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Our first virtual Climathon


And that’s a wrap!... For now! After three intense weeks of organisation, from the 1st to the 3rd of May 2020, YES-Europe delivered on an exciting online event to tackle the challenges of sustainability in a post-pandemic world. The health crisis has come with huge setbacks at a human and economic level, but it has also given many of us the space to reconsider all the things that could be improved. The Climathon put together 300 participants that, with the support of 40 coaches, could innovate through current social, environmental and economic challenges, in a short time frame of 48 hours. This event gathered individuals from all around the globe, age groups and disciplines: It was a recipe for success! The outcome was incredibly exciting. Seeing so many brains coming together over a fully digital space was an amazing occurrence!

The event was not just a simple creative exercise. It was complemented with a variety of different online activities. Firstly, leading experts giving keynote speeches, all of which were incredibly enriching and, without a doubt, had an influence on all the participants! As well as expert keynotes delivered by Puzzle Innovation, we had the honour of welcoming talks from speakers, like Verena Tiefenbeck, Professor at Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Victor Caritte, Lead in Sustainability for Deloitte, Alison Midgley, Sustainable Finance Specialist from WWF-UK, as well as Agostino Inguscio from the European Commision, only to mention a few. Secondly, we even had stress-releasing online Yoga classes delivered by SìYoga, two DJs and a talent show featuring a starstruck ukulele-ist!

Out of all the proposals, unfortunately only three could be prized, under their prospective impact in terms of three different dimensions: Social, Economics & Policy and Resources. The Green Forest, a crowdfunding platform providing loans to small-medium enterprises won the Economics & Policy award. Local, an integrated repository of intuitively accessible information to have a more sustainable diet when buying at the supermarket, took the Resources prize. And finally, Delete Obsolete, a platform that harnesses collective knowledge on quality electronic products in order to help people make more environmentally friendly purchases, was awarded for Social impact. We want to extend our utmost congratulations to the teams and we hope you will continue these projects in the future!

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our prize sponsors: Steward Redqueen, Deloitte Foundation and CleantechAlps; to our partners: Puzzle Innovation, Stim, Close-Up Engineering, Elies, PoliEnergy, Capsule Hack, REN21, WeAll Youth, Unique-U and Antropia-ESSEC; to all the coaches, judges, and participants. You all made this event a reality, so you all deserve a round of applause.

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