Join Harvard in Creating a Sustainable Future: Unlock the Potential of a Circular Economy - 30/01/2023 18:12 EST

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $1000
  • Entries Received: 307
  • Winner: rashasafwat

Contest Brief

THE CONTEST IS CLOSED AND WE ARE AIMING TO AWARD LAST SELECTED WINNERS BY 15TH OF MAY

We are excited to announce an opportunity for freelancers to collaborate with researchers at the Digital, Data, and Design Institute (D^3) (https://d3.harvard.edu/) at Harvard to source the most innovative and cutting-edge circular economy solutions for the business world.

Circular Economy is a simple idea.

Basically it involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible.

We would like you to submit your circular economy idea, which can be a unique new idea or an existent idea that is used in the industry.

Here is an example: Car Sharing in order to reduce the carbon footprint associated with driving.

Here is more information on circular economy:
https://ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/topics/circular-economy-introduction/overview

Submit your real-life use cases on how companies can implement the circular economy in their businesses. New ideas are also welcome, even if they are 'moonshots'. Your suggestions will help Harvard researchers understand the impact of the circular economy on business. Let's get creative and revolutionize the world through the circular economy!

STEP 1: COMPLETE THE GOOGLE FORM HERE
Submit your solution using the Solution Design Wizard (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnpXiomdtxVpDYq0fyldSyJ397Gc36UBTHb-FKMnKORqCU_g/viewform), which will guide you through the process.

***You are not limited to one submission, you can send as many submissions to the Solution Design Wizard as you want in case you have more than one idea.

Check out these examples (https://www.notion.so/Circular-Economy-Examples-0da4b9250abf4b64bfa7618a74bb3aac) for inspiration.

STEP 2: ENTER THE CONTEST
Submit a “Letter of Intent” as an entry in this contest page by clicking blue "submit entry" button in the top right corner of this page. This is just to keep records of the Freelancer usernames that are participating in the contest. You only need to do it once, whereas the google form you can send as many times as you wish, depending on how many ideas you have.

STEP 3: WAIT TO SEE IF YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED!
It is now time to be patient, we will contact you if your idea(s) are awarded a prize!

Our team will be evaluating your entries using the following criteria:
* Novelty (How different is it from existing solutions?)
* Environmental Impact (How much does it benefit the planet?)
* Financial Impact (What financial value can it create for businesses?)
* Feasibility and Scalability of Implementation (How likely is it to succeed and how scalable is it?)


PRIZES:
The best overall solution will receive a $1,000 prize and be presented with an official trophy from the D^3 Institute at Harvard.

Top 500 best solutions will receive a cash prize of $10 each. The same freelancer could potentially win multiple prizes if they had submitted more than one winning entries! Apart from the cash prize, the winning entries will receive a letter from a Harvard faculty member and an official certificate from Harvard D^3 Lab.

Some creators of the best solutions will also receive an invitation to participate in an exclusive two-day virtual Circular Economy Catalyst Event at Harvard Business School in April 2023 to learn how leading companies, startups, and investors are engaging in the circular economy.

Please note that if two or more top submissions are similar, the one entered first shall be the winning submission. Time is key!

Please also review our FAQ section: https://delicious-jodhpur-c31.notion.site/FAQ-Join-Harvard-in-Creating-a-Sustainable-Future-Unlock-the-Potential-of-a-Circular-Economy-49a8e018ffc248c790cdd1a384c8b1bf

*** Email addresses in the Google form must match your Freelancer.com email address you used to create your account.***

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Public Clarification Board

  • Anar K.
    Anar K.
    • 11 months ago

    Dear Freelancers,

    In accordance with Section 4 of the Freelancer.com User Agreement, all communications and interactions must be conducted exclusively through the platform. Direct contact with our client (D3 Lab at Harvard or any of the Harvard staff) or freelancers outside of the platform (e.g. via email thread, even if just replying to the thread) is strictly prohibited.

    Communication with a client or other freelancers via email or any other medium outside of the platform can get your account limited or terminated.

    The User Agreement states: 'While using the Website, you will not attempt to or otherwise do any of the following: post false, inaccurate, misleading, deceptive, defamatory or offensive content (including personal information); transfer your Freelancer account (including feedback) and Username to another party without our consent; distribute or post spam, unsolicited, or bulk electronic communications, chain letters, or pyramid schemes.'

    • 11 months ago
  • Anar K.
    Anar K.
    • 11 months ago

    Freelancer.com Statement on Harvard D^3 Circular Economy Contest:

    Dear Participants,

    Thank you for your engagement and feedback in the Harvard D^3 Circular Economy contest. We appreciate your concerns regarding certificates and platform fees, and we want to clarify these matters.

    The original contest brief did not mention personalized certificates. Instead, it stated that winners would receive a "letter from a Harvard faculty member and an official certificate from Harvard D^3 Lab." We have fulfilled these rewards as promised, in digital format.

    However, based on your feedback, we have decided to issue personalized certificates with participants' names as a gesture of goodwill. Additionally, we understand your concerns about the platform fee compared to the prize value, so we will refund the $5 contest fee to your account.

    We highly value your contributions and will consider your feedback for future contests.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    • 11 months ago
    1. abyooda
      abyooda
      • 11 months ago

      Thank you all, highly appreciated ????... Freelancer.com never put us down and their direct support is incomparable... I would like to particularly thank Bryndis the VP of freelancer for her direct communication. Thanks Harvard too for this opportunity.

      • 11 months ago
    2. priyajen
      priyajen
      • 11 months ago

      Dear #Anar K. Sir, Thank you for your Kind concern about the matter, Really Appreciate Harvard for it :)

      • 11 months ago
  • mendesyo
    mendesyo
    • 11 months ago

    Hi you mentioned you guys are working on it and its been a long long time, just thought I'd double check to see if we are gonna receive the certifications as promised?...Please do Keep us updated on how long it would take?

    With Reference To.: "Top 500 best solutions will receive a cash prize of $10 each. The same freelancer could potentially win multiple prizes if they had submitted more than one winning entries! Apart from the cash prize, the winning entries will receive a letter from a Harvard faculty member and an official certificate from Harvard D^3 Lab."

    • 11 months ago
  • mdeshpande22
    mdeshpande22
    • 1 year ago

    When will we get to know about the top 500 solutions?

    • 1 year ago
    1. kefitzpatrick
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      Soon, we are working on it

      • 1 year ago
    2. samirsamy8001
      samirsamy8001
      • 11 months ago

      I'm pretty sure my entry wasn't checked. It has provided highly innovative solutions to the circular economy. I am participating in the climate conference in my country, Egypt. You have provided very innovative and effective solutions. Unfortunately I wasted my time and my entry was not verified.

      • 11 months ago
  • mdeshpande22
    mdeshpande22
    • 11 months ago

    Also, when will the D3 landing page be launched?

    • 11 months ago
  • mdeshpande22
    mdeshpande22
    • 11 months ago

    Hi, I am facing the same problem as Malka. I also received the email, but my entry is not shown yet. Can you also look into it?

    • 11 months ago
  • malkaranathunghe
    malkaranathunghe
    • 11 months ago

    Hi, I see most of the entries are awarded now. I received the email as well. However, my entry is not awarded yet. Can you look into it?

    • 11 months ago
  • smtechnology
    smtechnology
    • 11 months ago

    Regarding D3 landing page message given by Anar K. on their platform I would like to say that people always do not check everything in website/online mode. Many of them prefers to see things directly in physical format also, moreover when it is a matter of any official certificate or letter and that too comes from a prestigious organization like Harvard! Always it does not become possible also to direct people to any landing page to see our past experience or bio-data sort of things. They many times prefer physical documents to look upon. So, it does not help. I hope the contest team will keep this point in their mind too. Thank you.

    • 11 months ago
  • priyajen
    priyajen
    • 1 year ago

    Dear CH, Thanks for the congratulation mail..However it would be great if the letters and certificates come with the name of the contestants...Kindly check the issue Sir..Thank you :)

    • 1 year ago
    1. Anar K.
      Anar K.
      • 11 months ago

      we will be launching a D3 landing page on our platform soon and the page will have all the challenges, if you ever need to prove the authenticity of the certificates you will always be able to direct people to the D3 Lab landing page on our website once we roll it out and that page will have challenges and among the winners of the challenge people will be able to see your name. Hope that helps

      • 11 months ago
    2. priyajen
      priyajen
      • 11 months ago

      Thank you for the update Sir :)

      • 11 months ago
  • Anar K.
    Anar K.
    • 11 months ago

    Hello everyone, when it comes to the handover upload, feel free to upload any blank file.

    • 11 months ago
    1. BiLS IMAGING
      BiLS IMAGING
      • 11 months ago

      I am incredibly grateful and honored to have been selected as one of the winners of the contest. I have already uploaded the file and signed the IP agreement as required. Thank you for this opportunity, it means a lot to me, and I appreciate the effort that went into organizing this amazing contest.

      • 11 months ago
  • smtechnology
    smtechnology
    • 1 year ago

    Harvard certificate and letter have no individial name printed on it for winning entries. Then how it will be relevant in future to show anywhere for them if needed?

    • 1 year ago
    1. Anar K.
      Anar K.
      • 11 months ago

      we will be launching a D3 landing page on our platform soon and the page will have all the challenges, if you ever need to prove the authenticity of the certificates you will always be able to direct people to the D3 Lab landing page on our website once we roll it out and that page will have challenges and among the winners of the challenge people will be able to see your name. Hope that helps

      • 11 months ago
  • mazouzix
    mazouzix
    • 1 year ago

    Still waiting for the updated letter and certificate!!!

    • 1 year ago
    1. Anar K.
      Anar K.
      • 11 months ago

      we will be launching a D3 landing page on our platform soon and the page will have all the challenges, if you ever need to prove the authenticity of the certificates you will always be able to direct people to the D3 Lab landing page on our website once we roll it out and that page will have challenges and among the winners of the challenge people will be able to see your name. Hope that helps

      • 11 months ago
  • smtechnology
    smtechnology
    • 1 year ago

    Dear CH, Thanks for your congratulation mail. I have updated my price to $10 accordingly. Also, instead of sending generic certificate and letter from harvard kindly send individuals name written on the letter and certificate. I think then only it will be relevant for us who won the contest. We hope CH will look into this matter seriously and address this points from their end. Thank you :)

    • 1 year ago
    1. abyooda
      abyooda
      • 12 months ago

      I agree

      • 12 months ago
    2. Anar K.
      Anar K.
      • 11 months ago

      We will be launching a D3 landing page on our platform soon and the page will have all the challenges, if you ever need to prove the authenticity of the certificates you will always be able to direct people to the D3 Lab landing page on our website once we roll it out and that page will have challenges and among the winners of the challenge people will be able to see your name. Hope that helps

      • 11 months ago
  • smtechnology
    smtechnology
    • 11 months ago

    Hi CH and Kefitzpatrcik, I just accepted your offer for the prize! What to do now? When the prize will be given in my account? Please confirm. Thanks

    • 11 months ago
  • CuongNguyen05
    CuongNguyen05
    • 12 months ago

    #294 #295 Please check. Thanks

    • 12 months ago
  • mdeshpande22
    mdeshpande22
    • 1 year ago

    Dear CH, thank you for the Congratulations mail, but it would be highly grateful if you could add our names for future reference. Also, you said to change the bid to $10, how do we change our bid as i am new to freelancer and haven't put any bid on this contest before. To add on, i have submitted 2 entries, but you said $10, so does this mean one of my entries made it and the other one didn't? Thanks in Advance

    • 1 year ago
    1. batasayed25
      batasayed25
      • 1 year ago

      i have submited more than 12 ideas into harvard google form but i have submited one entery here , how can they calculate number of winning ideas ×10$ here , whereas they told use to change our bids to just 10$

      • 1 year ago
    2. malkaranathunghe
      malkaranathunghe
      • 12 months ago

      The contest holder has access to the Google form and will select the winners. If they choose more than one of your entries, they will pay you the corresponding amount. Whether you have submitted one or multiple entries here, it doesn't make a difference. Although your bid is $10, they can pay more than that for your entry. Hope this helps.

      • 12 months ago
  • mohamedelamawy77
    mohamedelamawy77
    • 12 months ago

    Dear CH, Thank you so much for mail. I have changed the price to 10$. My entry is #162 . Thank you

    • 12 months ago
  • Lifecare2951
    Lifecare2951
    • 12 months ago

    I haven't received any emails or certificate nothing , neither the recruiter Anar is responding. Can anyone please help me ?

    • 12 months ago
  • smtechnology
    smtechnology
    • 12 months ago

    When $10 will be given to other winners?

    • 12 months ago
  • BarbaraMartiri
    BarbaraMartiri
    • 1 year ago

    I have participated on this contest and received the email, but I cannot find my entry to be able to claim the 10$, someone can help me please ? Thank you

    • 1 year ago
    1. BiLS IMAGING
      BiLS IMAGING
      • 1 year ago

      click and select My entries next to View: (351)

      • 1 year ago
  • balkrishan00
    balkrishan00
    • 1 year ago

    Hi ,Thank you for your email and congratulations for all the winners !
    I have changed my bid price for the contest.

    • 1 year ago
  • mdeshpande22
    mdeshpande22
    • 1 year ago

    Dear Contest Holder, I have changed the price of my entry to $10. Entry no. 279 and 224. Thank you

    • 1 year ago
  • Jalal1107
    Jalal1107
    • 1 year ago

    Dear Contest Holder, Thank you for your mail and certificate. As per your instruction I have changed the price of my entry to $10. Entry #104 . Thank you.

    • 1 year ago
    1. araquereinerio
      araquereinerio
      • 1 year ago

      "Where do I change the price of my entry to $10?"

      • 1 year ago
    2. mdeshpande22
      mdeshpande22
      • 1 year ago

      You click on your entry and it should say sell entry, then set the price to $10.

      • 1 year ago
  • mdeshpande22
    mdeshpande22
    • 1 year ago

    Hi guys, I am new on freelancer- can someone tell me how to change my bid to $10?

    • 1 year ago
  • Shabmemon27
    Shabmemon27
    • 1 year ago

    Hi Contest Holder please check my change bid rate for entry #289

    • 1 year ago
  • aftabahmad334
    aftabahmad334
    • 1 year ago

    Top 500 best solutions will receive a cash prize of $10 each??

    • 1 year ago
    1. kefitzpatrick
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      yes, as long as they relevant to CIrcular Economy yes

      • 1 year ago
  • emangamea
    emangamea
    • 1 year ago

    Which the right ?
    Best 10 enters will received 500$ Or best 500 received 10$?

    • 1 year ago
    1. kefitzpatrick
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      best 500 idea entries submitted will receive $10. We have more idea entries than entries in the contest.

      • 1 year ago
  • mdeshpande22
    mdeshpande22
    • 1 year ago

    Congratulations to the winner ?

    • 1 year ago
  • aftabahmad334
    aftabahmad334
    • 1 year ago

    have you displayed the list of 500 top solutions?

    • 1 year ago
  • mendesyo
    mendesyo
    • 1 year ago

    Congrats to the winner! Any update on the following?:

    Top 500 best solutions will receive a cash prize of $10 each. The same freelancer could potentially win multiple prizes if they had submitted more than one winning entries! Apart from the cash prize, the winning entries will receive a letter from a Harvard faculty member and an official certificate from Harvard D^3 Lab.

    • 1 year ago
    1. kefitzpatrick
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      Yes we are working on logistics of this, please stay tuned :)

      • 1 year ago
    2. malkaranathunghe
      malkaranathunghe
      • 1 year ago

      Thank you for the update!

      • 1 year ago

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