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
This 24-hour hack that brings together the creative young minds to understand, analyze and create solutions for the regional issues owing to the climate change and source factors that need immediate attention. Kumaraguru College of technology with guidance from the government sectors and non-governmental organizations has taken up this step towards Climathon for the first time in Tamil Nadu. At the culmination of thenoon to noon event, participants will pitch their ideas and project proposals in respect to their problem statement. A judging panel comprising of people from the Smart city project and experts from various NGOs and Governmental organizations will select the winners. Teams will be awarded cash prize and support to develop their project idea. The prize details will be announced.
Coimbatore is the second most populated district in Tamil Nadu and a young blooming city that’s rapidly expanding leading to various problems constraining its urban development, agricultural practices and natural bounties of the city.
The following needs immediate addressing with better perspectives:
- River Noyyal rejuvenation & Redemption of Natural water resources: (Lakes, ponds etc):
The township of Coimbatore once was surrounded by the Noyyal River. Industrial waste and domestic waste being pumped into the stream has made the water useless to man and land. Encroachments on lake beds and uncontrolled extraction of water also threaten its survival. The excess drawing of groundwater from bore wells already sunk in the lake bed. So the participants are expected to come up with innovative approaches to resurrect these river and lake water bodies.
- Open dump yards - Effective waste management:
The city has a well-developed segregated household waste management system but the implementation is spotty and does not cover everywhere. There's also many illegal dump spots of construction, industrial debris, and wastes. The travel through Vellalur and Chettipalayam will be great once the sight of circling birds of prey and mound of waste and stench disappears. Piles of waste seen in various open spaces including lake bunds, wetlands, and vacant plots to be effectively removed and further dumping have to be stopped.
The participants are expected to come up with novel approaches to nudge people towards good behavior in waste management.
- Prevention of Man-Animal Conflict:
Elephant-human conflict poses threat and a result of habitat loss and fragmentation. There is conflict from crop raiding, injuries, and loss of livelihood caused by elephants, and elephant's habitat degrading for various other reasons. The participants will understand and bring in measures to stand in series with nature rather than existing parallel.
- Urban traffic:
We find ourselves in jams while on city roads. There is a constant rise in the vehicle numbers on road. Nearly 2,17,785 new two-wheelers have been registered in the previous year.
- The increased buying capacity of the people
- Easy installment schemes offered by automobile dealers.
- An absence of adequate modes of public transportation system and existing one proving to be inadequate.
The above reasons had resulted in people opting to own vehicles and increased traffic. So, the thinkers registering for the event hack the jam.
These are some of the major problems that need to be addressed. The participant teams will create solutions that lay the roots for solving the problems the city is facing.
Coimbatore 641 049.