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Cambridge Climate Science Hackathon

Cambridge Climate Society is launching its first-ever Climate Hackathon to educate, empower and connect talented students to solve climate change problem statements that bring policy and innovation together! The CCS Hackathon offers students the ability to come up with innovative climate change proposals and present them to a panel of expert judges, Sir David King, Dr Liana Chau and Marina Venâcio.
The CCS logo, and 2 photos from the hackathon

The CCS Hackathon empowers students to create written proposals and a presentation that integrated policy, climate repair innovation and climate justice. No prior knowledge of coding is required in order to apply for the event. Students will have three hours to prepare analytical and innovative proposals to complex climate change issues. Teams will then present their proposals to a panel of expert judges who will select the most effective and innovative solutions.

The event will take place on the 11th of March from 10 am-3 pm at Wolfson College Cambridge

Students from all degree areas and courses are encouraged to apply and compete in teams to solve interdisciplinary climate change problems. The deadline for applications is 7th January at 22:00 UTC.

If you happen to have any questions make sure to reach out to cambridge.climate.society@gmail.com.

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Important Information

Application Deadlines
First Application Round: Application Deadline is 24th of January 
Second Application Round: Application Deadline is 3rd of February
Voucher Prize 
300 pounds
Requirements
- Students from every course and degree level are encouraged to apply
- Teams will consist of 3-6 individuals and we encourage that you delegate a team leader to fill out the application form on behalf of the team
- Students who do not have teammates can apply as an individual and be paired up and allocated a teammate

Important Information

Application Deadlines
First Application Round: Application Deadline is 24th of January 
Second Application Round: Application Deadline is 7th of February
Voucher Prize 
300 pounds
Requirements
- No prior knowledge of coding is required since proposals are written and presented to judges
- Students from every course and degree level are encouraged to apply
- Teams will consist of 3-6 individuals and we encourage that you delegate a team leader to fill out the application form on behalf of the team
- Students who do not have teammates can apply as an individual and be paired up and allocated a teammate

About our Judges

Sir David King
Headshot of Sir David King

Sir David King was the UK's permanent Special Representative for Climate Change from September 2013 until March 2017. Sir David was previously the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007.

He also served as the Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford; was Head of the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University 1993-2000 and Master of Downing College at Cambridge 1995 -2000.

Dr Liana Chau
Headshot of Dr Liana Chau

Dr Liana Chua is a social anthropologist and Tunku Abdul Rahman University Assistant Professor of Malay World Studies at the University of Cambridge. She has worked on indigenous socio-political formations, religious and ethnic politics, displacement and environmental change in Borneo for nearly twenty years, and currently leads a European Research Council project that explores the social, political, aesthetic and cultural dimensions of the global nexus of orangutan conservation. Her team also works with conservation scientists and practitioners to design contextually appropriate and ethical approaches to social engagement and to decolonize conservation thought and praxis.

Marina Venâncio
Headshot of Marina Venâncio

Marina Venâncio is an environment advocate, with over nine years of experience in the field of environmental law and policy. She is currently working as a programme officer at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and has previously worked for several international and civil society organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

About our Judges

Sir David King
Headshot of Sir David King

Sir David King was the UK's permanent Special Representative for Climate Change from September 2013 until March 2017. Sir David was previously the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007.

He also served as the Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford; was Head of the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University 1993-2000 and Master of Downing College at Cambridge 1995 -2000.

Dr Liana Chau
Headshot of Dr Liana Chau

Dr Liana Chua is a social anthropologist and Tunku Abdul Rahman University Assistant Professor of Malay World Studies at the University of Cambridge. She has worked on indigenous socio-political formations, religious and ethnic politics, displacement and environmental change in Borneo for nearly twenty years, and currently leads a European Research Council project that explores the social, political, aesthetic and cultural dimensions of the global nexus of orangutan conservation. Her team also works with conservation scientists and practitioners to design contextually appropriate and ethical approaches to social engagement and to decolonize conservation thought and praxis.

Marina Venâncio
Headshot of Marina Venâncio

Marina Venâncio is an environment advocate, with over nine years of experience in the field of environmental law and policy. She is currently working as a programme officer at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and has previously worked for several international and civil society organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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