Brisbane Climathon 2018

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Gardens Theatre Foyer

Queensland University of Technology

2 George Street

Brisbane, Queensland 4000


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About Climathon

Brisbane joins over 100 cities worldwide in this 24-hour, 2-day hackathon, where teams compete in developing innovative solutions to their cities' major climate and sustainability challenges. Register now as a group or individual to partner with like-minded entrepreneurs, students, researchers, sector professionals and innovators to find a solution to this year's challenge and be coached by local leaders from academia, business and government. Free to join, we will mentor, feed, entertain and inspire you for two days. Spread the word and take part in Brisbane's sustainable and resilient future!

How it works

  1. Inspiration: We'll kick off with a couple of quick presentations about the unique waste challenges Brisbane residents face.

  2. Team forming: You can register as a team if you want, but if you're missing a team member or registering as an individual then we'll connect you with your teammates.

  3. Ideation: Once teams are formed the brainstorming begins! Come up with a bunch of ideas and pick the one you want to work on for the rest of the hackathon. An Ideation workshop will help you with this.

  4. Developing: We'll leave lots of time for you to develop your idea and prepare your presentation with help from our mentors from the field. You can also join a workshop on business modelling and pitch training to get you ready to present your idea.

  5. Presenting: Each team will present to a panel of judges, who will pick the winning teams.

  6. Celebrating: Unwind and celebrate what you've achieved in less than 24hrs over a drink and something to eat.

Your challenge to solve:

How can we empower Brisbane households to tackle climate change by reducing the waste they generate?

Waste is a hot topic for residents in Queensland right now and this groundswell of awareness, coupled with the Queensland Government’s impending landfill levy makes waste the perfect challenge to develop solutions for in the 2018 Global Climathon.

Diverting waste from landfill by developing solutions that can be grouped into the top two tiers of the Waste Hierarchy - Avoid, Reduce and Reuse – will be the focus of how we can achieve better climate and environmental outcomes for Brisbane.

Australia is the world’s second largest producer of waste with the average person producing 2.1kg of waste per day. Queenslanders, unfortunately, exceed this figure with the average Queenslander producing 2.3kg of waste each day.

Yes, these figures are shocking but exactly what do they mean for our environment?

The climate impact from the waste industry comes primarily from methane generated from the breakdown of waste in landfills. And although you may not be familiar with this greenhouse gas you should know that methane is 84 times more potent than CO2 over a twenty year period which means that every tonne of methane traps as much heat in our atmosphere as 84 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Greenhouse gas emissions are also associated with the production and distribution of the items that we end up throwing away. So reducing waste and using resources more efficiently can also reduce these ‘upstream’ emissions.

So, we now know that Queenslanders produce tonnes of waste and this waste has serious consequences for our climate.

What now?

Well, the good news is that where there are large volumes of waste there are economies of scale, and scale is essential in creating a circular economy. A circular economy is an economic performance-based model that relies on system-wide innovation to create social, environmental and economic capital. In a circular economy resources are kept at their highest value at all times a stark contrast to the linear ‘take, make, use, dispose’ model that our society currently operates within.

On another positive note, there is a growing demand from Brisbane residents seeking ways to reduce their personal waste. Businesses that have targeted this niche have found great success in our city. So the time is right for novel solutions to thrive.

Looking at household waste, there are a variety of areas to explore. Waste streams to divert from landfill can include, but are not limited to:

  • Green waste

  • Organic waste

  • Co-mingled recycling

  • Paper and cardboard

  • E-waste (electronic and electrical)

  • Hard rubbish

  • Textile waste

The waste cycle begins with generation, then collection and finally disposal. While many people traditionally focus on disposal there are also opportunities to avoid waste by focussing further up the waste cycle. Participants are encouraged to explore whether they can find business opportunities in avoiding the generation of waste through reuse or by reducing purchases in the first place.

Why participate?

Brisbane has an incredibly rich ecosystem of professionals, academics, leaders and influencers in the waste and circular economy sectors and these people will be your mentors, judges, supporters and potential customers in this year’s 24 hours global Climathon.

Also, you'll have opportunities to:

  • Come up with the next big idea for dealing with the waste crisis

  • Meet like-minded people

  • Accelerate your idea with the Climathon partners

  • Be inspired and have fun!

Walking our talk

We would like to encourage all of our participants to practice what they preach and help us make this event as sustainable as possible. On our side, we will provide local, sustainable and plastic free catering but we ask you to please bring your own coffee cups and water bottles if you can. Please bring along your laptop or tablet to access resources electronically so we can reduce paper waste. Bonus points for walking, cycling or catching public transport into the event!

Frequently asks questions (FAQs)

How many people are allowed in a team? Teams must contain 3-4 people. Individuals can't compete but we will help you find at least one other person to form a team with (see below).

I already have teammates, can I just participate with them? Yes! But you need to be 3-4 people, you can also invite others along on the day.

I already have an idea, can I bring it to the event? Yes, we will give you the opportunity to tell others about your idea on Friday night and people can then join you to form a team.

Can I still participate if I don't have an idea? Of course! You will join a team and together you'll come up with some great ideas!

I don't know anyone else attending, how will I form a team? We have your back! We have built in a number of ways for you to meet other people in the same boat and will help you form a team with people you want to spend Friday and Saturday with. Friday night will start off with some casual networking over drinks and we will help everyone with the team formation.

I have another question, who can I talk to?

Send an email to Jaine Morris or Climate-KIC Australia

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Queensland University of Technology

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Brisbane, Queensland 4000


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