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CSH-ETH Workshop: “1st City Olympics”

Sep 11, 2018

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The workshop, organized by CSH External Faculty member Dirk Helbing and Stefan Thurner, will take place at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna.



Cities and social communities can be important agents of global change. We are interested in the ways a participatory approach can contribute to reaching the United Nation’s Sustainability Goals, as laid out in the Agenda 2030, the Paris Climate Accords, and elsewhere.


We believe an effective way would be to organize City Olympics, where cities around the world and the regions around them would regularly compete for the best environmental-friendly, energy-efficient, resource-saving and crisis-proof solutions.


After the competitive phase of each City Olympics, there would be a cooperative phase, where the best ideas, technologies and urban governance concepts would be exchanged among the participating cities. Moreover, if the resulting innovations would be under the Creative Commons license and open source, the solutions could be easily further developed by everyone. This would lead to new businesses and a fast and widespread adoption of the best solutions.



Find more information and the link to a registration form HERE.





Who is the Climate City Olympics for?

Stakeholders of the Climate City Olympics include municipalities, academic institutions, local businesses, NGOs and citizens. We believe it is essential that decisions about urban development be made collectively, with representatives from diverse communities — and we want this to be represented at the Climate City Olympics.


How can my city participate?

With any kind of sustainability project that involves measuring progress. It could be about transportation, food waste, energy consumption, or something completely different!


Why should my city be interested in participating?

To be an important part of an essential movement at a crucial time! Cities and regions around the world would compete for the best environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient, resource-saving, and crisis-proof solutions. Participating in the Climate City Olympics could significantly improve the natural environments of cities and release untapped innovation potential for the local economy.


What is the cost of participating in the workshops?

Participation is free, and we can help cover travel costs. Just let us know if you need assistance.





Preliminary schedule


09:00Check-In & Welcome Coffee
09:30Welcome by Stefan Thurner (CSH) & Dirk Helbing (ETHZ)
09:45Intro to City Olympics by Dirk Helbing
10:30Smart City Vienna (Brigitte Bach, AIT)
11:00Coffee Break
11:30Keynote Block (e.g. C40 initiative, Hack4Climate, …)
12:00Keynote Block continued
12:30Lunch Break
13:30Potential Support by the UNFCCC (UNFCCC, TBC)
14:00World Café (led by Stefan Klauser, ETHZ)
Organization of the 1st Climate City Olympics
Financing of the 1st Climate City Olympics
Outreach for the 1st Climate City Olympics
Content for the 1st Climate City Olympics
16:00Plenary Session – Conclusions from the World Café Session
17:00Next Steps
17:15Apéro [= Swiss word for aperitif = chatting while drinking a glass of wine…] & Networking



Sep 11, 2018


Complexity Science Hub Vienna
+43 1 59991 600


Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Josefstaedter Straße 39
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+43 1 59991 600