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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


Food Sovereignty in the Circular Economy Challenge


You are warmly invited to Climathon Edinburgh:

Food Sovereignty in the Circular Economy Challenge


12hours Hackathon from 9am to 9pm - Friday 27 October 2017 - at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) University of Edinburgh, High School Yards, 12 Infirmary St EH1 1LZ

The Climathon Edinburgh is organised by Aurora Sustainability in cooperation with Transition Edinburgh and CELCIC Members


How the Climathon can serve Edinburgh and the Climate Challenges?

  • Solve one of Edinburgh’s Climate Challenges, and make our city more resilient

  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities

  • Develop skills in public speaking, innovative thinking and project prioritisation

  • Explore new tools and methodologies with other like-minded innovators

  • Become a part of a global community working together to take climate action! 


Register your place through Eventbrite and choose your participation in the event [pick one of the ticket types].

If you are an innovator and wanting to receive business support from Climate KIC Mentor and/or exhibit your innovation please register through this Climathon page or with this questionnaire to apply with your idea/innovation before the 15th of October.

Climathon brings together people with ability and passion to solve climate challenges faced by the world’s cities. Edinburgh start-ups, social entrepreneurs, big thinkers, technical experts, students, campaigners and app developers are invited to our Global Climate Change Hackathon.

We aim to:

  1. Increase sustainable urban food production and reduce food waste

  2. Work towards food security and sustainable food systems

  3. Educate and engage people to increase knowledge and wellbeing

  4. Promote enterprise and develop employment opportunities

  5. Design Circular Economy Urban Food Systems for Edinburgh


  • Programme

    09.00 Registration and meet up with new friends / View Food Innovation Exhibition in the ECCI Atrium

    09.30 Welcome and introductions

    10.00 Picture Forming: Exploring the issues with Experts and Experience of Urban Food Innovation

    11.00 Tea break

    11.30 Proposal Shaping: Using Open Space + 1 minute Elevator Pitches to share ideas for potential solutions

    12.30  Break for Lunch

    14.00  Circopoly Game: Develop your business or ideas in a Circular Way - Business Design Tool developed by Glasgow School of Art and Aurora, in cooperation with SEPA

    16.00 Tea break 


    16.20 Circular Economy Low Carbon EU Funds opportunities - Richard Buxbaum Scotland Europa 

    16.30 Pitch Session - Circular Economy Food Innovation potential Climate-KIC start-ups - Mentoring and Business support available 

    The 5 startups selected among 18 submissions are - Sponsor partner Paris World Efficiency Solutions Summit:

    • Urban Catch
    • Intelidigest
    • Imperfect Food
    • Scrumptious Garden
    • Meloop ltd

    18.30 Networking dinner / Climathon Celebration Grand Finale Awards, rewarding the best concepts:
    1. Top Food Innovation 'business advisory support' prize - offered by Climate-KIC ECCI Mentoring
    2. Best community project '€100 cash' prize

    19.15 "Edinburgh: What Next for a better Food & Climate?" conclusions and shaping Edinburgh Future Design

    20.00  Closing up - What next? 


For further information, contact info@auroracons.org 

BRIEFING: Food Sovereignty in the Circular Economy Challenge

Water, Food and Energy:  three interconnected resources vital to sustaining life on earth. Yet every year, 1.1 billion people live without clean drinking water, 1.3 people billion live without electricity over 1 billion people hungry.

As the world's population expands to 9 billion in 2050, these figures will increase if action is not taken to address the effects of climate chaos and tense socio-economic and political impacts on the world's key resources.

Edinburgh Climathon aims to identify and support projects, individuals and staff working for companies to rethink their entire food chain in a Circular Economy way.

The Challenge:  UK imports half of our food, and Scotland has a higher percentage of food imports. Edinburgh,  hot bed of innovation, could be the hub of next-gen Circular Economy urban farms: with food growing start-ups developing innovative and sustainable ways of growing food in and around the city to benefit all its inhabitants.

Climathon is an initiative of Climate-KIC, Europe’s climate entrepreneurship programme.

ECCI is running two Climate-KIC programmes: the Accelerator programme to support start-ups to develop a rock-solid business plan, and Climate Launchpad, the world’s biggest green ideas competition.

Dr Isabella Guerrini de Claire, Aurora Sustainability co-founder and a coach for the Climate-KIC at ECCI, said: “We’re hugely excited to be bringing together Scottish innovators to drive climate action in our capital city.  If you have the skills and passion to tackle climate challenges and create real change, get in touch today with your idea.

"If you’re interested in taking part, or have an idea for an activity or session that could be included in the event, please submit your activity proposal now."  Contact Isabella at info@auroracons.org 

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Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, 12 Infirmary St, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

Contact Us

Contact Us

If you have any queries about the Climathon please contact:

Local Contact
Climate-KIC UK Mentors Aurora Sustainability Consultancy
& CELCIC Circular Economy Low Carbon Innovation Coalition
with Transition Edinburgh
Global Contact
Climathon Manager
Orsolya Barna
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