JUMP began as an online crowdsourcing community, launched by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 2015. ORNL works with some of the top private companies in the buildings sector to issue technology challenges to the market. JUMP’s early focus was on broadening the pool of people from whom DOE seeks ideas and to move these ideas to the marketplace faster. Since its launch in 2015, the JUMP community has yielded several ideas with high potential for market advancement. In addition to potential licensing arrangements, one winner received SBV funding, and another qualified for a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant.
Recognizing the value of connecting with early stage innovators, ORNL is launching a 2018 pilot: JUMP into STEM. Leveraging the success of the online JUMP community, ORNL will partner with the University of Tennessee (UT) to advance student skills in the STEM field and encourage early stage research in building energy efficiency. During the JUMP into STEM pilot, University of Tennessee students will have an opportunity to compete for Awards, including the potential for 2018 summer internships with ORNL. And in the spirit of crowdsourcing innovation, the JUMP community will still be open to others to comment and vote on the posted ideas. This community discussion helps DOE, ORNL, and industry partners gauge the market’s interest in the topic and potential solutions.
This initiative is being funded by DOE's Building Technologies Office.