Climathon The Hague in The Netherlands; we have a winner!

The participating teams of the Climathon in the city of The Hague in the Netherlands demonstrated that is possible to earn money with waste.

In the Netherlands the city of The Hague joined the Climathon. The Hague wants to build a CO2 neutral city and is looking for solutions to reuse the waste that the city is producing. In this way CO2 emissions can be reduced and less new raw materials are required.

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Two promising solutions

Two teams, Retyre and Afvallei, worked all day and night to come up with innovative solutions for this challenge, and presented their solutions this afternoon to a jury; Gertjan de Werk (Director, Center for Sustainability), Eelco van IJken (Innovation Lead Climate-KIC Benelux) and Ger Kwakkel (Municipality of The Hague). The jury thinks that both solutions could actually work in The Hague by cleverly combining these ideas with other innovations. Team Retyre wants to transform used car tyres to make high quality insulation floors and team Afvallei presented an idea for a waste Experience Park.

The Experience Park is the winning concept

Both great ideas, but only one can be declared winner. And the winner is…team Afvallei with their Expercience Park. The idea is to show people how much waste is produced and to make them aware of what you can do with it. Carolien van den Berg of the winning team: “It was so inspiring to work for 24 hours on end with a super dedicated team on this topic. And also the cooperation with the other team was great fun. We helped each other to stay awake and sharpen our ideas.”

Scalable, sustainable and profitable!

Bram van der Grinten, Climathon Coach never thought that such great ideas would be developed in just 24 hours: “Normally I see startup ideas originate in the Summer School of Climate-KIC, the Journey. This is a Journey of five weeks, so I had no idea what could happen in just 24 hours. Would we get original ideas? That are scalable, sustainable and profitable? Well, yes! It helps that most participants participated in the Journey. They already knew how to tackle climate change with creative entrepreneurship. So give them a problem and a context, in this case waste in The Hague, and you get a subfloor with superior sound insulation made from used car tyres, and a theme park with a labyrinth of e-waste and recycling workshops. “”

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