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, In 2018 ORNL launched the JUMP into STEM pilot. Leveraging the success of the online JUMP community, ORNL partnered with the University of Tennessee (UT) to advance student skills in the STEM field and encourage early stage research in building energy efficiency. UT students from the College of Art + Design and Department of Civil Environmental Engineering competed for a 10-week paid ORNL summer internship.
Over the summer of 2018 and into the 2019 school year, the JUMP into STEM competitions will continue with “What if” Challenge, open to all students and innovators to participate in considering the key motivators for residential and commercial building owners to manage their energy use. In the spirit of crowdsourcing innovation, the JUMP community is open for commenting and voting on the posted ideas. This community discussion helps DOE, ORNL, and industry partners gauge the market’s interest in the topic and potential solutions. Join in and help inspire more students to be a part of STEM field activities.
This initiative is being funded by DOE's Building Technologies Office.