DigitalArt4Climate Designathon

DigitalArt4Climate is a multi-stakeholder partnership initiative which uses blockchain technology (non-fungible tokens/NFTs) to turn artwork into digital assets, which can be collected and traded, thus opening up a socio- technological innovation space which helps to unlock unprecedented potentials for resource mobilization in support of Sustainable Development Goals/ UN Agenda2030 implementation in general and Action for Climate Empowermentin particular.

Why a Designathon?

In order to design the initiative’s front-end solutions in a time efficient and attractive manner, the DigitalArt4Climate consortium decided to invite the „crowd“ of designers, software and game developers to help design – under the guidance of the DigitalArt4Climate Lead Technology Partner Unique Network NFT Platform, which provides the blockchain based back-end of the DigitalArt4Climate digital collectibles/NFTs solution and the Lead Creative Community partner of the DigitalArt4Climate initiative, Exquisite Workers – the user experience (UX)/user interface (UI) of the DigitalArt4Climate platform and app as well as easy to use software solutions for participating artists, collectors, the climate action community and the general public.

What: Crowdsourcing of design and software solutions for a digital collectibles /NFTs platform and app in the context of the all of society climate action empowerment initiative #DigitalArt4Climate, which is using blockchain technology based digital collectibles (non-fungible tokens/NFTs), to document, tokenize, trade and gamify contributions to local and global climate action empowerment in the context and in support of the Action for Climate Empowerment program of the United Nations  (links to further information: & Video on demand of the first presentation of the initiative 4th of June 2021 in the context of the World Environment Day 2021:

Aims of the Designathon:   

(1) Finding UX/UI (User experience/User interface) design solutions (the “look and feel”) for (a) a digital art collectibles/NFTs platform and app for artists, collectors, the public and (b) a #DigitalArt4Climate marketplace for digital art collectibles/NFTs trading, which is envisaged as some kind of foundation for a future Action for Climate Empowerment resource mobilization marketplace on which different types of contributions to local and global climate action empowerment (art, ideas, funding, volunteering, etc.) as well as verified climate action outcomes/impact will be presented and traded as unique digital collectibles/NFTs, thus enabling new forms of innovative climate related social entrepreneurship   

(2) Development of Front-end software solutions for the DigitalArt4Climate initiative, built on the backend of the technical ecosystem of the Unique network NFT platform for the Polkadot and Kusama proof-of-stake blockchain ecosystem (Tech details:

(3) forming a community of design and software solutions providers, who will work with the #DigitalArt4Climate consortium on implementation of the identified solutions and designs 

Who(Organizer)The designathon is being organized by the Austria based UN accredited civil society organization International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges IAAI GloCha in partnership with the UN Habitat Youth Programme (=Lead UN Partner of the initiative), Unique Network NFT Platform (Tech Partner), Exquisite Workers (Creative Community Partner), Hubzine Italy, Palette69/Boolien (UX/UI Design partner) and Social Alpha Foundation.
Who(Participants)UX UI designer, web designer, digital market place designersindividuals and teams

Website/Landing Page:


  • monetary: 500 € for the best design solutions and 500 € for the best software solution
  • non-monetary: (1) participation in DigitalArt4Climate hackathon award ceremony on 12th of August (=launch of the DigitalArt4Climate Call for Art) and potentially also in future DigitalArt4Climate edutainment shows and (2) opportunity to work with DigitalArt4Climate consortium (especially Unique Network tech team on the implementation of the winning solutions and potential employment opportunities)


Designathon Communication: Discord (link will be shared upon completed registration)


  • Sustainability
  • Scalability
  • Technical Applicability
  • Implementability
  • Accessibility


DigitalArt4Climate Virtual Exhibit in the Context of the UN High Level Political Forum 2021

DigitalArt4Climate elements and timeline:

  • World Environment Day 2021 webinar (pre-launch of the initiative), 4th of June 2021 (please find detailed event information as well as a link to the video on demand on UN WebTV in this article below)
  • virtual exhibit (content: presentation of the aims, partners and activities of the initiative) in the context of the UN High Level Political Forum 2021, 6 – 18th of July (see virtual exhibit above, from 6th of July onwards)
  • virtual hackathon, 14 – 28 July, GOAL 1: Design the #digitalart4climate user Interface, bridge among unique network NFT platform backend and user devices ; GOAL 2: Design of an digitalart4climate gallery and market place (more info:
  • launch of the DigitalArt4Climate contest and Call for contributions (to the competition/contest), 12th of August 2021 (International Youth day)
  • accompanying activity (timing to be determined): resource mobilization (auction of high profile art of digital artists (example of successful digital art for climate fundraising: CarbonDrop) or/and crowdfunding
    • for DigitalArt4Climate presence at COP26 (exhibit at ACE COP26 pavilion, see attachment, COP26 press conference, .. ) and
    • for DigitalArt4Climate / ACE marketplace development
  • 30 September – DigitalArt4Climate exhibit and edutainment show in Milan/Italy in the context of the Pre-COP Youth event of the Italian co-presidency of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26
  • 31st October – 12 November – DigitalArt4Climate exhibit and edutainment show at the IAAI Action for Climate Empowerment Innovation Space (pavilion) at the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow

DigitalArt4Climate Partners:

InstitutionRole in DigitalArt4Climate
–   IAAI – International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges, Klagenfurt  (Austria)
–   GloCha Global Challenges Foundation New York (501c3 public charity in the US)
–   GloCha Tech GesmbH, public benefit limited liability corporation, Klagenfurt
 IAAI is the organizer of DigitalArt4Climate initiative, GloCha Fdt NY and GloCha Tech GesmbH will be used as institutional vehicles where tax deductability in the US and/or limited liability company structures will be needed
Unique Network NFT platform Tech partner :
–   NFTs minting –   Smart contracts –   Gallery –   Marketplace –  online payments –   support in marketing and general communication (Discord channel) –   support in hackathon organization –  organization of events
Hubzine Italy
(Domenico Vito)
Co-ordinator hackathon 14-21 July
Lead local partner for activities in the context of the Pre-COP in Milan (end of September)
UN Habitat Youth programme https://wesr.unep.orgDigitalArt4Climate Lead UN Partner –   Outreach –   Events in UN context –   Local events with city partners –   Resource mobilization beneficiary (World Environment Situation Room youth engagement programme)
Excuisite Workers Creative Community partner – creative director of the DigitalArt4Climate initiative
Social Alpha Foundation Partner

DigitalArt4Climate Marketplace Vision:

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