The Climate-KIC Climathon, a global 24-hour climate change hackathon promoted by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), is looking for cities to host the event on 27 October. For this third edition, each participant city is invited to reflect about the local climate challenge that affects its urban life the most. Candidates can apply until August 1.
The EIT Climate-KIC hackathon will take place simultaneously in several locations across the globe, bringing together students, innovators, entrepreneurs and professionals to create innovative solutions to climate challenges. By joining the movement, host cities can engage their citizens in taking real action and forging links between businesses, academia and public bodies.
Participants will be able to pitch ideas for sustainable solutions and businesses to relevant local stakeholders. The eight ideas with the most potential will gain access to the Climate-Knowledge and Innovation Communities Accelerator, Europe’s largest public–private innovation partnership for climate change mitigation and adaptation. There are also cash prizes of €10,000, €5,000 and €2,500 for the top three winners.
Having started in 19 cities in 2015, EIT Climate-KIC last year reached 59 cities, in six continents. Over 2,300 ideas have been created, with challenges varying from air quality, water and waste management, to extreme weather events or the use of city satellite data
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