Nodes and Prompt Hosts

What is the difference between Nodes and Prompt Hosts, and what are useful guidelines for these.
Nodes host a Collabathon instance at their own venue or virtual environment. During the COVID-19 crisis nodes are only organized virtually.
During normal times, nodes host meetups with as little as 5 participants to work on a prompt together or host a large event up to 50 or more participants. Nodes can sign up and host incidents anytime.
Prompt Hosts create and post a climate challenge to the community, integrating to the proposed Open Climate System. Prompt Hosts provide participants with robust knowledge needed and technical guidance both before and during the Collabathon.

Guidelines and suggestions for Nodes

In normal times, nodes are the organizers of a Collabathon incident in their venues. This entails event space organization, catering, the recruitment of participants and technical partners, mentors, or sponsors and the technical enablement of collaboration with other nodes.
Nodes have the flexibility of identifying and collaborating with other institutions, universities, and partners. Nodes can choose to collaborate with a local prompt host, participate in specific prompts or enable their teams to work on all prompts. Collabathon Nodes can also be prompt host, or partner with prompt hosts so that their Collabathon instance can have a domain specific focus. Yale Openlab provides technical guidance on setting-up and accessing the online collaboration environment.

Guidelines and suggestions for Prompt Hosts

Prompt host create climate challenges that are related to elements within the 5 climate domains (Earth State Systems, World System Registries, Climate Action Certification, Climate Markets, Climate Finance). Prompt host 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 host 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.

Current Nodes

For more detailed information on steps to host a prompt, access the following page: