Playlist for Info Sessions, Webinars, and Related Videos

From December of 2022 through Feb 2023, Carbon Removal Challenge participants were invited to attend multiple info sessions, webinars, and office hours. This is playlist of the sessions what we anticipated would be valuable beyond this year’s cohort.

Key Dates


October 13, 2022 Competition announcement, Applications open
Fall 2022 OpenAir provides carbon removal webinars and videos to participants
January 8th
November 30, 2022
Applications closed
Winter 2022-2023 12 to 50 teams work with faculty advisors and OpenAir mentors to build carbon removal prototypes
February 28, 2023
March 6th, 9am EST
Teams submit designs and documentation of final prototypes
March 30, 2023 Judges choose 5-10 teams for the final showcase at NYU
April 21, 2023 Final showcase at NYU

Why Carbon Removal?

There is already too much CO2 in the atmosphere, and some essential industries – namely, commercial aviation and steel and cement manufacturing – will be very difficult to decarbonize in time. Any chance we have of limiting average global temperature change to a survivable threshold (1.5C or below) must include the removal of carbon from the atmosphere. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has called for Carbon Dioxide Removal (Negative Emissions Technologies), to help us stay below 1.5C above preindustrial temperatures – the threshold scientists agree is the point at which we will irreversibly impact our climate for the worse.


  • Introduce a new generation of students to the world of carbon capture
  • Highlight and showcase the carbon removal work already happening in higher ed
  • Give students a hands-on opportunity to create brand new solutions to the carbon pollution problem
  • Promote new innovations through open source licensing, which will allow more rapid advancement of students’ technologies and enable others to build on the success of earlier submissions
  • Build talent networks for employers and future job seekers


Each team must submit an application, complete with a full list of team members, a faculty advisor, and an overview of their design, by the end of November 2022 Jan 8th. Suggested team size is 2-8 members.

Judges / Mentors

Gloria See
• Climatebase Founding Fellow 2022
• Chief Engineer, Edge Effects
• Cofounder, Cquestration
Expertise: sensor design, semiconductor materials, photonics, hardware testing, entrepreneurship policy, algae-based CDR, precision agriculture, wearable sensors
Duncan Kariuki
• Engineer, Octavia Carbon
Expertise: Mechanical Engineer
Kristian Gubsch
• Co-Founder and Vice President of Feedstock Development Mars Materials
Expertise: Reactor design, direct air capture sorbent selection, process modelling, capital and operating expense estimation, and project planning and management
Grant Faber
Carbon-Based Consulting
Expertise: Techno-economic and life cycle assessment, strategy
Blair Simmons
Assistant Arts Professor at NYU ITP
Expertise: Critical Technology Theorist and Digital Fabricator
Dr. Luis Estevez
• CEO of Advanced & Innovative Multifunctional Materials
Expertise: Material science
Florian Schabus
• Investor at Planet A
Expertise: Climate Tech Investing
Marian Krüger
• Co-Founder and Co-Lead, Carbon Removal ClimAccelerator
Expertise: Climate Tech
Laurin Bonkowski
• Business Development Manager at Climeworks
Expertise: everything commercial around DAC/td>
Martin Srna
• Commercialization at Living Carbon
Expertise: product management, commercialization, carbon removal DAC


Tom Igoe Dr. Lehman Marks
• Founder of the Solar Car Challenge, the top project-based STEM Initiative helping motivate high school students in Science, Engineering, and Alternative Energy
• Long time Educator
• Extensive Experience in Project Development & Management
Tom Igoe Tom Igoe
• Co-founder of Arduino
• Professor, NYU ITP
• Area Head for Physical Computing
Dr. Evvan Morton Dr. Evvan Morton
• American Association for Advancement of Science
Science & Technology Policy Fellow
Dr. Gregory Nemet Dr. Gregory Nemet
• Professor, University of Wisconsin
• Lead Author, UN IPCC Report
• Author, How Solar Became Cheap
Michael Weinberg Michael Weinberg
• President of the board of the Open Source Hardware Association
• Executive Director of the Center on Innovation Law and Policy at NYU

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