Climate Hackathon Aims to use Tech to Save the Planet

Innovation partnership, Climate-KIC, has held a global hackathon to develop technology solutions to tackle climate change and help the environment.

The aim of the partnership was for app developers, businesses, entrepreneurs and academics in participating cities around the world to spend 24 hours developing ideas and solutions to tackle an issue that their region faced because of climate change. 

The event, titled Climathon, saw more than 59 cities across 26 countries take part including Washington DC, Medellin, Harare, Toronto and Seol at locations such as universities, research centres and government facilities.

Director of education for Climate-KIC said: “The science of climate change is indisputable, but the problem often seems so removed from everyday reality that organisations have for many years struggled to engage citizens.

“The Climathon changes this, providing the critical impetus for citizens, innovators, business experts and policymakers to come together in a global climate movement to solve one of the most pressing issues of our time.”

European commissioner for education, culture and youth and sport, Tibor Navracsics, said: “Climate change presents an enormous challenge, but we know this challenge is a surmountable one if we are able to mobilise global citizens in our response.

“In the Climathon, we not only have the chance to educate citizens across the world on climate issues, but also the critical opportunity to engage them in the development of the innovation we need to successfully mitigate and adapt to climate change.”

The 2016 Climathon was built on the successes of last year’s event.

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