Two new energy prize competitions announced

CMU Jamathon for Sunshot Catalyst Prize Competition:  The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at CMU is hosting a Jamathon for the Department of Energy’s Sunshot Catalyst Prize Competition, a series of four contests with prizes from $1000 to $100,000 that aims to help teams with a raw idea build a real product that is ready for commercialization.

All entrepreneurs, developers, working professionals, mentors, makers, doers, and enthusiasts are invited to participate in the Jamathon.  Video pitch submission closes Friday August 14, 2015.  The event will take place in the Singleton Room on Carnegie Mellon’s campus.  You can register and get more information here:

The Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition:  the Pittsburgh region has been selected for a collegiate student energy entrepreneurship competition by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office.  The regional first place winner will receive a $50,000 prize and there will be additional prizes as well for other winners. The Scott Institute partners in co-hosting the competition are Innovation Works, Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Energy. An advisory committee that goes beyond the Pittsburgh area is being formed.

Check out to get more details.  They also need volunteers as mentors, judges, sponsors, subject matter experts, and advisory committee members. The event is tentatively scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 16. The deadline for submission of statements of intent is likely to be January 18, 2016 with final submissions by February 15, 2016.



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Energy policy issues are complicated, with lots of important tradeoffs and unintended consequences.  The role of the blog will be to raise awareness of some of these important policy issues in an accessible, conversational way that highlights some of the potential ramifications that should be considered as part of the public decision-making process.  Additionally, as energy issues are rarely confined to a single jurisdiction, the blog will work to point out where there is the opportunity for greater collaboration amongst responsible parties.  When possible, the posts will tie the energy issue being discussed back to any potential impacts for our region.

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