5 Teams Compete for “Most Improved Idea” at Climathon Awards

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Since 2015, Climathons around the world have generated transformative ideas to some of the greatest climate challenges facing our cities. Hundreds of these solutions have continued to develop over the years and have now become tangible projects, impact-driven start-ups, and community-led initiates. 

On 21 January, EIT Climate-KIC will recognize the “Most Improved Idea Since 2015” during the Climathon Awards - a global celebration of citizens, cities, and Climathon organisers that joined the year-long programme to raise awareness, collaborate and rethink the future of our cities. 

But first, a public vote will determine what teams advance to the final round. Take a closer look at the top five teams competing:

Green Bytes, Climathon Reykjavik 2018
Climate challenge: Food waste
Team: Renata Bade Barajas, Jillian Verbeurgt, Aron Ivarson, Ilona Tukkiniem
Solution: GreenBytes combats food waste in Icelandic restaurants using a cloud-based solution that advises restaurants on how much food they should be ordering. The progressive web application breaks down menus, tracks inventory, and predicts future food consumption using machine learning algorithms. Once future sales are predicted, GreenBytes suggests how much of each raw ingredient the restaurant should order in the upcoming days. If the restaurant agrees with the suggestion, they can approve the order which automatically notifies all of their distributors. Reduced food waste equals increased profits! 
Milestones: 
- Built a custom machine learning algorithm using Tensor Flow, 2019
- Acquired a total of 10 restaurant locations as customers
- Gagnathon winner for most improved idea using AI for the climate
- Million Tonne Challenge competition winner
- 3rd Place Winner of Future of Food Hackathon hosted by EIT Food
- Winner of EU versus Virus hackathon 
- Participated in three start-up accelerators, raised 130.000 EUR 
- Began development on web application with public launch planned for 14 January 2021

Artik Energy, Climathon Khartoum 2018
Climate challenge: Renewable energy
Team: Salma Abdalla, Ahmed Abusin 
Solution: Artik Energy is a Sudanese sustainable energy start-up that seeks to create a niche market within the energy sector and to be a one-stop shop for the supply of energy-efficient lighting, solar rooftops, solar water pumps, and small solar system kites. By facilitating access to affordable and sustainable energy in Africa, Artik Energy creates income and employment opportunities across all sectors, including agribusiness, mining, hospitals, schools. The start-up specialises in energy audits, LED lighting, and energy backup systems to bring renewable energy to Sudan and beyond. 
Milestones:
- Became a sustainable energy startup incorporated under Sudan Companies Act, 2015 in 2020
- Conducted more than 30 consultations offering 6 different sustainable energy services
- Second runner-up in Global Entrepreneurship Summit pitch competition 2019, Evanston, Illinois 
- 1000 Entrepreneurs from Africa competition 2020, France
- Rollo Business Simulation Program Challenge participation 2020, Khartoum, Sudan
- Entrepreneur New to the Game - Global Entrepreneurship week Sudan 2018, Khartoum, Sudan
- Top 100 Solutions in Sudan - UNDP Accelerator Lab Solution fair 2020, Khartoum, Sudan 
- Mandela Washington Fellowship participant Reno, Nevada, USA

Xero, Climathon Dhaka 2019
Climate challenge: Renewable energy
Team: Sarowar Jahan, Adil Hossain, Nayem Hossain 
Solution: Alo, meaning “light” in Bengali, is a solution based on the sustainable energy distribution of solar power. The product portfolio includes a range of cost-effective offers from high-efficiency solar panels to solar components such as solar bulbs fans and gadgets. Some of the drawbacks of solar-powered products are the production distribution and installation costs. Alo.Alo overcomes this barrier by increasing the surface area of the products and producing custom sizes. Now private individuals can upgrade their energy quantity and adjust for personal consumption.
Milestones: 
- Created start-up that served over 100+ users within a year
- Developed IoT-based app-controlled smart solar specially designed for city dwellers
- In the process of completing designs patents to protect intellectual property rights
- Participated in Champions of Earth (season 3) idea generation competition
- Participated in Innovation Challenge at Techfest, IIT Bombay 
- Participated in Capsule Hack virtual climate hackathon 

AirPublic, Climathon London 2015
Climate challenge: Air pollution
Team: Hannah Gardiner, Andrea Casalotti, Lev Konstantinovsky, John Cant
Solution: Existing static monitors are highly effective at accurately measuring air pollution at precise outdoor locations in London, but they are sparsely populated. This limits the ability of citizens and municipalities to fully understand how pollution varies over space and time. AirPublic offers a mobile or static mid-range monitor, which can be deployed on lamposts, buildings or vehicles to strategically ‘fill the gaps’ to inform citizen behaviour and policy. This pollution-monitoring service enables clients to produce actionable insights and output through a user-friendly dashboard and alert system.
Milestones:
- Winners of Bristol Health Partners Hackathon; 2016
- Co-location trials with fixed monitors; 2016/17
- €60,000 EU Innovation grant (through Organicity and Future Cities Catapult); 2017
- Hello Tomorrow top 500 innovators; 2017
- Study on Grey Coats School; 2018
- BGV cohort; spring 2018
- Things Connected programme, trialing LoRa with Digital Catapult and LB Croydon; 2019
- Trial install on Churchill Hotel; 2019
- Ongoing work with LB Croydon; 2020
- Publishing a peer-reviewed paper on our calibration procedure; 2021/22

Start Park, Climathon Florence 2017
Climate challenge: Resilience and extreme weather 
Team: Marco Nerni, Rita Duina, Lorenzo Bittini, Ely Pacchierotti, Alessia Menin, Anacleto Rizzo 
Solution: Start Park is the co-design of green-blue infrastructures in urban parks to make communities more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events. The Start Park project enhances outdated design and architecture of city greenspaces through the use of nature-based solutions. The project diffuses climate change awareness to citizens and creates economic value for private and public stakeholders. A Start Park prototype is underway in the city of Prato, Italy, involving both the local community and the municipality, with plans to scale to the city of Lucca.
Milestones: 
- Organized a co-design day, an event aggregating more than 50 people from all over Italy
- Produced the Start Park report, co-produced with the contribution of a community of 20 professionals
- Designed and adapted co-design and engagement offline-formats in digital format
- Conducted research for the launch of a crowdfunding campaign and the development of a city’s index for measuring the impacts of Start Park
- Selected as winner of the Mediterranean Climate Heroes Contest
- Designscapes II and III grant winner, applying the process to two different cities

Public voting is live

Be sure to cast your vote for the “Most Improved Idea Since 2015”. The public will determine the top three finalists that will be assessed by an international jury panel in the lead-up to the Climathon Awards.
We welcome all citizens and changemakers worldwide who want to learn more about Climathon’s citizen-led climate action to join us on 21 January at 16 CET to celebrate the impact of the global Climathon community.  

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