• 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.

    The green growth economy (valued at NZ$6 trillion in 2009) presents a huge opportunity for New Zealand. Climathon is a fast paced, global, 24 hour challenge where you will be part of a small and talented group taking an educated approach to creating and testing ideas to reduce carbon emissions and create a more climate resilient Wellington.

    You Will Have

    Expert design thinking and startup coaches to help you get the most out of the 24 hours.

    Industry and knowledge leaders in the space to call on.

    The latest information and science at your fingertips.


    Prizes to support new ideas to progress include;

    $6000 in research funding,

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

    Support to apply for $5000 of Deep South Challenge Funding.

    Workshops with professional business advisors 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 Options 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


    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.

  • 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.

  • Why take part in Climathon?

    · Bring to life solutions or innovations for climate change issues


    · 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


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


    · 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 Wellington 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.

  • 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

  • Delivered by


    Transforming how the world does business.

    MOTIF drive revenue, market growth and resilience by creating growth strategies and business models that build trust, respect and loyalty from stakeholders.

    They work with the leaders of ambitious companies who are looking to make well-informed strategic decisions that have a positive global impact.



    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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