It’s about exposing, strenghtening and boosting your work

Are you working on a great innovative idea that helps tackle global warming? Do you want to enable others to follow your progress and share knowledge? Expose your project here, gather recommendations and support, and have it published. Together we can try to realize your proposals and make the world a better place.

  1. Share your thesis with us and receive your own digital workplace.
  2. Gather feedback and support from ‘the crowd’.
  3. Let’s find a way to visualise your approach in a video animation.
  4. Let’s try to get it published in a scientific journal.
  5. Let’s look for incubators and start a journey towards realization.

Your project is expected to be innovative, original, and ambitous: aimed at realizing a breakthrough in the struggle against global warming. Being host and moderator, Cool Down the Planet will assist you in every step. Starting in the autumn of 2018 we strive to launch and promote a growing number of student projects, that make a difference.

Participation is free and any Intellectual Property will remain your’s.

Proposed time schedule

As soon as your project goes live, it will be open to ‘crowd engineering’ during 100 days. At the end of this stage we’ll ask you to formulate some learnings and finetune your thesis.

Then it’s time to elaborate a film script and prepare the video animation. We will use our expertise in the video market to find a sponsor. This will take another 100 days.

Finally an editor-in-chief will weigh your project and might invite you to send in your thesis. We are in touch with a prominent publisher of scientific journals, who will consider publication. Give us another 100 days.

So before the time has come to look for business incubators we’ll spend about 10 months in strengthening and promoting your plans against global warming.

Post your comments and help the projects forward!

Giving the project owners an opportunity to present their ambitious plans on Cool Down the Planet, means more than just exposure. It’s about receiving somebody else’s input and support as well. Crowd engineering is supposed to widen the scope in a multidisciplinary way and make proposals more viable.

So be invited to zoom into a project and post your questions and comments in “Disqus” – this needs a one-time-only registration. It’s up to the project owner to recognize your contributions. He or she could propose to accept you as a member of a ‘dreamteam’. Setting up a broad expert team might be wise when it comes to future developments.

  • How can I participate with my project or master thesis?
    First note that your project should be innovative, original, and ambitous: aimed at realizing a breakthrough in the struggle against global warming. Then register on the site and fill in on the window ‘submit your solution’.

    Short pitch. Use around 100 words to describe your thesis and give it a title. Underline the innovative quality and impact of your proposal.

    Your submission. This document goes deeper into the matter of subject and vices your distinctive approach. Length: free. Substantiate your contributions with some pictures. Add a few challenging questions to be answered by the crowd. Convert your document to PDF and upload it on the site.

    Optional: make a short video that presents you and your project.
  • Do I need permission from my university?
    Since you are and will remain the project owner, and not your university, you're free to autonomously send your submission. Still consider to share your plan with a lecturer, because it might be wise to consult now and then. Apart from that: we strive to start with launching one project per university. Receiving more projects will make us weighing other options.
  • Who's going to judge and moderate my input?
    First of all Cool Down the Planet will value your submission; just to judge if your input matches our conditions. We'll consult occasional experts so we can formulate some 'sharp' questions. There will be no fixed jury. During the process we hope to attract all kinds of know-how into the chats. Still, we are the ones to host and moderate the discussons and lead your project to the next level.
  • How long will it take to boost my project?
    As soon as your project goes live, it will be open to 'crowd engineering' during 100 days. At the end of this stage we'll ask you to formulate some learnings and finetune your thesis. Then it's time to elaborate a film script and prepare the video animation. We will use our expertise in the video market to find a sponsor. This will take another 100 days. Finally an editor-in-chief will weigh your project and might invite you to send in your thesis. We are in touch with a prominent publisher of scientific journals, who will consider publication. Give us another 100 days.

    So to answer your question: before the time has come to look for business incubators we'll spend about 10 months in strengthening and promoting your plans against global warming.
  • Will you respect the Intellectual Property?
    Yes, the IP is your's and will remain your's. As described in Terms & Conditions: "All IPR’s retained in this website remain the property of the Contributor (project owner). The Stichting (Foundation) Cool Down The Planet agrees to relinquish all ownership of IP rights. This includes copyright, right to invention and other IPR’s."

    To put it straight: we're not going to exploit your ideas and inventions for our own business. Cool Down the Planet is a not-for-profit foundation and in the next few months we hope to affiliate with some 'cool' universities, that help us to further take root and expand.
  • How can we partner with Cool Down The Planet?
    As a not-for-profit and non-subsidised organisation we are in great need of 'cool' partners. We're eager to affiliate with knowledge institutes and companies. Please consider to be part of this promising platform and get in touch!

    • OUR ACTIVITIES:
      - moderate an ever growing number of student designed projects
      - mobilize experts and 'crowd'
      - engage stakeholders and incubators

    • OUR REQUEST:
      - activate students to launch a project on this platform
      - help us find student ambassadors
      - financial support

    • OUR OFFER:
      - use this platform and give your most ambitious students a wider scope
      - be part of the socalled 'coolest universities'
      - benefit from the promotion

  • Can I become a student-ambassador for Cool Down The Planet?
    Cool Down The Planet invites you to represent your university as our new student ambassador. We aim to have one point of contact (or two at the max) at every college. Interested in joining our fast-growing global team? Please get in touch with us!

    Now we're ready with setting up a formula the next step is to involve students from different continents. In stead of working with facebook campaigns we would like to try a more personal approach. Here ‘student ambassadors’ could help us.

    A student ambassador is expected to support our initiative and assist us unroll the Cool Down The Planet tool. This means: identify local student projects that match our formula and try to get them involved. For some activities our student-ambassadors can get a modest financial compensation.
  • Which universities already have a student ambassador?
    Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA): Saad Ahmed Javed
    Stellenbosch University: Michal Venter and Martinus Loots
    Cyprus International University: Olusola Olorunfemi Bamisile
    Chongqing University (China): Ye Luo and Zhengjie Yang
    American University of Beirut (Lebanon): Hussein Zahreddine
    University of Electronic Science and Technology of China: Sandra Obiora
    University of Ulm (Germany): Daniele Gatti and Deniz Kalkan
    University of Jordan in Amman: Tareq Mahmoud Obaidat
    Xiamen University (China): Hui Ma
    Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain): Tomás Navarro
    Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania): Kamile Petrauskiene
    University of Vigo (Spain): Roi Martínez
    University of Houston (US): Brandon Santos
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden): Luyao Yuan and Meng Ba
    Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU): Daria Sokolova
    Delft University of Technology: Martijn Wijsman
    Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague: Diego Serrano
    Warsaw School of Economics (Poland): Lizaveta Myshko
    Zhejiang University of Science and Technology (China): Yinghan Jin
    University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz (Poland): Mikołaj Szyca
    Riga Technical University (Latvia): Eliza Kūkoja
    Sumy State University (Ukraine): Maryna Prokopenko
    Tallinn University (Estonia): Alisa Rekunova
    Abo Akademi (Finland): Jeffery Nosakhare Omorodion
    University of Engineering and Technology Lahore (Pakistan): Waleed Farooq
  • Does Cool Down The Planet target only students?
    No, we are an open platform with endless ambitions and as a consequence we don't believe in limiting our scope. That means that we're also open to idea owners without an academic background. We welcome every serious input!

    Still, being encouraged by some 'cool universities', we're inclined to engage and partner with other educational and research institutes. So in unrolling a global network we will primarily focus on students and the academic world.
  • Who owns Cool Down The Planet? What's your motivation?
    Our platform is initiated by a small organisation - New Energy TV - with full support of Delft University of Technology, Since it's online the ownership is in the hands of an independent non-for-profit foundation, called 'Cool Down The Planet', based in the Netherlands.

    We think the world's universities have a responsability to take the lead in fighting global warming. We challenge students to share their breakthrough-projects, strenghten them 'online' and make them ready for implementation.

    Cool Down the Planet is eager to start this journey without any delay. As a consequence we didn't wait for the necessary resources and partnerships. Still, we need them, please give us the confidence.