Climathon Faro

Accelerating the transition to green H2. Water challenge.

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Event Details

 15-17 December 2023

Model: Virtual participation climathon with broadcasts on EU channels

Method: virtual Design Thinking Hackathon

Participants: Technical students from Portuguese institutes and universities in technology, engineering, environment, economics and social sciences. Professionals related to these areas and innovation entrepreneurs (up to 100 participants)

Broadcast: From the Algarve, recorded teasers and live on Backdrop

Final: 17th December


Mezzegra has been granted permission to organise a Climathon event for the second time – Climathon Faro – Portugal, which will take place from 15 to 17 December, just after Dubai Climate Change – COP 28.
The Climathon is the result of an initiative by the EU Innovation Agency (EIT) in the Innovation for Climate Change programme (, under which we organise innovation competitions (face-to-face or virtual) to address local issues related to global climate change, such as energy, mobility, waste, forest cover and sustainable use of water resources. The climate competitions take place by locality/city, under licence from the agency’s programme, with organisation and coordination by the licensed team.
On the other hand, the programme ends up promoting the locality and the winning participants in the competition in the European innovation ecosystem, with media exposure and access to funds and investors. Climathon is the largest Hackathon in the world, which has grown organically due to the entrepreneurial and networking skills of the trainees in each location. Even so, based on the city and highly dependent on the ability to organise and hold Climathons, it represents a group of cities that end up standing out as regional vectors and innovation hubs.


Confirmed mentors – Associated Partners:

– University of Algarve/Instituto Superior de Engenharia – Manuela Moreira da Silva – Professor at ISE and director of the Urban Water Cycle Master’s Programme. Researcher at CIMA-ARNET.
Researcher at CEiiA, Centre for Engineering and Product Development, Matosinhos. Portugal

– University of the Algarve/Instituto Superior de Engenharia – António Mortal – Coordinating Professor at the University of the Algarve’s Instituto Superior de Engenharia and Director of AREAL – Algarve Regional Energy and Environment Agency.

– Portuguese Environment Agency – Pedro Coelho – Regional Director of the Administration of the Algarve Hydrographic Region of the Portuguese Environment Agency.

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