Climate Innovators - Create real solutions to your city’s climate challenge, take action in your city!
How will you benefit from Climathon?
- Help solve your city’s local climate challenge, and make your city more resilient to climate change
- Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities
- Develop your skills in public speaking, innovative thinking, prioritisation, and explore new tools and methodologies
- Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
- Become a part of a global community working together to take climate action!
Application Deadline: 25th October, 2017
OUR CITY CHALLENGE: Sparking Urban & PeriUrban Agriculture in POS.
Our capital, Port of Spain, is the most densely populated area in the country; with just over 4,000 inhabitants per sq km. Additionally it is estimated that approximately 500,000 citizens or 35% of the population enter the city on a typical workday, while at peak times there are approximately 30,000 cars/hr on the roadways. This intensity of people, traffic and corresponding energy demands has negative effects on the environment.
For our challenge we aim to increase our resilience to climate change and support a healthier, greener environment in Port of Spain through a hackathon of ideas on how to encourage and increase the presence of urban and peri-urban agriculture spaces in the city.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT: Launched in 2015, Climathon is a Global 24-hour hackathon-style climate change event organised by Climate-KIC (http://www.climate-kic.org/ ). This year passionate participants of 238 cities in 70 Countries, around the world will simultaneously be brought together through Climathons to meet the challenges of the world’s cities. Port of Spain is the only Caribbean City to be participating this year!
Each city sets its own local climate challenge which reflects the needs within their urban settings. Within this context, the Climathon 2017 challenge for Port of Spain will focus on issues around urban and peri-urban agriculture, incorporating a holistic approach that will consider the environment, economy and societal well-being. Agriculture was selected as it is envisioned that solutions would be simple to implement, replicable and scalable - and additionally could help promote a needed message in our country, which is food security, given that we import an estimate 90% of our food supplies.
WHO: University students, young professionals, and all creatives at large are encouraged to participate! Participants will tackle the local challenge for a full 24-hours in individual and group activities, benefit from sessions which are about learning, fun and relaxation (naps may be needed to!); before pitching their ideas in front of relevant local stakeholders. The ideas generated by Climathon participants will get valuable coverage and could see a roadmap for implementation generated through support of some of the collaborating host organizations. Winning solutions will also be posted on the Climathon website and visible globally.
WHERE: Venue in POS and environs ( TBA on 27th September 2017)
WHEN: Friday 27th Oct – Saturday 28th Oct 2017
TIME: 10am – 10am (24hrs)
WHAT: Teams will be challenged to develop ideas into tangible, sustainable solutions and workable answers to address POS needs for urban and peri-urban spaces gardens and infrastructure . Participants can come along with a pre-existing idea ( not a pre-requisite) and work with a team to develop this during the 24-hours, or can develop an idea on the day. After 24 intense hours of collaboration, excitement and solution-finding, the best idea in each city will be selected by a jury of relevant local stakeholders. Taking part in Climathon also gives participants the ability to showcase their climate change solutions on a global scale.
Our Climathon POS 2017 challenge will tackle issues around urban and peri-urban agriculture, incorporating a holistic approach that will consider the environment, economy and societal well-being.
Participants will therefore be encouraged to develop solutions to the challenge that consider any one or a mixture of the thematic areas listed below, that should ultimately innovate urban agricultural models with the highest climate change and development impacts.
- Rooftop gardens to improve micro-climates;
- Green cities to reduce urban temperature;
- Productive use of flood zones to mitigate flood risks;
- Protection of urban and peri-urban agricultural zones for enhanced local food production;
- Opportunities for waste reduction and waste recycling.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 15th October 2017
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