Creating better business solutions for Renewable Energy and Sustainability

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 looks to accelerate this transition to net zero emissions by creating innovative new business solutions for both the domestic and commercial sectors across the ACT. Solutions can fall into any category of renewable energy or sustainability and will be judged on their commercial viability and environmental impact. Some suggested categories to focus on include:

  • Traditional renewable energy & battery storage
  • Domestic waste disposal (water or household waste)
  • Managing grid ramping challenges
  • Sustainable food production
  • Sustainability in manufacturing
  • Trade waste
  • Sustainable transport & active travel
  • Smart cities
  • Water conservation
  • Sustainable buildings
  • Education initiatives

The challenge is not redesigning the wheel, we are not encouraging teams to develop a new type of solar cell in the 30hr period (although if you do congratulations!) the goal is to utilise existing technologies in an innovative way (and test the idea with consumers) to create a huge environmental impact contributing to the ACT’s goal of zero emissions by 2045.

In addition to a $10,000 prize pool, the winning team will be provided with complimentary access to the Canberra Innovation Network’s Idea to Impact program plus desk space and coaching for up to 3 months. This will provide the winners with a strong platform to apply for further grants to develop and test their concept in the ACT before exploring opportunities for applying their concept across Australia and/or globally.

Details TBA

Day 1 – 5th March

8:00AM Doors open
8:30AM Team arrival & registration, networking with coffee & tea provided
9:00AM Welcome & opening remarks – Leanne Cover
9:10AM Speaker: Shane Rattenbury MLA – Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability
9:25AM Speaker: Sophia Hamblin Wang – Mineral Carbonation International
9:35AM Speaker: Sylvia Tulloch – Business Advisory Board
10:30AM-11:00AM IDEATION & VALIDATION Workshop – Facilitated by Richard Hume
12:00PM-01:00PM Networking Lunch
1:30PM-2:00PM BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS Workshop – Facilitated by Irene Zhen
9:00PM Doors Shut – Day 1 Ends

Day 2 – 6th March

8:00AM Doors open
9:00AM-9:30AM PITCHING Workshop – Facilitated by Petr Adamek
11:45AM-12:30PM Networking Lunch
12:00PM-2:15PM Practice Clinics with Mentors: 15 minutes/ team – Facilitated by Arthur Pappas
3:00PM Pitch Decks Due – Google Drive Submission
3:15PM Pitching Competition Begins
4:30PM Judges Deliberate: Afternoon Tea & Team Photos
5:00PM First Wednesday Connect Begins
5:15PM Minster Meegan Fitzharris Announces Hackathon Winners
7:00PM First Wednesday Connect Ends – Doors Close

The Details

30 Hours // Energetic Teams // Smart Solutions

Tuesday 5th March, 8:30am – Wednesday 6th March 7:00pm
Renewable Energy Skills Training Centre, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Bruce