Participants with one vision to take local climate impact


Experts, Coaches, Volunteers and Ecosystem Partners


Impact Hub, Kraftwerk Zurich
Selnaustr. 25, 8001 Zurich

Climathon Zurich is your opportunity to drive Zurich’s net zero journey.

Climathon is a worldwide movement of people who actively combat climate change and is held in cities around the world. In Zurich, Climathon is organised by Impact Hub Zurich. 

During 32h, you will have the chance to meet new people and work on Climate challenges. Either you create a new idea from scratch or you co-create and boost an existing climate project.

Thanks to our Impact Hub network and our collaboration with our partner the City of Zurich, we have great coaches, experts and a lot of experience to support you during your Climathon journey.

Ideas & Funding 2022

In 2022, 21 ideas were celebrated at the Festival of Ideas.

6 winning teams received a total funding of CHF 40’000 by the City of Zurich directly at our Climathon Closing Ceremony.

After Climathon, > 8 other teams were funded by partners from the Impact Hub Zurich ecosystem with a total of > CHF 80’000 and consecutive incubator programs.

What awaits you at Climathon?

At Climathon, you are on a journey from climate challenge to climate solution. Although each Climathon is a new inspiring experience with new challenges to tackle, the event itself is always built upon the following three elements.


We open and close Climathon with ceremonies in plenum.

Climathon kicks off with an exciting Opening Ceremony on Day 1, setting the goals and mood and providing inspiration from amazing speakers.

On day 2, we come back together for the Festival of Ideas, where all teams pitch their ideas and we celebrate these. Afterwards, at the Closing Ceremony, the winning teams are announced. 


After the opening ceremony, you have time to decide on the climate challenge you want to work on and to find your team in our facilitated team building session.

Having found your challenge and fellow team members, you are ready to dive into and freely design your team work sessions.

There are subject matter experts in areas such as food waste and coaches at your disposal to help you with knowledge as well as with the overall process.


During your team work, you have the option to visit workshops. Our workshop leaders coach you on topics like «How to Pitch» or «How to Prototype».

Recharging your batteries during Climathon is crucial. Therefore, we include recreational elements such as a guided yoga flow or mediation in the program, too. 

Climathon 2022 Program

Until we release our program for 2023,  you can take a look how our program looked like.

Pre event agenda program
Agenda Program climathon
Agenda Climathon Festival of Idea

5 Challenges in 2022

For inspiration, take a look what climate challenges have been tackled in 2022.


Let’s play: Gamification towards net-zero

How might we use games and gamification to incentivize citizens to join us on our net zero journey?


Better together: Empower citizens to be climate scientists

How might we enable citizens to contribute their knowledge and observations to fight climate change?


Repair: The new normal.

How might we boost and mainstream repair services in Zurich?


Potential unlocked: Rethink Zurich’s parcel stations

How might we turn the SalüBox into a lively place for goods exchange & last mile logistics?


Company challenge: Together towards net zero

Companies are invited to bring their own net-zero-relevant challenge which they want to tackle throughout Climathon.

The 24h Climate-Hackathon in Zurich is a unique experience that is not to be missed. Watch our video from last year’s Climathon to feel the vibes and to learn more about the process of collectively taking climate action

Participating at the Climathon was one of my highlights of the past year. So many inspirational conversations, so much passion and incredibly good food. What do you need more?»

Individual Participant

The Zurich Climathon was a place for us to validate our idea in front of a community of innovators and gain visibility which had a great impact for us. «

Startup Team

The climathon experience is highly dynamic. Motivated participants give their very best to generate climate solutions to the most pressing problems. As an expert, it’s inspiring to be part of their journey.«


Climathon perfectly encapsulates what we so desperately need: a feeling of agency and being part of the solution as literally everybody can contribute to solving the climate crisis and every action counts» 

Team Coach

Get involved

We are proud to bring together and support innovative minds to solve today’s biggest challenge. Are you joining?

Join as a participant

You are part of a startup team or an individual who is thrilled to participate and innovate

Facilitate participants

Join as coach, volunteer or expert to support and enable participants

Become our partner

You want to support Climathon as a format and be part of making the magic happen?

Our Partners

The Project Team

Lara Mogge

Project Lead

Anna Kurth

Project Coordination

Moritz Meyer

Media & Communication

Laurène Descamps

Advisory & Sponsoring

Our Sponsorship Partners

About Climathon

The Climathon was founded in 2015 in the run-up to the historic Paris climate agreement and has grown enormously since then.

It takes place every year in a growing number of cities around the world. In 2021 the Climathon will be held in 145 cities around the globe.

The Climathon Zurich is taking place for the 6th time already and offers citizens the opportunity to become active for the climate and initiate systemic changes.

6500+ participants
145 cities
600+ ideas
6 continents
Terms and Conditions of participating at Climathon Zurich

All Climathon participants grant the Climathon Zurich Organizer, its subsidiaries, agents and partner companies, a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display the submission. Of course, all participants maintain the ownership and property rights of the work that they created during Climathon (e.g. source code).