From November 11-13, the U.S. Department of State is partnering with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), NASA, and NIKE, Inc. to host the LAUNCH: Energy Forum at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
In preparation for the forum, the Global Partnership Initiative (S/GPI) and Office of the Science and Technology Adviser joined our LAUNCH partners in reviewing over 250 project submissions ranging from innovative energy technologies to energy-focused education, business, and financial strategies. Ultimately, we selected ten of the most innovative projects as finalists.
At the forum, these finalists will present their groundbreaking ideas for the provision of more sustainable energy sources and improved access to energy for both developed and developing world populations. In turn, leaders in technology, policy, communications, and sustainability will provide feedback and identify key opportunities and challenges for each project.
Real-time information, video of the innovators' presentations, and a live stream of some sessions will be available at www.launch.org throughout the event. We will also be live tweeting using #LAUNCHenergy and providing daily updates from the forum on DipNote.
The LAUNCH program identifies innovations poised to create transformational change in critical sustainability issues, connects innovators to thought leaders, investors and advisors, and then provides strategic guidance post Forum in order to accelerate the implementation of the technologies and projects into the global market. Previous LAUNCH modules in 2010 focused on Water and Health.