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The Event: Make for the planet

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Hackers, coders, makers, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and tinkerers, celebrated Earth Day weekend 2017 by creating solutions to challenging conservation problems in front of a global audience! Multidisciplinary teams competed in an on-site event called Make for the Planet over three days of the Smithsonian Institution's Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, D.C. (April 21-23, 2017). Teams had access to a pop-up maker's space with equipment to create prototypes and models of hardware and/or software solutions to specific conservation problem. 

What: Make for the Planet is a team competition/hackathon to create hardware and/or software solutions to specific conservation challenges. Teams worked to solve global conservation challenges through creative and transformative solutions that harness emerging science and technology, entrepreneurship, and design.

How: Conservation X Labs provided conservation challenges two weeks before the event and global conservation experts pitched the problems on the first day of the Earth Optimism Summit to kick-off the event. Teams had until the morning of April 23rd to create solutions for display in a science-fair setting for viewing by judges, the public, and other Smithsonian Earth Optimism attendees. Solutions were presented as a physical or digital representation and more than a written explanation or pitch. Teams created solutions for one of the proposed conservation challenges using the equipment provided on-site over rather than bringing a pre-baked solution.    

Who: The first Make for the Planet event in 2017 hosted 16 multidisciplinary teams. There are no restrictions on age, occupation, education, or gender.

When: The inaugural Make for the Planet occurred during the Smithsonian's Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, D.C., over Earth Day weekend, 2017. Interested in hosting a Make for the Planet event? Contact us HERE to partner with Conservation X Labs on a future Make for the Planet.

April 2017 Make for the Planet Conservation challenges

Meet the conservation experts who presented the challenges to the teams during Make for the Planet in April, 2017.

Presented by Katie Matthews, PhD, Deputy Chief Scientist, Oceana 

Presented by Katie Matthews, PhD, Deputy Chief Scientist, Oceana 

 

1) Maximizing Food, Minimizing Catch? Tackling Overfishing, Wastage, and Market Inefficiencies in Our Seafood Systems. Find ways for small-scale fishers and/or buyers to “recapture” this lost fish with solutions that address the lack of fisheries data, cold storage options and market access.

 
Presented by Peter Leimgruber, PhD,  Center Head, Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

Presented by Peter Leimgruber, PhD, 
Center Head, Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

 

2) Tracking of Movement of Small Animals in Forest Ecosystems: The Search for a Flexible, Affordable, and Effective Solution. This challenge seeks flexible, field-ready solutions that enable ecosystem-wide and simultaneous tracking of multiple individuals of several small vertebrate species in dense forest ecosystems and that collects and integrates data on why, where, how and when animals move throughout ecosystems.

 
Presented by Max Wright, Remote Sensing & Spatial Modeling Analyst, Moore Center for Science, Conservation International

Presented by Max Wright, Remote Sensing & Spatial Modeling Analyst, Moore Center for Science, Conservation International

 

3) Ecosystem Services: The Nature We Need. Develop solutions that will measure ecosystem services consistently across large areas, measure the cultural and spiritual value of ecosystems, and connect people with ecosystem services.

 
Presented by Jamie Reaser, PhD, Executive Director of the National Invasive Species Council

Presented by Jamie Reaser, PhD, Executive Director of the National Invasive Species Council

 

4) City Limits: Halting the Entry and Spread of Invasive Species. The challenge seeks innovative approaches for the early detection of and the rapid response to invasive species introduced through ports of entry in urban environments.

 
Presented by Alix Grabowski, Senior Program Officer, Packaging and Material Science Sustainability Research & Development, WWF

Presented by Alix Grabowski, Senior Program Officer, Packaging and Material Science Sustainability Research & Development, WWF

 

5) Prevent plastic from becoming marine debris in the oceans. The challenge is to stop the flow of plastic waste to the ocean in key, top-polluting locations (China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam).

Watch the conservation experts present their challenges to the Make for the Planet teams at the 2017 Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summit:

Meet the Teams

Sixteen amazing teams participated in Make for the Planet during the Smithsonian's Earth Optimism Summit, April 2017.

Entrepreneurship, marketing, social justice advocate, international development, new product development, sculpting, architecture, graphic design, energy modeling, urban design, geospatial analysis, Water Resources, Ecosystems, engineering, emergency medicine, finance.

Entrepreneurship, marketing, social justice advocate, international development, new product development, sculpting, architecture, graphic design, energy modeling, urban design, geospatial analysis, Water Resources, Ecosystems, engineering, emergency medicine, finance.

All In
Melissa Guardaro, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University (ASU)

Jason Sauer, Environmental Life Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, ASU

Alexander Routhier, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, ASU

Yuliya Dzyuban, School of Sustainability, ASU

Marine science and conservation, environmental science, biology, alternative agriculture, CAD design, prototyping, computer science, app development, environmental engineering, rapid prototyping, 3D design, mechanical engineering, robotics.

Marine science and conservation, environmental science, biology, alternative agriculture, CAD design, prototyping, computer science, app development, environmental engineering, rapid prototyping, 3D design, mechanical engineering, robotics.

Atlantic Sturgeon

Candice Sheehan, Mechanical Engineering and Marine Science, Duke University

Jason Wang, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, Duke University

Alex Weck, Environmental Engineering, Duke University

Henry Quach, Mechanical Engineering, Duke University

Corporate sustainability, climate science, biodiversity conservation, project management, data science, mathematics, machine learning, web services, Information Technology Management, database development, software development, computer science, big data. Image by J_Alves

Corporate sustainability, climate science, biodiversity conservation, project management, data science, mathematics, machine learning, web services, Information Technology Management, database development, software development, computer science, big data. Image by J_Alves

BioDEVersity

Francesca Fernandez, Accenture

Michael Munn, Accenture Analytics

Fode Youla, Accenture

Shannon Barrow, Accenture

 
 
GIS, Environmental Science & Policy, Software Development, Web Design, Computer Science, data analytics, and BioStatistics.

GIS, Environmental Science & Policy, Software Development, Web Design, Computer Science, data analytics, and BioStatistics.

 

Emission Impossible

Lu Sevier, Booz Allen Hamilton - Software Development, AidData Alumna

Hannah Dempsey, ORISE intern at EPA, AidData Alumna

Justin Mezetin, Software Developer

Patrick Drake, Biostatistician, Center for Disease Control

 
Mechanical Engineering, Basic Sensor Design, Marine Science, Autonomous Systems, physiology, electronics and microprocessors (Hardware/wiring, Arduino), MATLAB, QGIS, Theater Studies, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Environmental Sciences, CAD, Arduino, Simulation.

Mechanical Engineering, Basic Sensor Design, Marine Science, Autonomous Systems, physiology, electronics and microprocessors (Hardware/wiring, Arduino), MATLAB, QGIS, Theater Studies, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Environmental Sciences, CAD, Arduino, Simulation.

Green Eggs and Sam

Sam Kelly, Mechanical Engineering, Duke University

Ashley Blawas, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Ashley Ericson, Mechanical Engineering, Theater Studies, Duke University

Carmen Hoyt, Marine Science and Conservation Leaders, Duke University

 
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Software Engineering, Data Mining, Unmanned Aircraft Operation, Aviation Safety Analysis, Forestry Conservation & Management, PCB Design/Production & Assembly, CAD/CAM, CNC Manufacturing, 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping, Arduino, Machine Learning, Photogrammetry, Image Analysis & Computer Vision, MIG/TIG Welding, Renewable Energy, Data Governance, Emergency Management Planning, Textiles Design and Manufacturing, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (CCS), User Experience (UX), Customer Experience (CX), Virtual/Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Speechwriting, Policy Formation & Research, Project Management, Event Management, Systems Administrator, Emerging Technologies, Customer Analytics, Market Research, Product Development, Web Design, Database Design and Management, Game Theory.

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Software Engineering, Data Mining, Unmanned Aircraft Operation, Aviation Safety Analysis, Forestry Conservation & Management, PCB Design/Production & Assembly, CAD/CAM, CNC Manufacturing, 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping, Arduino, Machine Learning, Photogrammetry, Image Analysis & Computer Vision, MIG/TIG Welding, Renewable Energy, Data Governance, Emergency Management Planning, Textiles Design and Manufacturing, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (CCS), User Experience (UX), Customer Experience (CX), Virtual/Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Speechwriting, Policy Formation & Research, Project Management, Event Management, Systems Administrator, Emerging Technologies, Customer Analytics, Market Research, Product Development, Web Design, Database Design and Management, Game Theory.

Kontinental Kompaktors

Courtney Greenley, Social Scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources

Brandon McKee, Special Projects & Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives

Matt Deal, Engineer, MTSI; Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Leadership Fairfax Emerging Leaders Institute

Emily Hanson, Data Governance Lead, Columbia Sportswear; DGIQ, PROSCI

Sustainable Solutions, Conservation, Tropical Ecology, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Mechanical Engineering, sustainability, Team Principal of a Formula SAE racecar team, web development, coding, manufacturing engineer.

Sustainable Solutions, Conservation, Tropical Ecology, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Mechanical Engineering, sustainability, Team Principal of a Formula SAE racecar team, web development, coding, manufacturing engineer.

Forward

Meghan Tierney, School of Sustainability, ASU

Dana Paz, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Erin Wallin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Computer Sciences - alumnus

Micaela Connors, Computer Sciences & Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mechanical engineering, visual arts, electrical engineering, computer engineering, robotics, 3D CAD, human-wildlife interactions, invasive species, drones.

Mechanical engineering, visual arts, electrical engineering, computer engineering, robotics, 3D CAD, human-wildlife interactions, invasive species, drones.

PAW2017

Henrik Cox, Mechanical Engineering and Visual Arts, Duke University

Kelsey Evezich, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University

Steven Burcat, Mechanical Engineering and Economics, Duke University

Jacob Baca, Duke University

 

 
 
Microbial ecology, environmental policy, sustainable agriculture, disease and climate change, air quality, water supply and reuse, vaccinations, and nutrition.

Microbial ecology, environmental policy, sustainable agriculture, disease and climate change, air quality, water supply and reuse, vaccinations, and nutrition.

 

Quad Delts

Linh Anh Cat, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California-Irvine

Rhea Dorris, Kimley Horn and Associates

Kristi Ray, Nova Southeastern University, NASA

Lauren Shum, Electrical and Computer Engineering | Energy Engineering, Duke University

Physics, mechanical engineering, sustainability, communication, Computer Science, and Biological Sciences.

Physics, mechanical engineering, sustainability, communication, Computer Science, and Biological Sciences.

Sun Devils for Sustainability

Tyler Dolyniuk, Civil Engineering and Business Management, ASU

Abrahm Coury, Barrett the Honors College, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, ASU

Mahinalani Wing, Barrett the Honors College, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, ASU

SiennaRae Walker, Mechanical Engineering, Barrett Honors College, ASU

Anthropology, Archeology, Genetic Algorithms, Systems Theory, Software development, data visualization, applied machine learning, GIS, human centered design, software development, sensors, low-cost technology development.

Anthropology, Archeology, Genetic Algorithms, Systems Theory, Software development, data visualization, applied machine learning, GIS, human centered design, software development, sensors, low-cost technology development.

Team Hephaestus

Stew Stremel, Entrepreneur, Ligtwell.biz

Jeff Davis, Entrepreneur

Bob Vogt, Software developer

 
We are skilled in engineering disciplines such as robotics, Computer Science, machine learning, mechanical engineering, rapid prototyping, and conservation technology. These support our skills in ecology & wildlife conservation, entrepreneurship, and sustainable energy.

We are skilled in engineering disciplines such as robotics, Computer Science, machine learning, mechanical engineering, rapid prototyping, and conservation technology. These support our skills in ecology & wildlife conservation, entrepreneurship, and sustainable energy.

Team Red Panda

Peter Moran, Electrical Engineering, Duke University

Matt Snider, Ecology & Wildlife Conservation, North Carolina State University

Adam Cullen, Mechanical Engineering, Duke University

Anna Miyajima, Computer Science, Duke University

Engineering management, biomedical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, vaccine research, sustainable urban development, and renewable energy systems.

Engineering management, biomedical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, vaccine research, sustainable urban development, and renewable energy systems.

The Brothers from Barrett

Cameron Starostecki, Mechanical Engineering/Engineering Management, ASU

Zachary Kalinowski, Biomedical Engineering, ASU

Aaron Schierbrock, Aerospace Engineering, ASU

Joseph Briones, Computer Science and Pre-Med, ASU

Mechanical Engineering (Energy & Environment), Art, Design, Sustainability, Mathematics, Physics, Construction, Plumbing, Mechanics, Chemistry, Psychology

Mechanical Engineering (Energy & Environment), Art, Design, Sustainability, Mathematics, Physics, Construction, Plumbing, Mechanics, Chemistry, Psychology

The Mighty Morphin Innovators

Aleah Deptula, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport & Energy (SEMTE), Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), ASU

Hunter Talbo, SEMTE, EPICS, ASU

Briana Avila, Psychology, ASU

Isabel Villasenor, SEMTE, Chemical Engineering, ASU

 
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Data Science, Data Engineering, GIS, Full Stack Web Development, Software Product Management, Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, Graphic Design, Mechanical Engineering, Geophysics, Remote Sensing Networks, Robotics, Satellite Telemetry, Rapid Prototyping, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Device-Sensor Design, Big Data Analysis, Motion-Tracking, Image Processing, Socioeconomic Analysis.

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Data Science, Data Engineering, GIS, Full Stack Web Development, Software Product Management, Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, Graphic Design, Mechanical Engineering, Geophysics, Remote Sensing Networks, Robotics, Satellite Telemetry, Rapid Prototyping, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Device-Sensor Design, Big Data Analysis, Motion-Tracking, Image Processing, Socioeconomic Analysis.

The TerraMedics

Leila Hadj-Chikh, Dunbar Security Solutions

Ali Bhalloo, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning, ASU

Kevin Nikolaus, IRIS PASSCAL, Polar Field Engineer

Deepak Sathyanarayan, Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia

 

 
Engineers Without Borders ASU Chapter, ASU Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), programming, team and project management, mathematics, chemical engineering, fluid mechanics, urban planning, Russian language, indigenous methods of architecture and construction, communications, ecological & environmental design, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, sustainability.

Engineers Without Borders ASU Chapter, ASU Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), programming, team and project management, mathematics, chemical engineering, fluid mechanics, urban planning, Russian language, indigenous methods of architecture and construction, communications, ecological & environmental design, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, sustainability.

Three Engineers and a Planner

Jesus Gomez, Computer Science, ASU

Luis Cervantes, Chemical Engineering, ASU

Oscar-Armando Orozco, Architecture, ASU

Paulina Gomez, Biomedical Engineering, ASU

 

 

Judging: Make for the Planet, April 2017

Two panels of judges ranked solutions based on the following criteria. 

  • Transformative: Game-changing solution for conservation
  • Innovation and inventiveness of the solution
  • Conservation impact
  • Scalability
  • Feasibility
  • Quality of the pitch

First Round Judges

A distinguished panel of first Round Judges selected the top four conservation solutions. The four teams pitched their solutions on the Earth Optimism stage on April 23rd during the Pitches for the Planet session.

 
Arthur Daemmrich, PhD

Arthur Daemmrich, PhD

Alex Dehgan, PhD

Alex Dehgan, PhD

    Nilanga Jayasinghe

 

 

Nilanga Jayasinghe

 
Dorothy Jones-Davis, PhD

Dorothy Jones-Davis, PhD

Chris Moschini

Chris Moschini

Alex Moseson, PhD

Alex Moseson, PhD

 
Stephanie Santoso

Stephanie Santoso

Ed Warner

Ed Warner

  Kaitlin Yarnall

 

Kaitlin Yarnall

 

Final Round Judges

The four Final Round Judges awarded prize money to two teams after the top four teams pitched their solutions during the Pitches for the Planet session on April 23rd.  

Brad Ack, Senior Vice President, Oceans, WWF http://www.worldwildlife.org/leaders/brad-ack Brad Ack leads the WWF-US Oceans program, overseeing a talented team that works on accelerating the global transition to sustainable fisheries and protecting resilient marine ecosystems around the world.Throughout his career, Brad has worked on a wide range of conservation and sustainability initiatives across many geographies, biomes, and issues. In the State of Washington, he served two governors as Executive Director for Puget Sound clean up and recovery, leading a broad public-private partnership dedicated to restoring the Sound. Following that, he worked for the Marine Stewardship Council as Regional Director for the Americas, and then as Global Director of Strategic Initiatives. He started his career at WWF working on the integration of community-based development with WWF’s protected areas work in Latin America, and also spent a decade in Flagstaff AZ leading efforts for the Grand Canyon Trust towards sustainability of the Colorado Plateau ecoregion.Ack holds an MS in international development from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and a BA in political science and international studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He now lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, twin daughters, and two Boston terriers. Brad holds a Master of Sciences degree in Foreign Service and International Development from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Brad Ack, Senior Vice President, Oceans, WWF

http://www.worldwildlife.org/leaders/brad-ack

Brad Ack leads the WWF-US Oceans program, overseeing a talented team that works on accelerating the global transition to sustainable fisheries and protecting resilient marine ecosystems around the world.Throughout his career, Brad has worked on a wide range of conservation and sustainability initiatives across many geographies, biomes, and issues. In the State of Washington, he served two governors as Executive Director for Puget Sound clean up and recovery, leading a broad public-private partnership dedicated to restoring the Sound. Following that, he worked for the Marine Stewardship Council as Regional Director for the Americas, and then as Global Director of Strategic Initiatives. He started his career at WWF working on the integration of community-based development with WWF’s protected areas work in Latin America, and also spent a decade in Flagstaff AZ leading efforts for the Grand Canyon Trust towards sustainability of the Colorado Plateau ecoregion.Ack holds an MS in international development from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and a
BA in political science and international studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He now lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, twin daughters, and two Boston terriers. Brad holds a Master of Sciences degree in Foreign Service and International Development from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 
Steven VanRoekel Steven VanRoekel is a maker, investor and philanthropist. In the Obama Administration, Steven was the former Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID, Steven helped coordinate the Administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including coordinating efforts to clarify and systemize the collection of data from the field and led the maker efforts to redesign the Ebola protective suit. Prior to his role at USAID, Steven was the second, and longest-serving Chief Information Officer of the United States, appointed by President Obama in 2011. At the White House, Steven led the creation of the PortfolioStat agency review process, launched the “FedRAMP” cloud computing program, co-founded the United States Digital Service and the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, and led the U.S. Government’s Open Data and Mobile policies. Wired Magazine named Steven one of the world’s top 10 influencers of cloud computing. Concurrently, Steven spent six months as the acting Deputy Director for Management for the U.S. Before joining the White House, Mr. VanRoekel held two prior positions in the Obama Administration at USAID and the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to the Administration, Steven’s entire professional career was at Microsoft Corporation where he held many roles, including Speech and Strategy Assistant to Microsoft founder, Bill Gates.

Steven VanRoekel

Steven VanRoekel is a maker, investor and philanthropist. In the Obama Administration, Steven was the former Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID, Steven helped coordinate the Administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including coordinating efforts to clarify and systemize the collection of data from the field and led the maker efforts to redesign the Ebola protective suit. Prior to his role at USAID, Steven was the second, and longest-serving Chief Information Officer of the United States, appointed by President Obama in 2011. At the White House, Steven led the creation of the PortfolioStat agency review process, launched the “FedRAMP” cloud computing program, co-founded the United States Digital Service and the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, and led the U.S. Government’s Open Data and Mobile policies. Wired Magazine named Steven one of the world’s top 10 influencers of cloud computing. Concurrently, Steven spent six months as the acting Deputy Director for Management for the U.S.
Before joining the White House, Mr. VanRoekel held two prior positions in the Obama Administration at USAID and the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to the Administration, Steven’s entire professional career was at Microsoft Corporation where he held many roles, including Speech and Strategy Assistant to Microsoft founder, Bill Gates.

Nancy Knowlton, PhD, Sant Chair for Marine Science, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History http://invertebrates.si.edu/knowlton.htm

Nancy Knowlton, PhD, Sant Chair for Marine Science, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

http://invertebrates.si.edu/knowlton.htm

 
Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Former President of Iceland and Chairman of Arctic Circle https://earthoptimism.si.edu/calendar/summit/speakers/olafur-ragnar-grimsson Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was the President of Iceland for twenty years, 1996-2016; elected five times in nationwide elections. He now serves as the Chairman of Arctic Circle, which he founded three years ago with other Arctic partners. The Arctic Circle Assembly held in Iceland every October has become the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic, attended by 2000 participants from 50 countries: heads of states and governments, ministers, members of parliaments, officials, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, indigenous representatives, environmentalists, students, activists and others from the growing international community of partners and participants interested in the future of the Arctic. The Arctic Circle has also organized specialized Forums in other countries; so far, in Alaska, Singapore, Greenland and Quebec.  Prior to becoming President, Grímsson served as Minister of Finance, Member of Parliament, and was the first Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland. In the 1980s and early 1990s, he was the President of Parliamentarians for Global Action, an international organization of legislators.  For decades, Grímsson has been an active participant in the global climate dialogue and during his Presidency initiated and promoted clean energy projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the United States and the Americas; especially using Icelandic achievements and technologies as a model. Cooperation with Sinopec has led to the largest geothermal projects in the world, building clean energy urban heating systems in a multitude of Chinese cities. He has also worked closely with Abu Dhabi in its clean energy program and is the Chairman of the Jury of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, one of the most distinguished energy prizes in the world. Grímsson serves on the Advisory Board of Sustainable Energy for All, created by the United Nations and the World Bank.  In addition to devoting his post-presidential efforts to the three areas of climate, the Arctic and clean energy, Grímsson is also involved in international cooperation on the oceans and the evolution of sustainable use of marine resources.  He has received many international awards, including the Nehru Award for International Understanding, presented by the President of India; and has lectured at universities in many countries. 

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Former President of Iceland and Chairman of Arctic Circle

https://earthoptimism.si.edu/calendar/summit/speakers/olafur-ragnar-grimsson

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was the President of Iceland for twenty years, 1996-2016; elected five times in nationwide elections. He now serves as the Chairman of Arctic Circle, which he founded three years ago with other Arctic partners. The Arctic Circle Assembly held in Iceland every October has become the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic, attended by 2000 participants from 50 countries: heads of states and governments, ministers, members of parliaments, officials, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, indigenous representatives, environmentalists, students, activists and others from the growing international community of partners and participants interested in the future of the Arctic. The Arctic Circle has also organized specialized Forums in other countries; so far, in Alaska, Singapore, Greenland and Quebec. 

Prior to becoming President, Grímsson served as Minister of Finance, Member of Parliament, and was the first Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland. In the 1980s and early 1990s, he was the President of Parliamentarians for Global Action, an international organization of legislators. 
For decades, Grímsson has been an active participant in the global climate dialogue and during his Presidency initiated and promoted clean energy projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the United States and the Americas; especially using Icelandic achievements and technologies as a model. Cooperation with Sinopec has led to the largest geothermal projects in the world, building clean energy urban heating systems in a multitude of Chinese cities. He has also worked closely with Abu Dhabi in its clean energy program and is the Chairman of the Jury of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, one of the most distinguished energy prizes in the world. Grímsson serves on the Advisory Board of Sustainable Energy for All, created by the United Nations and the World Bank. 

In addition to devoting his post-presidential efforts to the three areas of climate, the Arctic and clean energy, Grímsson is also involved in international cooperation on the oceans and the evolution of sustainable use of marine resources. 
He has received many international awards, including the Nehru Award for International Understanding, presented by the President of India; and has lectured at universities in many countries. 

Solutions and Results 

Congratulations to all of the teams! They created incredible displays of solutions in a short period of time. Teams presented a physical representation of their solution -- a model, a drawing, a diagram, a prototype, etc. See the images below for short descriptions of the teams' solutions.

 
 

Congratulations

The four finalists were BioDEVersity, Green Eggs and Sam, Paw 2017, and Terramedics. The Judges awarded the two cash prizes to BioDEVersity and Paw 2017. Watch their pitches HERE -- https://youtu.be/YM9fYgVZifM

 

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