Bring Your #ClimateAction Ideas to Life at Climathon!Oct 25, 2019 | Impact Hub Houston @ HX
Missed the event? Hear about it on Houston Matters: Brenda Ruiz of Houston Public Media covered us!
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 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!
What happens during Climathon?
Presenting the Challenges: Entrepreneurs, students, developers, and more are invited to come up with innovative solutions to Houston’s climate challenges.
Creating Solutions: You’ll connect with city officials and partners around a shared vision for a healthier city. You’ll help bring this vision to life by participating in the hackathon October 25, 1pm-10pm: You can bring an existing idea to work on, or develop a new solution with an inspiring team. Coaches and experts will be on hand to help you develop promising solutions to Houston’s climate challenges. Participants can win passes to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, courtesy of the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition!
What happens after Climathon?
You can continue working on your solutions on October 29 at Open Project Night and over the next two weeks. For those serious about turning their ideas into viable businesses, we’ll help you prepare to pitch to our panel of judges, who will evaluate which ideas move on to the next phase. The highest scoring team will be awarded the opportunity to work with Topl to build a customized Impact Tracker for their solution: This Tracker will give the winners the opportunity to turn their sustainable solution into verifiable action by creating, analyzing, and eventually exchanging Impact Credits on Topl, the impact blockchain!
The top three solutions will be submitted for a chance to go to the Climathon Global Awards in Paris and win a Citizens Award and cash prizes: 1st) EUR 10,000 / 2nd) EUR 5000 / 3rd) EUR 2500
Finalists selected to move to the next phase will receive:
- An invitation to the Climathon Global Awards Ceremony on January 31 in Paris during the ChangeNOW Summit
- A dedicated one-day bootcamp to grow your idea, on January 30 in Paris
- Free entrance to the 3-day ChangeNOW Summit
- Travel and accommodation for one person per team of semi-finalists is complimentary (additional team members are more than welcome to join at their own expense!)
CLIMATHON 2019 PARTICIPANTS
Thank you for joining us for Houston’s first Climathon!
We’re so excited to see what solutions you develop to make Houston a better place to live for all. Please check your inboxes or click the button at right to review the Welcome Letter for day-of instructions. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you on October 25!
Climathon Houston Challenges
Challenge #1: Crowdsource Solutions for the City of Houston
Stakeholder and citizen engagement are an important part of solving Houston’s climate challenges. The City seeks solutions towards multiple goals from the Mayor’s Climate Action Plan, which guide the strategies and actions that the City and community can take to reduce our GHG emissions and help prepare for a changing climate
Challenge #2: Better Decisions from Better Carbon Visibility
By giving consumers visibility to the carbon footprint of different energy sources, which companies utilize these sources, and the degree to which they utilize these sources, we can empower consumers to make informed purchasing decisions about their energy supply.
Challenge #3: Impact Climate Awareness and Action
When sustainability is taken into account, not every action carries the same weight. How can we motivate people to adopt a new, sustainable lifestyle and act in meaningful ways in their everyday lives in order to address the main causes of climate change?
Challenge #4: Houston Electric Vehicles (EV) Challenge
For a developing EV market to thrive it is important that would-be adopters have awareness of and convenient access to options that suit their needs and preferences.
Climathon Houston Schedule
October 25, 2019
Participant check-in and mingling
Challenge Sponsors present challenges, Innovators present ideas, and teams form around projects
The hacking begins!
Break for Dinner
Teams break for dinner. We’ll discuss how judging and submission for the Global Awards will work. Everyone is welcome to continue working through dinner, though!
Teams wrap up for the evening. We’ll share next steps. If you’d like to continue working on your solutions among peers, join us at Open Project Night on October 29!
Meet Our Coaches, Judges and Experts
Founder, Sketch City & January Advisors
Houston Lead, Bunker Labs
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Houston
Executive Director, Citizens' Environmental Coalition
Labs Manager, WeWork
CEO, Impact Hub Houston
CEO, Syzygy Plasmonics
Director of Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Houston Community College (HCC)
Topl Tech Team
Support Solutions to Houston's Climate Challenges!
Where It’s At
Impact Hub Houston @ HX
410 Pierce St, Suite 215
Houston TX 77002
This Event is Free, But There’s Only Room for 60!
Partners & Sponsors
Many thanks to our partners and sponsors for spreading the word and making this event FREE to participate in!