Urban Hackathon for Coal Mining Regions Transformation
On July 20, the presentation of the «HACKATON OF COAL MINING CITIES. MINE NEW IDEAS!» program took place in the «Parkovy» CEC.
Speakers of the presentation were: Denys Krasnikov, Vice President of the Ukrainian Union of Entrepreneurs, Industrialists (USPP); Kostyantyn Vorobyov, adviser to the President of the USPP on the transformation of coal regions of Ukraine; Alisa Bankovska, founder of the innovation hub for cities SYNCHRO SPACE.
Hackathons of coal mining cities will be held during autumn 2021 for the monocities of Myrnograd, Donetsk region and Chervonohrad, Lviv region, where coal mines to be liquidated are located and where a fair transformation of coal regions should be carried out. The hackathon jury is headed by the Minister of Community and Territorial Development Oleksiy Chernyshov.
The program «HACKATON OF COAL MINING CITIES. MINE NEW IDEAS!» provides the development of solutions for the revitalization of coal mines through special urban hackathons with the involvement of foreign and Ukrainian experts, as well as teams of specialized specialists, local, Ukrainian and foreign teams. In order to create centers for the study and preservation of Ukraine's industrial heritage and a new tourist cluster as part of the European Industrial Heritage Route (ERIH), as well as the creation of new industries, new technologies to improve the urban environment, solve environmental problems and promote the green transition.
The program provides the development of solutions for the revitalization of coal mines
This program corresponds with the state program of fair transformation of coal regions of Ukraine and is supported by the Ministry of Regional Development, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories and international partners, in cooperation with Donetsk and Lviv regional administrations.
During the presentation, First Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Rostyslav Zamlynskyi said that the controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions have the largest number of coal enterprises compared to other coal regions of Ukraine and most of them are in mono-cities. In addition, the demarcation line nearby literally exclude traditional investment processes. That is why the search for creative ideas to create new jobs comes to front. The proposed holding of Hackathons meets these conditions.
The People's Deputy of Ukraine, member of the parliamentary group on fair transformation of coal territories Yuriy Kamelchuk noted that the closure of mines is, first of all, new prospects for the development of territories, but before closing the mine it is necessary to have a program to create new jobs.
The main goal of our cooperation is to build effective platform aimed at decarbonization of the economy of Ukraine and a just transformation of the coal mining regions.
—Yuliya Rybak, co-headof the German-Ukrainian energetic partnership
The following people also joined the event: co-headof the German-Ukrainian energetic partnership Yuliya Rybak; counselor for economic, energy and climate issues at British Embassy in Ukraine Olena Balbekova; Head of Strategy and Innovation at Ernst & Young Oleksiy Imas; head of experimental direction at UNDP Laboratory of Innovative Development Oksana Udovyk; coordinator of the program "Climate Change and Energy Policy" at the Heinrich Böll Foundation Oksana Aliyeva; EURACOAL Secretary General Brian Ricketts; as well as representatives of Donetsk, Dnipro, Lviv, Kyiv Polytechnics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and others.
It is important to make a blooming garden out of these regions. That is why we will be pleased to join the development of the ideas at the hackathon.
—Oleksiy Imas, head of Strategy and Innovation at Ernst & Young
We hope that the experience of cooperation and the adoption of international cases will be positive for Ukraine.
—Olena Balbekova, counselor for economic, energy and climate issues at British Embassy in Ukraine
At the presentation there was an exchange of coal trolleys between the cities of Myrnohrad and Chervonohrad, selected by the Government of Ukraine for the implementation of pilot projects. Specially for this event, mine 5\6 SE «Myrnohradvugillya» and mine «Nadiya» delivered to Kyiv coal trolleys, which were located at the entrance to the CEC «Parkovy».
At the presentation there was an exchange of coal trolleys between the cities of Myrnohrad and Chervonohrad
Representatives of international organizations, industrial enterprises, foreign embassies, Ukrainian and foreign experts and scientists attended the event.