Daring Cities 2020 Side Event: With blockchain technology and digital innovation towards climate neutral cities and citizens

Created by ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn, Daring Cities is a virtual, action-oriented forum to recognize and empower courageous urban leaders – including mayors and other decision-makers, technical staff, researchers, private sector representatives, and community organizers – to disrupt business-as-usual and shift towards business-as-possible. Daring Cities showcases and catalyzes exemplary local climate action to tackle the climate emergency, including ambitious resilience-building and climate mitigation efforts.

IAAI GloCha Side event to the Daring Cities Forum 2020: With blockchain technology and digital innovation towards climate neutral cities and citizens

Date: Thursday, 22 October
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM (Paris/Bonn time)


Event description and outcomes

The science is clear: we are in a climate crisis and a swift and deep transformation to low and zero carbon societies is urgently needed – a transition that has for cities many co-benefits in terms of resilience, quality of life, health, cohesion etc. To achieve the goal of climate neutrality, many cities have declared climate neutrality goals, but too often such goals don’t translate into political support and action of all relevant stakeholders and impact on the necessary scale. With this digital innovation workshop, the organizers – IAAI GloCha www.glocha.info in cooperation with the Climate Chain Coalition www.climatechaincoalition.io, the leading global expert network on blockchain technology for climate action – convey the message that blockchain technology and digital innovation can be key enablers of programs towards climate neutral cities with fully engaged citizens (background info: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=20000&nr=7095&menu=2993). Speakers will showcase digital innovation tools in the fields of data collection, citizen science, resource mobilization (digital municipal bonds) and gamification.

Based on the interactive discussion in the workshop we plan to outline a cooperation strategy between IAAI GloCha, the Climate Chain Coalition, ICLEI, daring cities and other climate action innovation champions (like youth networks) with concrete pilot projects and resource mobilization plans.

Run of show

Welcome by Miroslav Polzer IAAI GloCha, Yunus Arikan ICLEI and Tom Baumann (Climate Chain Coalition – CCC) & Martin Wainstein (Yale Open Innovation Lab): 10 minutes

Thematic introduction to the side event topic: Vienna Looi – New Thinking and digital innovation for climate neutral citizens and cities (with a focus on the role of finance & blockchain tech)(10 minutes)

Presentation of an opportunity for side event organizers and cities to collaborate on a solutions package: David Greniman, MD International – European Green Deal Call – (Developing end-user products and services for all stakeholders and citizens supporting climate adaptation and mitigation)  

Solution 1: Miroslav Polzer (IAAI GloCha) – GloCha Good Life app – Pathways towards climate neutral citizens and cities

Solution 2: Alexey Shadrin, Evercity.io & CCC – Digital Municipal Green Bonds

Solution 3: Martin Wainstein (Yale Open Innovation Lab – Open Climate Collabathon)  – Integrated Climate Action Tracking and Accounting on Individual, Local and Global level – Gaps and opportunities

Yunus Arikan – Connecting the dots – Cooperation potentials from ICLEI perspective

Interactive session