DOE’s Crowdsourcing Initiative Seeks to Solve Buildings-Related Problems (Watch Video)

ENERGY.GOV12_Calling all building technology innovators! The Building Technologies Office is partnering with the successful SunShot Catalyst crowdsourcing initiative to identify and solve problems related to software development, data, and/or automation.

Individuals who submit a problem statement will have a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize!
Problem statements need to be submitted by July 15, 2015.

In the first, “Ideation” phase of the initiative, those working in the building technology space are invited to submit problem statements describing challenges that need to be overcome in order to promote better engagement with building occupants and to improve the ability to balance energy and occupant comfort objectives in a building. In addition to submitting problem statements, participants are invited to vote and comment on ideas that have already been submitted. To browse buildings-related statements that have been submitted, follow this link.

So what are you waiting for? Go and submit your problem statement by clicking here. You will need to:

Add a title and description of the problem statement
Make sure that “Ideation” is selected in the Campaign drop down box
Use “Buildings” tag for your problem statement
Add up to 5 URL links to the idea (optional)

For more information about the SunShot Catalyst and complete contest rules, visit the SunShot Catalyst website.

Competition phases following Ideation will focus on developing products that address submitted problem statements, and contestants will have a chance at up to $1,000,000 in total prizes. If you would like to find out more about the SunShot Catalyst and how it works, you are invited to attend Catalyst Jamathon @ WeWork in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 25 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Visit the SunShot Catalyst website for event details. A building-related Jamathon will be scheduled for later this summer.

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