On June 18th, 2015, cities around the world will join together in an intercontinental collaboration to find innovative solutions for climate change problems through a 24-hour hackathon event challenging students and citizens to take direct climate action within their own communities.

 
 

Tufts Institute of the Environment will lead the New England regional marathon to address the need for climate change resiliency related to sea level rise in the greater Boston area.


the PROBLEM

Boston is among the world's top ten cities most vulnerable to damage from climate change-driven sea level rise.

Browse through a collection of resources to begin learning more about what lies ahead.

The CHALLENGE

Local officials, experts, and developers will share insights on the city's greatest risks and opportunities for innovation, along with workshops on emerging technology, followed by a 24-hour team-based hacking competition. Finalists will receive extended support to complete their projects, and one will be chosen to present at the UN's COP21 climate change conference in Paris.

The Global event

Created by the European Institute of Technology's Climate-KIC Program, the Global Climathon will be held in cooperation with major universities, research centers, and government facilities across North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

 

The Global Climathon 2015 is an intercontinental collaboration to find innovative, city-level solutions to climate change problems. Set to take place simultaneously in cities across the world, this 24-hour hackathon event will challenge students and citizens from diverse locations to take direct climate action within their own municipalities.

Created by the European Institute of Technology Climate-KIC Program, the Climathon will be held in cooperation with major universities, research centers, and government facilities from multiple cities, including London, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Winterthur, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Gothenburg, and Walbrzych in Europe; Bogota, Colombia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil in South America; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in Africa; Beijing, China and Delhi, India in Asia; Perth, Australia, and Wellington, New Zealand in Oceania. North America will feature two partners in Boston, MA, and Washington, D.C.

Tufts Institute of the Environment will lead the New England regional marathon to develop solutions for climate change resiliency related to sea level rise in the greater Boston area. Workshops will be offered to encourage the use of innovative technologies such as remote sensing, forecast and early warning systems, and next-generation disaster reporting tools and emergency response plans. (June 18, 2015)

A maximum of 5 top teams will be selected to move forward into the mentorship and development phase of the competition, during which time each group will be provided expert guidance from local officials and the necessary incubator/accelerator support complete their ideas, with an expected outcome of each one producing a viable business plan. (June, 2015—November, 2015)

In addition to the experience, mentorship, and entrepreneurial learning opportunities provided by this extended 5-month development period, one winning team will be chosen to present their results at the UN’s COP21 conference for a universal climate agreement. (December 4, 2015)


Browse through a collection of resources to begin learning more about what lies ahead.


CLIMATE CHANGE and sea level rise in the greater boston area



Topics and Technologies


Venue:         Tufts University Medford Campus
                    Sophia Gordon Hall (15 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155)
                    Granoff Music Center (20 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155)

Start Time: 12:30pm EDT on June 18, 2015
End Time:   4:00pm EDT on June 19, 2015

Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early to ensure the program is able to begin on time.


THURSDAY, JUNE 18

Sophia Gordon Hall

12:30 – 12:45PM       Welcome (Antje Danielson — Tufts Institute of the Environment)

12:45 – 1:30PM         Introduction to Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in the Greater Boston Area
                                   Zachary Mertz — University of Massachusetts Boston, School for the Environment     

1:30 – 2:00PM           Vulnerable Populations and Community Resources (View Presentation)
                                   Ben Peterson — Boston Architectural College

2:00 – 2:30PM           Urban Planning for Climate Change
                                   Julie Wormser — The Boston Harbor Association

2:30 – 3:00PM           Evacuation as an Adaptation Option in Environmental Justice Communities (View Presentation)
                                   Laura Kuhl — Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

3:00 – 4:00PM           Break for refreshments and networking


Technology Workshops

4:00 – 4:30PM           Microgrids
                                  Ryan Wartena — Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

4:30 – 5:00PM           Disaster Response Apps and User Engagement (View Presentation)
                                  Lisie Michel — Google

5:00 – 5:30PM           App Development (View Presentation) (Tools) (Additional Resources)
                                  Brian Kaney — Vermonster

5:30 – 6:00PM           Risk Assessment (View Presentation)
                                  Nasser Brahim, Johnathan West — Kleinfelder

6:00 – 6:45PM           Geospatial Technologies for Climate Change (View Presentation)
                                  Carolyn Talmadge, Chris Barnett — Tufts University GIS Lab


Granoff Music Center

6:30 – 7:00PM           Dinner and networking

7:30 – 8:00PM           Idea pitches for the hackathon

8:00PM                      Team formation; teams begin working on ideas

12:00AM                   World-wide Google Hangout with other Climathon events


Friday, June 19th

Granoff Music Center

8:00AM                      Breakfast (hacking continues)

12:00PM                   Lunch (teams prepare to showcase their projects at 2:00PM)


Sophia Gordon Hall

2:00PM                       Final presentations

3:00PM                       Break for refreshments (judges confer)

3:30PM                       Winners announced


Please note this schedule may be subject to change.

The Boston Climathon has been made possible through the generous support of key contributors.



Advisors


Jennifer Dolin
Osram Sylvania

Kevin Lane
Yale Climate & Energy Initiative

Gail Batchelder
Loureiro

Lisa Hayden
New England Forestry Initiative

Kyle Monahan
Tufts University

Junior You
Tufts University

 

John Bolduc
City of Cambridge

Alicia Hunt
City of Medford

Valerie Fletcher
Institute for Human Centered Design

Ellen Watts
Architerra

Jim Newmann
Linnean Solutions

Kathleen Baskin
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy 
& Environmental Affairs

 


Judges


Antje Danielson
Tufts Institute of the Environment

Jim Newmann
Linnean Solutions

Alicia Hunt
City of Medford

Sarah Howard
Earthos Institute

Luisa Chiesa
Tufts University Engineering Department

Fahad Dogar
Tufts University Computer Science Department