Organised by Toronto-based digital transformation company based Convergence.Tech, the challenge aims to “create ideas that will help contribute to reducing our impact on the climate”.

“We hope this initiative helps rally your students around this valuable cause”

The free event is open to current high school, college, and undergraduate university students (aged under 24), who can participate in groups of 2-6 members.

Over 10 days in March students will find solutions to problem statements, with the top 10 teams presenting their ideas a panel of judges.

The top three teams will share a prize of CAD$12,000, with $6,000 for first place, $4,000 for second and $2,000 for third.

Select teams will have the opportunity develop solutions further with NGO partners.

In another Datathon stream, students will develop actionable insights and/or predictive models from sets of environmental data, with the top two teams receiving $6,000.

The stream is for “passionate students with data analytics skills to develop actionable insights and predictive models to help contribute to climate solutions through the use of data”, organisers said.

In both streams, students are fulfilling high school curriculum commitments by addressing UN SDG Goal 13: Climate Action.

“With the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP26) on the horizon, we hope this initiative helps rally your students around this valuable cause by giving them a voice on a global stage and provide them with valuable skills,” organisers added.

The virtual 2021 Challenge4ClimateAction is part of the Convergence.Tech’s annual community initiative. Last year, its #DigitalInclusionChallenge saw 1,000 students from 30 countries compete to create solutions enabling educational access for children worldwide.

Registration for the event closes on February 1, ahead of the Conference on February 18.

The challenge will take place between March 5-14, and the team presentations and judging will be on March 27.

For more information, and for students to register themselves online, please visit: https://www.challenge4climateaction.com

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