24-hour race to spark solutions to help create Carbon Neutral Adelaide

Date posted: 27 October 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Minister for Climate Change

Adelaide is joining 110 cities across the world in a 24-hour hackathon-style event aimed at solving the climate issues of the world’s cities.

 
The Adelaide Climathon kicks off Friday evening, with teams racing to think up radical ideas that can be developed into solutions to issues such as improving the takeup of renewable energy, improving energy efficiency and how to encourage zero-emissions transport and waste management.
 
Student participants will work with entrepreneurs, business and industry coaches to develop their solutions over 24 intense hours.
 
The State Government has partnered with the University of Adelaide in the event.
 
Winning teams will receive $2,000 cash, with two runner-up teams receiving $750 each. Importantly, participants can gain exposure and access to a global climate innovation community.
 
The global Climathon is run by the European Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (Climate KIC), simultaneously across the world on 27-28 October.
 
Background
 
The Climathon is an event run simultaneously across the world in more than 100 cities and 44 countries, including six Australian cities. Each city identifies a local climate change challenge reflecting their local urban challenges in areas including urban planning, infrastructure, housing, water use, waste removal, city satellite data and more.
 
Participants are Adelaide’s best and brightest students who have an interest in innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability, combined with an abundance of creativity.


Students will work in teams with mentors from a variety of fields, such as sustainability, mechanical engineering, waste management, and policy development, to help coach the teams and develop their ideas. 


Throughout the event, cities will get the chance to link up via live stream across the states to share ideas, support, and motivation while problem solving in real time.
 
Climathon is an initiative of Climate-KIC Australia partner, Climate-KIC Europe, an EU public private innovation partnership. The Australian events are supported by newly-founded
Climate-KIC Australia, and coordinated and hosted by partner institutions; the University of Melbourne, Curtin University, EnergyLab, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Adelaide.
 
Climate-KIC Australia is based on and works in collaboration with the successful European EIT Climate-KIC model, which was established six years ago by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
 
The South Australian Government is a Core Partner in Climate-KIC Australia. For more information visit climathon.climate-kic.org 
 
Quotes attributable to Climate Change Minister Ian Hunter
 
This event is an exciting way for a budding generation of innovators and change makers to collaborate and develop ideas to help create the world’s first carbon neutral city.
 
The Climathon event is designed to connect students with government policy makers and businesses that will be instrumental in a journey for South Australia to create a sustainable future and spark investment and create ongoing connections beyond their university careers.
 
Quotes attributable to Professor Noel Lindsay, Pro Vice-Chancellor – Entrepreneurship, University of Adelaide
 
The University of Adelaide is delighted to be playing such a key role in this event, bringing together our bright and talented students with leading innovators in business and industry.
 
Students will work on creative solutions to real-world problems, helping to develop their skills and put their knowledge into practice. We hope that this event will result in tangible solutions for the future sustainability of our city, and will further demonstrate the importance of business, government and universities working closely together.
 
Quotes attributable to Chair of Climate-KIC Australia, Jemma Green
 
The global Climathon is an ideal opportunity for innovation groups across Australia to showcase their ideas and entrepreneurial skills. 


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