The City of Piraeus hosted last week the first Greek Climathon, an event held simultaneously at other cities of the world, which invites meetings of specialists and residents in general to brainstorm on solutions to local environmental issues.
The first Climathon Piraeus hackathon took place from October 25 to 26 and included environmental groups, academics, and business and research institute representatives among others.
Participants worked in groups and all were recognized for their efforts, with Phantom Nets winning the competition.
The focus of the hackathon was on managing plastic on Greek seashores. As City counselor for development Petros Kokkalis said, “We want to use cyclical economy to help fishermen collect both macro- and micro-plastic at the seashore to provide more opportunities for recycling,” he said.
On its official site, Climathon said the movement encourages cities to “identify their climate challenges and call on their citizens to come up with innovative solutions,” adding that “innovation happens when diverse perspectives are brought together, creating both tangible climate solutions for cities and empowered communities.”