Boulder To Serve as Pilot for MIT Climate Change Challenge

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Climate CoLab has chosen Boulder as a host city for all forms of innovation in hopes of having a positive effect on the environment and building community relations.

by Alex Burness, Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo. / October 7, 2015

(TNS) -- How can Boulder build community engagement and connectivity around climate change? What social infrastructure is needed to unite the city on this issue?

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Climate CoLab, a crowdsourcing platform that aims to address climate change, announced Tuesday that Boulder will serve as a pilot city for a global contest that will solicit answers to those questions.

Greg Guibert, the city's chief resilience officer, is "thrilled" at the news.

"We are looking for new, creative innovations to emerge, whether it is a mobile application, a web portal or a new format for bringing people together to address climate change," he said in a news release.

People are invited to submit proposals through CoLab's website.

"In addition to offering proposals to build community engagement, applicants should also suggest ways to leverage existing efforts in the community for a greater impact," the city's release reads. "The winning submittals will serve as a model for other communities around the world."

Proposals will be accepted through Jan. 8, but applicants who submit by Nov. 30 will be guaranteed early feedback from judges, MIT says.

Contest winners will be named March 12, and prizes will be announced at a later date.

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