Professional Volunteers

Thanks to all who helped us make the Zero Waste Innovation Hackathon a reality!

Details for Presenters, Coaches/Mentors & Judge Volunteers

Zero Waste Washington is convening the Zero Waste Hackathon virtually across five consecutive weeks from mid-October to mid-November 2020. The program is a four-week series of one-hour workshops that prepare participating high school and college teams to develop and present their ideas for zero-waste projects as they compete for over $5,000 in cash prizes. This enables them to carry their ideas forward to other business plan competitions in the Pacific Northwest.

We depend upon volunteer Presenters, Coaches, Mentors, and Judges to conduct this program!

Presenters - Perform one 20-25 minute Business Fundamentals presentation during a single workshop session.

Coaches - Are available on their own schedule for one-off consultations, assisting teams with specific questions about Business Fundamentals or Sector Topics throughout the program period (mid-Oct to mid-Nov).

Mentors - Give general or specific ongoing support for a specific team during the program period and potentially beyond.

Judges - Will evaluate team presentations, first selecting finalists and then our 2020 Zero Waste Hackathon champions!

The Hackathon seeks business experts with prior experience in the following areas:


Business Concept Ideation Market Analysis / Market Fit Elevator Pitch Development

Social Impact Structures / B-Corps Team Marketing Fundamentals Investors Pitch Structures

Team Building Skills Basic Financials / Penciling Out Presentation Deck Creation

General Business Coaching Story Writing / Storytelling Presentation Skills

ZERO WASTE SECTOR TOPICS (examples, not comprehensive!)

Finance / Fintech Energy / Storage Fitness & Sports

Water (Blue/Grey/Black) Health Care Manufacturing/Circularity

Emissions Transportation Policy/Public Sector

Food / Agriculture / Compost Waste Management (General) Technology (Hardware)

Clothing & Fashion Reuse/Repair/Recycling Technology (Software)

Construction / Shelter Media & Communications Toxics & Green Chemistry

PLEASE REGISTER TODAY! In exchange for your help, we'll list you on our event website along with a sentence about what you do and a link to your website. We will also be holding an in-person thank-you celebration event at some point in the future (pending our COViD situation, date TBD) for all program participants and volunteers.

Your participation also affords you an opportunity to discover, support, and connect with some of the most innovative new Zero Waste startup teams in our region as they disrupt existing approaches to sustainable business, climate action, social impact, and the circular economy. Will you help us write the next chapter for Zero Waste in the Pacific Northwest?