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General Climathon questions

What is Climathon?

Climathon is a city-based programme that offers a path to action and interaction. It is an opportunity for citizens to co-create ideas that address local climate challenges.  Its intent is to raise climate awareness, disrupt the status quo, and rethink the places we live in and the future we want as citizens. 

At the core of the programme is an ideathon powered by local organisers lasting 12-72 hours, where a diverse group of participants ranging from policymakers to entrepreneurs, youth to business leaders, hackers to academics, and students to professionals, come together to collaborate on forward-thinking ideas. 

What is the format of Climathon

At the core of the Climathon programme is an ideathon. There is flexibility if other dates work better, ideathons mostly take place on Global Climathon Day in hundreds of cities across continents and many timezones.

Although the programme is built around an ideathon, there are roughly four phases. Warm-up events and follow-up activities make sure the community is engaged, ideas are shared and there is genuine long-lasting impact. The most transformative ideas can then be presented at the Global Climathon Awards, the global celebration and action boost.

What is the date of the Global Climathon Day?

This year Global Climathon Day is 13 November 2020.

What is EIT Climate-KIC and how is it involved in the process?

EIT Climate-KIC is a European knowledge and innovation community, working towards a prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy. EIT Climate-KIC initiated the Climathon programme in 2015 to create opportunities for cities and citizens to meet and co-create local ideas to shared climate challenges. EIT Climate-KIC’s role is in steering the programme globally and empowering the organiser community locally.

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