Please find below the judging results for your proposal.

Semi-Finalist Evaluation

Judges' comments

Thank you for participating in the 2016 Climate CoLab's Climate Smart Zero Carbon Cities contest, and for the time you spent in creating your entry.

The Judges have strongly considered your proposal, and have chosen to not advance it as a Semi-Finalist for this contest.

There are interesting ideas in your proposal. However, at the core of this proposal is the ambition to create two different organizations/centers: The Dresden ULab Hub,and also the X Prize Think Tank Dresden. But neither of these is described in enough detail to really understand what they are or the work that they would be doing.

The budget section gives some hints, but again none of the specific line items has been discussed in enough detail to really understand what is being proposed.

Also, it is nowhere clear how this proposal intends to use "smart technologies" as a tool for helping to reduce urban GHG emissions. Given that, it is not clear why you have submitted your proposal to the "Smart Zero Carbon Challenge" and not another one that has more to do with awareness raising/public engagement/mobilization.

We, the Judges and contest Fellows, are truly grateful for your contribution to the Climate CoLab and for your commitment to address climate change.

We very much hope you will stay involved in the Climate CoLab community. Please support and comment on other proposals on the platform and continue to submit your ideas into our contests.

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Keep up the great work. And thank you again for being a part of this mission to harness the world’s collective efforts to develop and share innovative climate change solutions.

All the best,
2016 Climate CoLab Judges

1  comment

Ralf Lippold

Nov 5, 2017


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Dear Judges, 

The main intention is to form the CitizenScienceLab (which at the present moment is focused on Dresden and its region, and action research since 2008 has been done here). DresdenULabHub (a local initiative within the MOOC u.lab) and XPRIZE Think Tank Dresden are merely supporting ideas that have the intention to pull other actors (locally and globally).

Before putting "smart technologies" to action we see it necessary to build up the shared understanding amongst citizens, policy makers, business leaders, scientists, and artists what their specific contribution (or not) have on the progress path towards GHG-neutral future. Once little prototypes are applicable such as #OLEDine (a proposal to use arts to bring new "smart technology" like OLED to a broader audience, and eventual supporters/funders).

We are looking forward to the upcoming #COP23 in Bonn which we will follow digitally from Dresden, via HTxA - HighTech x Agency.