Which ideas can help an energy company make the transition from fossil fuels to more sustainable sources of energy? And what smart technology can successfully mimic the personality of a human teacher? These massive challenges need innovative ideas, which is exactly what the Blue Tulip Awards is looking for. Jury leads Matthijs Slee and Daniël Roos are experts within their field of work. So we asked them about the current state of innovation around climate and education.
Climate crisis innovation opportunities
With everything going on in the world our climate is, literally, a hot topic. The demand for reliable and affordable energy is growing, but we need to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and air pollution. So for Mattijs Slee, innovation around climate is all about the transition of our energy usage. As an investment principal at Shell Ventures, Shell’s corporate venture capital team, he’s constantly on the lookout for breakthrough technologies and business models that will keep us warm and moving well into the future. He’ll also be using that expertise and experience to judge innovative ideas on the theme of Climate during the upcoming Blue Tulip Awards. “There is not one single silver bullet, but I hope to find innovative ideas that have the potential to make an impact at scale”, he says.