Thousands in cities around the world – including London – took part in Climate-KIC’s 2016 global Climathon to find tech solutions to some of the issues facing the planet.
App developers, businesses, entrepreneurs and academics spent 24 hours developing solutions, collaborating with others and sharing ideas via social media in the process.
The hackathon saw some 60 major cities – and across six continents – such as Shanghai, Paris and Sydney take part. Some cities, like The Hague, the Netherlands, Toronto, Canada, and Venice, Italy, have already published articles about their winning ideas, but you can also find information about most cities via social media.
For the event, London chose to tackle air pollution, which causes about 40,000 deaths in the UK each year, while cities around the world contribute 70% of global carbon emissions.
Tibor Navracsics, European commissioner for education, culture, youth and sport, 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.”
Technology already plays a major role in a number of climate change initiatives, as well as helping to build public awareness of climate change, waste reduction and global warming.
In 2015, a group of IT entrepreneurs including Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Salesforce’s Mark Benioff and Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Meg Whitman helped to launch the Breakthrough Energy Coalition – a movement claiming that technology can be used to solve many of the problems contributing to climate change.
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