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Renewable Energy Challenge – Tips for Refinement

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The OpenIDEO community generated a whopping 173 ideas for our Renewable Energy Challenge – and in addition this impressive number of contributions, we were so inspired by the extensive collaborations and connections forged during this process, as seen across more than 3,000 comments. As a community, you illuminated countless inspiring efforts around one of the must urgent topics of our time: rapidly transitioning to renewable energy. As we turn our energy towards refining these ideas, we're thrilled to share our Shortlist of ideas moving forward. Visit the Refinement phase to check out all 20 ideas and read a little about them.

Whether or not you posted an idea – or whether or not your idea made it to Refinement – we invite you to rally around making this shortlist the best that they can be during our brief 12-day Refinement phase. We're also excited about ideas which didn't make it to our Refinement list cotinuing to evolve – so keep up all those great collaborations.

Read on for insights into how we chose the Refinement ideas, what we're looking for going forward and some resources to help you make the most of Refinement or continue developing your renewable energy solution.

What we looked for in the Ideas phase

We had a lot of inspiring contributions in the Ideas phase and choosing our Refinement list wasn’t easy. To narrow the list, our team asked the following questions:

  • Does the idea have a clear focus on renewable energy instead of energy efficiency?

  • Does the idea address a specific community barrier?

  • Why is this solution essential to rapidly transition the community to renewables?

What we want to see in the Refinement phase

As we continue to refine ideas, we will be looking for solutions that:

  • Define what success looks like and potential challenges to getting there

  • Describe the specific community need your idea addresses and how it'll help them overcome it

  • Illustrate a road map for implementation, including resources and partnerships

  • Exhibit commitment to following through with implementation, including clear next steps

  • Distinguish your idea from other existing efforts in the space

  • Roll up your sleeves and try out a lightweight experiment which exposes your idea to potential end users – even a few of them. More tips on prototyping.

As a community it's our job to help the ideas in Refinement meet these goals as quickly as possible while always keeping the end user in mind. Remember the Evaluation Criteria previously posted to ensure that ideas are heading in the right direction. Our User Experience Map is another great resource. 

On February 11 PST we'll announce our Top Ideas. We can't wait for the community's insights and questions to guide us to solutions that are truly #RapidlyRenewable!


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