General remark. You do not need to sign up for the event with a team. If you are interested in joining alone, you can certainly do so and tackle prompts as you see fit. If you want a team and are unable to join with one, we have provided tools to assist you in finding a team. If you are able to find team members but don't have an idea about what would be an ideal fit, this article will guide you to do so. This guide is the same for people who are attending a specific Node at Yale or at one of the partner organisations or joining remotely, since there is no restriction on how teams are formed or on the number of teams.
Teams can be formed with local node participants, across nodes and with remote participants.
The participant marketplace is a mechanism by which collabathon participants can find team members and —according to any criteria desired— recruit other participants to join or create a team. To improve the quality of the marketplace and discoverability among peers, participants are encouraged to describe their specific skills and background as well as preferred prompts, climate domains or software layer.
The 2019 Open Climate Collabathon used the CoMakery platform to organise the assembly of teams, help in the project/prompt management, and submit official work. See more on the Your digital environment page.
Suggested steps for participant discovery and team formation:
Once you log in to the CoMakery Collabathon Missions, you can adjust your profile to define your 'Specialty' (eg. Software, Design, General etc.). This will help other participants see your skills as well as link your specialty with special prompt tasks that require it.
Once you've set your profile, browse through the prompts and select 'Im Interested' to all the ones you find that particularly resonates with your skills and interests. This will help you see other participants that are interested on the same prompts.
Reach out to individual participants you found through CoMakery using the Discord App. Broadcast any message about initial team participants and selected in the #Team-Formation channel (on discord) so that others can see your team and join (if you are recruiting).
Once you have found your team, create your own discord channel to start your team discussion and collaboration. Use the name of the prompt as first part of your channel name and add a team name, for example: carbonequity_ThisSpaceLeftIntentionallyBlank.
Link to the Collabathon space in CoMakery
As with most things in the Collabathon spirit, if you think there is a way to improve one of the processes used in the Collabathon —and know how to develop it— then you can either create a specific prompt or proposal within the 'Collabathon Prompts' section and then submit your proposed development and system. In fact, you should already find a prompt for a more sophisticated P2P marketplace
There is no requirement or conditions for team formation, neither on number of participants or backgrounds. However, here are some general suggestions.
Note: Skills from software programming are much appreciated and required for advancing the platform but that does not mean it is the only skill that is required. ANYONE CAN CONTRIBUTE!!
Large teams (over 10 participants) are hard to manage. Only form a large team if you have a sophisticated project management system and you are sure all participants can follow the same organisational procedure.
Small teams (2 or 3 people) are advised to target specific hacks and prompts since diversity of skills and background can be limiting. However, this is very useful if you are targeting a technical 'Platform prompt.'
A balanced team ideally has 3 to 8 people since the team would possess the necessary skills needed to tackle specific problems and objectives.
The challenges put forth in the prompts —particularly the 'Climate Prompts'— requires collective intelligence from multiple domains of expertise. Software development experience is very important but not the only required skill, since the global climate accounting system requires deep understanding of the climate change space —both from the physical science perspective as well as the policy perspective. Within software development, there are multiple domains like data science, machine learning, graphical user interface design, blockchain and IoT engineering that are valuable to different prompts and prior experience with development is not necessary to pick some of these up.
An ideal team would be composed of students with the following backgrounds:
Back end developers
Strategists & business experts
Project managers & team coordinators
If you don't fit into a single category but have expertise that you can contribute, please do apply and indicate where you can contribute. For the purpose of standardising responses and ease of team formation however, you are suggested to take into account the above rubric.