General information about the Climathon
Climathon is a global movement dedicated to solving the toughest climate challenges cities face today, which is manifested in a 24-hour hackathon taking place simultaneously in major cities around the world.
The basic process flow of the Climathon:
1. Setting the climate challenge: Cities identify their climate challenges and call on their citizens to come up with innovative solutions.
2. Coming up with solutions: Citizens, city officials, and sponsors connect under a shared vision for a healthier city, which is manifested in a 24-hour hackathon to find innovative city solutions.
3. Beyond the hackathon: Innovation happens when diverse perspectives are brought together—creating both tangible climate solutions for cities and empowered communities. Climathon is more than a hackathon, it's a movement.
1. City host application through the Climathon website between May - August.
2. City hosts create their city pages customised to their event between June - September
3. Participant application through the Climathon website from September – 24 October.
3. 26 October 2018 – the annual Climathon event
4. Sharing information on your local Climathon event in online report
These requirements are important for a successful Climathon:
1. Clear, relevant and well-phrased local climate challenge
2. Involvement of city authority (please see below for further information)
3. Use of Climathon website, registration, and branding
4. Organisation of the event as a 24-hour hackathon format
We are looking for hosts from all around the world! There are different kinds of Climathon hosts:
- City authorities
- Research organisations
There are a number of ways to deliver the Climathon as a city authority:
• Set your cities climate challenge(s) and organise the Climathon yourself
• Set challenges and join forces with another organisation to organise the event
• Contact Climate-KIC about services we can provide to deliver your Climathon.
The city authority can best identify the main local climate challenges they are facing and also implement the developed solutions.
The involvement of the city authority is essential for the Climathon events. They can identify the main local climate challenges and also implement the developed solutions. City authorities can be involved in the Climathon in the following way:
1. City authority provides the climate challenge(s) and expert knowledge
2. City authority is present at the event (speaker, jury, guest)
3. City authority promotes Climathon
4. City authority is aware of Climathon and acknowledges it
Important for all engagement levels is to have a contact point in the city government.
• Welcome session
• Inputs on the city challenge
• Team formation
• Parallel workshops
• Yoga/Other energising activity
• Final presentations to the jury
• Wrap-up and closure: winning teams announced and prizes are given
Joining the Climathon is a unique experience with various benefits.
• Live in a cleaner, healthier city
• Become part of the global Climathon movement
• Meet the climate leaders of the future
• Be inspired by innovation put into practice
• Enjoy a more prosperous, climate-resilient future
• Engage local entrepreneurs, students, developers and innovators on climate action
• Empower and showcase local climate action across the globe
• Engage with new global partners through EIT Climate-KIC
• Help your local city to address tough climate challenges
• Engage employees on climate action
• Align your interests with current city climate challenges
• Receive organisational visibility
The main target group for participants is
• Policy makers
• Other citizens interested in topic
• School students (Young Climathon)
Climate-KIC will support city hosts throughout the Climathon process with the following:
• Climathon handbook and an event planning guide
• Ready-made informative Climathon event webpage
• Online registration portal for participants
• Use of Global Climathon brand (with detailed guidebook)
• Online portal for city hosts to receive information and tools for Climathon challenge
• Communication toolkits: editable marketing materials for recruitment and publicity across multiple channels
• On-going advisory forum to plan and run Climathon
• Access to live broadcasting content – inspiring speakers etc. to build out your agenda and inspire innovators
• Access to 24-hour Climathon Social media wall – linking your city with the Climathon community around the world
Climate-KIC has a wealth of experience in providing services to city authorities to ensure your Climathon links you with your local entrepreneurship ecosystem and helps you shape and share your challenge in a way that drives innovation. Examples of services are:
• Project Management of the Climathon event
• Innovation services
- Identification of challenges
- Participant and start-up scouting
- Acceleration of winning solutions
• Marketing and Communication services
- Logo branding in e-correspondence, social media campaign, website and other marketing materials
- Showcasing space at event
Please get in touch with us, if you are interested in getting tailored services for the Climathon.
These activities can be added to complement the 24-hour Climathon event.
- Climathon Bootcamp
- Pre-ideation workshop
- Young Climathon
- Business development workshop
- Event for winning teams
- Acceleration for Climathon teams
If you are interested to know more about these add-on activities, please get in touch with us.
You can apply via the Climathon website from May 2018 clicking on the Join button.
During the city registration process you will be guided to a form where you can get in contact with the city host that is already registered to join forces organising the Climathon.
Preparation for the Climathon
Once you have verified your city via email, your city will appear on the map as a registered city. The next step will be to set up your individual city page for your Climathon. This will be possible from June and we will notify you as soon as the city pages are ready to be set up. The most important next steps for you are:
1. If you are not a city authority or have no contact to the city authority yet, get in touch with them as soon as possible and talk about their involvement.
2. Start defining the city challenge(s) for your Climathon
3. Go out to local organisation and companies to seek sponsorship for your event.
4. Start looking for a venue
Each city sets up its own local climate change challenge – ideally with the help of the local city authority reflecting what impacts their urban life most. The setting of clear and relevant local climate challenges is essential to run a successful Climathon.
• Use a: “How ..” or “What.. “ question.
- How can residents contribute to climate-friendly city planning?
- What kind of energy-efficient solutions can be imagined to increase the cities resilience to heatwaves?
• Challenge areas: mobility, air pollution, water/waste management, food, energy , etc. (please see the website for further information and inspiration for challenge areas)
Get in touch if you wish tailored support to create your city challenge.
Each Climathon city has their own city page on the Climathon website. It contains all the information about the local Climathon, with mandatory and option sections to fill out. Participants will be able to apply through the city pages to the Climathon.
The main sections of the city pages will be:
• Introduction to the Climathon
• Challenge description
• People involved (Coaches, mentor, experts, jury)
• Prizes and Follow-up
• Partner/Sponsor section
• Organisers details
• News/Blog section
We highly encourage city hosts to reach out for sponsorship in their cities to make the event happen. You can give your sponsors visibility by uploading their logos on the city page and involving them in your social media campaign.
In all Climathon communication English is the common language. All information that is on your Climathon city page should be available in English, but it can be available in the local language as well. The city pages and Climathon documents can be bilingual. The Climathon team provides customisable materials – where the text can be translated into your local language. After the event the online report should also be done in English.
In all Climathon communication English is the common language. However, if you have only local people at your event, the Climathon can be run in your local language. Make sure though to use English for online communication during the day - to be part of the online buzz Climathon creates on the day.
Yes, it is! It is a real climate change hackathon – where the magic happens somewhere during the 24 hours.
Do not be intimated - it is possible! You can prepare with a quiet room where people can go away for a little nap.
Once your city page is ready, your recruitment process can start. Climate-KIC provides the following to help with participant recruitment:
• A customisable city page where participants can register
• Marketing materials to help promote the Climathon
Participant numbers vary depending the different Climathon cities. To create a good atmosphere and create enough good solutions we recommend to have at least 50 participants present during a Climathon.
Participant application will be opened in September. Participants can apply if their city has a Climathon city page through the Climathon website.
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