On Friday, 17 May 2024 in the framework of LIFE LATESTadapt project, Valmiera hosted the urban planning and innovation hackathon “LifeHack Valmiera”, where the main prize – EUR 2500 – was awarded to the team “Potato Olympics” from Estonia with their solution for improving the Valmiera Olympic Centre parking lot and the surrounding area to reduce the heat island effect.

The jury appreciated that the team proposed different solutions that could be implemented individually, thus gradually improving the situation in the defined area. The team’s presentation included many different solutions – green roofs and walls, trees in the car park, rainwater collection and storage, pedestrian walkways with green roofs in the car park and other innovative ideas. 

More info about the event on LATESadapt project website.


The hackathon was 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.