9 months ago

Award Announcements, Note on Informal De-Brief + THANK YOU all again :)

Hello Climate Change-Makers,

350+ youth, 35+ countries. 5 continents. 30+ incredible projects. And individuals in each of you who are looking to make a difference to the greatest existential challenge of our time... Our organizing team has been inspired working with all the youth we have during the third edition of this climate challenge, and It's been a BLAST! Thank you to all who participated & do hope that you folks had fun as well :)

And in case anyone's missed our earlier notes or Slack messages from earlier, here's our prize winners;

  • Grand Prize Winners: LifeRaft (CONGRATS!!)
  • Joint Second

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9 months ago

And the winner is...

The judges have weighed in, and we're excited to share the news! Go to the The Climate Change-Makers Challenge: 2023 gallery to congratulate the winners and check out all of the awesome submissions.

Even though the competition is over, you don't have to stop coding. Update your portfolio to inform your followers about new projects and get feedback from fellow hackers.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


9 months ago

THANK YOU for a Wonderful Finals + PUBLIC CHOICE AWARDS (Voting Ends Soon)!

Hello Climate-Change-Makers,

WHAT A FINAL... It was SO inspiring to witness the amazing projects that presented at our grand finals yesterday & equally inspiring to check out the 25+ other submissions that judges considered in our first round. We are gobsmacked by the level of ingenuity, passion & innovation that our teams were looking at, with such a wide varity of projects, ranging the world from Vancouver, Canada to Jakarta, Indonesia.   To all who participated in any way, THANK YOU & keep an eye out for our official prize announcements soon in a separate post (already shared on…

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9 months ago

Join Our Grand Finals + THANK YOU to All!

Hey Folks,

In case anyone missed our notes on Slack + Devpost earlier, we're so excited to be in the midst of our GRAND FINALS (today @ 10 AM EST). Feel free to join us by signing up on Eventbrite here :)

And on this note, CONGRATS here to our finalist teams representing various teams in Alternative Recipe, EcoChum, Eco-nect, Ecorative, IndiGrow, LifeRaft, Project Paradust & the Western Green Bin Project!

Equally, SO much kudos to our other incredible teams, with special SHOUT-OUTS to folks like Hydrocrop & Drone.FM who will sharing about their work in a project showcase at the top of the hour,…

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9 months ago

Reminders: Brave Spaces Starting Now, Bonus Points, Grand Finals & Finalists TBA Soon!

Hello Change-Makers,

Hope you folks are doing well & THANKS SO MUCH for being part of our climate change-makers challenge! Reminders on a couple things, shared in earlier notes + Slack:

  • Brave Spaces Session Just Starting: Starting now is a collaborate, discussion-based session about new beginnings when it comes to innovation, bouncing back from failure & planning for the future, directly linked to where folks take their climate projects from here + Spring as a season to reflect on such new beginnings. Join us on Eventbrite: LINK HERE TO REGISTER, starts now (10 AM EST).
  • Bonus Points Form: The…

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9 months ago

T-1.5 HOURS: Last Sprint + Form to Confirm Team Eligibility Due Tomorrow!

Hiya Folks,

With our mini-extension announced on Slack, it's just under T-1.5 HOURS to our deadline... It's go time!

As well, a couple quick notes:

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9 months ago

OFFICE HOURS: Today @ 1-2 AM EST, 8-9 AM* EST, 3-4 PM EST & 10-11 PM EST!

Hi Folks,

With peeps getting the last few items together for their pitches, our team is offering FOUR FINAL OFFICE HOUR SESSIONS, with a particular focus on helping teams with story-telling & pitch components!

Availale times are listed below:

  • Today/ Tuesday, May 23 @ 1-2 AM EST = 5 AM GMT = 10:30 AM IST (ongoing, just finished a couple calls & have ten minutes left should anyone be keen to pop in)
  • Today/ Tuesday, May 23 @ 8-9 AM EST = 12 PM GMT = 5:30 PM IST
  • Today/ Tuesday, May 23 @ 3-4 PM EST = 8…

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9 months ago

Link to Workshop Recordings + Reminder on Format

Hi Folks,

We had SO many great workshops over the last few weeks, all linked to creating impactful climate innovation, looking at your project from multiple lenses & creating an effective 4-minute submission video, with these made publicly available on the YouTube channel of the YIC website (PLAYLIST HERE).

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9 months ago

LAST WORKSHOP STARTING NOW: Pitching & Getting Your Final Video Together!! (Strongly Recommended)

Those putting in submissions will want to watch this: Pitching, Starting with Your Why & Getting Your Final Video Together... Workshop is starting NOW @ Sunday, May 21 @ 3 PM EST.

Link here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87835978711 :) 

We go through the rubric. We give lots of tips on videos. We start with an exercise on understanding + articulating our why. You don't want to miss this. See you there!

Thanks & kind regards,

Shitangshu


10 months ago

Final Weekend: Reminder of Schedule + Mentors + Last Chance to Find Teammates!

Hi Folks,

It's the LAST WEEKEND!!! 330+ youth now registered from 32+ countries across almost every continent across the world, all except Antarctica... We hope y'all are excited :)

And in case anyone missed our earlie messages, there's SO many incredible workshops on the go, be sure to check out our schedule: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TvVx7gmxBOuz2zhQFssIbD_Ct3-HavBY/view?usp=sharing.

Plus a reminder that you can get BONUS POINTS for taking part in workshops + mentorship. Max of 5 such points, 1 each if at least one team member attends a worksop + 1 for talking advantage of mentorship opportunities in general... But honestly, don't do it…

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10 months ago

Link to Week 3 Agenda: Join Us for Our Opening + Workshops + Mentorships + Networking & More!

Hiya Folks,

We're excited to share our finalized WEEK 3 AGENDA, available here with all session titles hyperlinked to the relevant Zoom links: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JIj_BzmKokP_gaz_g9WDZjkOuIr6svt_/view!

Welcome all to join, with a reminder that each team can get up to five bonus points on their Round 1 score for attending workshops or mentorship sessions (rubric is out of 50 for context)... No bonus for coming to our opening, but it is strongly recommended for teams to get key info + logistics.

And on that note, a reminder that the opening is May 13 (tomorrow/ Saturday) @ 10 AM EST

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10 months ago

Formal OPENING CEREMONY @ 10 AM EST + Notes for Teams/ Team-making!!

Hi Folks,

We're SO excited to now have 270+ folks from 28+ countries registered for our Climate Change-Makers Challenge... A BIG WELCOME to all & THANK YOU for making the time to take part!!

Reminder here that our FORMAL OPENING IS THIS SATURDAY, MAY 13TH @ 10 AM EST... We've sent an invite for this to your calendars, with a strong suggestion that at least one person from each team should attend this or a previous info session to make sure that they get key info for our ideathon. Link also here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82905653975?pwd=R3Q4N01odXRjMkgremhabHFJamJXZz09 :)

As well, to keep track

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10 months ago

Weekend Workshops + Events: So Much on the Go, Hope to See You There!!

Hi there Folks,

Firstly, we're SO excited to have 230+ youth from 25+ countries registered for our hackathon... It's amazing to see so many peeps come together to fight for climate, a BIG WELCOME TO ALL!!

Secondly, a reminder to PLESAE JOIN OUR SLACK CHANNEL... Invites sent via e-mail + link also here: https://join.slack.com/t/climate-changemakers/shared_invite/zt-1u51xl4wl-4bYTS4A3JLc1rk8G9ZpObw

And thirdly, we've got LOTS OF EXCITING EVENTS for this weekend, specifically:

  • Saturday @ 10 AM EST: Info Session on the Climate Change-Makers Challenge... We'll go through key details + logistics, similar to our intro call. There will also be time for questions…

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10 months ago

Zoom Link for this Weekend's Events... Lots Going On, Starting with an Intro to the Challenge @ 10 AM EST!!

Hi there Folks,

LOVED our eco-anxiety workshop yesterday.... BIG THANKS to all who came, with particular props to my colleagues at YIC in Amanda + Arpita for some excellent facilitation around a difficult topic!

Also, for all workshops & group sesssions this weekend, including our introductions + team-making session coming up in 30 minutes (but not mentorship calls which will be a different Zoom to be shared later), this is our Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84796872797?pwd=ZlVXcjFRSUpxMjBJRHJONzgrajZhUT09.

And a reminder of this weekend's events:

  • April 29 @ 10 AM EST: Introductions to challenge + Team-making workshop + Going through some key…

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10 months ago

T-30 Minutes: Join Our Eco-Anxiety Workshop + Slack Link + Reminder of Tomorrow's Events!

Hiya Folks!

T-30 minutes to our eco-anxiety workshop, starting today @ 1 PM EST... It'll be a smaller crowd for this first event from the look of things, although cannot wait to meet many of y'all wonderful people!

Reminder to sign up for this here, with bonus points towards your submission if attending + more importantly, a chance to get connnected with some of the other incredible people joining our challenge, each with their own unique stories: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/619306019977

Also, exciting news that our SLACK CHANNEL IS UP!! Please join via the link here & may be sending…

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10 months ago

T-24 Hours: Welcome, Extended Timelines & an Update on Our Hackathon!

Hiya Folks,

Sending this note to the 140+ folks registered so far for the third edition of the Climate Change-Makers Challenge: WELCOME, Happy Earth Month & Hope y'all are pumped to get started!!

And an update... After chatting with our partners, some of our participating youth & internal team, we've been finalizing our plans for the challenge. And here, full disclosure that it's been a challenging time the last few months, with some key staff transitioning roles, exam season for some of our university-based team & folks like me just coming back from travels. As such, we've been working…

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