Winners of the contest of eco-startups "Climatron" became known at the forum ECOTECH-2017

The final of "Climatron", the contest of young people’s ecostartups and sustainability projects, took place on December 12. It was held within the business program of the first day of the Forum Ecotech-2017 organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russian Federation.

At the final of "Climatron" the brightest Russian eco-startups and technologies were presented. Winners of the contest received grants and prizes, as well as an opportunity to present their projects to top-managers and representatives of government entities.

What is unique about the format of "Climatron"?

Corporate partners of "Climatron" set the problems of sustainable development of their business in Russia, which were then given to technological startups and case teams to solve. At the final of ECOTECH-2017 consolidated teams from technical and humanitarian universities offered many cmprehensive solutions.

More than 300 students from 31 different universities took part in "Climatron-2017", and 100 of them were invited to the final.

About the winners:

1) EcoLab team won the nomination of the Baltika company (Carlsberg Group). The participants offered to create a multifunctional area which would include an exhibition zone with interactive stands about waste disposal and a zone for master classes on recycling. They also suggested creating a co-working group - accelerator of ecoprojects. A technological solution which was supposed to become a part of an area was a smart waste bin. 

Participants developed the smart waste bin and a mobile app available in App Store and Google Play. For disposing of plastic or aluminum waste, a person receives so-called eco-points. In exchange for these eco-points she or he can get discounts at local partner organizations (bakeries, hairdressing salons, supermarkets, etc.). Other types of garbage are not accepted by the bin and are given back to the user. 

This  team also offered an ecological fashion-brand promoting recycling of waste and responsible usage of natural resources. All items of Plasticdoom are made of usual plastic bags.

2) The first prize in the nomination of the UPM company was taken by the team "United World" from TSI Institute of transport and communication. The students introduced a solution based on a very cheap technology of notifying social networks’ users through targeted advertising. Besides, in cooperation with students from "Green HSE"  - environmental club of Higher School of Economics - they agreed on the promoting this notification technology among young people in Russia. "Green HSE" had previously executed projects on separate waste disposal, collection of old clothes and electronics and food sharing.

3) The first prize in the nomination of the Russian branch of UN Global Compact was taken by the team Krugovorot (Cycle) from Tyumen. Their project aimed to increase the number of supporters of closed cycle economy by digital means. To transform environmentally responsible citizens into a community of active green crypto investors, the team introduced a Telegram bot for explaning and illustrating separate waste collection and presented a blockchain platform for green crowdfunding.