IoT for Greener Cities Challenge : Climate-KIC renew its support to Engie for the 2017 Hackathon

Further to 2015’s success, ENGIE is coordinating their Decarbonathon for the second time, with support from Climate-KIC. The challenge this time focuses on Internet of Things (IoT) for Greener Cities – leading to a two-day hackathon event in Brussels on 15-16 May 2017.

Climate-KIC are supporting this event together with NPL (National Physical Laboratory) and EnergyVille, a new European research and development centre that combines digital and new energy technologies.

Internet of Things (IoT) market

IoT or connected objects have a good potential for innovation and represent a serious asset to reduce global CO2 emissions. IoT is growing rapidly in health and in digital sectors. By 2020, the IoT market could represent US$90 billion.

The challenge

IoT could be a source of numerous smart solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of houses, buildings and transport in cities. This challenge is open to startups or students about to graduate. The teams are expected to provide new, digital and smart solutions based on IoT and to other IT innovations to tackle climate change.

The competition comprises three categories: smart solutions for households, smart solutions for energy-efficient buildings and sustainable mobility in an urban environment.

Benoist Vercherin, Innovation Lead, Climate-KIC comments: “IoT is one of the most promising areas of green growth. By supporting this challenge, Climate-KIC is able to bring these cutting-edge innovations to its dynamic community of innovators across Europe.”


The 15 laureate teams will have access to coaching from the partners to scale up their solution. They will also have the opportunity to pitch their solution before experts, such as European corporate managers and public and private organisations including Climate-KIC and the World Economic Forum.

Three finalists will have the opportunity to present their project during the ENGIE innovation week, in June 2017, and get their project incubated, alongside a €10,000 case prize.

More about Hackathon 2017 here

Register to the challenge here

About Decarbonathon 2015