Climathon 2023 in Zurich awards six projects


Zurich – More than 120 participants in the Climathon Zurich spent 32 hours working on solutions for climate protection. Of 17 ideas presented, six were awarded prizes totaling 40,000 Swiss francs.

A Climathon has been held in Zurich for the sixth time. Innovative and unconventional ideas for climate protection are sought. The best projects receive support for further development. At the Climathon on the last weekend in October, more than 120 people from various disciplines worked for 32 hours on solutions for climate protection in Zurich, according to a media release. Innovative climate projects were sought in the areas of nutrition, mobility, circular economy and energy. Of the 17 ideas presented, a jury selected the six most convincing and rewarded them with a total of 40,000 Swiss francs in prize money, according to the press release.

“This year’s Climathon again generated numerous creative and some promising climate ideas for local challenges,” René Estermann, director of environmental and health protection for the city of Zurich, is quoted as saying.

The jury was particularly impressed by the ReNew, AI-truism and Beet eat projects, according to the release. They received 10,000 francs, 8000 and 7000 francs. ReNew proposes a new low-threshold repair insurance for items to bring them back to the market in the spirit of the circular economy. AI-truism creates open-source datasets to make artificial-intelligence language models more climate-friendly. This is to suggest more sustainable courses of action. Beet eat wants to connect the people of Zurich with food production. Joint “open farming” operations on participating farms are intended to increase appreciation of food and prevent food waste in the long term.

Climathons are held in over 200 cities worldwide. In Zurich, the event is organized by Impact Hub Zurich. ce/gba