News | 18 March 2021
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Climathon explores climate change solutions

Climathon is back in Te Whanganui-a-tara for a fifth year, and once again participants have just 24 hours to come up with a solution to support climate change.

Image of competitors at Climathon Challenge

This year’s event focuses on three climate challenges – waste, transport and food systems – chosen for their impact and urgency for Wellington.

Climathon kicks-off this Friday night with a welcome from Wellington City Councillor Tamatha Paul, Climate Change Portfolio Lead.

“Wellington City Council is proud to be an ongoing supporter of Climathon because the ideas and projects which have come from this event have not only contributed to emissions reductions in real time, but have also improved the lifestyles of Wellingtonians from all different walks of life.”

During the 24-hour event participants form teams around an idea, validate and test these ideas and then pitch to a panel of judges who award prizes, specifically chosen to help take their idea to the next level.

Councillor Laurie Foon, one of this year’s judges, was previously the Wellington Manager for the Sustainable Business Network and is committed to supporting and sharing knowledge with any business wanting to balance its impact on communities and the environment.

Previous Climathon success stories in Wellington include Reusabowl, RefillNZ, The Tiny Plastic Factory and Collaborate.

When: 5pm Friday, 19 March – 6pm Saturday, 20 March 2021
Where: Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus, Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington
Who: All welcome