Hacking The Future Of Sustainable Development: A Hackathon on Circular Economy by Impact Hub Athens, powered by Hydrousa 27-28 April
Submissions Deadline 7th of April 2023
AWARDS: 3000 & ACCELERATION SUPPORT
Climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion require urgent response due to their significant impacts on our environment, economy, and society. The effects are already visible on the communities around the world.Immediate actions are required to prevent further damage and ensure a sustainable and resilient future by conserving resources, promoting sustainable practices, and developing innovative solutions.
HYDROUSA is joining OpenClimAccelerator 2023, for the organization of a Hackathon with the scientific support of NTUA, to allow local and international teams to work together to develop real solutions to these pressing problems .
This is a great opportunity to bring together individuals with diverse skills and expertise to tackle the environmental challenges we are facing. Through collaboration, creativity, and innovation, we can develop solutions that promote sustainability, protect the environment, and improve the quality of life for communities around the world.
Our goal is to bring together a cross-section of the green, blue, or environmental community, from business and finance to government officials, national and international policymakers, civil society, and academia, and provide support, networking, and funding opportunities – grants to help initiatives reach the next level and scale their activities and impact.
For one and a half days, on the 28-29 of April, selected participants will have the opportunity to deepen their projects, receive feedback from experienced mentors, and present their ideas/solutions to a panel of judges. Three of them will have the chance to win 3,000 euros and 2 months of acceleration support, while up to 10 greek based initiatives will be selected for STAGE A of OpenClimAccelarator, where they can participate in diagnostic sessions and development planning, business workshops, coaching and mentoring, and have access to digital tools and resources, as well as Impact Hive events. Read More about the Acceleration of Open ClimAccelerator here.
If you have a research project, idea, or early-stage business solution that positively impacts the environment or offers solutions to the challenges of the climate crisis, apply now.
We particularly encourage ideas or solutions on the following topics:
Natural resource conservation: how can we close the loop on physical resources in both rural and urban areas? How can we secure or initiate regenerative solutions that efficiently secure water, energy, and food for our communities while conserving our natural resources? Could these solutions work in a decentralized way and add flexibility to our systems? Are these systems based on a nature-based solution approach with low energy profiles?
Circular Economy: How can we move to more circular resource management and move away from linear models of production and consumption?
NetZeroFuture: How can we reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero as much as possible, with the remaining emissions being reabsorbed from the atmosphere, for example by the oceans and forests?
We encourage ideas and solutions that come from and/or serve underrepresented communities, promote gender equality (no discrimination, percentage of femininities in leadership positions), create new and/or equitable employment opportunities, and raise awareness or actively engage local communities or, more broadly, encourage active citizenship.
Submissions Deadline 7th of April 2023 – apply with us here:
Confirmation/rejection announcement 18.04
Bootcamp – A hackathon powered by HYDROUSA: 28th & 29th of April 2023
We invite international ideas and local initiatives: Business proposals that are in the concept making, development phase, or already completed but not yet commercialized.
International start ups and Up and running businesses – business concepts for integrated solutions/products & services (already implemented)
We are looking for ideas that meet the following criteria:
Environmental, Social and technological innovation
Effectiveness and qualification of the team
The Hackathon will take place both virtually for remote participants and physically for the Athens based participants at Impact Hub Athens, Karaiskaki 28, Psyrri
What do you get?
- Access to a group of experts and mentors on circularity and sustainability
- Networking with like minded individuals – initiatives
- Opportunity to test and get feedback for your idea
- Grant support of 3000 for 3 teams
- 10 tickets for STAGE A of ClimAccelarator
HYDROUSA for the past 5 years has been developing circular solutions for the sustainable management of resources across the Mediterranean, by convening experts and organizations from different disciplines focusing on the same mission. Through the hackathon we aim at leveraging the knowledge and insights of HYDROUSA to develop and support further solutions. Read more about HYDROUSA here.
The hackathon is part of the enlarged program of OpenClimAccelerator 2023, a program of Impact Hub Athens supported by EIT Climate KIC focusing on accelerating enterprising solutions for the transition towards a zero-carbon economy. Impact Hub Athens’ wider program of support for impact businesses, includes incubation, acceleration, and investment with a special focus on sustainable solutions and circular economy. Read more about Impact Hub Athens here.