The City Council of Azuqueca de Henares
(Guadalajara) together with the Centre for Innovation In Smart Infrastructures
, recently hosted its own Climathon, a 24-hour hackathon
(divided into two days) held simultaneously in more than a hundred cities around the world. It is an event organized by the Climate-KIC organization
, an initiative of the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology)
on climate change
, of which Ferrovial is a partner. The main objective of Climathon is to solve a challenge chosen by each locality thanks to the participation of entrepreneurs
, and workers
in the innovation sector who are either citizens or know the locality. To do this, the participants expose and exchange their opinions to promote ideas against climate change that can become tangible solutions
. During the days a series of activities were carried out, including ideas sessions led by Ci3, excursion to the Azuqueca Ornithological Reserve
and proof of the use of electric bicycles
in the bike lanes of the town. This event had a high degree of involvement on the part of the citizens and the City Council, since it counted with the contribution of different companies in the sector, local environmental technicians and citizens who contributed different visions to both the problem and the the resolution of the challenge. In conclusion, it should be noted that the main measures to be carried out focused on the 'Information' field. Some of the actions proposed to the City Council were the following:
- Course on bicycle handling in urban traffic.
- Road safety education campaigns.
- Educational seminars in schools, institutes, ...
- Municipal survey to observe the barriers of use
- Physical workshops available to citizens and courses in mechanics and maintenance.
- Information about easier journeys and tips to circulate.
In order to provide a more tangible solution, the 'Azubizi' initiative was defined, a proposed day that would be incorporated quarterly among the activities of the City Council and which tried to collect all the solutions described above. Other Spanish cities such as Madrid
, San Sebastian
and two cities of Galicia
also participated in this initiative.
About the Center for Innovation of Intelligent Infrastructures (CI3)
The Center for Innovation In Smart Infrastructures
is a non-profit Foundation, established in April 2010 with headquarters in Guadalajara, at the initiative of its Trustees, the Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha
(JCCM), the University of Alcalá
(UAH) and Ferrovial. The purpose of the CI3 Foundation is to contribute to the promotion and development of information technologies
applied to infrastructures and to carry out innovation projects in this field. Learn more about Ferrovial's commitment to tackling climate change here