SMOGATHON 2018

The game is on.
We need a hero.
It’s time to beat the SMOG!

We look for a hero, who can beat the smog!

Over 92% of the world’s population inhales unhealthy air and over seven million people worldwide die prematurely every year because of smog. It needs to stop and we look for a hero, who could solve the problem of air pollution! Smogathon is an initiative aiming to fight the smog with innovations and technology. Our idea is to get the best projects from all over the world to compete for $15 000, $10 000, $5000 in cash and special implementation prizes.
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Partners

How it works?

Application

Are you a hero, who wants to deal with the Smog? Choose semi-final, apply and join the game. If your solution is really good, we will invite you to join a semi-final.

Semi-finals

Present your smog-fighting innovation. The best two projects go further in Smogathon!

Krakow Finals

Your solution needs to be proven, you will be questioned by the experts from: technology, business, social & administration, and innovation. Do they like your project? Congratulations, you’re welcome to the next stage!

The Grand Finale

You are one step closer to winning the game. Take part in a pitch contest and compete for $15 000, $10 000, $5000 and implementation prizes.

Smogathon 2018

Do you fight air pollution with innovation and technology? We invite you to apply for taking part in one of six semi-finals:: 2nd October - Berkeley (USA), 4th October - São Paulo (Brazil), 9th October - London (UK), 18th October - Katowice (Poland), 11th October - New Delhi (India) and 15th October - Beijing (China). 10-12 selected projects will take part in intensive Q&A sessions with Smogathon experts at Krakow Finals. Top six solutions selected over the course of Krakow Finals will pitch their projects in front of an international jury at the Grand Finale in Kino Kijów.

Semi-finals

Smogathon 2018 São Paulo Semi-final 02 Oct 2018
Smogathon 2018 Berkeley Semi-final 04 Oct 2018
Smogathon 2018 London Semi-final 09 Oct 2018
Smogathon 2018 New Delhi Semi-final 11 Oct 2018
Smogathon 2018 Beijing Semi-final 15 Oct 2018
Smogathon 2018 Katowice Semi-final 18 Oct 2018

Kraków Final & Grand Finale

Krakow Finals 17 Nov 2018
The Grand Finale 19 Nov 2018

São Paulo, Brazil

02 Oct 2018

Semi-final - pitch contest

Invited startups will pitch their innovations in front of at least six experts of technical, scientific, business and VC background. Top two will pass to the Krakow Finals.

Who can attend?

Startups, teams, scientists, companies, students, designers, architects with a legal entity. More information in Terms & Conditions. Limited tickets for the audience will be available online prior to the event.

Berkeley, USA

04 Oct 2018

Semi-final - pitch contest

Invited startups will pitch their innovations in front of at least six experts of technical, scientific, business and VC background. Top two will pass to the Krakow Finals.

Who can attend?

Startups, teams, scientists, companies, students, designers, architects with a legal entity. More information in Terms & Conditions. Limited tickets for the audience will be available online prior to the event.

London, United Kingdom

09 Oct 2018

Semi-final - pitch contest

Invited startups will pitch their innovations in front of at least six experts of technical, scientific, business and VC background. Top two will pass to the Krakow Finals.

Who can attend?

Startups, teams, scientists, companies, students, designers, architects with a legal entity. More information in Terms & Conditions. Limited tickets for the audience will be available online prior to the event.

New Delhi, India

11 Oct 2018

Semi-final - pitch contest

Invited startups will pitch their innovations in front of at least six experts of technical, scientific, business and VC background. Top two will pass to the Krakow Finals.

Who can attend?

Startups, teams, scientists, companies, students, designers, architects with a legal entity. More information in Terms & Conditions. Limited tickets for the audience will be available online prior to the event.

Beijing, China

15 Oct 2018

Semi-final - pitch contest

Invited startups will pitch their innovations in front of at least six experts of technical, scientific, business and VC background. Top two will pass to the Krakow Finals.

Who can attend?

Startups, teams, scientists, companies, students, designers, architects with a legal entity. More information in Terms & Conditions. Limited tickets for the audience will be available online prior to the event.

Katowice, Poland

18 Oct 2018

Semi-final - pitch contest

Invited startups will pitch their innovations in front of at least six experts of technical, scientific, business and VC background. Top two will pass to the Krakow Finals.

Who can attend?

Startups, teams, scientists, companies, students, designers, architects with a legal entity. More information in Terms & Conditions. Limited tickets for the audience will be available online prior to the event.

Krakow, Poland

17 Nov 2018

Q&A session

Every solution needs to be proven, projects questioned by the experts from: technology, business, social & administration, and innovation. Top 6 projects will go to the Grand Finale.

 

Pitch contest

Media accreditation will be available online prior to the event.

Krakow, Poland

19 Nov 2018
al. Krasińskiego 34, 30-101 Kraków, KIJÓW.CENTRUM

Q&A session

The best air pollution-fighting projects will take part in a pitch contest and compete for $15 000, $10 000, $5000 and implementation prizes.

Pitch contest

Limited tickets for the audience will be available online prior to the event.

Do you want to take part in Smogathon 2018?

Do you have a solution fighting air pollution with innovation and technology? Join the game, we invite you to participate in one of the 6 semi-finals.
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Smogathon 2018 jury & experts

Experts

Anna Dworakowska

Krakow Smoga Alert/Polish Smog Alert

Anna Dworakowska

Krakow Smoga Alert/Polish Smog Alert

Robert Hołyst

Soft Condensed Matter Group

Robert Hołyst

Soft Condensed Matter Group
Robert Holyst is a principal investigator at the Soft Condensed Matter Group, with extensive experience in leadership and management. He was a member of several research funding committees, incl. ERC panel in Brussels, and the Director of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He has a very strong record of collaboration with business sector (Mitsui Chemicals Inc., Samsungand Unilever). Also he gave lectures at top scientific Institutions e.g.:in USA -
Harvard, MIT, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Yale, Princeton, Brandeis, Univ. Of Chicago etc., England - Oxford,Cambridge, Germany numerous Max Planck
Institutes, Univeristy of Gottingen, Mainz, Saarbrucken etc., France: Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris,Lyon), Japan - Univeristy of Tokyo, University of Nagoya, also in China, Russia,Canada,Poland. Current research topics: soft matter, biologistics, biological chemistry, statistical physics, environmental science. Web of Science bibliometric data: publications 250 (plus 3 books, one in Springer Verlag 2012), total citations ca 4100, h-index=34; more than 40 patent applications (incl. USA, the Netherlands, Switzerland, China,Russia,Germany). He was a cofounder of 2 spin-off companies (one has reached the stock market). Total grants as PI ~20 Meuro.

Kamil Wyszkowski

UN Global Compact Network Poland

Kamil Wyszkowski

UN Global Compact Network Poland

Since 2002 United Nations employee in UNDP (more information about UNDP's role and activities under the UN System at www.undp.org). Since 2004, he has been developing programs and recommendations in the United Nations Global Compact as a Representative and General Director of UN Global Compact Network Poland (more about United Nations Global Compact activities and mandate at www.unglobalcompact.org and on the website dedicated to Poland www.globalcompact.org.pl ). United Nations Global Compact coordinates the UN system's cooperation with the private sector within the UN Business Action Hub and through the Global Compact programs are created involving government, local government, business and expert centers.

Between 2002 and 2009, UNDP was responsible for international and multilateral cooperation and for the development of programs in Europe and Asia. Under UNDP, he has worked in dozens of countries, including UNDP headquarters in New York, implementing development programs. From 2004 to 2008 member of UNDP Management team in Poland. From 2009 to 2014 Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Office in Poland. From 2009 to 2012 he was responsible for the transfer of knowledge in the area of ​​free economic zones, economic law and financial supervision systems to the Middle East, focusing on cooperation between Poland and Iraq under the UNDP PSDPI Program, in cooperation with UNIDO, the ILO and the World Bank. In 2012, he and his team received the Innovation in Action Award from UNDP for the most effective offices in implementing innovative programs. Under the function of the Director of the Office, UNDP Poland was responsible for coordination meetings of the UN System in Poland. Currently he is the Representative and General Director of Global Compact in Poland (UN Global Compact Network Poland).

He was a lecturer at the Central European University in Budapest, Columbia University in New York, Lviv University, Koźminski University (Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego), Ignacy Paderewski Institute of Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Warsaw School of Economics as well as at the University of Warsaw.

UN and EU policy expert, in particular in the field of business and administration cooperation as well as mobilization of the private sector to implement the UN development goals and standards. Specialist in development, multilateral and knowledge transfer. As a United Nations employee since 2002, he has been involved in economic diplomacy, social innovation, technological innovation, social economy, and development research and measurement, in particular through the use of the Human Development Index (HDI) and UN statistics.

Lawyer specializing in international law. A graduate of the prestigious UNDP Development Academy. Together with the team that he led, honored by a prestigious medal of the Parliament of the Republic of Poland for the efforts made in favor of people with disabilities, and development of the Polish Social Economy model.

Between 2009 and 2012 a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Prime Minister in Poland. On behalf of the Team of Advisors to the Prime Minister, inter alia, a co-author of the Long-term National Development Strategy until 2030 and the coordinator of the Human Capital Development Strategy until 2020. Since 2014, a member of the Expert Council of the National Center for Research and Development for the Economic and Social Innovation matters. Since 2015 he has been a member of the Innovation Team with the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Development.

He is a media commentator on socio-economic and international affairs.

Marek Kapturkiewicz

Innovation Nest

Marek Kapturkiewicz

Innovation Nest

co-founder, investor & partner at Innovation Nest (seed/VC fund) & co-founder of SPIN (entrepreneurship school); 

previously i.a. long-term executive board member, COO and senior vice president of the Onet.pl (the largest horizontal portal in Poland and one of the biggest in Europe) and director of Promotion and Product Development Department in Tymbark SA (important FMCG company in Poland); 

having rich experience in internet, marketing, media, technology and investment; engineer - constructor with long experience (electronics, IT) at the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology in Cracow; 

a graduate of the University of Science and Technology (AGH) in Cracow (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Electronics), and of business studies at the School of Business – National Louis University in Nowy Sacz;

graduated from Steve Blank's Lean LaunchPad Educators Program @University of Berkeley in 2012;

Specialties: technology, internet, marketing, media, investment

 

Filip Jarmakowski

Municipality of Krakow

Filip Jarmakowski

Municipality of Krakow

Wojciech Burkot

Airly/Bitspiration

Wojciech Burkot

Airly/Bitspiration

Jury Members

Barun Aggarwal

BreatheEasy Consultants Pvt Ltd

Barun Aggarwal

BreatheEasy Consultants Pvt Ltd

 In his current role, he founded and runs BreatheEasy Consultants Pvt Ltd – the leading full service
Indoor Air Quality consulting and remediation specialists in India.
Barun serves on the Indoor Air Quality assessment working group of USGBC
He is a founding member of Indoor Air Quality Association, USA , India Chapter.
He is a member of ISHRAE and is a founding member of the IEQ Committee of ISHRAE that has developed
the first international standard for IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) – published in 2016.
He is a Climate Reality leader trained by Vice President Al Gore.
He has taken up a position of visiting faculty at the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi where he
teaches a course of Human Wellness in the Built Environment.
Barun, an avid golfer relocated from the US to New Delhi, India – the world’s most polluted city in 2010.

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