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
programs: spring 2019
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!
BLOCKCHAIN for OPEN MICROGRIDS
// WORKING GROUP
Deep dive into how blockchain can facilitate financing of community solar microgrids and drive energy democracy. The group will meet on Thursdays at the CEID and enjoy catering while advancing developments on hardware, software and project finance for an ongoing project in Puerto Rico’s school system.
OPEN EARTH HACKATHON_01
// OPEN EVENT
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.
HOW MIGHT WE
radically accelerate the transition
to a solar economy?
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:
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.
Crowd Fund Community Solar in New Haven
Raise Green is developing a blockchain-enabled open platform to crowd-fund community solar projects with high social impact.
Yale Energy Hacks
PERSPECTIVE: YALE UNIVERSITY
be part of an open low-carbon energy project on campus
contribute to an openproject
IF YOU ARE A YALE STUDENT
Whether an undergraduate, masters or PhD,
you can reach out to one of the different team members,
and explore how to contribute your talents to the project.
IF YOU ARE NOT A YALE STUDENT
Non-Yale students can volunteer on projects once these graduate from the lab
and have the structure ready to receive the crowd community. See graduated projects >
Additionally, you can:
partner with projects or
join an open event.
THE YALE BLOCKCHAIN INITIATIVE
The openlab team has been helping develop a student-led campus-wide space for blockchain community building.
We are building a network of partners and advisors from leading universities, institutes, NGOs and innovative startups.