Anyone can have a good idea, right? Register now as a group or individual and tackle this year’s climate challenge at Brisbane Climathon 2018 on 26-27 October.

What is Climathon?

Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change challenge which takes place simultaneously in more than 100 cities around the world. It was founded by the group Climate-KIC Europe in 2015 in the run up to the historic Paris climate negotiations.

Climate-KIC Australia and its partners run the local events. Climathon pairs the challenges of the world’s cities with people who have the passion and ability to solve them. Each city sets its own local climate challenge that reflects what affects their urban life the most.

With additional help, the winning idea can then develop into a tangible solution in the form of a project or business start-up.

This year’s challenge

The 2018 challenge is: how can we empower Brisbane households to tackle climate change by reducing the waste they generate?

You might be wondering how waste is related to climate change. In a word: methane. This greenhouse gas is generated by waste in landfills. Methane is 84 times more potent than CO2 over a 20 year period, which means every tonne of methane traps as much heat in our atmosphere as 84 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Greenhouse gas emissions including both carbon and methane are also associated with the production and distribution of stuff we end up throwing away.

We asked Jaine Morris from Climate-KIC Australia how the Brisbane challenge was decided upon.

“I’d say a number of factors. There’s been a recent groundswell of public awareness about waste, and we have the Queensland State Government’s impending landfill levy. There’s also a global push to find novel solutions to waste management at a household level.”

How it works

The Brisbane Climathon starts 5.30pm Friday evening on 26 October and continues all day Saturday.

The steps:

  1. A couple of quick presentations about the unique waste challenges Brisbane residents face.
  2. Team forming: you can register as an already-arranged team of 3-4 people, or if you’re an individual you’ll be connected with new teammates.
  3. Come up with a bunch of ideas and pick the one you want to work on.
  4. You’ll have lots of time to develop your idea and prepare your presentation with help from our mentors from the field. You can also join a workshop on business modelling and pitch training.
  5. Each team will present to a panel of judges, who will pick the winning teams.

That’s a pretty intense two days. We asked Jaine if she has any encouraging words for someone who has a great idea but is the shy, retiring type.

“When forming teams it’s vital to have a mix of backgrounds, life experience, knowledge and skills. That means there’ll be a valuable place for you, regardless of whether you are a waste industry extrovert or data curious introvert.”

The winners: what happens next?

Jaine says while the winning prize for Brisbane Climathon 2018 is still to be decided, it could be access to mentorship, an invitation to an associated event, and/or business coaching.

“It’s up to the team with the winning idea to decide how they progress it forward. For example, there have been several teams at other Climate-KIC hackathons that continued to work on their idea post-event and are now a part of the Energy Lab Clean Tech Accelerator cohort.”

Register now

You can register for free for Brisbane Climathon 2018 at the Eventbrite page.

Questions? Email Jaine Morris or Climate-KIC Australia

CitySmart, producer of Live for Less, is a proud supporter of Climathon 2018.