On Oct 27 and 28 Mexico City became part of a global movement called Climathon.

During 24 hours citizens in more than 100 cities around the country worked in solutions to help their cities prepare for a low carbon future, and to increase the quality of life of their habitants. To achieve it, each city focused on a particular problem, and the Climathon participants looked for a way to solve it. Supported with speakers and workshops, the answer was easier to reach.

Climathon CDMX 2017 tried to solve two of the major problems faced in Mexico City: air pollution and water scarcity. The day started with Juan Carlos Belausteguigoitia, Director of the Energy and Natural Resources Center at ITAM, the university that generously hosted the Climathon on their campus, explaining the commitment ITAM has regarding a sustainable future.

Afterwards, Jorge Macias, from WRI, provided an insight of climate problems faced by major cities in the world such as Mexico City, their effect on the citizens and possible solutions. Carlos Tornel, from Iniciativa Climática Mexicana followed by presenting possible cooperation points between private and public sector, and how these two sectors could work to solve climate problems. To wrap up with the information provided, Ana Osorio from Impact Hub DF helped the participants to work on their ideas with a design-thinking workshop. Servicios Ambientales y Cambio Climático, SACC AC also offered their consulting support to the participants to further develop their ideas. During the night, the participants also had the opportunity to share time through a connection with Climathon Warsaw.

Teams working on their ideas. Picture provided by Climathon CDMX

After an exercise break to freshen ideas, Hanna Värttö from South Pole Group explained how cities can access finance to implement climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. Acciona Energía México supported this statement with Miguel Barraza showing the commitment the company has with a sustainable business model. Jorge Hinojosa from Rennueva, Jahir Mojica from SUEMA and David Perlo, former member of Vitaluz, presented their experiences on the sustainable start-up scene. SUEMA’s presentation on its Milpa Alta project was especially popular after reaching financial sustainability by considering community needs from the very beginning. For more information on the project check out blog 1 and 2 of this project published in the Mexico Energy Review blog.

Miguel Barraza, from Acciona. Picture provided by Climathon CDMX

Jahir Mojica, from SUEMA. Picture provided by Climathon CDMX

David Perlo, from Vitaluz. Picture provided by Climathon CDMX

Closing the event Selene Aparicio from SEDEMA helped the participants reach a project that would be beneficial and feasible for Mexico City, and Nomara Sanchez from Epic Lab showed them how to sell the idea to possible customers and investors.

With four amazing ideas created, a jury of experts including Jorge Hinojosa, Selene Aparicio and Paolo Salerno, researcher at the Energy and Natural Resources Center at ITAM, selected Eco-Work as the winner team and offered Tapechtli a special mention.

Jury of experts discussing. Photo provided by Climathon CDMX

Eco-Work, with its idea of creating co-working spaces for already established public and private institutions showed a tremendous potential to reduce air pollution in Mexico City by reducing traffic.

Eco-Work team. Photo provided by Climathon CDMX

Tapechtli team. Photo provided by Climathon CDMX

Meanwhile, Tapechtli and its yoga mats produced with used tires received a special mention for its business feasibility.

Slow Food gave delicious arepas for the catering. David Perlo, from Vitaluz. Picture provided by Climathon CDMX

After an event filled with excitement, networking opportunities, amazing ideas and a delicious lunch with low environmental impact offered by Slow Food, Climathon CDMX 2017 was officially closed, together with other 112 cities. We are now waiting with excitement for Climathon CDMX 2018.

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