Call for Participants to City Planning & Innovation Hackathon LifeHack Valmiera!

The City Planning & Innovation Hackathon, LifeHack Valmiera, will take place from May 13th to May 17th, 2024. It focuses on Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) for climate adaptation enhanced by innovative sensor technologies. This hybrid event includes four dynamic days of online collaboration and an onsite finale in Valmiera. Teams presenting the most innovative, effective, and impactful solutions will compete for a total prize fund of 5000 EUR.

LifeHack Valmiera invites diverse thinkers and doers, including students, technology experts, and professionals from environmental science, urban planning, engineering, information technology, and architecture. We seek teams and individuals ready to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world settings to make significant environmental improvements in Valmiera.

Participants are invited to take on one of six challenges designed to enhance urban resilience and ecological sustainability in Valmiera, focusing on innovative approaches to address flood resilience, urban heat islands, and water quality improvements, among other issues.

The hackathon is organised by Riga Technical University in cooperation with the Valmiera District Municipality and Valmiera vocational technical school, and it is held under the European Union’s LIFE program project “LIFE LatEstAdapt” (“Developing and demonstrating a portfolio of nature-based and smart solutions for improving urban climate resilience in Latvia and Estonia”).

At the LifeHack Valmiera Hackathon, participants will have the opportunity to engage with experts from Valmiera City, Riga Technical University, Jelgava University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Tallinn University of Technology, Tartu University, Estonian University of Life Sciences and other industry professionals. These experts will provide ongoing support and guidance, ensuring all participants have the necessary data and insights to develop effective solutions.

Before the LifeHack Valmiera Hackathon, there will be an online info and team formation session on May 8th.  Registration deadline is May 12th, 2024. More info and registration on the LifeHack Valmiera hackathon website:

We look forward to seeing you at LifeHack Valmiera – where your innovative solutions can make a real difference!

The hackathon is held within and sponsored by the LIFE programme 2021-2027 project LIFE LatEstAdapt “Developing and demonstrating a portfolio of nature-based and smart solutions for improving urban climate resilience in Latvia and Estonia”, which is co-funded by the European Union, State Regional Development Agency of the Republic of Latvia and the Ministry of Climate of the Republic of Estonia. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union, CINEA or financiers, respectively. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

Contact info:

Jurijs Kondratenko, Riga Technical University,

Karlis Skuja, Riga Technical University,