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Project: Blockchain for Carbon and Climate Tracking

BACKGROUND

Planet Earth’s atmosphere can hold a limited amount of CO2e emissions before average global temperatures rise above a safe level for humanity. The Paris Agreement and most recent IPCC reports confirmed this safe threshold to be 1.5C warming relative to pre-industrial levels, and consolidated the global efforts to prevent us from crossing it. The limited quantity of emissions relative to this threshold has been termed our global ‘carbon budget’. Tracking the planet’s carbon budget, including carbon emissions and climate actions is far from a simple task in a trustless and competitive world. Blockchain, IoT, remote sensing and advances in Data Science create the opportunity to achieve consensus on emission records and climate actions from countries, cities, organizations and individuals. However the key to implementing a globally adopted, comprehensive, transparent and standardized system lies in the collaboration of Blockchain, Climate and Data experts on an open source project.


STUDENT SUMMER JOB 1

Summer Software Engineering/Data Science Intern

About this job

Yale openlab, with funding from the Social Alpha Foundation and in collaboration with Industry, MIT and international organizations is spearheading the effort on blockchain for global carbon and climate accounting. Following two design sprints, one at Yale and one at Oxford, England as well as a Hackathon at Yale-NUS in Singapore, we are ready to start building. Over the summer you will be working in agile sprints to develop the prototype, an alpha version and kickstart a global open-source project and community.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop prototype and alpha version of the project

  • Create the foundations of a global open source project

  • Help building a global community of contributors to the project

  • Build the architecture, make platform choices and collaborate in a team

Qualifications:

  • Yale student majoring in or with a strong background in Computer & Data Science

  • Prior experience building software from the ground-up preferred

  • Experience contributing to or building an open source project preferred

  • Experience working with blockchain preferred

 

Student researcher & developer

New Haven, CT

June 1 - Aug 31, 2019

Apply by: April 15 2019


STUDENT SUMMER JOB 2

Summer UX/UI & Graphic Design Intern

About this job:

Yale openlab with funding from the Social Alpha Foundation and in collaboration with Industry, MIT and international organizations is spearheading the effort of researching and developing applications of blockchain for carbon and climate accounting. Following two design sprints, one at Yale and one at Oxford, England as well as a Hackathon at Yale-NUS in Singapore we are ready to start building. Over the summer you will be working in agile sprints to develop the prototype, an alpha version and kickstart a global open-source project and community. You will be part of designing the visual identity and user experience for a global open source platform built for the use of countries, cities and individuals.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the visual identity of a climate and carbon tracking platform

  • Design the user experience and user interface of a platform prototype

  • Coordinate with the back-end developer the front-end requirements

  • Curate documentation into editorial format

Qualifications:

  • Yale student majoring in or with a strong background in graphic design for front-end applications

  • Prior experience building software from the ground-up preferred

  • Experience contributing to or building an open source project preferred

  • Basic Skills: Sketch or Adobe Xd, Adobe CC, CSS

  • Encouraged Skills: Front-end development (html, css, js, bootstrap, react)

 

Student researcher & developer

New Haven, CT

June 1 - Aug 31, 2019

Apply by: April 15 2019


STUDENT SUMMER JOB 3

Climate Markets & Energy Certificates under the Paris Agreement - Summer Research Intern

About this job:

Yale openlab with support from the Social Alpha Foundation and Avangrid, and in collaboration with Industry, MIT and international organizations is spearheading the effort of researching and developing applications of blockchain for carbon and climate accounting. Following two design sprints, one at Yale and one at Oxford, England as well as a Hackathon at Yale-NUS in Singapore we are ready to start building. Over the summer you will be working in agile sprints to develop the prototype, an alpha version and kickstart a global open-source project and community. You will be part of the research team to develop frameworks, opportunities and constraints that need to be considered on the software side of a platform built for the use of countries, cities and corporations to track their climate pledges.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and compile the research on post-2020 climate markets under the paris agreement

  • Lead and compile the research on Renewable Energy Certificates in the New England region and its relationship with the US EPA.

  • Translate research into design frameworks that inform the product development team, and participate in product development

  • Curate documentation into editorial format for eventual whitepaper publication

  • Perform data analysis when necessary

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or ideally master student in environmental studies or with a strong background on climate policy

  • Passion for climate and energy policy, governance, data science

  • Strong interest in blockchain, IoT, Big Data and machine learning

  • Prior experience doing academic research, citation management and info gathering

  • Data science skills (eg. R, Python Pandas) are highly encouraged

  • Basic diagram skills: eg. Adobe Illustrator, Lucid charts

 

Student researcher & developer

New Haven, CT

June 1 - Aug 31, 2019

Apply by: April 15 2019


POST-DOCTORAL OR SENIOR DEVELOPER POSITION

Climate Blockchain Engineering and open source community lead

About this job:

Yale openlab with funding from the Social Alpha Foundation and in collaboration with Industry, MIT and international organisations is spearheading the effort of researching and developing applications of blockchain for carbon and climate accounting. The openlab team and partners have organised two design sprints, one at Yale and one at Oxford, England as well as a Hackathon at Yale-NUS in Singapore, to map out the general opportunities. We are now ready to start building software prototypes and proof-of-concepts. As the technical lead on this project you will be driving the development of the product and building a global open source community around it. Over the summer you will be working with 2 engineering interns to get the project of the ground and ready for a first release by September. Building on the open source community you will hands-on build, co-ordinate and collaborate with a diverse set of contributors. The position is for a minimum of one year but extendable to more.

Responsibilities:

  • Architect, document and develop prototype and alpha version of the project

  • Make platform choices and integrate existing open source software of our partners

  • Manage summer engineering interns

  • Create a global open source project including releases, documentation, community building, outreach and community management

  • Help building a global community of contributors to the project

  • Build the architecture, make platform choices and collaborate in a team

Qualifications:

  • Master, PhD, or postdoc in Computer Science/Data Science or relevant field

  • Prior experience architecting and building software from the ground-up

  • Experience of major involvement with or building of an open source software project

  • Experience working on blockchain back-end engineering.

 

Senior developer

New Haven, CT

May 2019- March, 2020

Apply by: April 15 2019



project: OpenSolar / IoT + Blockchain for Smart Cross-Border Financing

BACKGROUND

We are building an open source platform to research decentralization technology for disintermediation and contractual automation of financial processes to drive community-owned solar projects.

OpenSolar’s core technology seeks to streamline the flow of crowd-based funds (eg. bonds and equity) to finance the deployment of solar assets, allowing end-users to own these resources in a short time frame through regular utility-like payments driven by energy generation and consumption IoT data.

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SUMMER STUDENT INTERNSHIP

Blockchain Fintech Research Assistant

About this job:

The open innovation lab, in partnership with UNICEF Ventures will be researching the role of blockchain, internet of things, and financial technologies, to perform cross-border crowd investment in decentralized infrastructure for school in developing countries. The focus will be on internet and solar energy infrastructure, leveraging from the work done at Unicef’s Project Connect and OpenLab’s OpenSolar. The countries that will be evaluated for pilot deployments are Rwanda and Kyrgistan.

Responsibilities:

  • Research financial regulations relating to cross-border investments involving securities

  • Research and test mechanisms for smart contract executions under limited or variable connectivity

  • Adapt and develop the OpenSolar platform to include internet infrastructure and cross-border considerations

  • Define considerations for incorporating banks in Rwanda and Kyrgistan under IBM’s World Wire

  • Produce a report that acts as the technical foundations for a real-world pilot in Q1 2020

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student in computer science or related field with passion for international development

  • Prior experience reviewing software under open source licenses

  • Experience of doing project management of independent research

  • Experience working with blockchain preferred, but not necessary

 

Student researcher & developer

New Haven, CT

June 15 - Aug 15, 2019

Apply by: May1, 2019


 

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