We are thrilled to announce the dates for each Regional Convener's Explore Event. At this time, all Explore Events are expected to be held virtually.
|Region||Convener||Explore Event Date|
|Appalachia||University of Kentucky||February 24, 2022|
|California||University of California San Diego||February 24, 2022|
|Carolinas||Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster||February 23, 2022|
|Great Lakes||Evergreen Climate Innovations||February 24, 2022|
|U.S. Islands (Hawaii, PR, USVI, etc.)||Elemental Excelerator||February 24, 2022|
|Mid-Atlantic||Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University||February 24, 2022|
|Mountain West||Exponential Impact||February 17, 2022|
|Northeast||Cleantech Open Northeast, NECEC||February 16, 2022|
|New York Tri-State Area||Syracuse University||February 18, 2022|
|Northern Plains||Grid Catalyst||February 23, 2022|
|Northwest||Portland State University, University of Washington, and Launch Alaska||February 11, 2022|
|South||University of Arkansas||February 25, 2022|
|Southeast||Florida High Tech Corridor Council||February 23, 2022|
|Southwest||University of Arizona Center for Innovation||February 28, 2022|
|Texas||Greentown Labs Houston||February 24, 2022|
During the first phase of the competition, students explore business and energy technology opportunities and present their findings at an Explore Event, hosted by Regional Convening organizations. At the end of the event, judges will identify the top team selected to move on to the national competition in March at Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU’s) Energy Week, hosted by CMU’s Scott Institute. Teams compete in the region closest geographically to their team captain's collegiate institution.
Please review the rules for full details on competing in the regional Explore Events.
EnergyTech UP relies on partnerships with organizations like these to deliver impactful pitch events for students. We are excited to work closely with the regional conveners and believe all competitors will benefit from their participation in a regional Explore event.
Don't forget to register your team and submit your concept on HeroX by Jan. 31, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET.
Still have questions? Join an upcoming informational chat session to get real-time answers (students, faculty, or anyone else interested in the prize are invited to attend). You can also send questions to or post a question to the public HeroX forum for community and prize administrator feedback.
We look forward to seeing what innovative ideas students come up with for these technologies!