• About Climathon

    The University of Auckland's Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in partnership with Vector, is hosting Auckland's first ever Climathon! A 24 hour global ideas hack, the event will take place simultaneously in over 233 cities worldwide. Climathon was designed by Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change,
    known as Climate-KIC.


    Take part in this large scale international programme to bring to life innovations and solutions to climate change issues.

    The Auckland Climathon will be held over 24 hours from Friday night, 27th October to Saturday night, 28th October.

    Students, staff, and the greater Auckland community are invited to participate (we’ll let you sleep, we promise!).
    We'll keep you fed, inspired and ready for action. This is a free event, thanks to the generosity of our sponsor Vector.

    Registrations for Climathon Auckland have now closed.


  • Venue

    Climathon Auckland will be taking place at
    Unleash Space, the University of Auckland's new 900sqm innovation hub and makerspace

  • How Climathon Works

    What you can expect during the 24 hour event
    Friday - 5-11pm (Registrations at 5 for 6pm start)
    Saturday - 8am - 8pm


    Propose solutions & form teams

    Friday night is all about

    exploring the challenges

    Auckland faces around climate and ideating solutions to those challenges.


    We will have

    open-mic pitches, where

    participants get 1 minute to

    pitch their ideas to the crowd,

    to get people inspired to work

    on your solution.


    Teams form around ideas, and the remainder of the night is spent working in teams and with coaches to determine how best to tackle the solution in the remainder of the time.


    Run experiments to test your ideas

    Saturday is all about action – using the Design Led Thinking process to develop your idea into a prototyped solution, and using lean methodology to test your assumptions in the market place. You’ll be surrounded by science and climate experts, design led thinking and lean methodology coaches to really support you.


    Present progress and win

    On Saturday evening, teams present their solutions to a judging panel who will determine which idea wins. Opportunity for support to all presented ideas is available to apply for post-event.

  • Auckland Updates

    Stories for Auckland Climathon

  • Why take part in Climathon?

    · Bring to life solutions or innovations for climate change issues

    · Get a taste for what it is really like to build a start-up or commercialise an idea

    · Test your idea to see if it has viability

    · Find partners and co-founders equally passionate about your idea!

    · Test yourself to see if entrepreneurship, innovation, or building a start-up is for you

    · Network and meet likeminded people from a variety of industries who are equally passionate about start-ups and/or solutions to climate change!

    · Develop skills in design led thinking by applying it to a real life experiment

    · Upskill in lean start-up methodology, and practise lean principles on your Climathon idea

    · Surround yourself and network with our expert mentors in design led thinking, lean start-up, climate change and sustainability

    · The winners of the Auckland Climathon event will receive follow up support and mentoring to develop their idea into a venture. This follow up support will be tailored to the needs of the venture, and will be delivered by Akina, or another provider.

  • How to Climathon

  • Delivered by

    Climathon Auckland is delivered by the University of Auckland's
    Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Powered by Vector

  • Supporters




    Auckland Council

    Deep South Challenge



    fresh fish studio

    Generation Zero



    Pure Advantage


    Smith & Wild

    Sustainable Business Network

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