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  • Create & Test Solutions In 24 Hours

    If you have an idea to reduce carbon emissions, build resilience to climate change in Wellington, or want to use your skills on projects that can, register for Climathon.

    Climathon is a global 24 hour challenge where you will be supported by expert design thinking and startup coaches, business and academic leaders, to create and test solutions to reduce carbon emissions, build resilience to climate change in Wellington and make the most of the opportunity that the green growth economy presents (valued at NZ$6 trillion in 2009).



    $6000 in research funding for a summer scholarship at Victoria University

    A place in the Victoria Uni Entrepreneur Bootcamp (valued at over $7500).

    3X $1000 Business Support Stipends from Greater Wellington Regional Council

    Two Teams will have entry to the Wellington City Low Carbon Challenge workshops to progress their ideas.

    MOTIF are providing a 3x90 minute workshops to level up an idea from the weekend.

    3x 90 minute Workshop series from the Ākina Foundation Consultant to progress your idea.

    This challenge is perfect for people from all sectors who enjoy creating solutions to complex challenges that have potential for huge positive impacts, here in Wellington and abroad.

    Our goal is to support you to make this city of ours even better. You will be fed, there will be massage therapists on site and even a yoga session to keep your brain in peak flow. If you have ideas or want to offer your skills to be a part of this small and specialised group, register now.

  • Corporate Teams Available

    Have your business represented at Climathon Wellington.

  • Wellingtons Challenges

    Create solutions to...



    What new ways can we engage key communities in conversations about potential future challenges?



    When will infrastructure break and what are the obvious solutions?


    Waste & Transport

    How do we improve waste and transport in Wellington?

  • How Climathon Works

    What you can expect during the 24 hour event


    Learn about the challenges

    On Wednesday the 18th of October there is an exclusive workshop for 30 participants to learn about the challenges from the people that have the knowledge at the Royal Society Of New Zealand.


    Propose solutions & form teams

    Friday night (27th October) is focused on exploring the city's challenges, 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 challenge 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.

  • Register Now

    Space is limited.

  • The National Library

    Is the venue for this years Climathon Wellington

    A beautiful space with perfect facilities for creating and testing ideas.

  • How will you benefit from Climathon?

    • Help solve your Wellingtons biggest challenges, and make your city more resilient to climate change
    • Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities
    • Develop your skills in public speaking, innovative thinking, prioritisation, and explore new tools and methodologies
    • Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
    • Become a part of a global community working together to take climate action!

  • Co-Hosts

    For the last three years, Victoria University of Wellington and Wellington City Council

    have joined forces to bring you the Climathon in Wellington.

    Victoria University of Wellington

    Sustainability and Resilience Research Theme

    Wellington City Council

    Climate Change Strategy

  • Sponsors

    We couldn't bring you Climathon without the support of an amazing set of sponsors


    Tech and knowledge transfer, entrepreneurship.

    Deep South National Science Challenge

    Climate Change Strategy

    Greater Wellington Regional Council

    Strong supporters on actions to reduce carbon emissions and build climate resilience in Wellingotn

  • Wellington Supporters

    These organisations are backing Climathon

    Generation Zero

    A generation of kiwis taking action on climate change.


    Little Yellow Bird

    Little Yellow Bird make the best uniforms in the world. All of which are ethically and sustainably made from 100% cotton.


    Mevo is New Zealand's first electric car share.

    Ākina Foundation

    The Ākina Foundation is growing social enterprise across New Zealand​

    Royal Society

    We support New Zealanders to explore, discover and share knowledge.​

    Ministry for the Environment

    Our purpose is to make Aotearoa New Zealand the most liveable place in the world.

    Enviro-mark Solutions

    We provide simple and effective environmental programmes, tools and certifications​

    Empathy Design

    Design for meaningful experiences / lasting customer relationships / capable and innovative teams / a better bottom line

  • Delivered by


    Transforming how the world does business.

    MOTIF create growth strategies and business models that integrate social and environmental development goals in ways that support them to out-perform companies that don't.


    When people connect, the world changes.

    EXP's projects are wide ranging, multi-faceted and often haven’t been done before. Whatever your challenges or opportunities, they can help you build and execute effective strategies.

    Ants and Silvia from EXP have been involved in the Climathon since it first began in 2015, pulling together an amazing experience in a few short weeks that was easily the best Climathon event in the world.

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