Climathon calls on cities to take part in historic 24 hours of climate action

Cities around the world can join the Climathon movement and take part in a 24-hour global hackathon to find solutions to city climate challenges.

Organised by Climate-KIC, Climathon brings together the challenges of the world’s cities with the people who have the passion and ability to solve them.

The 2017 edition of the global 24-hour climate change hackathon takes place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 27 October and is set to be the biggest event of its kind in history.

Representatives of startup incubators, city hall, local businesses, universities or other organisations can register to be the host for their city via the Climathon website and receive a detailed guide on how to organise the hackathon.

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A new generation of entrepreneurs

Since 2015, students, entrepreneurs, big thinkers, technical experts and app developers around the world have been taking action as part of the global Climathon movement by coming up with innovative solutions to city climate challenges in 24-hour marathon sessions.

Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the EIT, said: “Young people have a vital role in tackling global challenges such as climate change. We need to ensure they can participate fully in making the change Europe needs. With this in mind, the EIT’s Climate-KIC Climathon can make a big contribution to training a new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.”

The most pressing issues of our time

To take part in the 24-hour Climathon, each city sets its own climate challenge which reflects what is affecting their urban life the most. Challenges vary from air quality, mobility, water and waste management, and extreme weather events. 

Innovators tackle the climate challenge for a full 24-hours, before pitching their ideas in front of a local jury. These ideas can develop into tangible sustainable solutions and businesses that address city climate challenges across the globe.

“The science of climate change is indisputable, but the problem often seems so removed from everyday reality that organisations have for many years struggled to engage citizens,” said Ebrahim Mohamed, Director of Education at Climate-KIC.

“The Climathon changes this, providing the critical impetus for city citizens, innovators, business experts and policy makers to come together in a global climate movement to solve one of the most pressing issues of our time,” Mohamed said.

Use of space data

Together with the European Union’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), Climate-KIC is enabling Copernicus satellite data application by entrepreneurs, universities, cities and regions to innovate for the climate.

Through Climate-KIC’s collaboration with DG GROW, up to ten cities will be able to address their Climathon city challenges using Copernicus data applications. Climathon participants in these cities will be given access to Earth Observation (EO) and Geographic Information System (GIS) space data to develop innovative solutions to their city’s challenge.

A further 50 cities around the world will be given access to Copernicus data sets to be used for their specific challenges.

City-level action at speed and scale

City-level action to address climate change is needed at speed and scale. Cities already contribute over 70 per cent of global carbon emissions and are rapidly growing, with 70 per cent of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2050.

Now its third year of operation, the Climathon movement has grown tremendously over the past two years, encouraging more innovators across the globe to drive climate action.

Climathon has grown from 19 to 59 cities in the space of a year, operating across 6 continents, creating over 2330 ideas and reaching 16.8 million people worldwide in 2016.

Become a Climathon City Host

Engage your citizens to take real climate action today!

Representatives of startup incubators, city hall, local businesses, universities or other organisations can register to be the host for their city via the Climathon website and receive a detailed guide on how to organise the hackathon.

How will you benefit from the Climathon?

  • Crowdsourcing local ideas to solve climate challenges of your city
  • Engagement of local students, entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Forge strong links between local businesses, academia and public bodies
  • Empower and showcase your local communities climate action across the globe
  • Engage with new global partners through Climate-KIC

Sign up your city

Get your city involved in the global Climathon movement. Sign up as a city host to take part in this year’s 24-hour hackathon on 27 October 2017. City host registration’s close 15 August. Participants will be able to sign up for their local event via the Climathon website starting 15 August.

Website: www.climathon.global

Twitter: @GlobalClimathon

Facebook: @Climathon

For more information, see the press release.

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