Zurich’s Climathon: Make our city cleaner and greener

The Climate-KIC Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change event which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 28 October 2016. 

In Zurich’s the Climate-KIC Climathon will begin on the morning of the 28 October CET and finish on the following day. It is organised by Impact Hub Zürich and Stadt Zürich to create new solutions to make the city cleaner and greener. 

The Challenge

1. In order to address climate change, cities will need to adapt to new climate conditions (especially heat hot spots in urbanised areas). How can the city of Zurich improve the quality of life for its citizens in the heavily constructed outdoor spaces (squares, parking spaces etc.), which are subjected to an increase of heatwaves and rising temperatures in summer due to climate change.
The idea is to create cost-effective and simple solutions that can be easily moved and removed. Solutions should be able to be implemented without construction and planning measures.

2. How can the City of Zurich motivate homeowners and renters to save energy and implement renewable energy solutions in their homes and businesses?
Solutions should focus on the following:
– Motivating homeowners to change to a climate-friendly heating system
– Convincing homeowners to retrofit their buildings in an energy-efficient way
– Creating new incentives for homeowners and renters to save heating energy and electricity
The priority focus of the solutions should lie in innovative business models and the removal of complexity in switching to climate-friendly sources of energy.

3. How can citizens and households of Zurich be encouraged to buy and eat more climate-friendly food (less CO2 emissions) and to reduce food-waste.
Solutions should focus on the following:
– Making use of existing product information about food so citizens can reduce carbon footprint when shopping
– Avoiding food-waste in the households due to easy to use solutions

Pitching to expert judges

The Climathon event will culminate in presentation of each group’s idea in front of panel members who will provide valuable feedback. The panel is comprised of different science and business experts.


Impact Hub Zürich

Stadt Zürich

How to join the Climathon

How will you benefit from participating in Climathon?

  • Help solve your city’s local climate challenge, and make your city more resilient to climate change
  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities
  • Develop your skills in public speaking, innovative thinking, prioritisation, and explore new tools and methodologies
  • Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Become a part of a global community working together to take climate action!

Register your interest now to join the Climathon global movement and drive climate action

Click here to join!