Heidelberg - Climathon 2019


Together we can make our region and the world carbon neutral

The city of Heidelberg traditionally has a strong focus on environmental protection. In 2019, Heidelberg became the second city in Germany to declare climate emergency. Support the university town in reaching its goals of reducing CO2 emissions.


Global climate action movement

Climathon is a climate action movement with a climate-focused hackathon at its core. Climathon has grown to over 100 cities with a global reach in the millions.

First time in Heidelberg

Join the first Climathon in Heidelberg to connect with city officials, local enviromental organizations and businesses to develop your ideas for a carbon neutral city. Turn this vision into a reality by working together with developers, entrepreneurs, and students to find innovative city solutions. Experts and mentors will support your team during the 24 hours in finding the best solutions to the challenges.

Climathon pre-registration


Before pre-registering as a participant, please read the descriptions of the challenges and study related links. In the pre-registration survey, indicate which challenges you are interested in.

Novel design for multi-location conferences to reduce CO2 footprint of conference attendies

Develop a novel design for a multi-location conference that would take place in different locations simultaneously, uniting participants despite being separated in space and by the time-zones.

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Visualize the effect of climate change on local plants

Support local climate scientists and educators in exploring the effect of climate change on local plants by creating an interactive bloom map.

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Reduce carbon footprint of students and scientists by developing a sustainable behaviour campaign

Consider behavioral patterns of students and staff on the local campuses and develop a local campaign encouraging sustainable behaviour.

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Implement application providing access to local climate data

Develop a graphical user-friendly application utilizing an open climate data store to provide access to the local climate data for environmental scientists, educators, policy makers, activists, and the general public.

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Boost bicycle usage through more attractive bicycle routes

Identify factors that make a bike route attractive and develop a prototype estimating these factors to facilitate bike route planning and navigation.

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Our stories

Our Partners



Katja Ovchinnikova, EMBL

Main organiser (challenges, venue, partners, website, on-site organisation)


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Theodore Alexandrov, EMBL

challenges, partners, venue, sponsors, on-site organisation


Malvika Sharan, EMBL

venue, on-site organisation


Toby Hodges, EMBL

on-site organisation, technical support

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