open.
to the world.

ENABLING SCALABLE COLLABORATION ON BOLD PROJECTS
THAT ADDRESS OUR PLANET'S GRAND CHALLENGES.

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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: fall 2018

 
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BLENDED REALITY: EARTH & ENERGY
// TSAI CITY INTENSIVE

Learn virtual and augmented reality skills taking a deep dive into how it can advance Earth and Energy system teaching and learning. Collaborate at Yale’s CCAM to build immersive pedagogical experiences and applications in the Energy Academy.

Learn more >

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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.

Learn more >

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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.

Learn more >

 
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featured events

 

HOW MIGHT WE

radically accelerate the transition
to a solar economy?

 
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 incubating
open projects.

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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:

 
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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.

RESIDENT PROJECTS

STUDENT-LED PROJECTS

 

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.

LEARN ABOUT THE YALE BLOCKCHAIN BOOTCAMP WEEKEND >

join

THE YALE BLOCKCHAIN INITIATIVE

The openlab team has been helping develop a student-led campus-wide space for blockchain community building.

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LAB TEAM

partners

We are building a network of partners and advisors from leading universities, institutes, NGOs and innovative startups.