Frequently Asked Questions

The Climate Challenge hackathon follows the “Hack Code of Conduct” that is regularly used in different hackathons throughout the world and is supported by over 960 individuals to offer a safe environment for everybody. We therefore declare the following Code of Conduct in place for the entire duration of the hackathon:

Our hackathon is dedicated to provide a safe and comfortable environment and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of the following:
  • gender
  • gender identity and expression
  • age
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • physical appearance
  • body size
  • race
  • ethnicity
  • nationality
  • religion
  • political views
  • previous hackathon attendance or lack of
  • computing experience or lack of chosen programming language or tech stack
We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form. Sexual or abusive language and imagery is not appropriate at any hackathon venue, this includes the following:
  • hacks
  • talks, presentations, or demos
  • workshops
  • any parties associated to the hackathon
  • social media
  • any other online media

Hackathon participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the hackathon at the discretion of the hackathon organisers. If you experience any mitigation of these rules, please reach out to one of our organisation team: theclimatechallenge@goethe.de
Let’s create a safe, comfortable, and productive environment for everyone!

This guide was last updated on September 14, 2020.
The following FAQ contains common questions that might arise during the application process and the hackathon. Before contacting us directly, please consider checking out this document first. If you cannot find an answer to your question here, you can contact us via Email at: theclimatechallenge@goethe.de
There will be experts, mentors and coordinators with different knowledge backgrounds who will support you throughout the hackathon. They will provide valuable tips and feedback. More information about the organizational structure will be provided in the beginning of the event.
Are you tired of just talking about climate change? Do you want to take action instead? Join The Climate Challenge! This hackathon is organized by Goethe-Institut together with Scientists4Future and The Hackathon Company. Within 40 hours, the participants will develop innovative solutions related to climate change topics. These solutions can be apps, games, business plans etc. The best ideas will be awarded after a final pitch. Apart from this problem-solving phase, the talents have the chance to network and develop further skills in webinars during the event.
The hackathon will take place entirely online from 30th of October - 1st of November 2020. Participants will have 40 hours to collaborate via different online platforms and build a solution within the challenge areas.
Developers, designers, creative people, scientists, problem solvers, digital entrepreneurs, makers, experts, innovative start-ups, and anyone else over the age of 18 who is an EU or UK citizen or resides in an EU or UK country and who wants to contribute and make an impact. Use your teams’ interdisciplinary skills and be creative together to develop solutions that help us to tackle the Climate Challenge. We welcome you all!
No. But there will be a limit of the number of the participants we can accept. So register early!
No, we welcome all innovative minds from across Europe with their individual skills.
Yes, the official language of the hackathon is English. To facilitate the processes, you should be able to understand and communicate in English. The submission of the projects has to be in English or at least with English subtitles.
The participants will collaborate via different online platforms to develop innovative solutions within the four challenge areas:

Raising awareness
e.g.
How can we achieve behavioral changes that support climate protection? (e.g. by nudging)
How can we make traveling more eco-friendly?

Communication
e.g.
How can we communicate climate change to the public in a way that encourages people to take concrete environmental actions?
How can we counteract fake news around climate change effectively?

Social perspective
e.g.
How can we adapt measures that were developed in the context of the Corona crisis to achieve sustainable climate protection?
How can we emphasize the benefits of a reduced digital CO2e footprint?

Big Data
e.g.
Which possibilities does big data offer to evaluate climate mitigation measures?
How can we enable local authorities to access climate data and to develop solutions that help them overcome risk factors associated with their geographical conditions?
You may apply via Typeform. Find out more about the application and The Climate Challenge hackathon here.
If you already have a team, you can apply together and work on your challenge during the online hackathon. Each team member has to apply individually using the application form. During the application, the participant has to specify the name of the team. This name has to be exactly the same for all team members to ensure a right assignment. The participant should also list the names of the other team members.
Individuals without a team can also apply. We will allocate you to a team in a way that you can use your talents to their best impact. On Slack there will be many opportunities to get in touch with the community and other team members.
If you already have an idea for a project, feel free to submit it via the application form. We will help you to find additional expertise to drive your idea forward.
We welcome proprietary solutions. Prototypes, products, services and code which will be developed in the course of the hackathon remain in the hands of the creators. The same applies for prototypes, products, service and code and solutions which have been developed prior to the hackathon.
Yes, the deadline for applications is October 27th 2020.
The hackathon will take place online using different platforms. The main communication tool will be Slack. The projects have to be presented as short videos hosted on YouTube and uploaded on DevPost. There will be live-streamings, webinars, QA sessions, and daily check-ins via Zoom. For more information, please check out the agenda.

Please make sure to have your computer updated to guarantee that you can use all features. You don’t need any software beforehand. The technical infrastructure and instructions will be provided prior to the hackathon. However, it would be useful if you install Slack after your registration, since this will be the main collaboration platform. You will receive a link to the Slack channel after you have been selected to participate in The Climate Challenge. On Slack you will find the respective links to webinars, live-streams, and DevPost.
The solutions have to be submitted in English by 1st November 2020, 1:00 PM CET / UTC +2 (end of the hackathon) on DevPost. The project has to be presented in a short video (2 minutes max). If code is involved, it has to be uploaded on GitHub. Further information will be provided before the hackathon.
All rights to the ideas belong to the team that created and submitted the project.
Our hackathon promotes the use of open-source and open-data to create sustainable digital solutions that will last. For this, you and your team are asked to upload your final solutions to DevPost and any accompanying code to GitHub, both under an open-source license. All outcomes of the hackathon will therefore be open-source and available to the public. Please note that projects that are uploaded without open-source availability will not be considered for the final evaluation by the jury members.
This requirement is limited only to the duration of the hackathon. If you wish to develop your project further after the event, or are one of the winning teams receiving additional mentoring, you will not need to update any further developments under an open-source license. We do however want to emphasise the many benefits that arise from maintaining your project(s) in an open-source manner.
After the submission of the projects, they will be evaluated by a jury of experts.
The jury is composed of experts from the Scientists4Future network.
 
The submitted projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Impact: How big is the impact of the project in terms of sustainability on the targeted scale of the respective project?
  • Progress: How much progress was achieved during the Hackathon?
  • Presentation: How is the project presented overall?
  • Creativity: Was the challenge solved in an original way?
  • Innovation: How innovative is the project? Is there a comparable solution on the market already or is the idea brand new?
The three best solutions chosen by the jury, will receive a stipend of 3.000 €. For more detailed information, check theTerms & Conditions.
Of course we encourage all of you to continue working on your projects and solutions! This Hackathon is not about winning, but about tackling the Climate Challenge. Those three projects, which the jury has voted the most promising, have the have the opportunity to present the progress of their projects again by 31.5.2021 to the Goethe-Institut. The project with the most promising progress in the light of the criteria mentioned above, will be awarded an additional stipend of 5000 € and gets the opportunity to be presented by the end of the year in the closing event of the project "Generation A=Algorithm". The exact conditions of the presentation as well as date and place of the event will be announced at a later stage.