|Challenge Title:||BlueGreen Innovation Challenge.|
|Challenge Owners:||SeaAhead, National Grid, and the Cambridge Innovation Center.|
|Challenge award:||FINALISTS WILL RECEIVE:|
• Mentorship and feedback from program partners and industry experts
• The opportunity to pitch solutions at the Demo Day event, in March 2021
• Prize money and public recognition
1st Place Prize: $10,000
2nd Place Prize: $2,000
3rd Place Prize: $500
• Access to facilities at CIC Providence
• Opportunity to work with project partners to implement solutions.
|Challenge Blurb:||SeaAhead, National Grid, and the Cambridge Innovation Center established the BlueGreen Innovation Challenge to support novel approaches to interconnected challenges in Rhode Island. This systems design challenge will leverage one of the state’s key assets – its university students – to conceive and develop big ideas at the energy-food-urban community-coastal nexus.|
|Challenge Description:||Globally today, there are a variety of acute, interrelated challenges at the energy-food-water-urban nexus. Rhode Island, with its history of creativity, has an opportunity at the local level to demonstrate leadership and innovation to tackle these challenges.|
In January 2020, Governor Raimondo signed an Executive Order committing Rhode Island to be powered by 100 percent renewable electricity by the end of the decade. What new ideas could help us to sustainably leverage Rhode Island’s resources to eliminate fossil fuels?
Local Food-Energy Nexus:
In 2019, more than 100 million pounds of seafood landed in Rhode Islands ports, with a value of over $1 billion. As ‘whole chain’ sustainability becomes more important to consumers, how can we ensure that every step in the supply chain – from boat and farm to plate – has as little environmental impact as possible?
Ports, Urban E-Mobility, and Electrification:
With the rapid development of New England’s offshore wind sector, Rhode Island’s ports are expected to see a rise in activity. In contrast RIDOT reported that only 3% of residents used public transportation in 2019, lagging behind neighboring states. How can we better connect Rhode Island in ways that support the state’s clean energy goals?
|Open for Submissions:||Yes.|
|Deadline for Submissions:||January 12, 2020.|
|Registration Details:||Register for the challenge HERE.|
For project assistance, please contact Danish Cleantech Hub or Mille Munksgaard, Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.