Can Bright Minds solve 100% Renewable Energy?

#BrightMindsChallenge

IT’S TIME TO FAST-FORWARD RENEWABLES

DSM and its partners have kicked off the Bright Minds Challenge because we believe science can solve the most important issues facing the world today. Starting with the issue that is arguably the biggest and most pressing of all – climate change.

If the world transitions to 100% renewable energy fast enough, the worst effects of climate change can be headed off. We’re convinced that the technologies we need to achieve this already exist. And that by working together in new ways we’ll get them to market much faster.

Our experts are ready to throw their support behind three winning solutions – to help them achieve global impact. But that’s only part of what this Challenge is about. Everyone has an important role in making 100% renewable energy happen, faster. Including you.

WHY FOCUS ON SOLAR AND ENERGY STORAGE?

Solar and energy storage are ripe for innovation and entrepreneurship. We believe these technologies – especially when scaled up together – represent one of the best shots at taking carbon out of the power grid and thus tackling climate change.

New solar and energy storage solutions also have great potential to brighten the lives of people in remote places and cities all over the world. Facilitating health, nutrition and economic development.

ONE SOLUTION WILL GET > $100,000 WORTH OF EXPERT SUPPORT

The Bright Minds are getting input from a community of experts and enthusiasts. Plus the chance to win a support package that will turbo-charge their solution.

TOGETHER WE CAN ACHIEVE 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY

By taking part you’ll be helping to speed up societal progress – starting with the urgent global response to climate change.

UNPRECEDENTED SUPPORT

We’re pooling the support of experts and enthusiasts all over the world to help renewables solutions move forward, faster.

For the winner

The Bright Minds Challenge 2017 winner will gain wide recognition, plus an unprecedented 500 hours (equivalent to $100,000) of tailored commercial, IP and technical support.

For the runners up

The runners up will receive wide global exposure, plus 250 and 125 hours of tailored commercial, IP and technical support equivalent to $50,000 and $25,000 respectively.

For the Top 10

The Top 10 solutions are about to get feedback from an influential panel of judges from the worlds of business, academia and the scientific establishment.

For everyone

All the Bright Minds gets valuable exposure for their project and help articulating what their solution can do for society. Comment and show your support.

HOW WE’RE CHOOSING A WINNER

Voting to decide the Top 10 has now closed. The Top 10 Bright Minds will travel to Greentown Labs in Massachusetts on April 12 to pitch their solutions to the judges. Wish them luck – or offer ideas for the pitch!

  • SUBMIT

    Innovators worldwide were invited to submit their patent-ready renewable energy solution.

  • VOTE

    A big ‘thank you!’ to everyone who voted.

  • JUDGING

    An expert panel will choose the Top 3, who’ll get 1-to-1 mentoring.
    Mar-Apr 2017

  • PITCH

    The Top 3 make a live pitch to the judges.
    Jun 2017

  • WIN

    Winner announced. Global kudos and expert support.
    Jun 2017

MEET THE JUDGES WHO WILL CHOOSE THE TOP 3

The final 10 semi-finalists will be invited to pitch their idea in a live face-to-face meeting on April 12th. Solutions will be judged against five key criteria: societal impact, commercial scalability, uniqueness, technical quality and presentation quality. The jury will select the Top 3 solutions they believe have the most potential to scale, achieving rapid and advanced societal progress.

MEET THE JUDGES WHO’LL PICK THE WINNER AND RUNNERS UP

These six judges have the weighty task of choosing the overall winner and the second and third place runners up. To help them decide, they’ll be doing 1-to-1 mentoring with each of the Top 3. They’re all experts in their own field and together they represent a broad spectrum of Bright Minds Challenge Partners.