WATCH THE TOP 3 BEING ANNOUNCED

#BrightMindsChallenge

WE ASKED, OUR EXPERT JURY ANSWERED: WHAT WILL YOU BE LOOKING FOR WHEN CHOOSING THE BRIGHT MINDS CHALLENGE WINNERS?

What will you be looking for when choosing the Bright Minds Challenge winners?

Our Top 10 finalists will pitch their solutions at Greentown Labs in Massachusetts on April 12 and will get feedback from an influential panel of judges from the worlds of business, academia and the scientific establishment. The Top 3 solutions will be selected based on their potential to scale, achieving rapid and advanced societal progress.

We’ve asked our expert judges to share what each of them is looking to see in the winning solutions and they’ve provided some great tips too!

WE ASKED, OUR EXPERT JURY ANSWERED: WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FROM THE JUDGING DAY?

What are your expectations from the judging day?

Our Top 10 finalists will personally present their solutions to the Bright Minds Challenge expert jury at Greentown Labs in Massachusetts on April 12. The big day is almost here!

And while our contestants are very busy putting that final touch to their pitches, we’ve explored what the jury members hope for and expect to see from them on the day.

WE ASKED, OUR EXPERT JURY ANSWERED: WHAT DOES THE CHALLENGE MEAN TO YOU PERSONALLY?

What does the Challenge mean to you personally?

Our jury members are all experts in the renewable energy field and together they represent a broad spectrum of Bright Minds Challenge Partners ready to put their expertise behind the three winning solutions.

But we were curious to explore what they are particularly looking forward to take away from the Bright Minds Challenge and what it means to them personally. Here’s what they had to say!

WakaWaka competition winners announced

School children with their WakaWakas

We are excited to announce the winners of the WakaWaka competition!

Thanks to you, countless votes were cast to decide the Top 10 Bright Minds Challenge entries and make a feasible move towards 100% renewable energy.

And as promised, we’d like to reward 10 randomly selected voters with a WakaWaka Power+ - a durable, lightweight and compact solar charger that charges all types of smartphones or small electronic device within just a few hours.

Top questions on solar energy that scientists get asked

Reddit /r/Science Ask Me Anything (AMA)

If you missed our Reddit /r/Science Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Paul Wyman, Senior Scientist at DSM, Peter Pasmans, PhD in physics, expertise in optical modelling, Damien Reardon, PhD in chemistry, expertise in sol-gel chemistry and thin film coatings and Ian Bennett, expert in photovoltaic modules, do not worry. We have compiled some of the highlights for your viewing pleasure; so sit back, relax and enjoy this reading.

The votes are in!

Voting Closed

After 20 days of energetic voting, championing, campaigning and promoting we are delighted to announce that your votes have been counted and validated and your top 10 has been chosen!

Congratulations to all our pioneers
Without you the transition to 100% renewable energy would be much slower. We have been inspired by all the Bright Minds Challenge candidates and the astonishing ingenuity, creativity, engineering prowess and sheer hard work that has brought these solutions to life.  We wish everyone well in the future and we ask all those that that have voted, supported and championed to follow their journey where-ever it may take them.

But only 10 can go forward to meet our judges and pitch…

8 ways the Bright Minds Challenge could change the world

Changing the world one solution at a time

Alright folks. You understand that if the world transitions to 100% renewable energy fast enough, the worst effects of climate change can be headed off, right? Now, we are going to tell you a little bit more about  the Bright Minds Challenge and the different brilliant submissions we have received. In fact, we have identified key themes emerging from the submissions that could deliver significant societal and environmental benefits. Check them out below. The themes will help you find your favorite and cast your vote.

What future will you vote for?

Vote on the Bright Minds Challenge

No, this is not about another political election. DSM and its partners kicked off the Bright Minds Challenge because we believe science can solve the most important issues facing the world today.

And we’re giving everyone a say in the Bright Minds Challenge - and asking YOU to give just a few minutes of your time to support the renewable energy revolution by voting for the solution you think has the greatest potential. Your simple action can make a real difference. Hope you know that, right?

win a free WakaWaka sustainable solar-powered LED flashlight and charger

WakaWaka solar-powered LED flashlight and charger

Vote for your favorite #BrightMindsChallenge renewable energy solution and you’re automatically entered into a prize draw to win a free WakaWaka sustainable solar-powered LED flashlight and charger!

With a WakaWaka you share the sun with the people living without access to electricity. Earthquake survivors in Nepal, Haiti and the Philippines, families displaced by war and strife and many others tap into the power of the sun for light and power through WakaWaka. In the past three years WakaWaka has helped improve the lives of more than 1,000,000 people lacking access to electricity.

The winners will be announced on the 2 March once voting has closed.

5 reasons you should take part in the Bright Minds Challenge

Top 5 reasons to take part in the Bright Minds Challenge

The Bright Minds Challenge was created to help Unsung Heros put their solutions into practice. We’re convinced that the technologies we need to get to 100% renewable energy already exist. The Challenge is designed to provide support to accelerate the scaling up of solutions.

There are many reasons to take part in the Challenge – we have boiled it down to our Top 5!

EXPERT JUDGING PANEL WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON 12th APRIL

The expert judging panel that will decide on the Top 10 to the Top 3 will take place on 12th April.

How can 500 hours of support help fast-forward your solution?

Our Bright Minds partner, Solarcentury, a world leading solar provider, wanted to know how 500 hours of commercial, technical and mentoring support worth over $100,000 could help fast-forward emerging solutions and teams in renewable energy. So they asked their in-house product innovators and pioneers, using their deep knowledge of the sector, what they would use the time on. Here’s what they had to say…

Chinese National Center of Supervision and Inspection on Solar Photovoltaic Products Quality (CPVT) joins Bright Minds Partners

Oscar Goddijn (left), vice president of DSM Advanced Surfaces and Wu Jianguo, director of CPVT sign agreement commencing DSM’s collaboration with CPVT on The Bright Minds Challenge

On 13 December the National Center of Supervision and Inspection on Solar Photovoltaic Products Quality (CPVT) based in Wuxi, China announced it had joined the Partners backing the Bright Mind Challenge.

U.S. Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) joins Bright Minds Partners

On 7 December the U.S. Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced it had joined the Partners backing the Bright Mind Challenge.

3 of the biggest challenges facing the solar industry

3 of the biggest challenges facing the solar industry

In our last blog post, The Bright Minds Challenge team talked to Jan Slaghekke, Chief Global Officer at Sungevity about his key learnings at a successful renewable energy start-up. We also discussed the progress that has been made to bring the solar industry mainstream and the remaining hurdles to overcome.

[BM] Sungevity have experienced success through the strategy of bringing ‘sunshine online’ and creating an online solar experience. What do you see as the key challenges still to be addressed to bring solar energy into the mainstream?

[JS] Solar energy has come a very long way and there is a real sense of momentum building. There are three key challenges to be addressed to achieve real scale in the industry:

4 lessons from a successful solar start-up

Jan Slaghekke

The Bright Minds Challenge team interviewed Jan Slaghekke, Chief Global Officer at Sungevity, the world’s most energised network of people who power their lives with sunshine. We wanted to get an insight into what it takes to create a successful renewable energy start-up.

[BM] What inspired you to join the Sungevity team?

[JS] I joined Sungevity’s roof top revolution for 2 reasons:

International Events

Following the official launch on 26 October, the Bright Minds Challenge has featured at several key events; the Dutch National Climate Change Conference 2016 in Rotterdam (NL) , the Accenture Innovation Summit 2016 in Utrecht (NL), Emerge 2016 in Oxford (UK), COP22 in Marrakesh (Morocco), the Responsible Business Forum (RBF) on Sustainable Development in Singapore and the Zhenjiang International Low Carbon Tech Expo in China.

Bright Minds Challenge launch event

Hosted by Paul McManus in Boston/Cambridge USA on 26 October, the Bright Minds Challenge launch introduced the Challenge, the partners involved and featured interviews with great guests on the future of renewable energy; Qichao Hu (renewable energy pioneer), Vladimir Bulovic (Professor of Emerging Technology and the MIT School of Engineering’s Associate Dean for Innovation) and Emily Reichert (CEO of Greentown Labs).

Rob van Leen (Chief Innovation Officer DSM) and Hugh Welsh (President DSM North America) explained why DSM took the initiative to launch the Bright Minds Challenge and how this will help fast-forward the movement towards 100% renewable energy.

Bright Minds Buzz

Movies from Solar and Energy Storage scientists who’ve inspired us to start the Bright Minds Challenge, blogs from Bright Minds Partners and more to come.

Join the #BrightMindsChallenge conversation

Get social and join the #BrightMindsChallenge conversation.