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Climate CoLab is an online community of over 75,000 people, where people work together to develop proposals for how to address climate change.

Now in its fourth year, Crowds & Climate conference is a chance to connect with leaders from businesses, non-profit organizations, governments and communities around the world. Join us to hear and engage with innovative climate solutions and advance a new, collective way of tackling climate change.

For information about the programs, locations, contacts, and to register, click here:

Program Description

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).

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

9:00 AM – 6:30 PM (Doors open at 8:00 AM)

Sessions will take place in the MIT Samberg Center and the Media Lab.

We will kick off the morning session with a welcome address from Climate CoLab founder Thomas Malone, director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, who will showcase cutting-edge methodologies for how online tools and crowds can help tackle problems that are as massive and as complex as climate change.  His introduction will lead us into the morning plenary session, held in MIT’s beautiful new conference space, the Samberg Center.

As a key part of the event, we will be celebrating the innovative proposals that emerged from the 2016 Climate CoLab contests. In dedicated breakout sessions, you will hear how these winners are tackling some of the most demanding climate change challenges, as well as have the opportunity to meet and contribute to these winners in interactive workshop following the presentations.  Throughout the day, we have created opportunities for you to engage with other attendees about how the world’s experts and citizens can work together to solve the complex problem of climate change.  Morning beverages and lunch will be served.We will conclude the first day with an inspiring closing address, the announcement of the $10,000 Climate CoLab Grand Prize recipient, and celebratory reception at the MIT Media Lab. This session will be held in collaboration with MIT’s Solve initiative.


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
Other HUBweek events

Monday, September 25 – Saturday, October 1Climate 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:

Sept. 26, 3:00 – 5:00 PM: The Art of Talking Science
Sept. 27, 5:00 – 6:30 PM: How to Scale your Big Idea in a Complex World
Sept. 29, 6:00 – 11:00 PM: pARTy of the Greenway
Sept. 30, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Demo Day