Participate in ClimathonBLR on November 5-7 2020 and be part of an interdisciplinary team to produce innovative solutions to Bengaluru's increasing waste management issue! In just 2.5 days, participants will pitch their ideas, develop prototype solutions, and compete with the best minds from the city! The best teams will receive exciting prizes, stand a chance to apply for grants from prestigious institutions, and more! Become part of our virtual climate innovation marathon - Registrations Open!
Limited participation slots left! Hurry, and please register individually. Teams will be formed only once the Climathon begins.
Inspired by EIT-Climate KIC’s Global Climathon movement, a global community of change-makers and innovators around the world are working in their communities to help humanity solve its most pressing issues through ideation and innovation. Over 150 cities across the globe are engaging stakeholders across the board to develop novel ideas on how to tackle climate-related challenges at the local level. The Climathon is a roughly 50-hour online idea marathon, where diverse minds converge to brainstorm and develop practical prototypes to combat climate change and contribute towards molding a resilient ecosystem.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt around the globe, at all levels. As the world unites to grapple with this unprecedented crisis, the role of global changemakers, innovation, and sustainability have become more pivotal than ever before.
With support from premiere civil society organizations and our network, we have set out on an endeavor to bring an edition of the Climathon to Bengaluru, India! The ClimathonBLR will focus on urban waste management in the ‘garden’ city of Bengaluru, India. With a burgeoning population, expanding peripheries, and rapid urbanization, there is a dire need for scientific waste management in the ‘Silicon Valley of India’.
Why have we chosen Waste Management as the theme of the ClimathonBLR?
Despite civic bodies pushing for a house to house collection and segregation of waste in the city, disposal remains a problem and 100% recycling a dream. Furthermore, mismanagement of garbage including incineration remains rampant. This has led to contamination of the very lakes the city is celebrated for and the emission of harmful particulates into the atmosphere, which contributes directly to climate change.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike generates around 5000 metric tonnes of waste per day. This waste on decomposition emits carbon dioxide and methane – greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and climate change. The dumpsites are spread all around Bangalore, ever-extending, and the garbage trucks travel several kilometers, consuming several liters of fuel, resulting in emissions. Bengaluru is facing problems due to existing waste disposal practices, high costs due to lack of a robust plan, and lack of proper infrastructural facilities. Open dumping in the expanding zones of the city is posing severe problems to structures constructed on the old dumps. There are issues at every level of waste management — right from the type of waste generated in different areas of the city to segregation, collection, transportation, disposal, and treatment. Environmental degradation, deteriorating groundwater quality, adverse impacts on health, emissions from the landfills are other indirect impacts that have implications for quality of life, climate, and sustainable development. The estimated maximum landfill gas flow rate for one of the landfill sites in Bangalore over a period of 20 years is reported to be 19.85 m3/min, with implications for air quality and climate change.
The Climathon Bengaluru 2020 seeks to encourage and stimulate innovative thinking for the development of strategies and solution prototypes that will address the local issue of waste management, utilization of waste, and pave the way for tackling the global issue of climate change.
Winners of the Climathon can apply for EIT Climate-KIC Global Awards and can gain visibility once solution ideas have been uploaded to the Climathon global platform! What’s more, winners can also apply for the EIT Climate-KIC Climate Launchpads to incubate/accelerate their idea further. More exciting prizes coming soon!
The Climathon is open to participation for people of all ages, across all sectors and demographics. What do we seek from participants?
Registration to the Climathon happens on an individual basis. Once you have registered for the Climathon, on the first day, you will be asked to form an inter-disciplinary team with the other registrants. Want to work across domains and gain insights into the brightest minds working in the field of climate change? Here is an opportunity for all young social innovators to change the world one idea at a time! Registrations Are Now Open - Welcome aboard!
Participants to start declaring their ideas/projects for the Climathon, seeking and declaring teams, participating in the introductory keynotes, and more!
Official Climathon Launch - Panel - 16-17hrs IST (Zoom + YouTube Live)
Climathon Kick-Off with participants - 17:30-19hrs IST (AirMeet)
Teams continue their work, with guided input sessions, mentoring, and support on a need-basis. Impulse Recordings will be released through-out the day at multiple intervals, to enable the participants to build on their ideas.
10hrs IST - Team Formation Concludes (Slack)
11hrs, 15hrs, 19hrs IST - Mentoring Hours (AirMeet)
20hrs IST - Virtual Lounge for Participants - Reflection & Connection Zone (AirMeet)
All teams are also expected to prepare a pitch video of their problem statement and solution, and submit the same before the Climathon showcase and closure on the same evening.
10hrs, 12hrs, 14hrs IST - Mentoring Hours (AirMeet)
16hrs IST - Submission Deadline for Participants
17-18hrs IST - ClimathonBLR Round-Up Session with Judges, Participants, Partners and Organizers
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EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient society. Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, we identify and support innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. We believe that a decarbonized, sustainable economy is not only necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change, but presents a wealth of opportunities for business and society.
Learn more about the EIT Climate-KIC Climathons here.
What is Climathon?
The Climathon serves as a power-packed session of a specialized version of an Ideathon, specifically meant to raise issues pertaining to climate change. The approx. 50 hour-long event is filled with interaction, deliberation, creation, and fruition of disruptive ideas. For more information on the genesis of the Climathon movement worldwide, visit here!
How do I participate? Should I pay fees in order to register?
To register for the ClimathonBLR, you may click here. We do not charge any fees for registration/participation. Please refer to the ‘Who can participate’ section for more details.
When is the Climathon scheduled for?
5-7 November 2020. There are limited slots for participation, so hurry and apply now!
Is the participation on an individual basis, or do I need to form teams?
Registration to the Climathon happens on an individual basis. Once you have registered for the Climathon, on the first day, you will be asked to form an inter-disciplinary team with the other registrants. The idea is to facilitate collaboration, cross-functional teamwork, and build strong communication skills.
How are teams formed?
The teams form in the early hours of the Climathon (see ‘schedule’ section to learn more). The organizers will publish a list of participants and their skills. Then, participants will be invited to join using the Slack platform, using pre-established channels based on issues and ideas. The participants will go to their corresponding groups. Ideally, teams should be interdisciplinary to encourage diversity of perspectives during the process. Participants must choose a definitive team to work with by the end of Day 1.
How do I prepare myself for the event?
More than anything, we ask that you bring your motivation to the event! Additionally, you can familiarize yourself with tools like Slack, Zoom, Gmail, Miro online white-boards, video editing, graphic design, and YouTube among other online collaboration tools.
What kind of prototypes are built during the Climathon?
Participants are welcome to develop anything from digital to physical products, services, movements, art projects, therapeutic products, anything that creates value to communities while keeping in mind the theme of the Climathon: Building solutions to address Urban Waste Management. The solutions at the end of the Climathon should be at least a low or medium-fidelity prototype. This means that participants have tangible constructions of the idea they were working on.
What are low/medium-fidelity prototypes?
Low-fidelity prototypes may include rough sketches, paper models, simple storyboards, or rough paper prototypes of digital interfaces. You would base your choice of the type of prototype on the type of solution you are seeking to create. Medium fidelity – slightly more detailed, still rough but closer to the solution. Read this article to learn more.
What happens to the prototypes post the event?
The adjudged winners will be given the opportunity to apply for grants with suited organizations to work further on their prototypes. All solutions built during the Climathon will be documented, so anyone can move the idea up further by continuing the collaboration. Participants can implement the solution as part of our #100Acts of Global Citizenship or continue to tackle it together in a project team. Best ideas and prototypes to come out of the Climathon will be showcased on our blogs, website, and social media channels, as well as on the Climathon global platform.
Who chooses the winners? When will results be announced?
A panel of judges will be in charge of evaluating the projects. The winning groups will be chosen according to the degree of innovation of the proposal, the level of the presentation, and the degree of the tangibility of the implementation. Results will be declared in the weeks after the Climathon based on popular poll and judges evaluation.
Write to us at: climathon.bengaluru(at)gmail.com
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