Cities /  Climate Smart
Create a dashboard that allows cities to understand their business emissions by sector, business size, emissions source, and track progress

 Franchised Microgrids for the Developing World Based on Open Source Components /  jlgula
Deploy microgrids to the developing world using a franchise business model based on open source hardware to reduce cost.

 The Collective Power Platform /  roelofsmichiel nikodem.bienia
The Collective Power Platform is a local peer to peer energy trading market for and by prosumers.

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Transforming Transportation Rooms 3 & 4, Samberg Conference Center

Jim Newman
Climate CoLab Contest Collaborator on Designing High Density Urban Bike Parking, Principal, Linnean Solutions

 Strategic Investment to Scale-up Aviation Biofuel / sunny1990 & vmthomas1  (presenting virtually)
Focusing heavy investments from China to ramp up sustainable biofuel production can bring global costs down.

 Cross Flow Air Turbine (CFAT) Auxiliary Power Unit / AirMach Innovations
Zero fuel Zero Emission replacement technology for aircraft's Auxiliary Power Units (APUs).

 Mini Elevated cTrains (caterpillar trains) /  terrautopia
A comprehensive solution-mass transit for all: MINI ELEVATED cTrains: seating room only - minimal height-width-length - visibly acceptable.

 The Flycycle /  J2 for K2
The flycycle is efficient, accessible, easy for any organization to buy and install, and a beautiful addition to street life.

MIT Campus & Region: Local Designs for the Future Rooms 5 & 6, Samberg Conference Center

Steve Lanou
Deputy Director, MIT Office of Sustainability

 100% Net Zero Carbon Plan, 60% NZ Effectively Free, Expert Team Ready! /  Net Zero Foundation
100% Net Zero Carbon for all Buildings. MIT 60-80% NZ for free! #DivestTheCampus -- Join the #NetZeroMovement to save the Planet!

 Building Cooling and Heating, with Solar Robotic Concentrated Thermal Collectors /  Lighthouse Group
It is economically and practically feasible, to substitute 60% of the energy we use for cooling and heating our buildings with solar energy.

 Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project / Sustainable Shores
Sustainable Shorelines generates info about best shoreline management options preserving ecology through adapting to climate change impacts.

 Infrastructure for a Livable Future /  CRWA
Community Water and Energy LEFTs produce reliable, renewable and resilient energy and clean water while restoring the natural environment.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Social enterprises in developing countries: 1 Room 4, Samberg Conference Center

Daniel Sweeney,
Research Scientist, Biomass Fuel & Cookstoves, MIT D-Lab 

 Dry firewood needs seasoning, covered storage and a drying chimney /  climaterescue (presenting virtually)
After careful seasoning and storing, use a simple drying chimney for firewood. Next generation cookstoves can also be carbon-positive!

 Smokeless gas cylinder stove with wood drier / saadithya
Modifying old unused gas cylinder into a smokeless stove for cooking, heat radiated while using it is used for drying wood.

Apps & Maps: Digital Tools for Climate: 1Room 5, Samberg Conference Center

Gaëlle Janvier
, Climate CoLab Advisor, Co-Founder of Lande and Co-Founder of EcoHackMTL

 Recykle | A smart phone app to manage household waste responsibly /  Kabadiwalla Connect
Develop a smart phone app that helps people segregate, compost, find their closest kabadiwalla and sign-up for local waste management events

 My Energy Xpert: a home and small business energy management solution /  energyX Solutions
My Energy Xpert is a SMART energy audit and monitoring app empowering people to save time, money and lower their energy footprint. - Bringing transparent energy data to rental housing markets / 
If we want to reverse climate change, we have to reach people who don't think about it. Let's make climate-friendly housing decisions easy.

Sustainable & Efficient Supply ChainsRoom 3, Samberg Conference Center

Moderator: Bob Halperin, President of Alumni Forum Services and Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

 25ºC (77ºF) /  Kiri
Regulate industry globally so all new air conditioners have a minimum of 25ºC(77ºF). Reset existing equipment to comply this new standard.

 Empowering designers roles in using better sustainable material options /  Team Wonder
Sourceseed is a curated alternative material option platform that allows designers to co-buy fabrics with eachother at an affordable price.

Conscious textile reverse logistics /  Retalhar (presenting virtually)
Retalhar is a social business that promotes reverse logistics of corporate uniforms by disposing it in a socio-environmental friendly way.

Fuel: Carbon PriceMIT Media Lab

2:00 - 2:45 PM


Climate Coin, Dennis Peterson (multi-year Climate CoLab winner)

SnoCaps, the people’s cap-and-trade, James D’Angelo (2014 Climate CoLab winner)

Solar Dollars, the world currency to price and finance carbon mitigation, Global4C  (2015 Climate CoLab winner)

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Social enterprises in developing countries: 1 Room 4, Samberg Conference Center

Jayant Sathaye,
Climate CoLab Judge, Visiting Professor UC-Berkeley

 Vertical and Micro-gardening(VMG) climate smart farming in Uganda /  PaulCastor (presenting virtually)
VMG is a CSA approach that uses the Vertical farming technology to convert 9 square feet into 36 square feet of farming space.

 Reducing methane emissions from rice farming / ClimateRe
Reducing Methane Emission While Enhancing Rice Farmers’ Resilience to Climate Change

Apps & Maps: Digital Tools for Climate: 1Room 5, Samberg Conference Center

Dave Miller,
Founder & Executive Managing Director,Clean Energy Venture Group
Research Affiliate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management

 Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategies for Property and Community /  Climate.IQ
Climate.IQ is a web tool that uses spatial and statistical analysis to conduct climate risk assessmennt for properties and communities.

 Cooperative Building /  Kaenga
Let's build more sustainable buildings by empowering people to design their homes and shape their communities.

Fuel: Negative Carbon EmissionsMIT Media Lab