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Climate Innovators - Create real solutions to your city’s climate challenge, take action in your city!

How will you benefit from 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!

Application Deadline: 25th October, 2017


Improving energy performance in Brussels’ buildings through an active involvement of its citizens

The city of Brussels is compounded of a vibrant community of citizens, including highly-qualified human capital coming from all around Europe and beyond. The challenge of the first edition of the Brussels' Climathon will focus on sustainable energy and energy efficiency in buildings.

We will ask participants to provide conceptual and technical solutions to encourage inhabitants to change their behavior toward a more flexible and more efficient consumption pattern of energy in buildings. Proposals could include the use of smart technologies, such as smart metering infrastructure. They should put an emphasis on the potential use of physical and/or virtual tools to leverage the power of communities and citizens.

Brussels is the perfect pilot for an exploration of the energy and climate-related aspects in the city in relation to buildings, as well as of the awareness, involvement and active role of citizens in its immediate environment.



08.30 Welcome coffee

09.00 Opening of Global Climathon (LIVE) by Siim Kiisler,

Minister of the Environment, Estonia

09.15 Opening of Brussels Climathon

Julia Panny, Climate – KIC and Joan-Marc Joval, InnoEnergy




09.30 Welcome coffee

 Business Planning II

09.30 Introduction to the challenge

Oliver Rapf, Executive Director of BPIE “Best practices”

Philippe Moseley, Project Advisor of EASME

“Energy Horizon 2020 funding opportunities for energy efficiency in buildings"

Pierre Serkine, end-user architect from InnoEnergy

11.00 Yoga class

 BP II continues

10.00 Ideation workshop “Pentagonal challenge”

11.15 Coffee break 15 -30 minutes

Teams will be formed

12.30 Lunch

13.00 Lunch


 Business Planning II continues 


14.00 Inspirational speech by Fiona Hall, former MEP and Senior Policy Advisor of Rockwool International

"Administrative and technical barriers"

14.15 Design your prototype or idea 

“Value proposition of costumer and supplier”

15.45 Coffee break

17.00 Inspirational talk with Sybren Steensma, Programme Manager of Building Technologies Accelerator

17.30 Climathon Social Wall Catch-up (LIVE) and break


14.30 Presentation to jury

Oliver Rapf, Executive Director of BPIE

Stephanie Brochard, Senior Policy Adviser at AmCham EU

Serdar Türkeli, Dr. /Post-Doctoral Researcher - Lecturer / Coordinator at UNU-MERIT/MGSoG - Inno4sd.net expert


16.00 Award


18.00 Business Planning I

“Business model canvas” 

  17.00 Final closure

20. 00 - 21.00 DINNER


BP I continues

23.00 Session closure



OPTION 1 Become an energy efficiency expert!

Gain access to these three iSE courses, part of the Energy Efficiency for Better Buildings specialization:  

Buildings energy systems

explore in greater depth the typical sources of energy consumption in buildings, and measures for reducing their environmental impact. 

Energy Management

develop your knowledge still further by looking at energy management in greater depth, and consider how the tools and concepts discussed can be applied in your own environment.

Regulations & Standards

Many aspects of energy supply, consumption and management are subject to European and other legislation. This course gives you a thorough introduction to the main requirements, directives, standards and regulations.

OPTION 2 Towards affordablereliable and sustainable electricity for all!

Join the Off-grid renewable energy systems iSE specialization (comprises two courses)

Explore how off-grid renewable energy systems can help achieve the United Nations goal of sustainable energy access for all by 2030 and meet international commitments to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Throughout this specialisation, you will find out how you can effectively contribute to this challenge. 

OPTION 3 Keep up-to-date on energy trends!

Access to these three individual courses supported by ISE:

Smart grids for smart cities

Find out how smart grids and big data can help citizens, companies and cities understand energy use and reduce carbon footprint.

Blockchain in the energy sector

Understand how blockchain works, where the technology has come from and why it will empower energy customers like never before.

Go solar PV: the business potential of solar photovoltaics

Explore the current state and future potential of solar PV technology, and get new insights into the solar photovoltaics market.


In preparation for the day please use some of Climate-KIC’s online learning materials to help you to develop and pitch your ideas and solutions to this year’s local climate change challenges. Here are four hand-picked ‘learning nuggets’ that we recommend you look at in advance of taking part in the Climathon.



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Contact Us

Contact Us

If you have any queries about the Climathon please contact:

Local Contact
Climate-KIC together with InnoEnergy are hosting the first Climathon in Brussels.

Both Climate-KIC, the world’s leading public private partnership addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation, and InnoEnergy, the network of partners that builds connections to achieve a sustainable energy future for Europe, are supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), and provide a unique model of innovation to address key societal challenges.

Global Contact
Climathon Manager
Orsolya Barna
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