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Global Climathon movement lands at ECCI

The global movement dedicated to solving city climate challenges lands in Edinburgh this Friday (26 October 2018) as ECCI plays host to Climathon.

Open to all, the event will bring together Edinburgh residents with city and data experts to explore how data and information on how people's experience of the city centre can help Edinburgh become a clean, connected and thriving place to live.

Feeding into the City of Edinburgh Council’s city-wide 2050 Vision consultation, participants from all walks of life are invited to come and work with an inspiring team to develop ideas and solutions.

Experts and mentors will be on hand to support teams through the afternoon event in ECCI's inspiring low carbon hub, with energising food, drinks and chat available throughout.

The Edinburgh event is timed to coincide with 115 other Climathon events around the world, ranging from Adelaide in the South to Reykjavik in the North. ECCI will also be supporting Climathon Shanghai through the China-UK Low Carbon College, with ECCI's Deputy Director Ed Craig - also Dean of the College - overseeing the event in Shanghai.

The City of Edinburgh Council launched Edinburgh’s City Vision for 2050 in Autumn 2016 - the first major conversation about the future of a city and a society in a generation. ECCI expertise will play a key role in ensuring the plans are smart and sustainable, providing an independent audit of the Council’s sustainability activity and delivering recommendations on how the authority can continue to improve its sustainability and climate change impact.

ECCI Director Professor Andy Kerr said: “ECCI is delighted to be hosting the Edinburgh Climathon and bringing this global, world-changing movement to our home city.

"We’re committed to helping Edinburgh think big and meet its 2050 aspirations by exchanging knowledge and expertise to create vibrant and liveable cities with strong economic growth."

Climathon started life as a 24-hour hackathon designed by EIT Climate-KIC, and 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.

Want to take part and have your say in how Edinburgh become a more connected, inspired, thriving, and fair city?