That's a wrap on our inaugural Climate Week event, New Climate Futures! More than 1,000 people attended the event at our Brooklyn Navy Yard flagship location. By convening startups, industry leaders, corporate entities, and policymakers, Newlab facilitated connections and critical knowledge sharing for building and scaling climate solutions.
The event featured two days of programming that included workshops, technology demonstrations, project announcements, and expert panels. The events brought together industry leaders, investors, policymakers, and deep tech startups to discuss how these stakeholder groups could work together more effectively; specifically to accelerate technology commercialization and adoption across challenge areas in mobility, energy, and materials. While the focus was on mobilizing action around climate challenges that we face today and in the near future, New Climate Futures was also a moment to celebrate the progress that global ClimateTech ecosystems and leaders have made to date. Attendees from organizations like Breakthrough Energy Ventures, The Nature Conservancy, The U.S. Department of Energy, Amazon, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and more were present to push solutions forward.
“Our first annual New Climate Futures underscored Newlab’s commitment to addressing climate change by breaking down barriers for deep tech startups to succeed - namely access to capital and customers, regulatory pathways and piloting sites needed for adoption and scale,” said Satish Rao, Chief Product Officer at Newlab. “We encouraged everyone - from startups to government agencies to corporations - to think about their toughest challenge to moving solutions forward, and then look to the person next to them who might have the answer. Our goal was for every person who walked through our door to leave inspired and with a new pathway or connection that will energize their role in solving the world’s greatest climate challenges.”
The first day of New Climate Futures was exclusively held for Newlab corporate and government partners to come together in private, interactive sessions and breakout groups to discuss best practices and key challenges around building partnerships and mobilizing support within an organization to advance ClimateTech innovation. Leveraging the Newlab ecosystem, corporate and civic organizations in attendance discussed tangible project concepts that they could collaborate on across opportunities in mobility, energy, and materials.
On day two of New Climate Futures, Newlab and key partners led 5 invite-only workshops focused on critical climate challenges across different sectors:
Newlab organized several speakers and panel discussions with leading climate policymakers, industry experts, entrepreneurs, and investors to discuss strategies and actions for delivering climate solutions. Key themes included driving economic growth through ClimateTech innovation, influencing and adapting policies and regulatory frameworks, stacking diverse capital sources to de-risk ClimateTech development, and the need for collaboration and partnerships for ClimateTech solutions to viably reach the market.
55 startup teams from Newlab and partner networks displayed their latest hardware innovations through interactive demonstrations for event participants; inviting attendees to touch, ride, and sample climate technologies in action.
“It was an honor to demonstrate Fermata Energy’s AI-driven Vehicle-to-Grid bidirectional charging technology at Newlab for Climate Week NYC," said John Wheeler, co-founder and chief financial officer of Fermata Energy. "The vehicle drove 13 miles to the Newlab building and was actually able to use the harnessed solar power from the drive to help power the building during New Climate Futures. This marks a significant step forward in energy resilience and we're proud to showcase the boundless potential of V2G technology to harness energy and relocate power from EV batteries to where it's needed most."
Newlab will be hosting New Climate Futures again in 2024 during Climate Week. If you’re interested in learning more about the current Open Calls in Energy, Materials, and Mobility reach out to Newlab here.