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)