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?)

Join our existing SPONSORS in supporting this project

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

Sign up for occasional hackathon updates

Become a Hackathon PRESENTER, COACH/MENTOR or JUDGE

We are seeking professional volunteers. Sign up right here!