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Transforming the health of Birmingham through Climate Innovations

Transforming the health of Birmingham through Climate Innovations

The Climate-KIC Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change event which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 28th October 2016. In Birmingham, the event takes place from 4pm, Thursday 27th October until 4pm, Friday 28th October and will focus on solving climate innovations that improve public health. The event is being organised by Innovation Birmingham Ltd at Innovation Birmingham Campus.

[The Challenge]

Birmingham is facing a number of health challenges around reducing childhood obesity, improving independence of older people and those with disabilities and future-proofing the health care system.  We also have ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions by 60% before 2027. For 24 hours, entrepreneurial minds from across the city will come together with experts and coaches, to find innovative solutions that both reduce our carbon footprint and better the health of the citizens of Birmingham. After 24 intense hours of collaboration, excitement and solution-finding, the best idea will be selected by a judging panel consisting of EIT Health, Birmingham City Council and Climate-KIC.

[The follow up]

Climate-KIC’s Climathon brings together the challenges of the world’s cities, with people who have the passion and ability to solve them. Participants gather for 24 hours to engage in a climate-related problem solving workshop. City citizens around the world will get to take direct climate action in their own cities by coming up with innovative solutions to local climate change problems. In Birmingham, the participants will be inspired by Geoff Ramm -  author and creator of ‘Celebrity Service’ and ‘OMG Marketing’; taught pitching techniques by Virgin Start Up; and pedal their own healthy smoothies by SmoothieBike, as teams work through the night to come up with the best climate idea for improving public health.  The 24-hour event ends with a pitching competition to choose the winners!  [Partners] We are working with Virgin Start Up, Birmingham City Council and EIT Health.

[City]

Birmingham has a strong ethic of collaboration that has allowed it to achieve so many great things. There are many opportunities to work together to make Birmingham greener.  From innovations that enable healthier, greener transport options to innovations which reduce waste in the health care industry and everything in between.

[Call to action]

Join the 24 hour #Climathon challenge and come up with climate innovation solutions on how we can address Birmingham’s public health challenges in a sustainable and climate smart manner.

If you are interested to take part in the Climathon in Birmingham, make sure to visit www.climathon.climate-kic.org/birmingham and sign up to drive climate action!

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