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Free tickets to the semi-finals available below!

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 the Special Implementation Prize - 30 000 PLN donated by Otrivin by GSK.
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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: São Paulo (Brazil) - 2nd October - 4th October - Berkeley (USA) , 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

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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.

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Berkeley, USA

04 Oct 2018

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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.

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London, United Kingdom

09 Oct 2018

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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.

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New Delhi, India

11 Oct 2018
21, Nehru Place Greens, Near Devika Tower, New Delhi, Delhi 110019,

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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.

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Beijing, China

15 Oct 2018

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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.

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Katowice, Poland

18 Oct 2018

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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.

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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

Wojciech Burkot

Airly/Bitspiration

Wojciech Burkot

Airly/Bitspiration

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

Jury Members

Nita Soans

India CEO, Kaiterra

Nita Soans

India CEO, Kaiterra
A environmental crusader, Nita Soans is the India CEO for Kaiterra, with a vision to contribute towards creating awareness about the drastic downfall of the air quality in the country. Nita oversees the overall operations of the company, including sales, partnerships, legal, finance and research. Nita and her team’s focus in India will be to build the brand in India and widen the customer base while also setting up and monitoring outdoor air quality monitor across Delhi NCR to aid more detailed research aimed towards solving North India’s air pollution problem.
Originally trained as an architect, Nita developed a keen sense of design and strategy for the end user from her time working as an ethnographer during her time with CKS  where she led several innovation programs in areas of telecommunications, healthcare and development for such clients as Nokia, Vodafone, Samsung, the Gates Foundation and others. Nita continues to advise CKS (now Vihara) on their Bihar Innovation Lab and Read Alliance Programs. In 2005 and 2007, she has managed educational outreach programs for the Doors of Perception Conference. In 2008 she helped curate and run the 48℃ conference in New Delhi for the Khoj Artists Collective and Goethe Institut that was focused on raising awareness about the exigencies of climate change.
In 2012 Nita co-founded the Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation that aimed to bridge the skills gap that exists between formal education and what one requires in the workforce and what one needs to know in order to have a startup and create change. The Adianta School offered programs that teach skills of innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship but has also been a network of innovators and entrepreneurs, a hub for those looking to make a difference to come together and work together to address these issues and bring about a change.
In 2016 Nita curated and coached speakers for the TEDx Gurugram event while also consulting for start-ups, helping them with management accounts, processes standardization and training as they geared up for scale.

Reed Walker

UC Berkeley

Reed Walker

UC Berkeley

Reed Walker is an Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy and Economics at UC Berkeley. His research explores the social costs of environmental externalities such as air pollution and how regulations to limit these externalities contribute to gains and/or losses to the economy. He is the faculty co-director of UC Berkeley’s Opportunity Lab - Climate and Environment Initiative. He is also a research associate at the Energy Institute at Berkeley and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his PhD in economics from Columbia University.

Paul Williams

Johnson Matthey

Paul Williams

Johnson Matthey

Paul Williams is Innovation Manager at Johnson Matthey Plc, a global leader in sustainable technologies committed to a cleaner, healthier planet. Paul has had technical, commercial, business development and innovation roles with JM as well as running a successful start-up company. He currently manages one of JM’s innovation portfolios and works closely with external companies and organisations to explore collaborative opportunities. Paul is instrumental in the establishment of the #CleanAirTech community, an ecosystem established this summer in the UK to stimulate collaboration between academia, local authorities, NGOs, start-ups, regulatory bodies and technology providers to foster innovation in the air purification space. The objective is to develop and commercialise innovative air purification technologies which can make a meaningful improvement to indoor and outdoor air quality.

Olivier Le Roux

Johnson Matthey

Olivier Le Roux

Johnson Matthey

Olivier Le Roux is Business Development Manager at Johnson Matthey Plc, a global leader in sustainable technologies committed to a cleaner, healthier planet.With over 20 years of international experience in the Automotive and Clean Air industries, Olivier manages the innovation portfolio and strategic partnerships in the area of clean air and air purification. His current focus is on enabling the development and adoption of innovative air purification technologies which help mitigate the problem of poor indoor and outdoor air quality. Olivier is an active player behind the creation and management of the #CleanAirTech community, an ecosystem established this summer in the UK to stimulate collaboration between academia, local authorities, NGOs, start-ups, regulatory bodies, data providers (and more) and foster innovation in the air purification space.

Walter Ham

Manager, California Air Resources Board

Walter Ham

Manager, California Air Resources Board

Dr. Walter Ham is the manager of the Advanced Monitoring Techniques Section at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) where his research focuses on air pollution's impacts on climate change and human health. Much of his work involves developing and utilizing novel measurement tools such as mobile measurement platforms, roadside screening devices, and air quality sensors to understand source-receptor relationships in support of regulatory programs. His programs at CARB utilize non-traditional monitoring technology and methods to conduct community air monitoring around sources such as industrial facilities and traffic corridors. His work also includes updating and expanding CARB's greenhouse gas monitoring network and initiating short-lived climate pollutant monitoring. He obtained his BS from the University of Georgia and PhD from the University of California, Davis.

Madhav Singhania

National Council for Cement and Building Materials

Madhav Singhania

National Council for Cement and Building Materials

Madhav Singhania is an Electrical and Computer Engineer from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He joined J.K. Cement Ltd. in early 2010 and is currently heading the new projects division and is also responsible for technology integration and the digital transformation of the Company. He has spearheaded new capacity expansion projects and is instrumental in setting up of the split grinding unit at Jharli, Haryana and played a key role in the brownfield expansion at Mangrol, Rajasthan. He has also been closely involved in the setting up of the Company’s maiden overseas plant at Fujairah, UAE.

In addition, he is also the Chair of Young Indians, Delhi (Youth Wing of Confederation of Indian Industry), which is focused on nation building, youth leadership and thought leadership.

He is currently serving on the Board of Governors for National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCCBM).

Shailesh Vickram Singh

Massive Fund & GoMassive Accelerator

Shailesh Vickram Singh

Massive Fund & GoMassive Accelerator

Vickram Singh is the Managing Partner - Massive Fund and founder - GoMassive Accelerator which invests in the area of Agriculture, Mobility, Clean energy, Waste (plastics / water / sanitation) and sustainable built environment.

Shailesh has over 20 years of experience in Entrepreneurship / Venture investing with SeedFund (a $54 million VC fund based in India), GVFL, UTI and has been an angel investor as well.

Shailesh had set up an NGO in the area of environment protection “SAVEN” at the age of 18 and have written extensively on Agriculture, Farmer income, Economics, Venture capital, and Entrepreneurship. His blog fringenotes.in has been regularly published in leading newspapers of India including Economic Times, Times of India, YourStory, Inc42, Huffington Post India, Swarajya Magazine among others.

Shailesh is a regular speaker at various Industry forums (UN regional Climate summit- Bangkok, UNEP India, Assocham, IVC events) / leading Institutes (IIT Delhi, IIM Lucknow, IIT Kharagpur among others).

Shailesh has done his MBA from IIM Lucknow and B.Tech from GB Pant University.

Yalena Coleman

Future Cities Catapult

Yalena Coleman

Future Cities Catapult

Yalena Coleman leads the Urban Technology Team at Future Cities Catapult, which builds innovative concepts and ideas into different types of working prototypes to be deployed across cities. These pilot projects are in response to urban challenges that need to be addressed, and once scaled can used to improve life in cities. Yalena draws on her 16 years of experience in the IT across various industries in Europe, Asia and Africa. She has spent a number of years focusing on innovations for understanding and improving air quality

Benjamin Barratt

King’s College London

Benjamin Barratt

King’s College London

Benjamin Barratt, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London  Dr. Ben Barratt is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese Environment at King’s College London. He holds a cross-faculty position within the Lau China Institute in collaboration with the Environmental Research Group in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine. Ben joined King’s College London in 1998. His early research evaluated impact of policy interventions on London’s air quality, including the London Congestion Charging Scheme and Low Emission Zone. The focus of his current work is to better characterise individual and population-level exposure to environmental stress, how this relates to the health of susceptible population subgroups and methods of public health improvement. Much of his research output is in collaboration with international multidisciplinary teams ranging from social science and policy development, through to cohort and population health studies. He recently led a three-year study of vertical air pollution gradients in Hong Kong and is part of a major collaborative atmosphere and health cohort study in urban and peri-urban Beijing 

Mirela Yordanova

Campus London, Google's space

Mirela Yordanova

Campus London, Google's space

Mirela Yordanova, Events Lead at Campus London, Google's space for startups. Mirela has been deeply invested in helping entrepreneurs connect, learn and grow and has been involved in FinTech and BigData prior to joining the Campus team. She is motivated by creating spaces where knowledge and ideas intersect and catalyzes this by producing tech-led events at Campus London.

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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