Friday the 27th of October, entrepreneurs gathered in Tordenskiolds gate 3 with one common objective: to make an effort for the climate!
Climathon is a 24-hours hackathon event where the participants together with a city or a municipality set out to solve and hack out solutions for a specific climate challenge. In 2017 there were held climathons in more than hundred cities around the world. Each host city and host organization have before the climathon defined a concrete challenge in collaboration with the local actors who participates and supports the hackathon. These actors are often municipal organizations, suppliers, corporates, entrepreneurs and educational and research institutions.
In Oslo the challenge was “What can the city of Oslo do to create green transport solutions in and around the city”. The contestants from the winner-project early started to question just how goods and products are transported into the city today. Their solution concedingly aimed at showing how we need this type of information to enable better and smarter planning, and to perform informed choices. In example in relation to how one established chargers and charging points for electrical vehicles. In their solution, data should be gathered with a sensor that can anticipate the capacity for each individual truck, it’s route through the city etc. The municipality of Oslo is granted access to the datasets. In addition, the platform opens up to comparing different transport agencies, and can be helpful to the municipality in their resource planning.
The contestants of the winning team is Hilde Johannessen, Rikard Eide og Kris Mikael Krister from GOODS.
The jury consisted of Khamshajiny Gunaratnam, vice Mayor of Oslo kommune, Torkil Vederhu from, Oslo Kommune, Terje Storhaug from Ruter, and Jan Kjetil Paulsen from Bellona. Oslo Climathon was organisert by Oslo Business Region, in collaboration with the climate agency in Oslo municipality and the University of Oslo.
Climate as a special area of effort is of high priority for the city of Oslo. To reach the ambitious climate goals the city of Oslo has set, amongst others to reduce climate gas emissions with 50 % before 2025, we need the citizens onboard the climate train. To find the best solutions, you often need to go outside your own organization and establishments – this is something that Oslo Climathon has contributed to, says Silje Bareksten, Head of Smart City in Oslo Business Region.