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Where in the World are Our Renewable Energy Challenge Community Champions?

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Maybe you’ve seen them already – providing connections, asking questions, contributing renewable energy and community thoughts – or maybe you’ll see them popping up now that they’re officially introduced. Either way, we are thrilled to announce our Renewable Energy Challenge Community Champions. Read on for my takeaways in chatting with them during our kickoff call last week.


Alper (Istanbul)

•  Currently sudying industrial design at Bahcesehir University, Istanbul.

•  Inspired by OpenIDEO community collaborations to practice human-centered design

•  Created winning idea, R-Blocks, for our Recycling Challenge

•  Excited about the potential for this challenge to make big change in Turkey.

Dave (California)

•  Was in the Marines for seven years creating curriculum on adult learning theory.

•  Recently completed his MBA at IE Business School in Spain.

•  Started the design thinking club at IE

•  Always looking to become a better design thinker and to learn from new perspectives.

Jes (Australia)

•  Works in her family greeting card business in Australia Stumbled upon OpenIDEO late last year and was immediately hooked.

•  Sparked her creative juices through challenges that were more fun and meaningful than her everyday work as a corporate lawyer.

•  On OpenIDEO: It’s been phenomenal getting to engage in problems that have got a real hook to them – where you can actually feel like you can do something that will have an impact.

Selina (Amsterdam)

•  Lives in Amsterdam, where she co-owns a fashion accessories company.

•  Loves entrepreneurial adventures and wearing strategy, finance, designing, sales, and international trade show hats all at once.

•  Previous work at a strategy innovation firm drew her to OpenIDEO, and decided to re-ignite that passion while working in fashion.

•  Most excited by this challenge with local social and environmental impact and staying up to date on new ideas and trends in the industry.

Welcome to the team Alper, Dave, Jes and Selina! We look forward to all of your awesome insights and additions. Thanks for joining us as we rapidly transition to renewables with The 11th Hour Project.

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