Participants, experts, coaches and volunteers


Local climate challenges


Impact Hub, Kraftwerk Zurich
Selnaustr. 25, 8001 Zurich


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Every year, Impact Hub Zurich brings together 150+ Zurich impact-driven citizens to tackle local climate challenges. The event is perfect low-barrier opportunity to access climate topics and creates a lot of visibility. Join us as event partner!

Climathon Zurich

Preliminary Agenda 2023

Agenda Climathon
Agenda Climathon

Climathon Zurich is a great 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 in collaboration with the City of Zurich and Climate-KIC. 

During 32h, participants have the chance to meet inspiring people, work on climate challenges and share their ideas to inspire others. Either they create a new idea from scratch or they 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 everyone during the Climathon journey.

Ideas & Funding 2022

In 2022, 150+ people celebrated 21 teams and their ideas 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 another > CHF 110’000 and consecutive incubator programs.

What awaits participants at Climathon?

At Climathon, participants 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. 

In between there is plenty of time to connect with other changemakers.


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

Having selected a challenge and fellow team members, participants are ready to dive into and freely design their team work sessions.

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


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

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

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. Registrations open in autmn.

Facilitate participants

Join as coach, volunteer or expert to support and enable participants. Registrations open in summer.

Become our partner

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

Meet the Project Team

Lara Mogge

Project Lead

Moritz Meyer

Media & Communication

Laurène Descamps

Advisory & Sponsoring

Climathon Zurich is organized by Impact Hub Zurich in collaboration with the City of Zurich and Climate-KIC.

Our Main Partners

Our Event Partners 2023

Local Climate Challenges

The Challenges for Climathon 2023 will be announced in summer. They will cover different local climate topics.

circular economy


Sustainable Food




sustainable consumption


sustainable energy


Green Building


More information on 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).