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What: Climathon Edinburgh 2017 with the Climate Challenge: Food Sovereignty in the Circular Economy

When: 9am to 9pm – open all day on Friday 27 October 2017

Who: Students, start-ups, entrepreneurs, big thinkers, technical experts & app developers

Why: For a marathon 12-hour hackathon to come up with innovative solutions to Edinburgh’s climate change challenges – taking place simultaneously with Climathons in major cities around the world

Where: The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). View ECCI on a larger map Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ – ECCI is fully wheelchair accessible and induction loops are installed for the hard of hearing. More details on accessibility at the University of Edinburgh. If you have any specific queries about planning your visit please contact the ECCI reception: +44 (0) 131 505326

Organisers Aurora Sustainability Circular Economy & Climate-KIC Mentors at ECCI / CELCIC members / Transition Town Edinburgh


Application Deadline: 15th October, 2017


Food Sovereignty in the Circular Economy Challenge

Water, food and energy; the three, interconnected resources vital to sustaining life on earth. Yet every year, 1.1 billion people live without clean drinking water, 1.3 people billion live without electricity and over 1 billion people are hungry. As the world’s population expands to nine billion by 2050, these statistics will only get worse if action is not taken to address the effects of an increasingly unpredictable climate and tense socio-economic and political landscapes on the world’s key resources.

With this Edinburgh Climathon Challenge we aim to help and support city community projects, individuals and staff working for companies to rethink at their food chain in a circular way.

So what can be done?

The UK imports around half of its food, and Scotland has even a higher percentange of food imports. Edinburgh, the hot bed of innovation, could be the hub of next-gen circular urban farms: with food growing startups hosting, developing innovatives and sustainable ways of growing food in the city for the benefit of all its inhabitants.

Join us! 

You can reserve your FREE ticket for the Climathon here.

We aim to increase sustainable fresh urban food production all year round, working towards food security and sustainable food systems; educate and engage with people to increase knowledge and wellbeing; and promote enterprise and develop employment opportunities.

Let’s come together to share insights and ideas for a circular resilient Edinburgh with:

• Increasing efficiency in food production

• Linking the effects of food production with human health

• Addressing food wastage throughout the supply chain

• Recognising the water-food-energy nexus

• Balancing food distribution

Climathon brings together the climate challenges faced by the world’s cities and the people who have the ability and the passion to solve them. Edinburgh students, start-ups, entrepreneurs, big thinkers, technical experts and app developers are being invited to take part in a Global 24-hour climate change hackathon* which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 27 October 2017.

*(please notice Edinburgh will do 12-hour hackathon)

Challenge for Edinburgh’s Climathon: Food Sovereignty in the Circular Economy Challenge


  • “WHO WANTS TO EAT?” Panel with Experts on Food Sovereignty and Circular Economy – organised by Transition Town Edinburgh
  • PITCH SESSION for food sovereignty innovations and urban food/food waste solutions start-ups – including free mentoring on pitching skills and framing your business model within the circular economy)
  • Urban food EXHIBIT
  • CIRCOPOLY: Circular economy and sustainable business design game, developed by the Glasgow School of Art and Aurora Sustainability
  • Resilient food networking DINNER

Participants will benefit from the opportunity to:

  • Help solve Edinburgh’s local climate challenges and become more resilient to climate change
  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and the public sector
  • Develop their skills in public speaking and innovative thinking and learn about new tools and methodologies
  • Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Register on the Climathon website to participate in the event.

Apply here with your innovation for the Edinburgh Climathon Climate Challenge: Food Sovereignty in the Circular Economy Challenge

How will you benefit from Climathon?

  • Help solve your Edinburgh’s local climate challenge, and make your city more resilient to climate change
  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities
  • Develop your skills in public speaking, innovative thinking, prioritisation, and explore new tools and methodologies
  • Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Become a part of a global community working together to take climate action!

Climathon is an initiative of Climate-KIC, Europe’s biggest climate entrepreneurship programme. ECCI is currently delivering two Climate-KIC programmes – the Accelerator programme to support start-ups to develop a rock-solid business plan, and ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s biggest green ideas competition.

Get your FREE ticket for the Climathon here.


Past Events

Transition Edinburgh invites you to launch “Pathways to Zero Carbon Edinburgh”.

square36-8pm Tuesday 19 September at Room G.0X, 50 George Sq EH8 9LH.
Register via

We warmly invite you to the public launch of a new resource to illustrate how Edinburgh could improve the quality of life and achieve Zero Carbon by 2040 – with technologies and techniques available NOW.

It is our contribution to the Scottish Climate Change Week 18-22 September 2017.

This public launch follows a planning session 6-8pm on Monday 11 September where organisations get together to see what they can do to collaborate on this challenging agenda. You can participate in this session too – details and registration at

Climate Change Bill – Community view

Transition Edinburgh and the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network invite you to a facilitated workshop: Climate Change Bill – Community view at 12.30 – 4pm Thursday 7th September at the Serenity Cafe, 8 Jacksons Entry, Edinburgh EH8 8PJ. Register at

You will get a chance to:

  • Hear about the Scottish Government’s proposed new Climate Change Bill,
  • Discuss how the new legislation might affect your life and work locally, and
  • Give your views on what’s needed for the Bill to work for your community.

With a complimentary lunch.

Scottish Communities Climate Action Network Gathering.

Saturday 23rd September at ECCI

Morning session from 10am will explore how dynamic governance / Sociocracy can help support resilience in organisations tackling Climate Change. Workshop in the afternoon.
Scotland’s contribution to European Day for Sustainable Communities.
Register at

Transition Edinburgh Gathering

Informal shared meal with extracts shown from the seminal French documentary “Demain / Tomorrow” [fully dubbed!] and reflections on the six Edinburgh Conversations held this past winter on pathways to a low carbon capital city.    

“Community Response to Fracking”

Workshop on Community Responses to Extreme Energy – with three Australian activists sharing the experiences and their approaches to disrupting fracking companies in New South Wales.
Thursday 18 May.

“Edinburgh Conversations 2016-17”

“To raise awareness and lay the foundations for a Low Carbon Edinburgh”


  • Meet to build capacity and resilience in Edinburgh communities.
  • Share experiences of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, so increasing knowledge and strengthening the Transition Edinburgh network.
  • Raise awareness of the Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership, the scope of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan and the Edible Edinburgh Food Charter.
  • Promote engagement by all stakeholders in the city, whether established businesses, new starts or small community groups.
  • Issues raised will potentially inform and take forward the  work of a community Energy Hub and Edible Edinburgh.

Conversation 1 – Building Emissions

Wednesday 21 September 2016- time  1.30 – 4.30

Venue:  Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yds, Infirmary St EH1 1LZ.

Conversation 2 – Food Matters, our choices affect climate
Wednesday 26 October, 2016 – time 18.00 -20.00
Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Square EH9 1PL

Conversation 3 – Local Energy
Wednesday 16 October 2016
Fairmilehead Church, 1a Frogston Rd West, Edinburgh EH10 7AA

Conversation 4 – Clean Transport, Less Pollution
Wednesday 25 January, 2017 – Edinburgh Centre for Carbon  Innovation High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ.  Councillor Lesley Hinds, Convener of TfE with Keith Stark, Enterprise Car Club , Enrique Troncoso from the Orkney Clean Transport project and Emilia Hanna, Local Air Pollution Campaigner, Friends of the Earth.

Conversation 5 – Circular Economy, Managing Resources Responsibly
Wednesday February 22, 2017
Venue: Out of the Blue, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG

Conversation 6 –  Solar Power
Wednesday March 22, 2017
7 Bristo Square, University of Edinburgh EH8 9AL.

Reports From Past Events

Conversation 1
Conversation 1 summary
Contributions from event

Conversation 2
Conversation 2 summary
Contributions from event
Heather Anderson presentation
Edinburgh Food Social presentation

Conversation 3
Conversation 3 summary
Contributions from event

Conversation 4
Conversation 4 summary
Comments on the event

Conversation 5
Conversation 5 summary
Workshop notes

Conversation 6
Conversation 6 summary
Conversations 3 and 6 actions and notes