Thessaloniki’s Climathon: Inspiring behavioral change for a climate friendly city

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 Thessaloniki the Climate-KIC Climathon will begin on the morning of the 28 October EEST and finish on the following day. It is organised by Metropolitan Development Agency of Thessaloniki to create new solutions to inspire behavious change for a climate friendly city.

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The Challenge

Thessaloniki Climathon: Inspiring behavioral change for a climate friendly city

The organisation of Climathon in Thessaloniki is an opportunity to open for the first time a broad discussion on climate change. The impacts of the phenomenon is gradually becoming evident and adds stress to already existing challenges for the city, from micro-climatic conditions and mobility through to strategic planning and decision making for urban development. Air quality degradation, the increasing frequency of weather extremes, droughts and extreme heat-waves and an apparent shift in seasons are among the manifestations of the phenomenon in the city. Thus it is understood that consequences are going to impair the daily functioning of the city on different levels: from quality of life to urban infrastructure and the use of public space through to mobility, energy and food production and consumption, and waste management.

Inspiring behavioural change to a wide audience of the society will be at the centre of the event’s agenda and, therefore, ideas will be developed around this concept. The development of sustainable and applicable solutions/tools in the city-scale is expected. Collaboration will be promoted during the workshop to create synergies that will help participants to mature innovative feasible solutions, while it will also provide the City with new good practices in the field of urban resilience strategy within the context of the ‘100 Resilient Cities’ initiative in Thessaloniki.

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.

Partners

Metropolitan Development Agency of Thessaloniki

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

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