2017 DC Climathon

Cities across the country and around the globe are recognizing their responsibility to prepare for a changing climate, and the District is no exception. In recent years, we have seen how climate change is already impacting us with record-breaking heat waves and snowstorms, flooding caused by rising sea levels and heavy rains, and the destructive 2012 derecho storm. These events are sobering reminders that without action, increasingly severe weather events will threaten to disrupt our power grid, harm our economy, and cost lives. 

The challenge is to help DC to be resilient in the face of climate change. Solutions should focus on: 

● Preparation for emerging and future impacts such as dangerous heat, extreme weather events, and increased flooding 

● Seniors, low-income, and populations with access and/or functional needs 

● Enabling grassroots/community-based creation and involvement including social capital and community building, neighborhood-led infrastructure, and communication methods and connectivity 

Winning Teams

Team Power to the People pitched an idea to work closely with nonprofits to provide skills & training to underserved communities and provide a capable workforce for energy service companies, while also increasing the market share of the Innovating companies. The impact is a potential decrease of annual emissions of 24.5% in Washington, DC, a significant alleviation of grid overcapacity, and a more resilient system in times of extreme climate events.

Team weMesh pitched their idea to create a mesh network or small FM enabled devices for decentralized communication in the event of a natural disaster. The impact would be to enable communities to be better prepared during natural disasters caused by climate change. Create more resilient communities by allowing for access to communication with no use of existing infrastructure.