RSVP FOR THE AWARDS CEREMONY: Climathon 2020 : Announcing Houston's Winners!

The impacts of climate change are all around us, coming even harder and faster than the models predicted. When global climate politics is stifling, it’s your turn to move. Climathon communities collaborate to raise climate awareness, disrupt the status-quo, and rethink the cities we live in and the future we want as citizens. 

On Earth Day this year, the City of Houston published its first Climate Action Plan. This year’s Climathon will look to realize some of the goals of the plan through design sprints led by local subject matter experts in the areas of TransportationEnergy InnovationBuilding Optimization, and Materials Management.

Join us in addressing these issues and participate in the biggest climate hackathon in the world. Whether you’re a concerned citizen, active advocate, designer, developer, engineer, energy professional, policy maker, student or startup, you can help innovative and local solutions for the global climate emergency. Bring an existing idea or get ready to meet and ideate with people like you who are ready to #TakeAction for our climate.

The pandemic will not stop us from saving our people and planet! You will be able to experience Climathon globally and fully virtual this year, including live streams of all key sessions, workshop webinars, Zoom meetings with experts and coaches and more.

RSVP FOR THE AWARDS CEREMONY: Climathon 2020 : Announcing Houston's Winners!


Eligible Participants

  • Individuals (if there is in-person participation, minors must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Teams
  • Organizations

All are welcome who are passionate about developing solutions to address the myriad issues around climate change. Due to the pandemic, all hackathon events and sessions will be held online, so please make sure you have a device that allows you to engage and collaborate effectively with other participants.


You can bring an existing idea to work on, or develop a new solution with an inspiring team. Solutions can be low-tech -- like behavioral change, policy-based solutions, or other local activities -- or high-tech. Coaches and experts will be on hand to help you develop promising solutions to Houston’s climate challenges.

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,210 in prizes

Meeting with City of Houston (3)

Impact Hub Houston Community Membership (3)

Official Submission to the Climathon Global Awards! (3)

The top three solutions will be submitted for a chance to go to the Climathon Global Awards in Paris and win a Citizens Award and cash prizes: 1st) EUR 10,000 / 2nd) EUR 5000 / 3rd) EUR 2500

Finalists who are then selected by the Global Awards jury to move to the next phase will receive:

- An invitation to the Climathon Global Awards Ceremony on January 31 in Paris during the ChangeNOW Summit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Trevor Best

Trevor Best
CEO, Syzygy Plasmonics

Kevin Doffing
Terrapin Energy

Juliana Garaizar
Greentown Houston

Michelle Avalos

Michelle Avalos
Impact Hub Houston

Grace Rodriguez

Grace Rodriguez
Impact Hub Houston

Judging Criteria

    The solution was well presented and clearly outlines the why, how and what of the idea.
    Teams who have developed an idea that clearly a) responds to the presented Challenge, and; b) addresses a climate issue.
  • TEAM
    The teams expresses motivation, enthusiasm and an interest in being able to develop their idea further.
    If successful, the idea could have large scale impact.

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