• Where can I be part of a Climathon?

    This year for the first time, Climathon is being held in three New Zealand cities!

    Climathon Wellington

    Keeping our title as Best City in the World!

    In 2017, a global survey by the Deutsche Bank proved that Wellington is the best city in the world to live in, based on cost of living, pollution, climate and house prices.

    This wasn’t news to us, but being a waterfront city facing a changing climate, we need to work to keep it that way!

    Climathon Auckland

    Creating a new energy future for every Aucklander

    Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and fastest growing city. How can we power this growth in a low carbon way that is affordable and accessible for every Aucklander? Our challenges range from how we generate and use energy to how we travel. Let’s design a brighter energy future for our brilliant city.

    Climathon Christchurch

    Building resilience through resourcefulness

    Over the past six years, Christchurch has shown resilience and resourcefulness. We can adapt to change, turn challenges into opportunities and use ingenuity to make life easier. Now's the time to embed this culture in our city - to do more with the resources we have, and reduce our impact on the environment whilst improving our standard of living

  • How Climathon Works

    What you can expect during the 24 hour event


    Propose solutions & form teams

    Friday night is focused on exploring the city's problem areas, developing possible solutions, and pitching your ideas to form teams.


    Run experiments to test your ideas

    On Saturday, explore these solutions further using lean methodologies, develop and test hypothesis, and discuss your solution with business professionals and problem experts


    Present progress and win support

    On Saturday evening, teams present their solutions to a judging panel, who will determine which ideas are most appropriate for each of the available support packages.

  • Your ramp to a global stage

    #ClimathonNZ is part of a global series of events organised by Climate-KIC. Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch will join 230 other major cities around the world in a 24 hour challenge to create Climate Change solutions!


    A fast paced 24 hours to muck in, collaborate with new people and extend your networks globally, learn new skills to challenge your thinking and push your ideas into action.

    • Friday evening 27th October - Saturday evening 28th October
    • Now in three locations - Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
    • We'll keep you fed, inspired and ready for action!
    • This is a free event - thanks to the amazing support of our awesome sponsors


    We have a range of support packages to suit a variety of ideas during and after the Climathon! Build and test an idea during the 24 hour event, then pitch to access the continued support.


    For specific details on the prizes available, visit your region's page.
  • Updates

    Find out the latest about ClimathonNZ

  • National Sponsors

    Climathon is supported at a national level by:

    The Deep South

    National Science Challenge

    The Deep South Challenge has been involved with the Climathon since they put Wellington's hand up to host the first NZ one back in 2015.

    This year, their funding goes directly towards supporting two new cities to come on board, making it a truly national event for the first time. In addition, they provide their own time to help with logistics, promotion, and the support of their climate researchers and some of our awesome judges.

  • National Supporters

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