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Global cement contest launched to encourage clean technologies

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The MIT Centre for Collective Intelligence and the Carbon War Room, an entrepreneurial initiative established by Richard Branson to develop large-scale clean technologies, have announced that they will be partnering to host the MITClimate CoLab contest on cement. The Climate CoLab tackles climate change through a series of annual contests and a forum that brings together global contributors. It is hoped that the cement contest will encourage investment in environmentally friendly technology for use in the industry. The aim of the competition is to identify solutions for deploying scalable, clean and profitable technology or processes that reduce CO2 emissions by billions of tonnes each year.

The proposals should be submitted online where they will be evaluated by Climate CoLab’s online tool and judged by the Carbon War Room.

The winner will be offered the opportunity to present their solution at a Carbon War Room Creating Climate Wealth Workshop. A range of investors, entrepreneurs, executives and leaders from the public and private sectors will attend this two-day workshop, which is likely to be held in Asia in early 2013.

The deadline for proposals is 15 December 2012. The proposals will be reviewed and the winner selected in early 2013. The competition is open to contestants from all over the world.

More information can be found on the Climate CoLab website (

Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham.

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