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Crowds and Climate Conference 2015


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

All sessions will take place in the MIT Stratton Student Center.

7:00 am Registration opens


8:00 am Welcome

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

8:10 am Keynote Panel Discussions

Breakthroughs and Barriers - the State of Play in Climate Innovation

John Sterman, Director, MIT System Dynamics Group, MIT Sloan School of Management
Bina Venkataraman, Carnegie Fellow, New America; Lecturer, MIT's Department of Science, Technology & Society; Former Senior Advisor for Climate Change Innovation, Obama Administration
Leslie Dewan, Co-founder & CEO, Transatomic Power; Member, MIT Corporation
Chris Knittel, Director, MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research
Jason Jay, Senior Lecturer & Director, MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative (moderator)

8:45 am Recognizing Contest Winners

Congratulating the 2015 Climate CoLab winners.

9:00 am Breakout Sessions: Winners' Presentations and Expert Panels

This year's contest winners will present their high-impact proposals on how to tackle specific climate change challenges and engage with leaders in the field to help accelerate the development and adoption of the ideas. Topics to be discussed include reducing emissions from transportation, how communities can adapt to climate change, how the United States can implement a price on carbon emissions, and many more. See the 2015 contest themes.
9:00 am - 9:50 am
Solutions for Cities: Urban Design
Start-Ups for Developing Economies
Mobilizing Citizens for Climate Action
Pricing Carbon Emissions in the United States
Pamir Mountains: Adapting Ecological Calendars
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Solutions for Cities: Developing Economies
Start-Ups for Advanced Economies
Mobilizing Cities & Industry for Climate Action
Empowering Rural Communities through Sustainable Land Management
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Solutions for Cities: Somerville, MA
Ocean Energy & Emissions Policy
Sustainable Waste Management
New Materials for Reducing Emissions

12:00 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 Interactive Workshop

Meet and work with the Climate CoLab winners, build teams for future Climate CoLab proposals, and engage in deeper conversations with other attendees about how the world's experts and citizens can work together to solve the complicated problem of climate change.

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
  • Forming teams to build global climate action plans for the 2015 contest
  • Research, projects, businesses and/or other Climate CoLab contest ideas
  • 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.

Break with snacks & refreshments

4:45 pm Announcing the 2015 Grand Prize Winner

Following a break with food and beverages, the Climate CoLab 2015 Grand Prize winner will be announced and awarded a $10,000 cash prize.

4:50 pm Solve Roundtable: Fuel

Join an interactive livestream of Solve's expert panel discussion on the challenges to double energy and food production, halve carbon output by 2050, and set a path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2100. Whether providing energy to rapidly developing industrial countries or powering the infrastructure of an increasingly technology-driven economy, global energy demands continue to grow. How do we generate and store energy from cleaner sources? How will we provide food and clean water sustainably to 9.6 billion people? How do we mitigate the impact of climate change now and in the future?

Introduction by:
Dr. Angela Belcher, W.M. Keck Professor of Energy; Professor, Department of Biological Engineering and Department of Material Science and Engineering, MIT
Dr. Robert Armstrong, Director, MIT Energy Initiative; Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Turning Inspiration into Action

In this closing session, we will identify and accumulate the key takeaways from the day and recap the connections, insights and new actions you and others will take to help advance the global response to climate change.


Crowds & Climate conference
Tuesday, October 6
Sala de Puerto Rico
Stratton Student Center
84 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Crowds and Climate Conference 2015

Breakout Sessions

Attendees may choose one of the three or four concurrent sessions to attend.

9:00 am- 9:50 am

Solutions For Cities: Urban Design

Sala de Puerto Rico, 2nd floor, Stratton Student Center

Cooling with Urban-Ecosystem Services / Biomimicry NE
FIGHT urban heat island effect like a forest. Capture water, filter light, and evaporate to keep cool.

Cold Spot: Evaporative Cooling through Ceramics / ceramics
Designing an oasis in the heat island of Cambridge.

China’s rural-urban intensification. Envisioning the habitat of the future / tcatta
Design strategies to improve resilience of China’s rural towns. Envisioning harmonious relationship between the rural and urban environments.

Start-Ups Developing Economies

20 Chimneys, 3rd floor, Stratton Student Center

SunSaluter: a low-cost, passive solar tracker that produces clean water / SunSaluter
The SunSaluter is a low-cost solar panel rotator which boosts efficiency by 30% and produces four liters of clean drinking water each day!

Pedal power / New Latin America
An initiative that reduce green house gases emissions; while you generate electricity, get a healthier life and reduce vehicular traffic.

Making every watt count: An intelligent demand side management system on phones / Energy-Save (Esave)
A smart energy audit on consumers’ phones displaying their real time electricity consumption, wastage sources n tips to reduce energy use.

Mobilizing Citizens for Climate Action

Mezzanine, 3rd floor, Stratton Student Center

National campaign in India aimed to create a network of young Energy Ambassadors / Vijnana Bharati
National level campaign on energy conservation and renewable energy in Indian schools, aimed at building a network of Energy Ambassadors

Unleash the energy of millions by making climate action simple, relevant and fun / Dylan H + Quentin P
It’s 2050 and your granddaughter, Ohno, is suffering. Your climate action today will change her world and transform her life for the better.

Pricing Carbon Emissions in the United States

West Lounge, 2nd floor, Stratton Student Center

Novel Strategy On Private Sector's Internal/"Shadow" Carbon Pricing / kathoh
Surprise: many companies already have internal/shadow carbon pricing! Here's how to use leverage more carrots & sticks to make it universal.

Sweeten the Carbon Deal / billferree
Build a climate fix coalition by cutting taxes on wages. This is the sugar. Medicine is the fee on carbon.

The Little Engine That Could: Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend / CitizensClimateLobby
A revenue neutral, steadily rising fee on GHG emissions will steer the economy to a clean energy future and establish US climate leadership.

Pamir Mountains: Adapting Ecological Calendars

Room 407, 4th floor, Stratton Student Center

Biodiversity collections as tools for understanding changes in the Pamir Mtns / ellwood
Anticipate and adapt to changing phenological patterns in the Pamir Mtns through the use of historical and contemporary biodiversity data.

Linking Climate Information to Ecological Calendars: An Appointment With Drought / mattbarlow
Prepare for climate change and apply regional drought information in the Pamirs by linking climate science with human ecological calendars.

Recalibration of traditional calendars through participatory data collection / TedW
Traditional knowledge, participatory science, and modern data analytics to create climate-smart, farm-scale agricultural body calendars.

10:00 am- 10:50 am

Solutions for Cities: Developing Economies

Sala de Puerto Rico, 2nd floor, Stratton Student Center

Networking Rwanda's Air Pollution Problem with Low-Cost Air Quality Sensors / langleydew
Establishing a low-cost air quality sensor network in Kigali, Rwanda with publicly accessible data empowering the public and policies.

Establish Local Energy Interaction Strategies (LEIS) as driver to GHG reductions / G4 Energía
Highly replicable solution for Latin America reality based on local energy interaction strategy to create a win-win network to GHG reduction.

Bamboo Air Purification / Joseph5Chepsoi
Bamboo grows in most soils, environments, climate with minimal tillage, input, care and naturally purifies the air we breathe.

Electricity at the lowest societal cost: holistic optimization / EMERGE
Electricity at the lowest societal cost by optimizing techno-economic, environmental and health impacts of electricity infrastructure growth.

Start-Ups for Advanced Economies

20 Chimneys, 3rd floor, Stratton Student Center

fulFILL: A delivery service for household products without wasteful packaging / fulFILL
fulFILL aims to combat the waste epidemic by revolutionizing the way we consume common household products.

Plan to build low-carbon cities from the ground up in the United States / NewCityFounders
Low-carbon cities can be engineered and built today for livability, sustainability, resiliency, energy-efficiency and affordability.

Mobilizing Cities and Industries for Climate Action

Mezzanine, 3rd floor, Stratton Student Center

2020 Cities By 2020: America's Mayors Taking Charge On Climate Change / kathoh
Cities, not Congress, are leading the charge on climate change. Accelerate the movement to double the # cities onboard to 2020 by 2020.

United States Industrial Collaboration Agency (USICA) / SolarVibes
Removing inefficiencies of industrial innovation by facilitating collaborations and accelerating R&D solutions toward earlier adoption

Empowering Rural Communities through Sustainable Land Management

West Lounge, 2nd floor, Stratton Student Center

Seeding Science Knowledge by engaging local experts / Geocitizens
Local prioritization and testing of adaptation practices supported by a collaborative mapping tool will out scale lessons learned globally

Integrating REDD+ and Green Economic Growth for sustainable forest landscapes / charlesehrhart
Using green economic growth to create scalable, replicable financial incentives for the sustainable management of forest landscapes.

Sand Dams for Climate Change Adaptation in Ghana / G4CC
The project aims to build six sand dams in the Upper East region of Ghana to capture and store water for domestic and agricultural purposes.

11:00 am- 11:50 am

Local Solutions for the City of Somerville

Room 407, 4th floor, Stratton Student Center

Sustainable Urban Food Initiative (SUFI) for Climate Change Resilience / PlaneTiers
SUFI provides an integrated hub that sustainably manages the urban energy-water-food nexus in an era of climate change.

The Loop Transit System / SomClimateAction
The Loop transit system is a fleet of fare-based passenger vehicles that travel planned routes within city limits on a continuous schedule.

CarbonGobbler - Engaging Citizens And Business In Lowering Carbon Emissions / CarbonGobbler
Manage and Control Carbon Emission biggies, energy use and transportation choices with CarbonGobbler. While saving money too.

Ocean Energy and Emissions Policy

20 Chimneys, 3rd floor, Stratton Student Center

Robotic Solar Armada / Helionauts
Synthetic fuel produced by solar harvesting ships can accelerate the transition to renewable energy by obviating an infrastructure overhaul.

Tidal Pump / Robert Tulip
Designing an oasis in the heat island of Cambridge.

An economically and legally viable mechanism for internalizing marine emissions / Ship-Emissions-Levy
Making polluters pay for climate damage caused by maritime emissions by overcoming avoidance, legal, data and global coordination issues.

Sustainable Waste Management for Developing Economies

Mezzanine, 3rd floor, Stratton Student Center

Nualgi - Diatom Algae for Sewage Treatment / Nualgi-Diatom Algae
Using Nualgi to grow Diatoms is the most economical and sustainable solution to sewage treatment, growing fish and fuel and sequester carbon.

GHG Rescue; Buying Waste from Households and selling it to Recycle Companies / G4CC
The GHG Rescue Project seeks to buy segregated waste from households in Accra, Ghana and sell it to Recycling Companies.

Generation of Biogas energy from animal waste for use in rural areas / asigealex
The use of Biogas energy from animal waste is a sustainable source of energy to meet the domestic energy demands for cooking and lighting.

New Materials for Reducing Emissions

West Lounge, 2nd floor, Stratton Student Center

Utilizing Molecularly Imprinted Technology to Selectively Filter Pollutants / alexkrotz
Molecular Imprinted Polymers present a unique opportunity to make inexpensive materials that selectively bind to and filter pollutants.

3D Printing Hempcrete - The People will know what they want once they see it... / AFMPPA
Build a full size 3D Printed Hempcrete Structure to demonstrate Hemp/3D Printing as a sustainable alternative to traditional construction.