Part of the global Climathon movement, Houston's hackathon invites you to develop solutions towards #SDG13: Climate Action!

Houston, “The Energy Capital of the World,” has experienced three 500-year-flood disasters—including the destruction from Hurricane Harvey—in the same amount of years. We’ve seen local talent rise to these challenges in the past, and want to give them a platform to take their solutions to the next level. In such a diverse city with a tremendous amount of resources, it seems only natural that Houston can help lead the way in developing local solutions that can scale to other contexts…especially in light of the Mayor’s recently-announced Climate Action Plan

Climathon Houston 2019 is Houston’s opportunity to:

  • Engage the nonprofit, startup and entrepreneurship communities to develop innovative solutions towards climate action
  • Build stronger relationships among impact-oriented organizations and communities
  • Connect thought leaders and subject matter experts with designers, developers, entrepreneurs, policymakers and activists for more creative, effective, and viable solutions
  • Send talented Houstonians to present their solution at the Climathon Global Awards in France!

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Eligibility

All are welcome who are passionate about developing solutions to address the myriad issues around climate change.

Requirements

You can bring an existing idea to work on, or develop a new solution with an inspiring team. Solutions can be low-tech -- like behavioral change, policy-based solutions, or other local activities -- or high-tech. Coaches and experts will be on hand to help you develop promising solutions to Houston’s climate challenges.

Judges

Grace Rodriguez

Grace Rodriguez
CEO/ED, Impact Hub Houston

Kim Raath/Chris Georgen
Co-Founders, Topl

Lara Cottingham

Lara Cottingham
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Houston

Jesse Bounds

Jesse Bounds
Director of Innovation, City of Houston

Trevor Best

Trevor Best
Co-Founder/CEO, Syzygy

Rachel Powers

Rachel Powers
Executive Director, Citizens' Environmental Coalition

Jeff Reichman

Jeff Reichman
Founder, January Advisors & Sketch City

Dakota Stormer

Dakota Stormer
Founder, Footprint App

Judging Criteria

  • RELEVANCE
    Teams who have developed an idea that clearly a) responds to the presented Challenge, and; b) addresses a climate issue.
  • PITCH
    The solution was well presented and clearly outlines the why, how and what of the idea.
  • TEAM
    The teams expresses motivation, enthusiasm and an interest in being able to develop their idea further.
  • TRANSFORMATIVE POTENTIAL
    If successful, the idea could have large scale impact