Calling all building technology innovators! The Building Technologies Office is partnering with the successful SunShot Catalyst crowdsourcing initiative to identify and solve problems related to software development, data, and/or automation.

In the first, “Ideation” phase of the initiative, those working in the building technology space are invited to submit problem statements describing challenges that need to be overcome in order to promote better engagement with building occupants and to improve the ability to balance energy and occupant comfort objectives in a building. In addition to submitting problem statements, participants are invited to vote and comment on ideas that have already been submitted.

Individuals who submit a problem statement will have a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize!

So what are you waiting for? Go and submit your problem statement. You will need to:

  • Add a title and description of the problem statement
  • Make sure that "Ideation" is selected in the Campaign drop down box
  • Use “Buildings” tag for your problem statement
  • Add up to 5 URL links to the idea (optional)

Competition phases following Ideation will focus on developing products that address submitted problem statements, and contestants will have a chance at up to $1,000,000 in total prizes. If you would like to find out more about Catalyst and how it works, you are invited to attend the Catalyst Buildings Data Jamathon @ TechNexus in Chicago, IL on Wednesday, July 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.