open.
to the world.

ENABLING SCALABLE COLLABORATION ON BOLD PROJECTS
THAT ADDRESS OUR PLANET'S GRAND CHALLENGES.

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an open innovation lab

we develop and incubate open source and disruptive projects that seek to address the most pressing big picture challenges. To navigate such an ambitious mission, we combine interdisciplinary frameworks on holistic thinking to understand complex problems, propose and build solutions designed to catalyze transformational change. We leverage emerging technologies in systems that can harness the power of human collaboration.

WHY A LAB?: EXPERIMENT > FAIL > LEARN > ITERATE.

2018-19 WORK: Climate & energy transition
TECH TOOLS: Blockchain, IoT, VR
FRAMEWORKS: Resilience, systems and design thinking, social innovations


 upcoming events

 

programs: spring 2019

 
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THE REALITY OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE: A MIXED-REALITY HACKATHON

One way to understand a problem is to look at it in a new way. Join your fellow students, along with climate scientists and technical mentors, for an intense day and a half to utilize virtual and augmented reality technologies to explore themes of global climate change. No experience required!

Learn more >

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OPENSOLAR:
BLOCKCHAIN for SOLAR FINANCING
// WORKING GROUP

Deep dive into how blockchain can facilitate financing of community solar projects and microgrids to drive energy democracy. If you are interested in IoT, blockchain and fintech, find out how you can be part of an ongoing project in Puerto Rico’s school system.

Learn more >

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OPEN EARTH COLLABATHONS:
BLOCKCHAIN FOR CARBON AND CLIMATE ACCOUNTING

Collaborate on foundational steps towards building an open-source Earth Carbon Ledger. Participate in design sprints and a collaborative coding contest to build oracles that connects big data from IoT-devices to blockchain-based smart contracts & a decentralized consensus protocol.

Learn more >

 
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APPLY FOR OPEN JOB POSITIONS >

we are looking for full stack developers, UX/UI designers and blockchain engineers.
student summer interns and full-time jobs available.

 

HOW MIGHT WE

radically accelerate the transition
to a solar economy?

 
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 incubating
open projects.

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2018-19: TRANSITION TO A SOLAR ECONOMY

We are currently focusing on innovative projects that accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy economy, preventing dangerous climate change and the crossing of planetary boundaries. 
 

OPEN SOURCE / FORKABLE

All of our projects are developed with the intention to open source its code, blueprints and documentation. Different participatory governance models are evaluated to harness collective intelligence. The rise of blockchain technology and a web 3.0 encourages new business models that can capture value from an open source core technology.

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY & HOLISTIC

Our project's mindset is free from fixed disciplinary structures, and rather focuses underlying cause of problems and creative solutions. We use both systems and design thinking to navigate complexity.
 

SOCIAL ENTERPRISES & NGO

Our projects are not motivated by the maximization of profits to individuals, rather the benefit to the global and intergenerational stakeholders of Earth.


MULTI-PERSPECTIVE & CROSS-SCALE IMPACT:

 
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We recognize the nested systems involved in complex global problems, and incubate projects that span multiple perspectives:
from the Earth down to the individual self.

RESIDENT PROJECTS

 

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IF YOU ARE A YALE STUDENT

Whether an undergraduate, masters or PhD,
you can reach out to one of the team members,
and explore how to contribute your talents to projects.


IF YOU ARE NOT A YALE STUDENT

The broader global community can collaborate on projects published in our open source repository.
Additionally, you can partner with projects or join one of our open events.

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THE YALE BLOCKCHAIN INITIATIVE

The openlab team has been helping develop a student-led campus-wide space for blockchain community building.

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