Climathon Edinburgh: Food Sovereignty + Circular Economy Fri 27 Oct at ECCI

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Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) University of Edinburgh

High School Yards

12 Infirmary St



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You are warmly invited to Climathon Edinburgh


Food Sovereignty in the Circular Economy Challenge

Partiicipants registration is now extended to the 25th of October!

12hours Hackathon from 9am to 9pm - Friday 27 October 2017 - at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) University of Edinburgh, High School Yards, 12 Infirmary St EH1 1LZ

The Climathon Edinburgh is organised by Aurora Sustainability in cooperation with Transition Edinburgh and CELCIC Members

How the Climathon can serve Edinburgh and the Climate Challenges?

  • Solve one of Edinburgh’s Climate Challenges, and make our city more resilient
  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities
  • Develop skills in public speaking, innovative thinking and project prioritisation
  • Explore new tools and methodologies with other like-minded innovators
  • Become a part of a global community working together to take climate action!

  • Register your place through Eventbrite and choose your participation in the event [pick one of the ticket types].
  • If you are an innovator and wanting to receive business support from Climate KIC Mentor and/or exhibit your innovation please register through the Edinburgh Climathon page or with this questionairre to apply with your idea/innovation before the 15th of October.

Climathon brings together people with ability and passion to solve climate challenges faced by the world’s cities. Edinburgh start-ups, social entrepreneurs, big thinkers, technical experts, students, campaigners and app developers are invited to our Global Climate Change Hackathon. We aim to:

  1. Increase sustainable urban food production and reduce food waste
  2. Work towards food security and sustainable food systems
  3. Educate and engage people to increase knowledge and wellbeing
  4. Promote enterprise and develop employment opportunities
  5. Design Circular Economy Urban Food Systems for Edinburgh

Draft Programme

09.00 Registration and meet up with new friends / View Food Innovation Exhibition in the ECCI Atrium

09.30 Welcome and introductions

10.00 Picture Forming: Exploring the issues with Experts and Experience of Urban Food Innovation

11.00 Teabreak

11.30 Proposal Shaping: Using Open Space + 1 minute Elevator Pitches to share ideas for potential solutions

12.30 Break for Lunch

14.00 Circopoly Game: Develop your business or ideas in a Circular Way - Business Design Tool developed by Glasgow School of Art and Aurora, in cooperation with SEPA

16.00 Teabreak / get some fresh air / Teams refine their Proposals

16.30 Pitch Session 7 minutes - Circular Economy Food Innovation: A new way of developing ideas into fully-fledged proposals - Mentoring and Business support available

The 6 startups selected among 18 submissions are:

  • Urban Catch
  • Intelidigest
  • Imperfect Food
  • Scrumptious Garden
  • Brewgooder
  • Meloop ltd

18.30 Networking dinner / Climathon Celebration: cabaret, mixing music and climate ideas - Grand Finale Awards, rewarding the best concepts:
1. Best Innovation 'business support' prize
2. Best community project '€100 cash' prize

19.15 "Edinburgh: What Next for a better Food & Climate?" conclusions and shaping Edinburgh Future Design

20.00 Closing up - What next?

For further information, contact

BRIEFING: Food Sovereignty in the Circular Economy Challenge

Water, Food and Energy: three interconnected resources vital to sustaining life on earth. Yet every year, 1.1 billion people live without clean drinking water, 1.3 people billion live without electricity over 1 billion people hungry.

As the world's population expands to 9 billion in 2050, these figures will increase if action is not taken to address the effects of climate chaos and tense socio-economic and political impacts on the world's key resources.

Edinburgh Climathon aims to identify and support projects, individuals and staff working for companies to rethink their entire food chain in a Circular Economy way.

The Challenge: UK imports half of our food, and Scotland has a higher percentage of food imports. Edinburgh, hot bed of innovation, could be the hub of next-gen Circular Economy urban farms: with food growing start-ups developing innovative and sustainable ways of growing food in and around the city to benefit all its inhabitants.

Climathon is an initiative of Climate-KIC, Europe’s climate entrepreneurship programme.

ECCI is running two Climate-KIC programmes: the Accelerator programme to support start-ups to develop a rock-solid business plan, and Climate Launchpad, the world’s biggest green ideas competition.

Dr Isabella Guerrini de Claire, Aurora Sustainability co-founder and a coach for the Climate-KIC at ECCI, said: “We’re hugely excited to be bringing together Scottish innovators to drive climate action in our capital city. If you have the skills and passion to tackle climate challenges and create real change, get in touch today with your idea.

"If you’re interested in taking part, or have an idea for an activity or session that could be included in the event, please submit your activity proposal now." Contact Isabella at

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