2016 DC Climathon: Hack the Waste Stream!


Are you up for the challenge?

District of Columbia residents throw away tons of durable goods every year - items such as appliances, clothes, mattresses, and other products meant to last several years or more. For the most part, discarded durable goods haven’t reached their maximum lifespan and could be kept in circulation either through refurbishing or repurposing them. How might we extend the life of durable goods in DC and create economic and environmental equity for Washingtonians? Come develop your ideas at the DC Climathon!   
  • Engage in Social Entrepreneurship
  • Develop green leadership
  • Learn Design Thinking

Why participate?

Savvy socially-minded entrepreneurs, innovators, and solution finders are invited to participate in the DC Climathon, whether or not they have a clear solution in mind. Teams will be formed on site and business ideas developed in real time. Existing pilot ideas are welcome. Please note that all teams must have at least one GW-affiliated member (student or alum). 

Are there prizes?

The winner of DC Climathon will receive an automatic advancement to the GW New Venture Challenge and ongoing mentorship through January 2017. Cash and product prizes available to winning teams..

What will happen at the event?

The 2016 DC Climathon will be held at the George Washington University School of Business in Duques Hall. The 24-hour event will run from 3 pm on Friday, October 28 to 3 pm on Saturday, October 29, and will provide training, coaching, and judging for participating teams.
Friday, October 28, 2016
 3:00 pm Opening remarks: Defining the design problem
 4:00 pm Team-forming
 7:00 pm Dinner
 9:00 pm Evening yoga
Saturday, October 29, 2016
  1:00 am Video conference with Climathon events in other cities
  7:30 am Sunrise yoga
  8:15 am Breakfast
  10:00 am Parallel clinics: business plans, pitches
  12:00 pm Lunch/Project presentations (10 mins each)
  2:30 pm Award ceremony
  3:00 pm Program end