Climathon 2021 Kick-Off!

Climathon 2021 Kick-Off!

Impact Hub Houston kicks off Climathon 2021! Come learn about this year’s challenges, connect with the teams, and get ready for the week!

We envision a more prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient economy, where finance flows to green projects and activities, and where motivated people are empowered with the skills and capacity they need to take action.

This progress can only be achieved through systemic change – change that includes innovation across business, investment, regulation, governance structures, values and mindsets. We invite you to leverage Climathon Houston as a way to start ideating and innovating a solutions in these areas, or to continue working on and engaging people in solutions you may already be developing, especially those that relate to:

Kickoff Schedule:

  • 12:00-12:10 PM Welcome Remarks + Get to know what we have in store for you for Climathon Houston 2021!
  • 12:10-12:40PM Challenge Lightning Round
  • 12:40-13:00PM Team Building: Set your teams up on the platform to start conversation and collaboration before transitioning to Discord.

Featured Challenges:

Urban Transitions

  1. Promote retrofit and decentralized energy
  2. Create green, resilient cities
  3. Accelerate clean urban mobility

Sustainable Land Use

  1. Make agriculture climate-smart
  2. Transform food systems
  3. Nurture forests in integrated landscapes

Sustainable Production Systems

  1. Recast materials production
  2. Reduce industry emissions
  3. Reboot regional economies

Decision Metrics and Finance

  1. Mainstream climate in financial markets
  2. Democratize climate risk information
  3. Foster bankable green assets in cities

Learn More About the Climathon:

Other Important Dates

10/13 Open Project Night SDG 7 & SDG 13 // 5-6:30PM CST

10/25-29 Self Organized Hacking Continues on Discord

10/28 Final Virtual Working Session on Discord // 4-5PM CST

10/29 Submit Solutions on DevPost by 12:00PM CST

10/29-31 Judging

11/1 Winners Announced at 12PM CST

Thank you to our sponsors:

WATCH the Trailer for Houston’s First Climathon in 2019: Hacking Solutions for Climate Action and Resilience!

Climathon 2019

Climathon 2019

Bring Your Climate Action Ideas to Life at Climathon 2019!


Climate change is at our doorstep. Literally.
Houston has been flooded by three “500-year” storms in just three years.
Our homes and communities can’t take another 497 years of this.
It’s time for action.

Houston, “The Energy Capital of the World,” has experienced three 500-year-flood disasters—including the destruction from Hurricane Harvey—in recent 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!

During the Climathon, you’ll connect with city officials and partners to bring about a shared vision for a healthier city. You’ll help turn this vision into a reality by participating in the hackathon: 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!

After the Climathon, you can continue working on your solutions to create tangible change in your city and advance the movement. For those serious about transforming their ideas into viable businesses, we’ll help you prepare to pitch to our panel of judges, who will evaluate which ideas move on for consideration for the Global Awards. The best solutions may go on to present at the Climathon Global Awards in Paris next year!


As we will need all hands on deck that day, we are looking for around 8 volunteers to support the event during different shifts, including a couple of people to help capture this very special event with photography and filming. Are you the one?

For more information:

To register to participate:

We can’t wait to see you there!