Climathon Zurich




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Climathon Zurich

Challenge outline


Solve the climate challenges put forward by the City of Zurich and Energie 360° in the area of food, e-mobility, energy and climate change adaptation.

Join the #Climathon Zurich as a developer, entrepreneur, technical expert or student with an existing idea, or simply to work on a new solution with an inspiring team. Experts and mentors will support your team in finding the best solutions to the challenges during the 24 hours.

A vibrant atmosphere, energising food and drinks, inspirational workshops and talks, like-minded people, a chill-out and sleep area, as well as many other surprises await you.

Challenge description

Sign up for one of the two tracks:


For developers, students, technical experts or entrepreneurs with or without a precise idea, who want to create new solutions on the day of the Climathon. The best solutions will get the chance to enter the Climate-KIC Greenhouse to get accelerated.


For start-up teams who already developed a product or service that can be adapted to one of the challenges. The best solutions will get the chance to be further developed with the support of the City of Zurich and Energie 360°.   Track 1 and Track 2 teams can win start-up training vouchers, get the possibility to present the idea to city officials and will receive various goodies.


1. Food
  • How can residents of Zurich be motivated and empowered to contribute to an "edible city" by cultivating and harvesting crops, fruits and flowers and/or using wild edible plants from the urban area?

2. Energy
  • How to make energy data more understandable for the user? When we hear energy data, the first thing we think of is technical information - numbers,  units and graphs - which no one really understands.
  • How can energy data be used to motivate homeowners and renters to be aware of energy consumption and to save energy in their daily life routine?
  • How can we include energy data into our daily routine in a meaningful way?

3. Climate change adaptation
  • How can residents contribute to climate-friendly city planning? Due to climate change and increasing density of buildings, urban spaces are getting hotter and more crowded. To be able to maintain a high quality of life in the city of Zurich these urban spaces need to stay attractive for the local population, city planning measures should reflect the needs of the inhabitants and be climate resilient. 
  • How can the needs of the local inhabitants and commuters in a district be collected and transferred to the city administration so this information can be used for climate-friendly city planning?

4. E-Mobility
  • How to fit charging into the user’s daily routine, so that the driver does not see e-charging as a constraint? To access e-mobility charging-infrastructure today, users of electric transport only have the option to search for charging infrastructure via websites/ mobile apps, which then display the charging stations on a map.
  • How can we change this way of thinking and make e-mobility charging-infrastructure more attractive and convenient for e-mobility users?

Additional information

For more details click the button 'I want to participate', then 'Show details'. Find out more about hackathons in our hackathon section.

Where and when

Kraftwerk - ewz-Unterwerk Selnau
Selnaustrasse 25 Zurich,
October 27, 2017