We are working with the aim of offering an in-person Climathon event.
If the pandemic situation will not allow it, we will sadly postpone the event to 2022.
Climathon 2021 - Mendrisiotto Region
29 Oct 2021 - 30 Oct 2021
Time for change
Join Climathon 2021 - Mendrisiotto Region to connect with city officials and experts and develop together a shared vision for a healthier city and Region. Turn this vision into a reality by working together with developers, entrepreneurs, or students, to find innovative city solutions and win support.
Come with an existing idea or simply work on a new solution with an inspiring team! Experts and mentors will support your team during the 24 hours in finding the best solutions to the challenges.
Facts & Figures
Uniting the world's cities
Join a global movement
Make your local idea count
Zero waste and circular economy
Come and solve this challenge in a vibrant atmosphere: join Climathon 2021 - Mendrisiotto Region!
Inspirational workshops and talks and like-minded people, as well as many other surprises, are waiting for you.
The structure of the Climathon
Climathon deals with the following challenge: "Zero waste and circular economy". During a 24-hour marathon, the participants, divided into teams of minimum three and maximum six people, create ideas and projects meeting the challenge. A team can only submit one project/idea.
Deliver projects at the end of 24 hours
The teams will work independently, supported by mentors and subject area experts. At the end of the 24 hours, each team will have to present a final pitch and a related slide deck. Each team will have to deliver an online submission including:
A presentation with 6 slides
- Cover: Project title/idea and opportunity, team name
- A brief bio of the team members
- Explanation of the idea/project
- Desired impact: indication of the positive economic, social and environmental impacts that the idea/project aims to achieve
- Progress over 24 hours
- Plans for the future + next three steps: indications of the activities planned in the medium term plus an indication, as precise as possible, of the next three steps.
The presentation, in PDF format, has to be uploaded in the online delivery form.
A 3-minute live pitch
Each team will have to present the idea to the Jury during an in-person live pitch. Get ready to let us know:
- the team
- the opportunity that was chosen
- the idea
- the desirable impact
- the feasibility
- the progress made during the 24 hours of the Climathon
Project evaluation criteria
The Jury of experts in different sectors (economy, climate, entrepreneurship, public administration, sustainability, ecc. ...) will evaluate all projects delivered at the end of 24 hours.
Each juror will evaluate it independently. Subsequently, a plenary session will define the list of the most promising projects.
Nine criteria are used to evaluate projects:
- FEASIBILITY. Does the idea have a certain degree of feasibility?
- INNOVATIVE SOLUTION. What is the unique and innovative value of the proposed solution?
- ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL VALUE. Would the solution, if implemented, produce social and environmental value?
- COMPATIBILITY WITH THE TICINESE CONTEXT. The team presented an idea compatible with the local context (city or canton)
- PRESENTATION AND PITCH. Was the idea explained clearly and concisely?
- TEAM. The team expresses motivation and enthusiasm and shows interest in further developing the proposed idea.
- POTENTIAL FOR TRANSFORMATION. If successful, could the idea have a large-scale impact?
- RELEVANCE TO THE CHALLENGE. The relevance of the project/idea to the challenge.
- PROGRESS. We are interested in clearly understanding what are the evolutions of the project or idea during the hackathon, especially for pre-existing ideas.
Friday, October 29
17:00 - Start of registration
Register, meet participants and have a drink
18:00 - Welcome and Launch of the challenge
Learn more about what this event is about
18:30 - Team building
Find your team
20:00 - Dinner
Enjoy our vegetarian food
00:00 - Midnight snack
Get energised for the night
Saturday, October 30
08:00 - Breakfast
Get ready for the day
15:00 - Pitch training
Learn how to best present your idea
17:00 - Final presentations to the Jury
Present your idea
18:00 - Announcement of most promising ideas and celebration
Celebrate what you have achieved
18:30 - Closing cocktail
Learn from the experts
Coaches will support idea creation and development, by both providing direct support and offering targeted workshops to turn your idea into a feasible and effective solution.
Coaches at work during Climathon 2019 Mendrisio
Win support for your idea
Teams with the most promising ideas, selected by a Jury of experts, will get access to coaching to accelerate their idea and/or further develop it, under guidance by USI Startup Centre.
They will also get access to financial support to accelerate their idea and/or further develop it. Stay tuned for details about support and start thinking how you could grow your idea, with such contributions!
The winners of Digital Climathon Mendrisio 2020
The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana, SUPSI) is one of the nine professional universities recognised by the Swiss Confederation. Founded under federal law, SUPSI offers more than 30 Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree courses, characterised by cutting edge education which unites classical theoretical-scientific instruction with a professional orientation. Great care is given to research, carried out in key sectors on competitively acquired projects with large European and national agencies or mandated by organisations and institutions.
Will Climathon 2021 - Mendrisiotto Region be in-person?
We are working with the aim of offering an in-person Climathon event.
Do I need to pay to join Climathon 2021?
No, participation is totally free. However, you need to book your ticket by registering on this website.
How and when are teams created?
We encourage people to form 3-6 people teams beforehand. However, you can also simply show up at the Climathon event, since additional teams will be created just at the start of activities.
Should I bring food?
No, food and drinks will be provided throughout the 24 hours. A vegetarian menu will be served. Plenty of fruits and an energizing breakfast.
Where can I sleep?
There will be some areas where you will be able to nap for a few hours – please, bring your sleeping bag and mat, toiletries and maybe extra clothes. Of course, you are free to go home if you would like to sleep in the comfort of your own bed.
What should I bring?
Besides toiletries and sleeping bag and mat, bring anything that you think you will need to work, such as your phone and laptop - and don’t forget their chargers! Wi-Fi Internet connection and a number of plugs will be available, as well as brainstorm and ideation materials, such as pens, markers, post-its, and paper.
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