ZeroCO2 Hackathon

The Challenge

Canberra is a national leader in renewable energy generation and is on track to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. In response to the growing social and environmental concerns about the impact of climate change, further plans have been developed to reduce the ACT’s total carbon emissions to net zero by 2045. Achieving this will require a dramatic change in consumer habits and will require new innovative solutions to taper off the territory’s reliance on fossil fuels in the energy intensive transport sector and natural gas in the domestic and commercial sectors.

The ZeroCO2 Renewable Energy & Sustainability Hackathon looked to accelerate this transition to net zero emissions by creating innovative new business solutions for both the domestic and commercial sectors across the ACT.

"The ZeroCO2 Hackathon is an excellent opportunity to engage in structured but also rapid ideation, brainstorming and pitching of innovative design solutions. It allows you to receive mentoring from a range of industry professionals all within a very short time span, all of which bring a diverse range of suggestions and criticisms." – Participant.

The Teams

Solar Campus

Aiming to cover universities in solar panels by raising funds from students and alumni through a co-op model that will provide citizens with low barrier to entry into solar investment and provide a fixed return over a 10 year period.


Sustainiwall – A Modular facade for commercial multi-story buildings that helps produce food in urban areas, the system is made from recyclable materials and rotates so that it can be harvested on the ground floor potentially near a pop up market or café.

Renew Power

Utilizing electric vehicles as a battery for your home. The bi-directional charger allows the user to charge a car at night during off peak consumption and sell it back during peak demand periods for a profit.

Shine Another Day

Life expectancy of a solar panel is 25 years yet commercial panels are often discarded after 10. By repurposing these decommissioned solar panels by re-selling them to residential customers for a discount we can reduce toxic waste build up in landfill.


Eliminating petrol powered generators by creating a portable clean energy system consisting of a lead acid battery and solar panel module. The system is compact enough to fit in the tray of a Ute and has wheels to make it easily portable.


Utilizing Virtual batteries – Most homes have existing batteries that can be tapped into ie. Hot water system, air conditioning. Rexergy is developing software that enables the household consumer to utilize energy from this existing battery storage in their home.


Transforming the transport sector by incentivizing employers to cycle to work. Employee can log KM of travel by bike to and from the workplace and is rewarded for reducing their CO2 footprint.

Pre Power One

Taking advantage of free rooftops in local communities by raising money to install solar panels through a cop-op model that returns the profit back to the community and gives the owner of the house a discounted price relative to the grid price.