Meeting the ambitious goals agreed in the SDGs and the Paris Agreement will require many transformations, in particular the mobilization of youth, financial resources, new technology, and capacity-building.

Enter Experimental Civics, a global innovation consultancy launching a world record-breaking hackathon to tackle the climate crisis. Sarah Sharif, Founder of Experimental Civics and under-30 entrepreneur, described their approach, saying “hackathons are action-oriented, community-driven, human-inspired events. We hope to catalyze the world to produce collaborative solutions to the climate crisis.”

The hackathon, called Capsule, aims to:

  • Generate 500 innovative solutions to ensure a livable future
  • Hack forward 100 projects on climate and global health, such as air
  • Develop 100 projects for carbon-friendly cities
  • Address root causes with 100 dedicated projects on energy

Sanjana Paul, founder of The Earth Hacks Foundation and official Capsule partner, discussed the immediacy of this project, warning that “This is not a drill. Our future depends on us making corrections to the unstable path we are currently on. The planet can survive without us, but we can’t survive without the planet, so we need urgent action to create change.”

Capsule will be hosted in Austin, Texas, in June 2020 and will draw a crowd of over 4,000 people, including individuals from government organizations, university students, engineers, full stack developers, urban planners, community organizers, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, medical professionals, and educators.

Attendees will select one of six event challenges and produce a solution in the 48-hour window. The six challenges explore pain-points at the intersection of climate and society. They are:

  1. Art: Reminding people of the beauty of our planet, through projects such as sustainable decor or redesigning materials recovered after disasters to be re-used.
  2. Cities: Projects for smart cities, on issues such as sourcing clean water, renewable energy, sustainable building construction, and inclusive societies.
  3. Education: The growth of fake news is an alarming trend worldwide. Projects will ensure the general public and those who stand to inherit the planet acquire accurate and transparent information.
  4. Energy: Projects to power our planet safely, sustainably, and without detriment to our resources.
  5. Food: Projects around growing healthy food, tackling food deserts and scarcity, and developing smart sensors for composting.
  6. Health: We’ll be hacking a wide range of issues, including maternal and child health, fitness, and water and sanitation.

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