2016 Grants Challenge

Sync thinkers, doers & research to hyperdrive local solutions & innovation.

Idea by #Library

Unify research and ideas from LA universities, orgs and local businesses to effectively and sustainably coverage ideas, research and effort around local problems & innovation.


Are any other organizations collaborating on this proposal?

Global Action Platform an international university-business alliance to advance scalable, sustainable solutions to meet the global challenges of a world of ten billion. Its annual Summit is a forum that fosters cross-sector perspectives on food, health, and prosperity. It is held in coordination with the Global Action Platform, the United Nations and many of the world's top leaders in business, government, education and non-profit.

Please describe your project proposal.

One of the biggest problems every city faces is an inability to effectively collaborate all the local research and effort in a sustainable way. The goal of our project is to unify all of the thinkers, doers and research from local universities, orgs and businesses into one hub that surfaces the best ideas, campaigns, research & innovation. The result is a living convergence of local effort & research that allows everyone to keep their finger on the pulse of local emerging ideas & collaborations.

Which of the LEARN metrics will your proposal impact?​

College completion

Student education pipeline

Youth unemployment and underemployment

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

East LA

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to LEARN?

Our project strikes at the heart of helping LA 'capitalize on its concentration of higher education facilities to foster new businesses, advance research, and spur innovation.' #Library is a information sorting engine built in collaboration with a UN think tank, and it was designed to do just that.

It will make LA the best place to LEARN in three ways:

1. Providing great opportunities for students.

2. Surfacing LA innovation, businesses and solutions.

3. Hyper-driving collaboration in universities and across the city.

1. Providing Opportunities for Students:

Students with the most inspired ideas get recognized by leaders in business, government and education, helping them find better jobs, graduate programs and opportunities. When brought to scale, by 2050 every student in LA who attends a university and participates would have the same opportunities to rise above the noise and get recognized by global leaders for their ideas, research and hard work.

2. Surfacing Great Local Ideas:

After great ideas are submitted by local students, professors, researchers, orgs and business, we use the power of the crowd, machine learning and sentiment analysis to surface the best ideas every day, week, month and year. The result is a living archive of great ideas that is always surfacing the best innovation and solutions from LA residents.

3. Hyper-Driving Collaboration:

When the best local ideas and research are always being surfaced in one LA hub, this allows everyone in the city to keep their fingers on the pulse of emerging projects and research, increasing recruitment and funding opportunities for the most promising LA innovation. This will allow everyone working on the same problems to find each other and organize. The goal is sustainable convergence for all of LA's thinkers & doers, instead of fragmented research and effort.


Using #Library to unify LA's ideas, research, projects and efforts by synchronizing its students, researchers, activists, orgs and local businesses, would make LA the most collaborative city in America. By 2050, millions of people will be given opportunities for better jobs, graduate programs and funding, and each will be given the chance to play a role in the advancement of local research and innovation in Los Angeles.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

A successful project is getting buy-in and participation from the majority of local LA universities.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?



Advisors/board members



Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research