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Brisbane Climathon 2016
On 29 October, QUT will host Brisbane's first "Climathon", a global event which empowers participants to find real world solutions for a local climate change problem to drive climate action. Set to take place simultaneously in more than 80 cities around the world, Climathon will bring together students, academics and concerned members of Brisbane’s community.
Participants will spend a day working in teams, guided by expert facilitators to find solutions for Brisbane’s local challenge “How can Brisbane become more resilient to flooding, drought, heat waves and other climate shocks?” Submissions will be reviewed by a judging panel and prizes awarded for the most outstanding ideas.
Mark Gibbs, QUT Director, Knowledge to Innovation, said it was essential to explore new ideas to make communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
“As the climate becomes more variable, extreme weather events are more likely so we have to be ready to respond to the challenges they bring,” he said.
“As a low-lying ‘river city’, Brisbane is of course particularly vulnerable to flooding damage and climate-driven sea level rises will only exacerbate the risks. So it is essential to develop sustainable and inventive solutions to empower and protect our communities.”
Participation is free and lunch, snacks and refreshments will be provided in return for a gold coin donation which will be donated to charity.
Climathon was established in 2015 by the Climate-KIC Program in the lead-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. It is held in cooperation with major universities, research centres and government throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, Oceania and North and South America.
The Brisbane Climathon is a collaboration of QUT’s Institute for Future Environments, Griffith University's National Climate Change Adaption Research Facility and Green Cross Australia. It is proudly supported by Suncorp.