Eight representatives (and interpreter) from the Polish city of Zdunska Wola, including the mayor, came to visit Northern Spain. The purpose of the visit is to familiarize the representatives with the Smart City solutions and the project “60+ Smart City: innovations as a result of intergenerational cooperation”. The participants in this study are curious to know what innovative social solutions are used in Basque cities. They had a meeting with Bilbao in the morning, with SB during the afternoon, and the following day with Santander. The purpose of the visit is to exchange good practices and expand knowledge, in which +CityxChange was presented to them.
The Climathon in Smolyan was facilitated fully virtually under the motto “For cleaner, greener and more sustainable Smolyan in the future”, focusing on generating ideas inspired by the SDF Goals 7,11,12,13,14,15 and 17, and their respective channels. The event took place on November 25th and 26th, 2021 with over 50 participants from local high schools, divided into six teams, that was led by a group of mentors from the municipality of Smolyan as well as other professionals within the realm of energy and sustainability and urban development.
During the initial stages of the organization of the Climathon, three main challenges were identified which were presented to the participants as a focus for the event. The climate-specific challenges were related to energy efficiency, waste management, and transport. The teams worked on the challenges that they considered important and developed solutions about how their city could be more sustainable in the future.
This event generated many ideas and useful insights for the +CityxChange project. It was fueled by an enthusiastic group of youth who were motivated to support the winning ideas to make real changes within their city.
The Municipality of Smolyan has pledged it support to help implementing all the ideas from the Climathon whether through direct funding within existing programs on the subject or by assisting in securing funding for further research and development of the solution.