Climathon 2016 generates new carbon neutral ideas
Over 120 cities from around the world, including Adelaide, have worked together to find innovative, entrepreneurial ways to tackle the challenges of climate change as part of the Climate-KIC Climathon 2016. The global 24-hour event took place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 28 October 2016.
Each city focused on their own unique challenges – and for Adelaide this meant the aspiration to become carbon neutral. Teams of students with industry and government mentors spent 24 hours focused on creating a solution for a challenge on a range of topics, including reducing waste, increasing use of public transport, and improving the uptake of green buildings.
The teams then presented a final pitch to a panel, with prizes awarded to the winners and runners-up.
The winning ideas were:
1. Love Your Waste – a food surplus market located in the Adelaide Central Market.
2. The Clean Cup – a collapsible, compact, multiuse coffee cup to reduce disposable coffee cup use.
3. Metro App – a multi-platform smartphone application that synchronises the existing Metrocard registration, acts as a travel companion and awards points for reduced carbon emissions.
4. Green Investment Financial Mechanism – a mechanism to enable business owners to retrofit to green technologies with no outlay in exchange for the savings they make being paid to investors.