D10.14: 9 Climathons and Hackathons

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The deliverable D10.14: 9 Climathons and Hackathons was submitted by Space Engineers, Trondheim Kommune, Võru, Písek, Smolyan, Sestao, Alba Iulia, and Limerick City and County Council in October 2023. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable is at the end for download:

“One of the core objectives of the +CityxChange project is communication at local and regional level to provide for the dissemination of project outcomes across Europe (WP10) and co-creation with local citizens (WP3 and linked with engagement and CommunityxChange activities in all cities). As part of this endeavour, ten Climathon events have been held as part of the project, from 2019 to 2022. These include two events in each of the Lighthouse Cities of Limerick and Trondheim (2019 and 2020), two in the Follower City of Pisek (2020 and 2021), and one in each of the other Follower Cities of Alba Iulia, Sestao, Smolyan, and Võru (2020, 2021, and 2022). This report delineates the activity of these Climathons and assesses the findings from these ten events. The shared preparation and co-creation of the five 2020 +CityxChange Climathons is treated with some particular focus in this Report, given the opportunities it offered for close cooperation between project cities and for comparative analysis of these events.

Climathons are part of the engagement agenda of the +CityxChange project, along with Innovation Playground activities, City Engage weeks, and Positive Energy Champion Campaigns (WP4.2/4.3/4.5). They are part of the engagement framework of the project, which draws on Deliverables including D3.2 Delivery of the Citizen Participation Playbook, D3.3 Framework for Innovation Playgrounds, and D3.5 Framework for a Positive Energy Champion Network. Unlike these other activities, Climathon is a pre-existing event format which pre-dates the project and has been operating in cities around the globe since 2015.

This report delineates the activities of the ten +CityxChange Climathons. It provides context on the background to Climathon as organised by Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative and gives a resume of the different Climathon events hosted by each city over the course of the project. The report considers the position of Climathons within the engagement remit of the +CityxChange project across different cities, and suggests that the collaborative nature of Climathons, both within city teams and with local citizens, has a unique place within the work of +CityxChange.

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