Protect DC from climate change at GW’s hackathon - DC


Oct. 13, 2017 12:38 pm

Protect DC from climate change at GW’s hackathon

The Climathon returns Oct. 27. Along with helping to make D.C. more resilient, there are $10,000 cash prizes and a chance to present to District officials on the line.

After marching to protect climate change science, now you can hack for it, too

(Photo by Flickr user Molly Adams, used under a Creative Commons license.)

Get your prepper kit ready: a hackathon is looking for your best ideas to protect the city from the challenges of climate change.

“Climathon” is an annual hackathon is organized by George Washington University’s Office of Sustainability and it’s returning later this month. Developers, students, and others are welcome to join.

The event itself will start on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 27, and last until Saturday afternoon. Food is provided, as well as a couple of yoga sessions.

Climathon focuses on combatting the effects of climate change here in the District, with challenges put forth by D.C. gov’s Department of Energy & Environment, according to the event post.

This year’s challenges will focus on ways to shield vulnerable populations in the District – such as the elderly, low-income populations, and people with accessibility needs – from climate change effects like rising temperatures and resource shortages.


Winning teams will be eligible for a $10,000 cash prize, as well as the ability to present their ideas to District officials. Participants are allowed to bring pre-existing ideas to the day.

This year GW is advertising a live stream Q&A to answer questions about the event – a handy resource for curious newcomers.

Climathon is among the many #DCTech hackathons that welcome beginners. Others include the upcoming Tech Lady Hackathon we previewed as part of the month-long Tour de Code, also aimed at newcomers.

Julia Airey

Julia Airey previously served as the associate editor of The Diplomacist, and sector editor for Tabula Rasa. She led the investigation team for the 2016 #ForcedToUnite conference. In her free time she likes dogs of the large and fluffy variety.


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