Climathon: Major cities across 6 continents unite for 24-hours to find climate change solutions

Major cities across six continents including national capitals such as Beijing, Washington DC, New Delhi, Addis Ababa and London will unite for 24 hours on 18 June. Entrepreneurs, students and policy makers will work together to find new solutions to local climate change problems ranging from sea-level rise to the conservation of biodiversity.

As diplomats around the world work feverously towards a global deal for the UN’s COP21 climate change summit in December, participants around the world join together to find innovative solutions to climate change as part of a Climathon organised by the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC. The best solutions will be presented during the COP21 in Paris.

[xyz-ihs snippet=”Climathon-2017-CTA”]

Ebrahim Mohamed, Director for Education, Climate-KIC

Ebrahim Mohamed, Director for Education, Climate-KIC

Ebrahim Mohamed, Climate-KIC’s Director for Education, said: “At Climate-KIC, we constantly look for the best ideas. We then focus on training the talent to scale those ideas up to solutions with high impact. With governments from around the world scheduled to meet at the COP21 summit here in Europe, now is the time to empower citizens to take action and find solutions. We also need to find new ways to deal with the climate change that is already occurring.”

The Climathon is set to coincide with the much anticipated environmental encyclical by Pope Francis. Climate-KIC Chairman John Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), is the only scientist to join Cardinal Peter Turkson for the presentation in the Vatican on 18 June and will give a speech.

The Climate-KIC Climathon is an official partner of the former US Vice-President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, which runs a global series of “Road to Paris” events in 2015 under its Live Earth banner, in collaboration with the United Nations. The Climate-KIC Climathon aims to connect and empower citizens around the world to take direct climate action in their cities in the run up to COP21.

Global hackathon

The focus in each city is on predefined local climate change challenges, ranging from finding ways to counter threats posed by sea-level rise in Boston, USA, to developing the best solutions to find ways to empower the citizens of São Paulo, Brazil, to improve the conservation of its biodiversity. A full overview of all challenges is available on www.climate-kic.org/climathon.

In Washington D.C., Meghan Chapple, Director at Office of Sustainability at the George Washington University said this about the local Climathon challenge: “In our nation’s capital we still have work to do to turn local waste into resources. Solid waste contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. We are inviting students, professionals, designers, and entrepreneurs to develop inspiring solutions that we can put into practice.”

In Brazil, Jose Ripper Kos of the Federal University of Santa Catarina said: “Rio de Janeiro has a unique urban configuration, squeezed by the sea and mountains which contains significant natural parks. In this context, transportation is a major ecological, social and economic issue.” Ripper Kos is head of the university’s Architecture and Urban Studies Programme.

The best teams go to Paris

In every city, the teams will engage on social media to exchange and cross-pollinate ideas with participants from around the world. The best team in each city receives coaching and support from Climate-KIC after the Climathon to move their idea forward together with the city itself. The best teams globally will go to Paris to present their ideas on the world stage during the summit.

The intercontinental hackathon-style event will take place at well-known universities, research centres, government facilities and corporate offices in Africa, Asia, North and South America, Oceania and Europe. 

Visit our Newsroom for the full press release.

[xyz-ihs snippet=”Climathon-2017-CTA”]

 
Articles you may be interested in
In The News
Five EIT Climate-KIC startups announced as Cleantech Innovate finalists

Five EIT Climate-KIC supported startups are among the 30...

Five EIT Climate-KIC startups announced as Cleantech Innovate finalists
In The News
International effort launched to determine best CO2 capture & utilisation ...

Economic and environmental guidelines will support new industries and...

International effort launched to determine best CO2 capture & utilisation technologies
In Detail
New report cements wood as the future of construction

In a new report, 25 examples of using wood in construction showcase that reducing the carbon footprint of our buildings is not only possible,...

New report cements wood as the future of construction
In The News
Transatlantic bridge for European innovation: EIT Community opens its first Hu...

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) opened...

Transatlantic bridge for European innovation: EIT Community opens its first Hub in Silicon Valley
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supported Beyond Ratings registered as credit rating agency by...

EIT Climate-KIC supported firm Beyond Ratings, a financial services...

EIT Climate-KIC supported Beyond Ratings registered as credit rating agency by European Securities and Markets Authority
In our community
Interview with Nico Wolf, CFO, Endless Energy – Winner of the EIT Climate-...
Interview with Nico Wolf, CFO, Endless Energy – Winner of the EIT Climate-KIC Finance Incubator Competition
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supported Ombrea raises €1 million to commercialise its smar...

EIT Climate-KIC supported start-up Ombrea, which offers a tool...

EIT Climate-KIC supported Ombrea raises €1 million to commercialise its smart agriculture system
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC announces partnership with Silicon Valley innovation hub

EIT Climate-KIC has announced its partnership with cleantech innovation...

EIT Climate-KIC announces partnership with Silicon Valley innovation hub
In The News
Eight EIT Climate-KIC innovators in prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe List...

In the last four years, the EIT Community has...

Eight EIT Climate-KIC innovators in prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe List 2019
In The News
Bill Gates lists EIT Climate-KIC’s Climeworks on 2019 Breakthrough Techn...

Bill Gates was invited to be the first guest...

Bill Gates lists EIT Climate-KIC’s Climeworks on 2019 Breakthrough Technologies list
Innovation Spotlight
AI and robotics could revolutionise municipal waste sorting

Ferrovial, a leading infrastructure operators and municipal services company, and EIT Climate-KIC partner, is collaborating with start-up...

AI and robotics could revolutionise municipal waste sorting
In Detail
Accelerating the transition to a circular economy

A new report, “Accelerating the transition to a circular economy: Improving access to finance for circular economy projects,” provides key recommendations to drive increased...

Accelerating the transition to a circular economy
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC launches ‘Call to Action’

This week, EIT Climate-KIC launched its call for proposals....

EIT Climate-KIC launches ‘Call to Action’
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supported Ÿnsect raises €110 million, becoming global leade...

Ÿnsect announced yesterday that it has raised €110 million...

EIT Climate-KIC supported Ÿnsect raises €110 million, becoming global leader in alternative protein
Opinion
Policy: The circular designer’s secret weapon
Joe Iles & Simon Widmer Circulate News & The Circular Design Guide
Policy: The circular designer’s secret weapon
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supported Climetrics announces top ten European equity funds f...

Climetrics, the world’s first and only independent climate rating...

EIT Climate-KIC supported Climetrics announces top ten European equity funds for climate performance
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supported WINnERS secures over €1.5 million in funding

WINnERS, an agricultural supply chain de-risking service supported by...

EIT Climate-KIC supported WINnERS secures over €1.5 million in funding
In our community
Interview with Marian-Constantin Vasile, Trainer, EIT Climate-KIC
Interview with Marian-Constantin Vasile, Trainer, EIT Climate-KIC
In our community
Interview with Piotr Magnuszewski, Programme Leader, Centre for Systems Solu...
Travis Hendrix tbd
Interview with Piotr Magnuszewski, Programme Leader, Centre for Systems Solutions
Opinion
How the climate community breeds its own inaction
Dominic Hofstetter EIT Climate-KIC
How the climate community breeds its own inaction
Innovation Spotlight
Not your ordinary reusable bag: Plant trees & earn discounts while you s...

Remember a time when you’d carry your purchases home in a plastic bag? Neither can we. That’s...

Not your ordinary reusable bag: Plant trees & earn discounts while you shop with goodbag
In our community
Interview with Mike Asquith, Project Manager – Integrated Environmental As...
Interview with Mike Asquith, Project Manager – Integrated Environmental Assessment, European Environmental Agency
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC launches strategy for 2019-2022

EIT Climate-KIC, innovation community established and funded by the...

EIT Climate-KIC launches strategy for 2019-2022
Opinion
A systemic approach to innovation in land use and nature-based solutions
Daniel Zimmer Director Sustainable Land Use at EIT Climate-KIC
A systemic approach to innovation in land use and nature-based solutions
Opinion
How moderation could accelerate climate action
Dominic Hofstetter EIT Climate-KIC
How moderation could accelerate climate action
In The News
Close the circularity gap to avert catastrophic climate change, Davos told tod...

A new report by Circle Economy, supported by EIT...

Close the circularity gap to avert catastrophic climate change, Davos told today
In our community
Interview with Mia Dragovic Matosovic, Scientific Researcher, Institute for ...
Interview with Mia Dragovic Matosovic, Scientific Researcher, Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy
In our community
Interview with Charlotte Breen, from C40’s Business & Innovation Team
Interview with Charlotte Breen, from C40’s Business & Innovation Team
In The News
EU group invites feedback on sustainable finance definition

The Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG) set...

EU group invites feedback on sustainable finance definition
In Detail
Municipality-led circular economy case studies from EIT Climate-KIC and part...

How can cities create prosperity for expanding populations whilst transitioning through systematic change to low-carbon economies? How can cities achieve continued prosperity whilst preserving...

Municipality-led circular economy case studies from EIT Climate-KIC and partners