Climathon 2020 – Infrastructure Virtual Hackathon


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Annual Climathon 24-hour hackathon – 23rd-25th October 2020

Climathon is a global movement that takes place in October every year and is an opportunity to engage citizens on climate action!

You can make a difference!

We are collaborating with several Welsh authorities to encourage climate conscious individuals from all backgrounds to consider the future climate change and the effect it has on Welsh infrastructure.

The Challenge:

Unleash the power of Welsh Infrastructure!

We are looking for new ways to use technology to bring data and research collaboration to climate proof sector plans.

The Target:

Transport infrastructure is directly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. To the extent that structures cannot be divorced from the environment within which they are built, environmental changes—such as a rise in sea level, more frequent and intense storms and storm surges, increased wave heights, floods, droughts, and temperature changes—all have consequences for the design, construction, and location of transport infrastructure. Inadequate attention to these impacts can increase the long-term costs of transport investments and increase the likelihood that such investments will fail to deliver the benefits for which they were intended.

Cardiff Climathon is your opportunity to concentrate your time and talents to create a lasting positive change in Welsh climate-proofing investments in the transport.

How to Enter:

Registration is now open and closes Wednesday 21st October 2020. To validate your entry please fill out this form and you will receive a welcome email with all the details of what to expect and the resources you will need to ready to go on the day of the event. We will also provide you with a digital marketing pack so that you can promote your involvement.

Hackathon Rules:

Details of the Hackathon, along with the three challenges will be made available the day before the event to ensure a level playing field for all participants! You will also receive all channel and mentor information in an email 48 hrs before the event. In the mean time we’d love the opportunity to engage with you and get to know you better! Learn more about Talent Hack and get involved with our work through our social channels on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Signing Up:

  • The event is open to anyone within the UK, a background in the following professions would be ideal although not limited to Civil Engineering, Policy, Politian’s, Government representatives, Insurance, Investments. If you are interested in becoming a committee member, you are welcomed to join in!
  • The aim is to have multi-functional teams of 6-8, consisting of Programmers, developers, designers and domain experts all working together as actual product teams. We will help allocate you to a team if you are an individual signing up!

Event Details/Agenda:

Start & Finish: The event will begin on Friday 23rd October 2020 at 19.00hrs BST and run until 16.00hrs BST Sunday 25th October 2020.

Kick-Off: The team at Talent Hack along with Key note speakers will kick off with a presentation briefly explaining what we’re all about and give you some inspiration for challenges you will work on.

Teams: You will be working in teams of 6-8 people. As mentioned, the aim is to build solutions as teams, so make sure everyone in your team (we can help with this) can contribute in a way that allows you to present a complete solution/product at the end of the day. Our drinks and networking session on Friday evening will help you with team selection.

Suggested Team Roles: Ideation person. Programmers, developers, designers and domain experts.

Challenge: Choose one of our three challenge that specifically excites team; be creative, innovative and put yourself in the shoes of your target audience to give them the best experience possible!

Presentation: Every team will present the hack they’ve built with a demo on Saturday 26th October at 2pm.The TH team along with their judging panel will ask questions on solutions and products and at the end of the day, decide on the winning team.

Winners: The winning team will have an original idea, that’s both innovative and customer focused, as well as well-executed. Winners will be announced at 3pm on Sunday 25th October 2020.

Logistics: All you need is your laptop or tablet and a toothbrush!

Prizes: The winning team will receive a cash prize of £3000 as well as potential investment to progress with their conceptual idea. £1000 will be awarded to second place. All participant will receive a Cardiff Climathon goody bag!

The point of this hackathon is to come together with other like-minded professionals to work on solving community-based challenges, share ideas and learn from each other on a celebrated occasion such as the global movement of Climathon. The winning idea will be put forward to empowerment organisations for them to develop further.

So, join us for the purpose of connecting, networking, empowering each other and having lots of fun along the way. The prize lies in the unique and collaborative experience!

Judging Criteria:

Quality of the Idea

(Includes creativity and originality of the idea)

Implementation of the Idea

(Includes how well the idea was executed by the presenter)

Potential Impact

(Includes the extent to which the solution can be widely adopted)


What is Climathon?

Originally conceptualised as a 24-hour hackathon by Climate-KIC, Climathon has since taken off as a global movement, engaging citizens on climate action—and providing cities with continued support on the unique challenges they face.

  • Setting the climate challenge – Cities identify their climate challenges and call on their citizens to come up with innovative solutions.
  • Coming up with solutions – Citizens, city officials, and partners connect under a shared vision for a healthier city, which is manifested in a 24-hour hackathon to find innovative city solutions.
  • Beyond the hackathon – Innovation happens when diverse perspectives are brought together—creating both tangible climate solutions for cities and empowered communities. Climathon is more than a hackathon, it’s a movement.

What is Adaptation to Climate Change?

Adaptation options in the sector can generally be divided into engineering (structural) options

(subsurface conditions, material specifications, cross section and standard dimensions, drainage and erosion, and protective engineering structures), and non-engineering options (maintenance planning and early warning, alignment, master planning and land use planning, and environmental management). In addition, it is important to recognize that in a number of circumstances, a “do nothing” response to climate change—for example, allowing an infrastructure to deteriorate and be decommissioned instead of climate proofing the infrastructure—may be a preferred course of action.

What is the Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Wales?

Welsh Ministers are required by law to report from time to time on the objectives, actions and future priorities in relation to climate change and its impact. This Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Wales meets those requirements by setting out 32 adaptation actions for Wales. Welsh Government now seeks public opinion on the plan.

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23 10 2020 - 25 10 2020


19:00 - 16:00

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 23 10 2020 - 25 10 2020
  • Time: 14:00 - 11:00


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