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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE COLLABATHON AND A HACKATHON?

There isn’t really a difference - a Collabathon is a hackathon. The difference is only in principle of radical collaboration and crowd-development. Instead of hosting a hackathon, where teams compete for a price and the winner takes all, we want to leverage collective intelligence to complete multiple challenges of a shared goal together. This is as shared project where everyone contributes in open source and creates a platform tool that each participant is a shareholder. There will be team rewards for recognition across multiple topics.

Instead of competing for a fixed period of time, we embrace collective ownership and want participants to stay engaged. Collaboration rather than competition must be the source of collective strength and inspiration.

WHAT ARE HELPFUL RESOURCES THAT I CAN START TO READ TO PREPARE FOR THE COLLABATHON?

All participants and collaborators are encouraged to join and study the following pages:

•Collabathon Website and White Paper: https://www.collabathon.openclimate.earth/global-carbon •Gitbook: https://collabathon-docs.openclimate.earth/

•Open Lab: https://openlab.yale.edu/open-climate

•Discord Communication Channel : https://discordapp.com/invite/VaKpdJx

•Git tutorials: https://try.github.io/ , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhtzxPU7Bz0

•What is a scrum?: https://www.atlassian.com/agile/scrum

WHAT IS A SPONSOR?

A Sponsor for the Collabathon event could provide in-kind sponsorships such as food & beverage, merchandise, etc. Monetary sponsorships will also go towards covering our expenses. Incentivizing teams with reward based sponsorship with in-kind rewards such as tickets to cool events, gift vouchers will also be welcome.

WHAT IS A TECHNOLOGY PARTNER?

Technology partners will provide guidance, online infrastructure or subject matter expertise to enable participants to hack effectively. Technology partners will provide collaboration tools, training material, propose software task challenges, and direct software development on specific infrastructure components of the Open Climate Platform.

Technology mentors with software development and blockchain expertise are invited to join the Collabathon to support teams with expert knowledge

WHAT IS A PROMPT HOST?

A Prompt Host will create and post a climate challenge to the community, integrating to the proposed Open Climate System. The challenge must be related to elements within the 5 climate domains (Earth State Systems, World System Registries, Climate Action Certification, Climate Markets, Climate Finance).

Prompt Hosts are expected to provide participants with robust knowledge needed and technical guidance both before and during the Collabathon. This could be in the form of training, providing background information, subject matter expertise, data sharing, code etc. Ideal Prompt Hosts are two complementary entities, a climate knowledge, and a technical software partner.

Startups, companies and research organizations that specialize in a relevant technology or climate domain can host a prompt to provide technical expertise, knowledge, data and mentors to collabathon teams.

WHAT IS A NODE?

A node is a location anywhere in the world where hackers will congregate in the provided space to participate in the Collabathon. Nodes can choose to participant in specific prompts.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR HOSTING A NODE?

Node Hosts will host a Collabathon instance at their own venue. Yale Openlab will provide you with technical guidance on setting-up and accessing the online collaboration environment. Nodes have the flexibility of identifying and collaborating with other institutions, universities, and partners. Node hosts can also provide sponsorship by sourcing funds to cover expenses for their event (eg. catering for participants). Our team will work closely with you and provide guidelines on setting up the venue, provide IT requirements and marketing support for remote collaboration. Collabathon Nodes are often also Prompt Hosts, or partner with Prompt Hosts so that their Collabathon instance can have a domain specific focus.

WHEN WILL DETAILED INFORMATION ON PROMPTS (WITH REQUIRED TECHNICALITIES AND SKILL LEVELS) BE PROVIDED?

Prompts will be released November 11th!

WHAT ARE THE PROMPTS WE ARE BUILDING TOWARDS?

WHICH CHALLENGES CAN WE PROVIDE FOR DEVELOPER BEGINNERS AND NON-DEVELOPERS?

HOW ARE TEAMS RECOGNIZED AND INCENTIVIZED?

We will recognize teams globally based on 3 community choice awards:

Most Collaborative Team: The Yale Open Lab team will judge the collaboration and mutual support across teams based on your activities in the digital collabathon space.

Most Innovative Approach: Judges will choose the most innovative contribution based on the value and creativity of your contribution (code, prompt documentation, ideas etc.)

Most Effective Code: The entire Collabathon community will judge on the most effective hack by upvoting team contributions.

Local Nodes can also define their own awards, based on their own criteria, and judged by their own judges for additional types of rewards.

WHAT IS THE DIGITAL ECOSYSTEM? HOW WILL WE MANAGE ALL TEAMS AT THE SAME TIME AND FACILITATE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN NODES?

ARE NEW PARTICIPANTS ABLE TO SIGN UP NOW?

YES! Participants can join and contribute until the deadline on December 2nd. If you get excited about this Collabathon, please share with your friends and network! We need all the help we can get to solve our mission!

(REGISTER HERE!)

DO YOU HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OPENING WEEKEND HACK TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2 WEEK DECENTRALIZED SPRINT AFTER?

No. While the opening weekend will be full of speakers and the opportunity to engage live with teams, the Collabathon materials will be available on Gitbook and participants can choose to participate at any time during the decentralized sprint after, leveraging the digital environment tools listed above.

WHAT EVENTS ARE BEING PLANNED AT THE COP IN MADRID?

Originally, Yale Openlabs submitted a request to host site events at the COP in Chile and we were scheduled to participate in partnering events as well. However, given the recent changes in venue from Chile to Madrid we are currently waiting on request approval from the UN for the following participating events:

  • The Climate Ledger Initiative is hosting an event where we will be participating.

  • Climate Chain Coalition is hosting an event where we will also present on our Collabaton efforts.

  • Yale Openlab Open Climate Accounting System: Waiting on approval from the UN for a site event

As logistics for the COP Madrid unfolds, we will know more on locked dates and times.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE WEBINAR SLIDES AND VIDEO?

WEBINAR LINK!

WILL ACCOMMODATION BE ARRANGED FOR PEOPLE TRAVELING TO YALE FOR THE WEEKEND?

If you have accommodation requests at Yale please reach out to:

Sarah Söding: sarahbeatrice.soding@yale.edu

Meelendra Singh: meelendra.singh@yale.edu

ARE PARTICIPANTS ALLOWED TO CONTINUE WORKING OFF THE GROUND-WORK THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE AT YALE?

Yes, participants are highly encouraged to build off of what is currently present, and we encourage everyone to create a team and cohesion to plan out your work. Similar to design and product sprints - the on-site event will be a great opportunity to organize those designs, while the 2 week decentralized sprint will be best for working on the collaborative hack.

HOW DOES PROMPT SELECTION WORK? WILL THERE BE SOME WAY TO COORDINATE REGARDING WHO CHOOSES WHICH PROMPT?

You are free to choose any prompt and work within any task within those prompts. In forming a team, leverage CoMakery and Discord to post your skills and interest, as it will be the immediate marketplace that prompts and task teams will choose from to build out each team. Each prompt will have a host and skill requirement information will be provided the week of November 11th.

WHO CAN I REACH OUT TO FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE OPEN CLIMATE PROJECT/COLLABATHON QUESTIONS?

TEAMS

•Register online on the COLLABATHON website https://www.collabathon.openclimate.earth/

•If you have any issues or questions for registration, write us via email:

•sarahbeatrice.soding@yale.edu

•meelendra.singh@yale.edu

PARTNER NODES/UNIVERSITIES

•Write to us via email to get your node registered and learn more

•sarahbeatrice.soding@yale.edu

•meelendra.singh@yale.edu

•garimaprasai@gmail.com

ORGANISATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

•Write to us via email to brainstorm partnership opportunities

•martin.wainstein@yale.edu

•garimaprasai@gmail.com