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Judges & Sponsors

Climathon Aotearoa, NZ 2021

· Wellington Climathon

An update on the Climathon judging panel and the organisation that make it happen


All ideas pitched at Climathon are judged on their potential for impact and feasibility. Who better to have judge your ideas than a group of people with diverse experiences across the organisational spectrum. 

Climathon is lucky and humbled to have the following people on the judging panel for 2021:

Laurie Foon - Wellington City Council

Laurie is committed to supporting and sharing knowledge with any businesses wanting to balance its impact on communities and the environment. Up until last year she was Wellington Manager for the Sustainable Business Network. She is now a councillor on the Wellington City Council and is a strong advocate of working together to achieve a zero carbon and zero waste future. Her vision is for Wellington to be the ‘coolest little sustainable capital in the world’. Laurie can get pretty obsessive about growing a regular supply of lettuce and tomatoes.

Luke Ball - Creative HQ
As head of incubation at Wellington based startup business incubator and accelerator Creative HQ, Luke Ball helps stakeholders around NZ to develop supportive and attractive local startup communities. He has worked both sides of the desk, both as a founder and startup program manager, including 5 years in Chile, where he cofounded a 1200sqm coworking space and was head of acceleration for Start-up Chile.

Ilan Noy - Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Ilan Noy is the inaugural Chair in the Economics of Disasters and Climate Change, established in July 2013 with original sponsorship from Victoria University of Wellington, the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). The focus of the Chair is on the research and application of economics to the management of natural hazards, disasters, and climate change.


Climathon NZ is also super lucky to be supported by a bunch of rad organisations that are helping to make the day as great as it can be so you are supported whilst solving gnarly problems!

A big thank you to… 

Major Sponsor: 

Wellington City Council

Resource and Innovation Sponsor:

Creative HQ

Key Theme Sponsors:

Ministry for the Environment - Waste

Mevo - Transport

Wellington City Council - Food Systems

Are you ready to help change the world - grab your free tickets here.

We look forward to seeing you on March 19th and 20th.

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