Zero Waste InnovationHackathon

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 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 apply?


  • Individuals & teams of up to five

  • High School, Undergraduate, or Graduate-level students

  • 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!



WHY should you apply?


  • Receive tools and support to develop your idea

  • Develop a basic business plan, and learn how to present it

  • Gain valuable experience & professional contacts

  • Get ready to participate in other business plan competitions, incubators, and accelerators

  • Compete for prize 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

Be a Hackathon PRESENTER, COACH/MENTOR or JUDGE

We are seeking professional volunteers. Sign up here!

Join our existing SPONSORS in supporting this project

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