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Climate Action Summit: Collaboration for building solutions for a more resilient world

Saturday, February 1 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

We are uniting local communities, artists, entrepreneurs, students*, developers, scientists and engineers, to come together and prototype solutions for our climate resilient future.

We are coming together to explore:

How might we use technology to build stronger communities, support people most impacted by climate change and shift into a regenerative economy?

These main themes will guide our discussions and solution development:

  • Regenerative Design & Circular Economy – to restore, renew, and revitalize the energy and resources of Earth, and eliminate waste through continual use of resources in a closed-loop systems.
  • Community Resilience & Inclusion in the Climate Crisis – to support and revitalize our communities that are most impacted by the climate crisis.

Why Now?

The climate crisis is occurring at rates much faster than anticipated, and is harming communities across America. The costs of no action could not only exceed hundreds of billions of dollars annually in the coming decades, but also threaten humanity.

We can expect more wildfires, extreme heat, coastal flooding, water shortages and health problems in the years to come, but these problems won’t affect everyone equally. Climate change is a threat multiplier. It exacerbates and amplifies issues of injustice. People living in poverty, indigenous communities, immigrants and the elderly are expected to suffer disproportionately from problems caused by a changing climate.

Our approach to solving climate impact challenges must be inclusive and address the needs of most vulnerable populations. We are called upon to think differently and include communities most impacted to be part of co-designing solutions.

This event brings people together to address 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Climate Action, Reduced Inequality, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Partnerships for the Goals. For more info about SDGs, visit the UN website.


Come join us on February 1, 2020 to co-create solutions to address the climate crisis. We welcome everyone to participate including artists, technologists, entrepreneurs, designers, scientists, community members and engineers who are ready and willing to work together to generate ideas and create solutions.

Solutions can include anything from digital products, policy proposals, art installations, new apps for community resilience or pitch decks for innovative business ideas.

During this event, we will:

  • Work together to address the question of: How might we use technology to build stronger communities, support people most impacted by climate change and shift into a regenerative economy?
  • Bring diverse people and professions together to co-create solutions related to climate crisis;
  • Create opportunities for artists, technologists, entrepreneurs, designers, community members & engineers to build relationships and continue collaboration beyond this event!


9:00 – 9:30: Registration, complimentary breakfast & networking

9:30 – 9:45: Opening remarks

9:45 – 10:20: Opening Keynote – TBD

10:20 – 10:55: Katie Patrick, Engineer, Author, How to Save the World http://katiepatrick.com/ – You will learn how to apply data, behavior change and game design techniques to solve climate change

11:00 – 12:00: Breakout Hands-On Workshop Sessions. You choose:

  • AI-4-All – open AI tools for climate change http://ai-4-all.org/
  • Charlotte Weil, Data Scientist, Natural Capital Project, Stanford University
  • XR (VR & AR) tools – TBC
  • Community Resilience – TBC

12:10 – 1:00 – Ideation Session hosted by The Determined

1:00-1:30 – Lunch

2:00 – 6:30: Design and development time! Teams develop their solutions (products, policy solutions, etc.)

6:30 – 7:00: Dinner

7:00 – 8:00: Team Pitch competition & demos; judge deliberations

8:15 – 8:45: Awards ceremony & Closing

***If you are under the age of 18, you must fill out the WAIVER OF LIABILITY FORM & PHOTO RELEASE, your parent or guardian must be responsible for your transportation to and from the event & this event is not affiliated with any school or district****

Please fill out BOTH forms and you can submit electronically by emailing it to xredutech@gmail.com or bring with you to the event.


We are Bay Area social entrepreneurs who have come together to take action on climate. Our purpose is to bridge people and organizations tackling climate change with technology solutions, and to accelerate the speed of solutions adaptations and integration. Our mission is to support and unify the efforts on climate action, and provide individuals with the tools to take action for our future.

Azine Davoudzadeh is an educator, speaker and thought leader in the XR Education space. She is the founder of XR EDU, an organization dedicated to researching and building XR tools for education as well as producing high quality ED Tech events. https://www.xredu.tech/

Ksenia Benifand is a futurist & strategic designer, helping people and organizations envision, plan, and lead transformational change towards an equitable and regenerative world. She works with communities, governments, multinationals, start-ups, and non-profits across North America connecting strategic foresight work with on-the-ground social impact & behavior change. https://www.aeonstrategies.ca/

Sara Khalek is an engineer in the medical device space. She has worked on cardiac and neuromodulation products. She iscurrently pursing her part-time MBA at Berkeley Haas School of Business. In her personal time, Sara works on projects that merge the worlds of science and social impact. https://www.cortexstem.com

Saphonia Foster is a management consultant that helps womxn-owned businesses design, implement and manage their strategic goals. Her company, Revenue SF, is an extension of her decade-long career that includes serving multiple organizations including the U.S. White House (Bush & Obama Administrations), the Impact Hub, among others.

***If anyone needs a subsidized ticket they can reach out to me at keburton98@gmail.com. All money from ticket purchases is going back into the event to pay for food, prizes, materials, etc. There is no profit gained out of this event, everything will go back to the event and participants.***


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