DC Climathon

Fall 2016


A global challenge to address climate change.

Climathon is a 24-hour global competition dedicated to addressing the pressing challenges of climate change. Hosted simultaneously in dozens of cities worldwide, Climathon is sponsored by Climate-KIC, an initiative of the European Union.

George Washington University, in conjunction with the Government of the District of Columbia, hosted the second annual DC Climathon on October 28-29, 2016. This year’s theme was “Hack the Waste Stream,” where teams were challenged in the preliminary round of competition to imagine viable business models that reduce the footprint of durable goods in DC’s waste stream. At the culmination of the 24-hour event, twenty participants in six teams presented innovative projects that responded to the challenge theme; of these, four teams were selected by the judging panel to advance to the final round of competition.

On December 9, 2016, the four finalist teams competed with refined business pitches, and the judges selected the winner of the 2016 DC Climathon: Journeyture is a company that seeks to transform end-of-life sofas, tables, and bookshelves into modular furniture for mobile urbanites. Three of the four teams moved forward to develop their ideas into full-fledged businesses.

Ēlumināt was there every step of the way, providing planning, marketing, and management guidance to the organizers over a period of 5 months.

6 Eco-Venture Concepts

Budding entrepreneurs created new solutions to DC's solid waste problems.

College Resale

Finalist • Targeting college dorms, this venture collects appliances, furniture, and otherwise useful items at the end of the spring semester and resells them to students upon their return in the fall.


Wondering whether and how you can recycle the bottle in your hand? eCode places a patented QR code on recyclable containers to allow consumers to better access recycling services in their communities.


Winner • Young adults who are just starting in their careers often live in urban cores and move often. Using disposed-of textiles, Journeyture creates modular furniture at affordable prices.

Plot Twist

Harvesting discarded materials from building demolition and construction projects, Plot Twist seeks to create sustainable landscaping materials to beautify communities.

Silent Recyclers

Finalist • This team of deaf entrepreneurs works to provide DC's underserved populations with affordable access to appliances by intercepting, repairing, and reselling appliances from DPW.

W!T: Waste Into Textiles

Finalist • Making new rags from old rags, W!T invests in the local creative community by training emerging fashion designers to use discarded textiles to create one-of-a-kind fashion statements.

David and Kyle kept things moving, organized and timely. It was a relief to have their solid and wise management at every turn.

- DC Climathon host