Climathon 2020: Announcing Houston’s Winners!

Drum roll, please… Meet the Winners of Climathon Houston 2020!

Realizing Houston’s Climate Action Plan

On Earth Day this year, the City of Houston published its first Climate Action Plan. The plan is the culmination of thousands of volunteer time from industry professionals, policy stakeholders, and community advocates. Together the working groups have laid out a concise plan to address the climate challenges that Houston faces along with maintaining a leadership role in the energy transition.

This year’s Climathon will look to realize some of the goals of the plan through design sprints led by local subject matter experts in the areas of Transportation, Energy Innovation, Building Optimization, and Materials Management.

Join us as we share some of the most interesting ideas to emerge from Climathon Houston 2020, and announce the winning solutions that will go on to the Climathon Global Awards!

Featured Challenges

Transportation

#1 – This Challenge will be led by the team at EVolve Houston. EVolve Houston has set short- and long-term targets to increase the awareness, affordability, and availability of electrified transportation in the Greater Houston area. The Electric Vehicle Roadmap, developed in collaboration with over 40 stakeholders, sets forth the goal for 30% of new car sales to be EV by the year 2030.

Energy Transition

#1 – Make Houston the leader in carbon capture technology and energy innovation.

#2 – Restore, protect, and enhance Houston’s natural ability to capture and store carbon.

Building Optimization

#1 – Reduce building energy use and maximize savings.

#2 – Expand investment in energy efficiency.

Materials Management

#1 – Reduce waste and transform the circular economy.

#2 – Optimize waste operations and create power from waste.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Feedback Friday: Pitches and Presentations

Watch social entrepreneurs pitch and present their solutions; and learn from experts as they provide feedback and advice for improvements!

Case studies, examples, role models…we often learn better from seeing what others have done, how they responded to setbacks, and how they improved their outcomes.

Join us as we kick off “Feedback Fridays” on the last day of The Houston Innovation/Impact Summit, evolving our Founders Forum to include and invite all who are working on communicating their value propositions to present their offers and get advice from local experts on how to improve their pitches.

If you would like to be a future presenter and get expert feedback on your pitch, please let us know!

Featured Startups: TBA

Guest Mentor: Brandry Guidry (Board Member, Impact Hub Houston)

Brandy Guidry is an entrepreneur, STEAM advocate, and consultant. As an independent consultant, she supports startups, established businesses, investment and private equity firms, and non-profits. Her consultant services assist with Product Lifecycle, pivot, and growth opportunities. Brandy is a fourth-generation female business owner who comes from a long line of entrepreneurs. Her consulting industry experience includes education, NDT, SaaS, energy, chemical, consumer products, IoT, food and restaurant, and retail. Prior to consulting, she held multiple leadership roles within Engineering and Business Operations for the Department of Defense and GE. She has led and/or assisted in the development of over 100 products and driven annual P&L savings between $18.5-45 M. In addition, Brandy has been featured in Worldwide Who’s Who Branding, Women of Distinction, Madame Noire, Rigzone, and First Colony Neighbors.

See the full list of programs: https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Sponsor THIS: https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-this2020sponsorship

#THIS2020 : Financial Empowerment & Entrepreneurship

Learn how to establish good financial practices and improve your personal creditworthiness in order to build a bankable business.

Entrepreneurs have to juggle multiple responsibilities successfully in order to grow their businesses. For those who are stronger at developing their products/services than doing their books, here’s your chance to learn from Danelia Argueta of Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union how to establish good financial practices and improve your personal creditworthiness in order to build a bankable business.

About 82% of businesses that fail are due to financial problems. That is why companies, no matter their size, sooner or later need loans to be able to continue developing projects effectively and scale their business. Set your business from the start with a strong financial foundation so you can be prepared for future growth.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How personal credit impacts your lending options
  • Tips to help you establish and grow your creditworthiness
  • Key financial reports you need to understand and have available
  • Loan options offered and the requirements to obtain a loan

Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union aims to be the key partner on your financial journey. Learn more at https://www.cyfairfcu.org/

On November 28th, 1956, ten local educators founded Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union with a vision for a better way to bank. Since then, we’ve grown into a leading not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution on the strength of our mission and vision to strengthen the community. Today, membership is open to individuals who either live, work, worship or go to school in Harris County or parts of Waller County, as well as to anyone who has immediate family who are currently members of Cy-Fair FCU.

See the full list of programs: https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Redefining Equity

Learn how black entrepreneurs are redefining “equity” and launching new ventures for financial resilience, investment, and wealth generation

“Black business ownership, more so than even education, is a tangible pathway for African Americans to achieve economic parity and close the racial wealth gap.”

Tiffany Howard, UNLV political science professor and recent Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) senior research fellow

While business ownership may be a promising path to generational wealth creation for black entrepreneurs, the Kauffman Foundation reports that black entrepreneurs are almost three times as likely as whites to have their profitability hurt by lack of access to capital, and more than twice as likely to be negatively impacted by the *cost* of capital. So how do we ensure that opportunity and support for their financial equity, is equitable itself?

Black entrepreneurs in Houston have been launching new ventures to address these challenges with a systemic approach. Join us to learn from founders Kiley Summers, Phillip Yates, and Tiffany Williams about their startups, the problems they’re working to solve, and how they plan to grow their initiatives and scale their impact for under-represented and underserved entrepreneurs. Who knows: They may inspire you to start your own solutions for equity!

Guest Speakers:

Tiffany L. Williams

Kiley Summers

Attorney Phillip J. Yates

See the full list of programs: https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Sponsor THIS: https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-this2020sponsorship

Climathon 2020: Final Stretch Work Night!

You’re invited to a final work session to refine your solutions for Climathon 2020 before the submission deadline on DevPost!

Congrats! Your teams are formed and you’ve been refining your solution for Climathon 2020. We’re bringing you one more opportunity to work on your solutions before the Nov 18th submission deadline. Zoom Breakout Rooms will be set up for each team so you can collaborate one last time!

Important Dates

11/18 Submit Solutions on DevPost by 11:59PM

11/19 Judging

11/20 Winners Announced // 2PM

Realizing Houston’s Climate Action Plan

On Earth Day this year, the City of Houston published its first Climate Action Plan. The plan is the culmination of thousands of volunteer time from industry professionals, policy stakeholders, and community advocates. Together the working groups have laid out a concise plan to address the climate challenges that Houston faces along with maintaining a leadership role in the energy transition.

This year’s Climathon will look to realize some of the goals of the plan through design sprints led by local subject matter experts in the areas of Transportation, Energy Innovation, Building Optimization, and Materials Management.

Join us in addressing these issues with real-world solutions to these pressing problems we face together!

Featured Challenges

Transportation

This Challenge will be led by the team at EVolve Houston. EVolve Houston has set short- and long-term targets to increase the awareness, affordability, and availability of electrified transportation in the Greater Houston area. The Electric Vehicle Roadmap, developed in collaboration with over 40 stakeholders, sets forth the goal for 30% of new car sales to be EV by the year 2030.

Energy Transition

#1 – Make Houston the leader in carbon capture technology and energy innovation.

#2 – Restore, protect, and enhance Houston’s natural ability to capture and store carbon.

Building Optimization

#1 – Reduce building energy use and maximize savings.

#2 – Expand investment in energy efficiency.

Materials Management

#1 – Reduce waste and transform the circular economy.

#2 – Optimize waste operations and create power from waste.

If you are submitting a solution on DevPost, make sure to also sign up as an official Climathon participant at: https://climathon.climate-kic.org/houston

Thank you to our sponsors:

Houston’s Climate Action Ecosystem

Learn about Houston’s climate and environmental impact ecosystem and how you can get involved!

Learn about Houston’s climate and environmental impact ecosystem and how you can get involved, from Rachel Powers, Executive Director of the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC).

CEC’s MISSION: To foster dialogue, education, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston / Gulf Coast region.

Our vision is an environmental community recognized as a vital part of the fabric of our society. We connect concerned citizens and community leaders with well over 100 diverse environmental organizations. We share, support, and enhance their efforts and environmental advocacy. We do this through our programs, which include events that enhance understanding, and publications that give a balanced perspective on environmental issues.

See the full list of programs: https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Sponsor THIS: https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-this2020sponsorship

Building an Intentional, Inclusive and International Ecosystem

Meet the organizations that are working towards an intentional, inclusive and international entrepreneurial ecosystem for Houston!

Houston is home to one of the most diverse and international populations in the country. From 2000 to 2010 Houston had the second-largest increase of foreign-born persons, with over 400,000 immigrants making our region their new home. In 2015, about 25% of the residents of Harris County — over one million persons — were immigrants. Since the 1970s, when Houston began welcoming Vietnamese refugees after the Fall of Saigon, Houston has become a destination for refugee resettlement providing safe harbor to people from Afghanistan, Bhutan, El Salvador, Cuba, Iraq, Myanmar, Rwanda and Somalia. If the Houston area were its own country, it would rank among the top five countries in the world for refugee resettlement.

Many who come here seek opportunities to contribute to society and build better lives for themselves and their families.

How can we help them successfully integrate into Houston and create new opportunities for themselves and their communities?

Learn from a few organizations who are working to do just that, with a variety of entrepreneurial, training and upskilling programs that bridge cultural and opportunity gaps.

Guest Speakers and Supporting Organizations

See the full list of programs: https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Sponsor THIS: https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-this2020sponsorship

Climathon 2020: Hacking Solutions to Houston’s Climate Challenges!

Bring Your Climate Action Ideas to Life at Climathon 2020!

Realizing Houston’s Climate Action Plan

On Earth Day this year, the City of Houston published its first Climate Action Plan. The plan is the culmination of thousands of volunteer time from industry professionals, policy stakeholders, and community advocates. Together the working groups have laid out a concise plan to address the climate challenges that Houston faces along with maintaining a leadership role in the energy transition.

This year’s Climathon will look to realize some of the goals of the plan through design sprints led by local subject matter experts in the areas of Transportation, Energy Innovation, Building Optimization, and Materials Management.

Join us in addressing these issues with real-world solutions to these pressing problems we face together!

Climathon Kickoff Schedule (11/13)

  • 1:00PM – Open Networking: Get to know what we have in store for you for Climathon Houston 2020!
  • 1:30PM – Opening Remarks: Join breakout rooms themed around challenges, meet people with similar interests, and begin identifying teammates.
  • 1:45PM – Team Building: Set your teams up on the platform to start conversation and collaboration.
  • 2:00PM – Design Sprint: Want help getting started? Join this session to learn how you can structure your design and development process, and spark new ideas for your solution! (This session is optional)
  • 3:30PM – Progress Check: Come back to the main room to share your progress, get feedback on teams and solutions, and decide whether to pivot or persist. (This session is optional)
  • 4:30PM – Idea Pitch: Everyone will join us in the main room to share your ideas with the group, opening the floor for others to join your team. New projects may be presented at this time, too!
  • 4:55PM – Closing and Next Steps

Featured Challenges

Transportation

This Challenge will be led by the team at EVolve Houston. EVolve Houston has set short- and long-term targets to increase the awareness, affordability, and availability of electrified transportation in the Greater Houston area. The Electric Vehicle Roadmap, developed in collaboration with over 40 stakeholders, sets forth the goal for 30% of new car sales to be EV by the year 2030.

Energy Transition

#1 – Make Houston the leader in carbon capture technology and energy innovation.

#2 – Restore, protect, and enhance Houston’s natural ability to capture and store carbon.

Building Optimization

#1 – Reduce building energy use and maximize savings.

#2 – Expand investment in energy efficiency.

Materials Management

#1 – Reduce waste and transform the circular economy.

#2 – Optimize waste operations and create power from waste.

Important Dates

11/17 Final Working Session // 4-6PM

11/18 Submit Solutions on DevPost by 11:59PM

11/19 Judging

11/20 Winners Announced

Learn More About the Climathon: https://climathon.climate-kic.org/houston

Thank you to our sponsors: