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Get ready for the European Citizens’ Hackathon Championship 2024, the 1st knowledge valorisation hackathon championship to engage citizens for solutions to climate change

To engage more citizens in research and innovation on climate change, DG Research and Innovation launches the first European Citizens’ Hackathon Championship. Are you interested to join? A call for participation will be published shortly. Stay tuned.

This new action will boost solutions to climate change that are driven by citizens’ needs and co-created with citizens, together with industry, cities, regions, public administrations and of course, research communities. It will also support the EU Mission on Climate Neutral and Smart Cities and the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change to empower citizens to shape the future, mitigating and adapting to climate change.

The aim of the European Citizens’ Hackathon Championship is to valorise knowledge with citizen engagement as a driving force. At the same time, it supports the EU missions to empower citizens as co-creators of technological and social innovation solutions that respond to their needs and help address our climate objectives.

The first phase will be a series of local hackathons rolled out in at least 21 countries (EU member states and associated states). Teams composed of citizens and researchers will compete for the best solutions to climate change challenges. The winning teams will be trained and mentored through a specifically developed program to further develop their ideas and prepare them for competing at the EU final.

At the second phase, the winning teams of all the local hackathons compete with each other at a final European hackathon for 3 European Champions. The Champions will be further supported to promote their solutions for societal and market uptake through a support programme dedicated to their needs.

The kick off and call for participation are planned to take place in February 2024. The local hackathons in EU member states and associated countries are expected to run in spring 2024. The European final that will award the 3 champions will take place in autumn 2024.

The Championship will be implemented mostly online with the services of a consortium, that has been selected following a call for tenders.

If you are interested to participate, check out the information that will be published on this site on the kick off of the European Citizens’ Hackathon Championship 2024 (on-line) and on the call for participation.

Read also about the CitizensHack2022


If you would like more information, contact RTD-CITIZENS-HACK-CHAMPIONSHIPatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (RTD-CITIZENS-HACK-CHAMPIONSHIP[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu).