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The world is going green. As humanity faces problems of ecological degradation due to energy guzzling machinery and gadgets, and a piling mound of discarded ones, it makes sense to mend old ways and reinvent the ways we do things.

It is also time to fundamentally rethink the role of agricultural knowledge, science and technology in achieving equitable development, and sustainability. Today’s world is a place of uneven development, unsustainable use of natural resources, worsening impact of climate change, and continued poverty and malnutrition.

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During Editions Month, we will host some themed Startup Weekends that aim to solve environmental and sustainability issues through startups focused on eco-technology, as well as products and processes that help this green wave grow further. The areas of focuses varies from waste management to eco-tourism, to organic farming, and so on. On the weekend of May 6th, Melbourne’s organizing team will host Startup Weekend Sustainability Edition and Beirut’s on May 13th, Startup Weekend Environmental Edition, you can learn more about both events below:


What makes this Edition interesting?

Melbourne Team: Bringing all things awesome about Startup Weekend to people who want to make a difference in the area of sustainability but who have no idea where to begin.  The original motivation for such an event was created to address the issue of providing people a platform to realise these ideas and to be a part of something bigger than themselves. The spirit and entrepreneurial style of Startup Weekend mixed with the “I want to make a difference but don’t know how” is a perfect match.

​Beirut Team: This edition is one of the most interesting subjects on earth at all times. Our environment is nothing to be taken lightly and the planet is in rem need for help from all of us, entrepreneurs first. It is a subject that not only concerns Beirut, it concerns everyone. On a note, it specifically touches Beirut as our country is currently in a waste crisis and on the verge of becoming toxic to live, so we are hoping the lovely green entrepreneurs help us prevent this from happening.

What are you most excited about for your upcoming event?

Melbourne Team: The event is an opportunity for people to come together to create the possibility of making a real difference in sustainability and the environment.  Not only does this particular event stand to provide all of the normal awesome things of Startup Weekend, but it has the potential to really make a difference in one of the major issues facing the entire planet today.  We hope that participants get all of the great things they usually get out of Startup Weekend and leave empowered and inspired to make a real impact in the world through a sustainability based business or project.  It is these people that will make the difference, we’re just providing the structure and access for them to be able to realise their own possibilities.

Beirut Team: The thing I’m most excited about is the startups that will come to life, I can’t wait to see the ideas they have, those that will solve waste problems and help the environment become better. I’m interested in seeing how they’ll tackle the challenges to go from ideas into a working model, and how they’ll incorporate and optimize those startups in their communities.

Organizing teams:

Melbourne, Australia

Beirut Team:

 

Any final thoughts?

Melbourne Team: We hope that we can cause other “Sustainability” themed Startup Weekends throughout the world as we know there are so many people dying for an opportunity to be a part of something like this (and if anyone wants to help us cause a sustainability based Startup Weekend, please be in contact so we can help!)

Beirut Team: ​The thing making this event special is that the EU is sponsoring and facilitating environmental solutions and impact on the society will happen because of it. The EU’s goal is to help the entrepreneurial scene in Beirut, Lebanon​. On the other hand, the entire startup, entrepreneurial and green ecosystems are all on board for this event which makes it rich in content and relevance.

For more information about these Startup Weekend events go to:

Melbourne Startup Weekend Sustainability Beirut Startup Weekend Environment


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Lucia Trochez Lucia Trochez
(@lulutro) Lucia loves to travel, as International Marketing Manager, she focuses on helping startups around the world grow their presence and branding. Lucia studied Multimedia Engineering in Bogotá, Colombia, where she’s from.