On the 28th October, the global Climathon is on! A hackathon focused on finding solutions to major urban climate challenges, this year’s Climathon takes place simultaneously in 121 global cities, including Dublin and Cork.

The city and others set up local climate change challenges which can include planning, infrastructure, housings, water, waste, transport, data and others. These also reflect the decarbonisation imperative of a world that will be 80% urban by 2050.

Over the course of 24 hours, participants will work in teams and coaches will be available to help ideate and develop solutions. A jury will then select the best idea for each city.

Climathon is an initiative of Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest climate-change innovation platform. Sustainable Nation is the manager for the Climate-KIC Ireland hub.



Date: 28th Oct 2016
Time: 08.00 to 20.00
Location: Trinity, Foster’s Place, College Green, Dublin 2

A solution-driven approach: Sustainable Nation Ireland, in partnership with Smart Dublin have identified a number of priority climate challenges facing the Dublin Region. Successfully addressing these challenges can help enhance city life and also lead to greater
efficiencies and savings in areas such as public lighting, energy usage and urban transport activities.

Climathon Dublin will focus on two core urban challenges:

    • Transport – how to ensure mobility and connectivity of citizens, where a growing economy and the need to be more sustainable converge. Dublin local authorities and DAA are reducing the number of car parking spaces both in the city and at the expanding airport-city campus. In this context, how can businesses ensure their employees, customers and citizens can commute, enjoy the city and environs with reliability on private cars.


  • Energy – Dublin city has a desire to be a carbon neutral city, and wants to focus activities in districts. A key challenge to develop “carbon neutral districts” is the supply and distribution of low carbon energy. Smart Dublin want to support the increased installation of solar PV, focusing on private/ corporate sector uptake. The challenge is corporates are distrustful of benefits, thus a paradigm shift in mindset is required to build trust in technology, financing models and benefits to society.


The Approach: Participants will work in teams, with mentors, domain experts and designers available who will help ideate and develop solutions. A jury of low-carbon leaders will then select Dublin’s best idea, which will be pushed out to the global Climathon city family in 121 cities across 30 countries!
We are bringing together domain experts and designers to assist teams in idea formation and execution. Experts include: Trinity College Dublin and Relayr. There will be an open innovation ethos and a mixing of participants and skillsets will be encouraged. Internet of Things (IoT) tools will be on hand to support development.

Sustainable Nation will host the Dublin Climathon Challenge 2016 in partnership with:




For more information on the Dublin Climathon contact or to register your interest please fill out your details in the form below and we will be in contact with next steps. 



Date: 28th Oct 2016
Time: 08.00 to 08.00 (24hrs)
Location: Environmental Research Institute, UCC, Lee Road, Cork City

Cork the Food Capital: Cork is the food capital of Ireland with its reputation for fine food and drink. Cork also sits within the “Golden Vale”, an area of tremendous agricultural productivity in Ireland. Cork City is home to the English Market with its locally sourced food and international ingredients, there is an array of unique restaurants and eateries including vegetarian and vegan, and there are food initiatives such as Food Academy and farmer’s markets with organic and local produce directly sourced from farmers. County Cork also has the highest (per county) amount of family run farms, 10% of the national total.

On the other hand, the agricultural sector in Ireland is responsible for 30% of total country GHG emissions while the EU average is 10%. The majority of these emissions come from cattle grazing. Hence, it is clear that savings in agriculture are crucial to achieve the GHG emissions targets beyond 2020. There is also a need to create a secure food system in Ireland since as much as half of country’s food bill comes from imported products.

The Challenge: In the Cork Climathon 24 hour challenge we will define together the key challenges of food and agriculture management in Cork. These could be food production, meat consumption, transport, food waste, water, organic farming, locally sources produce and food security. We will work with stakeholders across the food chain to identify key climate challenges for them and work on practical, innovative solutions that address both the climate change and food management issues in the city.

The Approach:  The approach will be trans-disciplinary and anyone is welcome to register. Places are limited so please give us a much information as possible on your skills, interests in the area of climate change, and ideas when you register as applications will be assessed to ensure an appropriate mix of skills and backgrounds in the Climathon teams.

The Cork Climathon Challenge 2016 in partnership with:







For more information on the Cork Climathon contact  or to register at 

Get Involved

Climathon Dublin & Cork offers you and your team an opportunity to literally roll-up your sleeves and help Dublin and Cork tackle these challenges head on. The full day will be covered by a dedicated social media team ensuring your brand features prominently as a responsible and smart business.

To join the movement, please register you interest below and if you are selected to participate, we will be in contact about next steps.

For the Dublin Climathon please contact

For the Cork Climathon please register at

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