How can we make Canberra the EV capital of Australia?

Do you want to see more electric vehicles in Canberra? Are you interested in setting up a business or social enterprise to make that happen? Then join us at Climathon Canberra!


About Climathon

Climathon is a global, 24-hour climate change event which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world. It brings together the challenges of the world’s cities with the people who have the passion and ability to solve them. Participants gather for 24 hours to engage in a climate-related problem-solving workshop. Citizens around the world take direct climate action in their own cities by coming up with innovative solutions to local climate change problems.


The Canberra Climathon Challenge: How can we make Canberra the electric vehicle capital of Australia?

Canberra is in the perfect position to lead the nation in electric vehicle uptake. It has a robust electricity network, a population of progressive people willing to embrace change, and a compact city so range anxiety shouldn't be a problem. (Not convinced yet? Read this article.) Come along to Climathon Canberra and come up with business ideas for moving Canberra towards this destination!


Key Information

Where: The Level, Level 1, Endeavour House, 1 Franklin St, Griffith ACT 2603

When: Friday 27th October, 5:30pm - Saturday 28th October, 7:30pm AEDT

Who: Students, Entrepreneurs, Designers, Engineers, Hackers, Business Professionals, and anyone else interested in setting up a business or social enterprise to drive electric vehicle uptake in Canberra. Both individuals and existing teams are encouraged to register.

Cost: Free and all meals provided!


Why participate?

  • Come up with the next big idea for increasing electric vehicle uptake and tackling climate change

  • Meet like-minded people

  • Win prizes

  • Have fun!



Friday 27th October

  • 5:30pm: Arrive, have something to drink and eat, and start to get to know your fellow participants

  • 6:00pm: Presentations to provide inspiration, resources and information on what the next 24 hours will entail

  • 7:00pm: Dinner (if you already have a team you can get working or go home at this point)

  • 7:30pm: For individuals and teams who want more members: 1-minute talks to say who you are and what you're looking for in a team member

  • 8:00pm: Finalise teams and register on DevPost

  • 8:30pm: Go home and rest (or work if you really want to)

Saturday 28th October

  • 8:00am: Doors open and breakfast served

  • Work in your teams, mentors will come around and provide assistance if you want it

  • 12:30pm: Lunch served

  • 3:45pm: Submissions due on DevPost

  • 4:00pm: 5-minute presentation by each team followed by questions from the judges

  • 5:00pm: Quick break while the judges deliberate

  • 5:15pm: Winners announced!

  • 5:30pm: Drinks to celebrate all you've achieved in 24 hours

  • 7:00pm: Doors close


Frequently asks questions (FAQs)

How many people are allowed in a team?
Teams must contain 2, 3 or 4 people. Teams with 5 or more people in them must break into two or more smaller teams. Individuals can't compete but we will help you find at least one other person to form a team with (see below).

I already have teammates, can I just participate with them?
Yes! As long as you have at least one other person on your team (and your team doesn't have more than four people in it) you can skip the networking part of the event and get straight to work.

I don't know anyone else attending, how will I form a team?
We have your back! The night will start off with a couple casual opportunities to get to know other people (drinks and dinner). We'll then go around the room and ask everyone who needs one or more additional team members to say who they are and what they're looking for in a teammate. You will then have an opportunity to talk to the people who you think you're a good match with. We'll make sure that by the end of the night everyone has a team they can participate with.


About the organisers


EnergyLab is Australia’s leading platform for launching new energy businesses. Our integrated approach draws on the community of clean energy entrepreneurs and offers a range of ways to engage and leverage their ideas, technologies and resources.


Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership, working together to address the challenge of climate change. Their aim is to drive innovation in climate change through creative partnerships large and small, local and global, between the private, public and academic sectors

The Level

The Level_ at Endeavour House is a social impact investment owned by the Ethical Property Commercial Fund and managed by Ethical Property Australia in accordance with triple bottom line principles. Private and shared spaces. Bookable meeting rooms. Quiet zones, natural light and breakout areas to keep you focused on solving the issues that matter.


Volunteers needed!

If you don't want to participate but are interested in helping out, please email James Tilbury at


View full rules


  • Participants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Teams must contain 2, 3 or 4 people. Teams with 5 or more people in them must break into two or more smaller teams. Individuals can't compete but we will help you find at least one other person to form a team with. 
  • At least two team members must attend the event in person.
  • The solution must be electric vehicle-related in some way. Please talk to us if you're unsure your ideas is EV-related.


You don't need to build anything to compete in this hackathon but you are more likely to win if you do. 

To compete all you need to do is come up with an idea for an energy startup, prepare a pitch deck and submit it through Devpost, and give a 5-minute presentation to a panel of judges. 

How to enter

  1. Come along to the kick-off evening, at 5:30pm on Friday and form a team if you don't have one already
  2. Click “Register” to access the submission form and start your draft early
  3. Brainstorm ideas and pick one to work on
  4. If possible create a prototype or mockup of your solution
  5. Create a pitch deck and practice your presentation
  6. Submit your pitch deck by 3:45pm on Saturday 
  7. Give a 5 minute presentation to the judges and answer their questions


Piers Grove

Piers Grove
Co-Founder & Executive Director, EnergyLab

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Scott Ison
Manager, Commercial Analysis, Origin Energy

Tayanah O'Donnell

Tayanah O'Donnell
Research Fellow, University of Canberra

Judging Criteria

  • Team
    The team come across as cohesive and have complementary skills and experience. They would make good startup cofounders.
  • Value
    The team has come up with a product or service that their customers are likely to want. They're targetting a market that is either large or growing fast.
  • Differentiation
    The proposed product or service is brand new or contains an innovative twist on an existing solution. It is possible they could build an advantage over their competition in time.
  • Business plan
    The team has a viable plan for generating revenue and becoming financially sustainable. What they propose is either possible with current regulations or is likely to be soon.