In this project, you will work with other innovators to dream up (and try to make real) ideas to solve energy and climate problems. Your project can be in any form as long as there is an attempt to address energy and climate issues and make money (or at least break even). For example, you could work anything from a physical product to an idea/process to an app (here is an easy tool for developing them: http://beta.appinventor.mit.edu/).
You will develop your project through the following phases:
At the end of the course, at least one project from this course (as voted on by students) will receive up to $5,000 in seed money to continue work on the project. You may develop a project that requires very little start-up funding, or a project that requires lots of funding. Any type of project is eligible for the seed money. If your project has a large budget, you can use the seed money to prepare proposals for larger sources of funding like the Department of Energy's National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.
Here are a few examples of past projects:
Brooklyn project examples
The First Penguin Award
Also at the end of this course, students will vote for one project to receive the First Penguin Award. This award is for risky and courageous ideas that end up being spectacular failures in terms of feasibility. The First Penguin Award comes with an automatic A and endless pride for all group members. (You should Google why it is called The First Penguin award if you haven't already).
First Penguin winners