⚠  All aplicants who wish to participate in the Climate Crisis AI Hackaton must register here : https://forms.gle/N6PjdbGsUe6TNVDaA  

The Climate Crisis AI Hackathon is a 48-hour event over the weekend of January 22nd with additional workshops on the 18th and 19th. It will bring together beginners and experts to tackle Climate Change related problems using AI.

The third round of applications for Climate Crisis AI Hackathon applications close at 11:59 PM (EST) on January 15th.

*French applications will open next week*

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Over 250 vetted, talented, and diverse participants supported by leading mentors in their fields will come together to collaborate to address the climate crisis and its impacts on communities and ecosystems. Moreover, an additional 250+ will attend the Kickoff Conference Talks with distinguished guests. The event will prioritize inclusivity, bringing 75% participation from underrepresented groups in tech. It is in collaboration with and supported by Concordia University (especially from Concordia Student Union and Concordia Council on Student Life), District 3 Innovation Center, Montréal Newtech, Environment Canada, Research & Development Frontiers Institute (RDFI), Canadian Center for Climate Services, Dawson College, Front Row Ventures, AI For Tomorrow, CIFAR, and others.

In addition to talks and workshops from many other exciting experts, the Climate Crisis AI Hackathon is very fortunate to include keynote talks from distinguished speakers such as:

David Rolnick, co-founder and chair of Climate Change AI, assistant professor at McGill and Mila, scientific co-director of Sustainability in the Digital Age and lead author, Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning

Sasha Luccioni, post-doctoral IVADO fellow at University of Montreal and Mila (Quebec Institute for Learning Algorithms), working with Yoshua Bengio on how to use AI to fight climate change

Priya Donti, Ph.D. Student, Carnegie Mellon University, co-founder and chair, Climate Change AI

Alain Bourque, Alain Bourque is Executive Director of Ouranos – Consortium on Regional Climatology and Adaptation to Climate Change. An expert on climate change and adaptation Mr. Bourque contributes regularly to media stories and policy discussions. Before beeing named Executive Director in 2013, he helped establish over 200 projects on vulnerability, impacts and adaptation in Quebec with Ouranos. He was a meteorologist/climatologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada from 1989 to 2001.

We hope you can join us along with the other talented and diverse participants, supported by leading mentors in their fields who will come together to collaborate to attempt to address climate change and its impacts on communities and ecosystems. We hope to begin to achieve a real positive impact in 48 hours using AI.

Why apply to the Climate Crisis AI Hackathon?

“Climate change is the biggest challenge facing the planet. It will need every solution possible, including technology like artificial intelligence (AI).” National Geographic

In addition to potentially impacting the world positively, a fun and exciting experience, the opportunity to showcase your talents to some of the most exciting companies and potentially get hired, and all of the potential prizes, selected hackathon participants will be invited to interview for the AI Launch Lab Research & Development Spring Cohort. The program is part-time and designed to be accessible to students and to those who are working and will enable you to acquire experience and skills in AI by giving you the support and mentorship needed to push the boundaries of AI in research and development and open innovation projects.

Interested in how AI can be used to help address climate change but don't want to participate in the Climate Crisis AI Hackathon? Purchase a spectator ticket and join us on Friday, January 22nd (EST) for the kickoff and discussions with experts and on Sunday, January 24th (EST) as you get to be part of the excitement in seeing what teams can build in 48 hours, see and learn how an AI Launch Lab Hackathon works, and watch presentations and demos from Hackathon participants.

In 2019, The Climate Change AI Hackathon included distinguished speakers such as Yoshua Bengio, one of the world’s leading researchers in AI, Sasha Luccioni, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Mila Institute working on AI for Humanity Initiatives, and Dominic Champagne, Renowned Playwright, Scriptwriter, Director and an initiator of Pacte pour la transition, a movement encouraging government and individuals to fight climate change.

This year's event will be virtual, international in reach, will expand on the variety of challenges that will be offered to participants. It will also bring challenges that can engage with people at a variety of different skill sets and years of experience. This way participants from any background can compete if they are interested in the concept.

Five challenge types will be given:

“Kaggle Style” competition: Participants will be given a set challenges to work on and will compete against others in order to achieve the highest benchmark/best model for the given challenge.

Data Visualization Challenge: A dataset will be given and participants will need to build a visualization tool in order to help researchers better view the data and use it for their analysis.

Climate Change Impacts: Using climate change projection data, the participants will be asked to explore the potential impacts on humans and the environment.

AI Artist Challenge: Use AI to transform climate and environmental data artistically to create beautiful visualisations, music, or unique pieces of art.

Open Challenge: Participants from any level of experience will get the chance to define their own problem and solutions. The primary deliverables will be a pitch deck with ML Canvas. Providing a proof of concept can also be done.

Diversity

AI Launch Lab strongly supports diversity in tech and strives to promote a more inclusive tech culture by prioritizing the empowerment of and the selection of women, LGBTQ2S+ individuals, visible minorities, immigrants, those of all ages, Indigenous Peoples, and disabled or differently abled individuals for >75% of the spots available at the Climate Change AI Hackathon as well as the AI R&D 8-week program.Hackaton & conference timeline

Given the impacts of AI on the world we live in, we believe that the population should be appropriately and fairly represented in tech in order to ensure that everyone’s interests, contributions and creativity are reflected. You are all valuable and you are all important.

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

Experience sharing and networking opportunities with experts (8)

Expertise and knowledge sharing with VIPs from the fields of AI, climate science, VC and climate activism.

Women Founder Project

AI R&D Program Invitation (8)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Anyone who is motivated and determined to use their effort, skills, and talent to build something awesome and make a difference should apply! Those accepted to participate and who don't have teams will be put into teams that we believe will have a complementary set of skills and a fair chance to create something great and potentially win.

You are not expected to be an artificial intelligence expert to participate in this activity, although some coding experience will help you solve the challenge. Mentors will be available at the event to help guide you in case you get stuck.

Judges

Elisabeth Laett (Judge & Mentor)

Elisabeth Laett (Judge & Mentor)
Managing Partner / Holt Accelerator

Simon Dandavino (Judge)

Simon Dandavino (Judge)
Director of Operations / Next AI

Seynabou Ndiaye (Judge & Mentor)

Seynabou Ndiaye (Judge & Mentor)
Developer / Myelin Solutions

Stuart Spence (Judge & Mentor)

Stuart Spence (Judge & Mentor)
Senior scientific programmer / Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)

Ahmed Ragab (Judge)

Ahmed Ragab (Judge)
AI research scientist working for CanmetENERGY

Phil Rivard (Judge)

Phil Rivard (Judge)
Chief Programs Officer Assitance /NEXT

 Aaron Grunfeld (Judge)

Aaron Grunfeld (Judge)
Co-Founder and President / Patch

David Rolnick (Judge)

David Rolnick (Judge)
Co-founder / Climate Change AI

Sylvain Carle (Judge & Mentor)

Sylvain Carle (Judge & Mentor)
Senior Director of Climate Innovation Ecosystem Development / SecondMuse Capital

Theo Van Brabant (Judge)

Theo Van Brabant (Judge)
Sustainability strategist & Project manager

David Landry (Mentor)

David Landry (Mentor)
Computer Research Institute of Montreal

Rémi Dion (Mentor)

Rémi Dion (Mentor)
Data scientist / PemPem

 Shawn Dimantha (Mentor)

Shawn Dimantha (Mentor)
Product manager / Verily Life Sciences

Elham Kheradmand (Mentor)

Elham Kheradmand (Mentor)
Researcher and development scientist / Axionable, UdeM

Mohamed Elhefnawy (Mentor)

Mohamed Elhefnawy (Mentor)
Research Assistant in Data integration and fusion at CanmetENERGY Varennes in Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

Armin Salimi (Mentor)

Armin Salimi (Mentor)
Research Scientist / CanmetENERGY

Matty Jensen (Mentor)

Matty Jensen (Mentor)
Associate-professor at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden at the division of Environmental systems analysis

Sean Schofield (Mentor)

Sean Schofield (Mentor)
Experience designer / National Bank of Canada

Sanjana Paul (Mentor)

Sanjana Paul (Mentor)
Director and Co-founder / The Earth Hacks Foundation

Niv Turecki (Mentor)

Niv Turecki (Mentor)
Investment Team at Front Row Ventures | Director of Sponsorship at Space Concordia

Sokmean Nou (Mentor)

Sokmean Nou (Mentor)
Founder & CEO / Calixa Technologies

Maria Maisuradze (Mentor)

Maria Maisuradze (Mentor)
Founder and CEO / Education for Sustainability (ED4S)

Félix LaFramboise (Mentor)

Félix LaFramboise (Mentor)
Geospatial and Open Data Systems (GODS) team at ECCC’S Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC)

Tom Kralidis (Mentor)

Tom Kralidis (Mentor)
Senior Systems Scientist / Meteorological Service of Canada

Alexandre Leroux (Mentor)

Alexandre Leroux (Mentor)
Geospatial technologies engineering / ECCC’S Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC)

Etienne Pelletier (Mentor)

Etienne Pelletier (Mentor)
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Julie Tremblay-Cloutier (Mentor)

Julie Tremblay-Cloutier (Mentor)
Business Mentor & Environment Activist / Volunteer for the Green Party of Canada

Simon Demeule (Mentor)

Simon Demeule (Mentor)
Computer scientist and artist

Hannah Ballard (Mentor)

Hannah Ballard (Mentor)
PR and Communications Coordinator at Kids Code Jeunesse

Alex J. Cannon (Mentor)

Alex J. Cannon (Mentor)
Research Scientist / Climate Research Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada

Carrington Pomeroy (Mentor)

Carrington Pomeroy (Mentor)
Physical Scientist / Canadian Centre of Climate Services (CCCS)

Vanessa Macri (Mentor)

Vanessa Macri (Mentor)
Environmental & Corporate Responsibility Specialist

Shima Nikfal (Mentor)

Shima Nikfal (Mentor)
Winner of the last Climate Crisis Hackaton. Software Developer / IVADO Labs

Parnaz Tabrizian (Mentor)

Parnaz Tabrizian (Mentor)
Senior AI Consultant / IVADO Labs

Nicole Doray (Mentor)

Nicole Doray (Mentor)
Manager of Social Impact and Strategic Innovation / ASI

Jaya Bonelli (Mentor)

Jaya Bonelli (Mentor)
Investment Team / Front Row Ventures

Judging Criteria

  • Model (2.5 pts)
    Does the team additionally incorporates aspects that ensure the model is financially profitable/cost-effective ?
  • Creativity (2.5 pts)
    Does the team provides a unique solution and additionally utilizes existing climate approach philosophies with regards to its model ?
  • Functionality (2.5 pts)
    How functional and polished the project is
  • Challenge Specific (2.5 pts)
    Accuracy for Kaggle - Accuracy of the model ; Design for Data Visualization & AI Artist challenge ; Presentation for the Open Pitch challenges ; Relevance- Projected Impact challenges - is the project viable, relevant to the issue, and efficient?
  • Climate Change Approach (5 pts)
    Does the team additionally incorporates aspects of climate approach philosophy (Mitigation/Adaptation/Awareness) while ensuring future longevity and continued, sustainable growth and scale ?
  • Collaboration
    Collaboration between different teams is not mandatory but partaking in it will yield teams a bonus of 5 points.

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