i think both products look really interesting, and it's awesome that you reached out to us!
i'd be interested in meeting you to chat. I'm actually not too familiar with OpenIDEO as an online platform or what it means that you found our idea here. are you three based at Stanford, too? if so, let's find a time to sit down and discuss.
initial thoughts: - what energy consumption data will communities and individuals within communities need in order to participate in the challenges? locking this in place will determine what new technologies around data capture are necessary. - our hypothesis is that people will be motivated by an opportunity to make money in the form of a prize for using less electricity; we don't have much data to show that they'll be motivated by curiosity in how their energy usage impacts the environment. is that something you guys have found out already? - we need to figure out what it would take to get the challenge organized such that people know it exists and want to participate. ideally, it's the utility companies that are running this, as they have access to all the households across multiple communities.