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  • Dates: 30 June – 31 July 2019
  • Format: On-demand
  • Ideas: 222
  • Countries: 30

Climathon powered by ideanco was held on June 30 – July 31, 2019, connecting innovators across North America and Asia to resolve three core challenges: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, and Sea Level Rise.


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Ideanco Climathon Dubai 2019, an initiative by ideanco Lab. and was the first in the Middle East in partnership with AREA 2071, was implemented successfully on June 30 – July 1, 2019, at AREA 2071, Emirates Towers, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Ideanco Climathon Dubai brought together the challenges of the UAE with the local and international innovators who have the passion, expertise, and capability to crack them and come up with an actual solution full of impactful benefits for the community locally, regionally and globally.

Chosen cohorts of innovators tackled the set challenges for a full 24-hours either at AREA 2071 in Dubai or virtually from around the world, before pitching their ideas in front of relevant and well-respected judges coming from the climate change, food security, renewable energy, and relevant industries. Such ideas had the potential to be developed into tangible sustainable solutions, projects and potential startups addressing not only the UAE climate challenges and food security but also cities across the globe.

How it works

Program and Venue

Hosted by:

The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment enhances the UAE’s efforts to addressing the issue of climate change, through the implementation of comprehensive policies and initiatives to mitigate and adapt to climate change and protect our unique environmental systems. Regionally, the UAE was the first to ratify the Paris Agreement and the first to launch a climate change plan that guides our mitigation and adaptation measures. Globally, the country is a leader in developing renewable energy solutions and advancing their deployment worldwide, as well as a premier convener and facilitator of climate and environmental conversation. Learn more!

Supported by:

EIT Climate-KIC is a knowledge and innovation community established and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in 2010. Our purpose is to tackle climate change through innovation. EIT is Europe’s largest public-private partnership with this purpose – a growing pan-European community of diverse organisations united by a commitment to direct the power of creativity and human ingenuity at the climate change challenge. EIT Climate-KIC is supported by the EIT a body of the European Union Learn more!

Hosted by:

Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) reimagine, inspire and design Dubai’s future in collaboration with our public and private sector partners. DFF’s aim is to make Dubai one of the world’s foremost future cities. DFF through AREA 2071 partnered with ideanco to host the NOURISHON 2020 at their state-of-the-art facilities in Dubai located at Emirates Towers and next to ideanco’s office located in the same building.

Endorsed by:

Harvard Aerospace and Defense Alumni Organization (HADAO) inspired innovators to engage in and become leaders in Food Security. HADAO provided the CLIMATHON 2019 with Harvard educated mentors. In return, ideanco shared sponsorship profit that streamed towards Harvard University scholarships and assisting students in pursuing critical challenges/projects integrated with aerospace/climate change development to create the jobs of the future.

Ideanco’s mentor partnership with HADAO is approved by the HADAO Board of Directors.

What will you learn

Building on the success of the first climate change challenge in the Middle East, Climathon Dubai 2019, CLIMATHON 2021 will give all innovators the opportunity to learn how to transform challenges into business ideas by defining and recognizing the core of the challenge, create ideas and pitch solutions to elite entrepreneurs from the industry. Using the power of crowdsourcing, a legacy business model for Ideanco since 1999, the ideanco Lab team has worked extensively with innovators coming from all across the globe to find a solution with a global impact on the key challenges we are facing on our amazing planet Earth.

Three Core Challenges

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Sustainable Development Goals:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs, set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and intended to be achieved by the year 2030, are part of a UN Resolution called the “2030 Agenda”. Learn More!

Ideanco Sustainability Agenda:

Ideanco focuses on achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) that would enable access to well-being, quality education, gender equality,  clean energy, innovation, sustainable economic growth, and healthy ecosystems, as all these issues resonate strongly.

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