On a Friday afternoon on October 18th, OMGCLIMATE LDN, a community-run, unconference about tech and climate change took place in London. I was one of the people organising it — here’s my write-up.


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OMG CLIMATE LDN was the latest incarnation of the OMG CLIMATE unconference series — free, community run events to create a space to have discussion about how folks can use their positions in tech to do something about the climate crisis.

They’re deliberately inter-disciplinary, and designed to be inclusive and accessible to those with families, as well as folks outside of the tech industry because our changing climate is an issue with impacts across generations and any one industry. …

Alright! OMG CLIMATE LONDON is happening this coming Friday!

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We’re sold out, and registration is closed now, but if you signed up, this is what to expect on the day.

If you couldn’t sign up in time, fear not!

We’ll share a a write up, collating pics and posts from the day on this publication, shortly after the event.

13:30 — Doors open to the public

There will be tea, coffee, and soft drinks available in the afternoon, and while we expect you to have had eaten before you arrive, if you’re flagging, there will be fruit and some snacks.

14:00 — Introductions and explaining the format

We’ll welcome everyone, and state our motivations for organizing this event, before introducing format, code of conduct, organisers, and facilitators, and other housekeeping. …

If you were looking at OMGCLIMATE in Berlin earlier this year, and thinking “Gee, that looked interesting”, I have good news if you’re in London. We’re running an OMG CLIMATE in London on Friday Oct 18th!

A free, interdisciplinary unconference about tech, and climate change, happening on the afternoon of Friday 18th.

Tickets are free but limited, and you can sign up at the link below:

Okay, that sounds nice. What should I expect?

When faced with huge, wicked problems like the climate crisis, there is a job to be done with conferences for sharing existing explicit knowledge.

But for the real breakthroughs, unconferences are extremely effective for working out new approaches to try, get past previous blockers, or compare notes with peers to talk about what’s working, and what isn’t working so well. …

Below are the notes from Clean Coffee #6 — the second one with organisers on two different continents — Europe and South Asia this time! Read on to get an idea of what we covered. These They may be a bit messy, and are mainly used to refer back to later for attendees, but they may be useful for you too.

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Clean coffee selfie with folks from Berlin, Pune, Bangalore Hyperabad, Mumbai and Delhi
  • Is there a way I could look to collaborate with like-minded people for a potential project? — Neha 🙋🏽🙋🏽🙋🏽🙋🏽🙋🏽🙋🏽
  • Where to focus efforts about climate change: awareness v/s mitigation v/s adaptation? — Paras 🙋🏽🙋🏽🙋🏽🙋🏽🙋🏽
  • Recently, I can see a lot of sustainable options for traveling like electric bikes, cycles and more. But what if the city infrastructure in itself doesn’t make it feasible? How can we deal with this?- Ankita

These are the notes from Clean Coffee #5 — the first one with organisers on two different continents! They may be a bit messy, and are mainly used as a stream-of-consciousness like set of notes to refer back to later for attendees, but they may be useful for you too.

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Topics we talked about

  • There are so many (tech/digital) projects and groups of volunteer behind them trying to create useful tools to fight climate change. The result is that there are a lot of tools, most not working great and just add noise. Great passion doesn’t bring great products without funds. How to change that? …

We’re expanding clean coffee to run in new timezones — find out in the links below, when they’re running, and join.

Have you wanted to come to Clean Coffee, but found the timezone a real pain? Well, I have some news!

We’ve run Clean Coffee a few times in the European timezone, but we’re experimenting with doing on in the US West Coast timezone, as well as the Indian time zones, to make this easier.

Why? Because climate change has an impact everywhere, we need more voices in the conversation, and lean coffee is a good format for making it easy for everyone to have a say in what we talk about. …

In this piece I’ll introduce you to a mental model you can use, if you are building digital products (like websites or apps), and you want to reduce the environmental impact created by the server infrastructure you’re using.

In the Green Web Foundation, we’ve spent some time thinking about the climate crisis and the role tech plays, and we’ve come to use a mental model to conceptualise where we are able to effect some change. We call it Platform, Packets, Process, and it more or less breaks down as follows:

  • Platform — emissions caused by servers and infrastructure you run…

We send this out the same day of clean coffee. We figured it might be useful to have online somewhere future reference, for others who might want to replicate the clean coffee format.

Almost time for clean coffee!

Hi folks.

This is a final reminder for clean coffee today at XX:00 CET (i.e. in about X hours).

Please, please check your timezone here — timezones are hard, and we always have someone getting them mixed up.

We’ll be starting promptly, so please don’t be late.

Make sure you’re ready by…

  • making sure you have a good internet connection, a laptop with a webcam, a quiet space and headphones with a…

This is one of a series of guest posts from OMG CLIMATE attendees, covering each of the nine sessions at OMG CLIMATE in Berlin on May 25th.

This abridged post covers the notes from the “Carbon Offset as an API” session on the day, from attendee Maria M.

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Notes sketched up by José Ernesto Rodríguez

We have technology to address the world’s climate issues, but decision- and policy-making has lagged behind. In this session we explore the question:

How and when could tech tools help in driving political action to address climate change?

We could build tools that help to inform voters.

- In the UK, the Policy Tracker tracks which policies were agreed upon, and which ones actually got implemented. This holds politicians accountable to their voters.
- There could be a tool to help voters decide which party to vote for, by evaluating the party’s platform from a climate perspective.
- Fake news is an ongoing problem. Fact checkers could help. However they are difficult to implement and the user interface would need to be really simple. As a really ambitious idea: we could have a fact-checker that gives politicians a score real-time as they are talking. …

This is the second of a series of guest posts from OMG CLIMATE attendees, covering each of the nine sessions at OMG CLIMATE in Berlin on May 25th.

This abridged post covers the notes from the “Carbon Offset as an API” session on the day, from attendee Emily Woods. Check her personal website for more posts, and an extended writeup.

OMGClimate was held on an afternoon in Berlin on the 25th of May. It was organised as an unconference. This means that participants determine the agenda by proposing and voting on discussion topics, and subsequently involve themselves in the facilitated discussions. As a result, attendees actively participate and can chose the topics and discussions that feel most relevant to them. …


Chris Adams

Into bikes, sustainability, science, UX, politeness, coffee, & cities. Makes stuff on the internet at Product Science, AWMUG.org, and the planetfriendlyweb.org

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