The Young Climathon entails:

  • A 1- to 2-day climate hackathon
  • Students work on real-life challenges and develop innovative solutions
  • Students start transforming their solution into a project or business idea
  • Use of participatory visual tools, and innovative and digital technologies
  • Input from experts, fellow students & entrepreneurs and mentoring from coaches and EIT Climate-KIC Alumni
  • Students pitch their idea in front of a jury



The timeline of Young Climathon could look as follows:

  • March – July
Local Ecosystem engagement around the Young Climathon
  • July – September
Pre-workshops with students to co-create challenges
  • June – October
Planning and organisation of Young Climathon event, incl. marketing, recruitment of coaches and Alumni
  • October / November
Young Climathon event
  • November – December & ahead
Follow-up opportunities for teams with challenge providers


Local responsibilities

Local responsibilities to run a Young Climathon are:

  • Challenge development with schools, cities, governments and companies
  • Involving students in the creation and definition of the challenges
  • Empowering teachers to act as facilitators and coaches
  • Finding a venue for the 1 or 2-day hackathon that can host for the whole event
  • Coaches and mentors to help students work with visual tools to understand the challenge and develop innovative solutions
  • Develop a Young Climathon agenda with engaging activities and speakers
  • Data and material from the organisers as hacking stimulus
  • Prizes for the winning teams

Hosting a Young Climathon

Partners can deliver the Young Climathon in one of the following ways:

  • Co-create and define local climate challenges with students, schools, a city or companies and join forces with another organisation to organise the event
  • Create and formulate local climate challenges and organise the Young Climathon yourself
  • Contact Climate-KIC about organisations we have in our network that can help you deliver your Young Climathon

For more information, contact us through our Get Involved page!