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Find a Solution that Measurably Improves Outcomes
in Sustainability
 

Our natural environment provides everything we need for our survival and well-being – the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Despite our dependence on our natural environment, we continue to exceed sustainable limits for greenhouse gases, biodiversity loss, and other critical resources and ecosystems.

The climate crisis has exacerbated the world’s sustainability challenges – from rising sea levels to increased wildfires, rising temperatures, poorer air quality, water scarcity and food insecurity. At UCLA we view the climate crisis as an opportunity to make a difference and do things better.

As part of UCLA’s commitment to addressing the climate crisis and creating a more equitable and livable world for all Angelenos and beyond, the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge are partnering to invite applications to UCLA’s Innovation Challenge for technological solutions (digital or otherwise) to the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.

The current pace of progress needs to improve dramatically for the world to find its point of equilibrium once again. If we make the best use of all existing climate solutions, the world can reach its point of equilibrium once again. Now is the time for innovation, the society is well equipped for transformation today. Are you ready to be a part of the sustainability solution?

Technological solutions may address, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Water

  • Energy

  • Climate

  • Transportation

  • Ecosystems

Prompt
 
Use technology (digital or otherwise) to create a solution that will significantly improve the sustainability of our environment in the following areas: water, energy, climate, transportation, and ecosystems.
Judging Criteria
 
Your solution must use technology to have impact at the system level or the individual/consumer level, but also be pragmatic and commercially viable in light of the business, social and political environments. Successful sustainability solutions will consider the environment, economy, and equity.
IMPACT

Combined depth and breadth of value created both for firm and society. The team fully explains its structured thought process for identifying market need and societal value add.

FEASIBILITY

The solution has a clear pathway to execution. The team has defined concrete next steps to implement the solution and provides ample evidence to prove the solution’s feasibility.

INNOVATION

The solution is original, powerful, and differentiated from others. The team conveys evidence using research and demonstrates what makes its solution innovative.

PERSUASION

Clear and compelling written and oral presentations. The team demonstrates vision, passion, and operating credibility to make the venture successful.

* Criteria are subject to change.

Prizes
 
Substantial cash prizes awarded to winners
Important Dates
 
  • Registration Deadline: 2/5/2021
  • Business Plan Submission Deadline: 2/19/2021
  • Sustainability Track Final Round: 4/23/2021
Find Your Team
 
If you have a sustainability idea/team and are looking for members to join your team
If you are a participant and are looking for interesting teams to join
FAQ and Contact Information
 

For FAQ, click here. For questions, please contact Jaymie Park, Innovation Challenge Program Manager at jaymie.park@anderson.ucla.edu OR schedule a 1:1 meeting via Calendly