Zero Waste Innovation Hackathon
Zero Waste Innovation Hackathon is a free five-week virtual program and competition that provides online seminars, learning tools, coaching resources, collaboration sessions, and cash prizes to accelerate the pace of Zero Waste innovation by high school and college students and recent alums across the Pacific Northwest.
See our General Program Announcement for more details
Use this free opportunity to develop your Zero Waste idea and win cash prizes!
Grand Prize - $2,500
2nd Prize - $1,250
3rd Prize - $650
WHO should participate?
Individuals & teams of up to five people
High School, Undergraduate, or Graduate-level students or alums
Based in the PNW (WA, OR, ID, AK and BC)
If you have a passion for sustainability, are part of a business school program, and ESPECIALLY if you are already incubating a Zero Waste idea!
You don't need to already have a fully-formed idea to register!
WHY should you participate?
Receive tools and support to develop your idea
Develop a basic communications plan, and learn how to present it
Gain valuable experience & professional contacts
Receive valuable preparation to participate in other business plan competitions, incubators, and accelerators all across the region and beyond!
Compete for prize money! (did we mention the money?)
Help us Make Trash Obsolete in these areas
Revamping of our recycling system, including the creation or improvement of end-markets for recycling
Preventing food waste and ending hunger through food rescue, organics reprocessing, and composting
Eliminating plastic waste and pollution, and other dangerous toxic chemicals in our natural environment
Creating healthy, safe, and responsibly-designed products that sustain a fair, thriving, circular economy
Promoting repair and reuse, to preserve natural resources while reducing dirty gas emissions and saving energy