MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2016

Hackathon for Climate

John E Fernandez, Professor of Architecture, ESI Director, Thomas Malone, Professor of Management, Climate Co-Lab Director

Jan/29 Fri 09:00AM-05:00PM 7-429, Bring your laptop - and your friends!

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/29
Limited to 40 participants

Hackathon for Climate:  Develop plans for what to do about global climate change

Space still available!

Awards include $500 cash, WakaWaka solar chargers, and Luci inflatable color solor lights!  Do you have ideas for what the world should do about climate change?  Would you like to use your scientific, engineering, design, social science, or other knowledge to help figure out how to solve what many people believe is one of the world’s biggest problems today?  MIT's Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI) and Climate Co-Lab are co-sponsoring a day-long event to help you do just that. 

The MIT Climate CoLab is a web-based community of over 50,000 people all over the world who work together to create and evaluate proposals for action on global climate change (see   With involvement from leading experts on climate change and collaboration with organizations from the United Nations to the American Geophysical Union to the City of Cambridge, proposals developed here reach an influential global audience.

Come with a team or form teams with others you meet at the workshop.  Spend the day developing proposals on actions to address climate change, from how to generate electricity with lower emissions, to how to change public attitudes about climate, to what the whole world should do about climate.

After the hackathon ends, you can continue developing your proposals to compete for recognition and cash prizes in the various Climate CoLab contests.

Sponsor(s): Environmental Solutions Initiative
Contact: Amanda Graham, E70-1283, 617 253-8995, AGRAHAM@MIT.EDU