The Hackathon was organized within the framework of Climate Change Technology Accelerato component of “Addressing climate change impact through enhanced capacity for wildfires management in Armenia” UNDP-Russia Trust Fund for Development Project.
With the priority challenges decided, the Climate Tech Hackathon took place for 24-hours beginning on June 30 at 10 am, with the objective of creating solutions to current environmental challenges using a variety of datasets, API’s, and hardware provided by ISTC. The day started with report of the leading field experts and brought with themed keynote speakers from specialists in the field. Nine teams, which were selected out of 19 applicants, including university groups, tech experts, environmentalists and specialists from various fields were competing to see how far they can take their ideas in 24 hours and there was no lack of targeted field-related advices, as the Hackathon hosted more than 20 mentors and experts to be in a side of competing teams.
On July 1 the teams presented their final pitches based on their one-day hacking experience. The pitching and work done was evaluated by jury panel considering already set selection criteria. All teams were invited to take part in the upcoming Climate Change Technology Accelerator program and as a result of the two-day hackathon, the following ideas were announced as winners:
- The Best solution in agriculture (2000 USD) prize was awarded to Smart City and Forest Berg teams;
- The Best solution in forestry (2000 USD) prize was handed over Datathon team;
- The Most Innovative Idea (1000 USD) prize was given to team members of Baskcleaner.