DC Climathon at GW

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What is Climathon?

Climathon is a 24-hour global competition dedicated to addressing the pressing challenges of climate change with innovative ideas and local and regional solutions. Hosted simultaneously in dozens of cities worldwide, Climathon is sponsored by Climate-KIC, an initiative of the European Union. Every October, cities around the world host Hackathons where individuals combine their knowledge and ideas and form teams to solve a unique climate-related problem in their communities. Over a 24-hour period, the teams refine their ideas, create preliminary business proposals, and work with local experts in their communities. At the end of the Hackathon, judges pick semi-finalists to advance their ideas throughtout the remainder of the year. 

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The George Washington University (GW) and the District of Columbia partner with key stakeholders across the public and private sectors for the DC Climathon at GW, hosted at the GW School of Business. DC Climathon augments traditional educational offerings to develop leaders and create positive change within the local community, start-ups, and the public and and the private sector.Learn more about past themes, event, and winners of DC Climathon: 


Who can participate in Climathon? 

For developers, students, entrepreneurs, technical and non-technical experts alike who want to create new solutions on the day of the Climathon. The best solutions will win some prizes and also get the chance to enter the GW New Venture Competition to get accelerated.

Do I have to already be part of a team to participate? 

No, but it is encouraged to develop your idea for at least 3 weeks before coming to Climathon. At the event, you will have time to network with others and form teams with people with similar visions. 

What about eating and sleeping during the 24-hour Hackathon?

The event will be held at the George Washington University. Complementary meals and snacks will be provided throughout the event. Participants are not required to sleep over, but since activities will continue late into the night, it is encouraged to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. An overnight security guard will be on duty to ensure the safety of every participant who sleeps over.

What happens after the 24-hour Hackathon?

After the Hackathon, judges will choose teams to advance to the next stage of the competition. Teams will have the opportunity to continue developing their ideas with local DC climate experts, business consultants, and community engagement advisors. In December, teams will reconvene on the George Washington University campus to give their final pitches to a panel of judges, who will choose one team as a winner. The winning team will be entered into GW's New Venture Competition, which awards $200,000 worth of cash and in-kind prizes to local entrepeneurs. 

How do I register?

Climathon registration usually opens in the September before the event. Keep checking this website for updates! 

What is Global Climathon?

Climathon is a global event that takes place annually in 104 cities around the world. The event is affiliated with Climate-KIC, which is supported by the EIT, a body of European Union. You can learn more about Climathon here.