Originally conceptualized and still manifested as a 24-hour hackathon by Climate-KIC, Climathon has since taken off as a global movement, engaging citizens on climate action—and providing cities with continued support on the unique challenges they face.
With an issue as pressing as climate change, we cannot afford inaction. Climathon gives cities the opportunity to take their future into their own hands and implement grassroots solutions—empowering their own citizens along the way.
Since 2016, the Maltese capital of Valletta has been included in the long list of cities that have participated in Climathon. Indeed, Malta’s first Climathon was centered around the theme: “How best to be prepared for Green Valletta Capital of Culture 2018”. The objective of the 12-hour event was to serve as a platform for individuals or businesses to present their ideas and innovative solutions for greener initiatives – be they architecture, transport or business-related. During the event, these individuals had the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of expert judges, as it will also be the case this year.
In 2017, Valletta’s Climathon raised the event duration to 24 hours and concentrated on the theme of waste management, an important issue for Malta, which needs an effective waste management plan to deal with the strong increase in commercial activity over the past 12 years. The event was held in the Excelsior Hotel in Floriana, and the jury was presided by Bertrand Van Ee, former global CEO of Climate-KIC.
The past two Climathon events in Malta have been successful in creating new solutions and supporting new ideas to fight climate change. More than 8 Maltese start-ups have been benefitted from Climate-KIC grants, so their projects can come to life and make an impact on the environment surrounding them.
This year’s edition of Climathon will take place on the 25th and 26th October 2019. This year we will be including a new event – YOUNG CLIMATHON – where we will be inviting young students to participate.
Watch this space for more information. For more Information – please do not hesitate to contact us on mario.schembri @paragoneurope.eu.