Lucid were excited to be named as an official sponsor for Climathon 2016. Climathon is part of the global ClimateKIC program with over 180 cities around the world running events simultaneously. For the first time in Adelaide, students, entrepreneurs, businesses and industry had the opportunity to participate in the global Climathon. The event was officially opened on Friday night by Minister Ian Hunter and Lord Mayor Martin Haese.
Climathon enabled teams to go ‘head-to-head’ for 24 hours on chosen themes to create a business model (proposal) with the assistance of industry mentors. The event was a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in Adelaide moving towards being a carbon neutral city. The following topics were used as a centre point for the competing teams:
1. Reducing food waste in the CBD
2. Reducing packaging waste in the CBD
3. Substantially increasing the uptake of green building solutions
4. Increasing public transport ridership
Lucid provided industry mentors, helping participants shape their ideas and providing some much appreciated industry knowledge. Teams were also in discussion with numerous cities worldwide through Skype calls in which they worked collaboratively and shared ideas or experiences. The collaborative and free flowing nature of the event provided an awesome atmosphere.
The hard work of the teams culminated on Saturday evening after a long night full of free coffee and lollies, when they presented their final ideas and business models to the judging panel and attending audience. The presentation allowed the teams to demonstrate their hard work over the 24 hours and some awesome business pitches were delivered by team representatives.
Sharm, Sam and Zhao were named winners of the Lucid Innovation Prize, competing in the topic of substantially increasing the uptake of green building solutions. Their team presented a business model which comprised a financial mechanism where business owners would pay zero dollars upfront to retrofit existing non sustainable technologies.
Climathon 2016 was a huge success overall and we look forward to Climathon 2017.