Please register here to watch the Net Zero Challenge pitch contest.

This is a virtual event taking place on Tuesday 13th April 2021 from 15:00 to 16.00 London time.

What is the Net Zero Challenge?

The Net Zero Challenge is a global competition to answer the following question – How can you advance climate action using open data? Our aim is to identify, promote, support and connect innovative, practical and scalable projects.

What is the pitch contest?

During the pitch contest on 13th April, each shortlisted team will have three minutes to pitch their project, in response to the challenge statement: How can you advance climate action using open data?

Questions from our Panel of Experts (and the audience) will then be put to the teams. Pitches will be scored, and the winning team awarded $1,000 USD.

Register now via Eventbrite to watch the pitch contest.

When did the Net Zero Challenge start and what have we learned? 

Since launching the Net Zero Challenge in January 2021, we’ve spoken with dozens of individuals and organisations working on projects that use open data to achieve climate action.  

Time and again, we’ve heard how open data will be critical to achieving our climate goals.

Whether we are trying to understand climate risks, track climate progress, enable informed climate action, or evaluate climate impact – the production, disclosure, monitoring, and use of data will be essential to achieve net zero. 

Next steps

The Net Zero Challenge application window closed on 12th March 2021. We received almost 100 applications. 

In the next few days, we will be announcing both the shortlist of candidate projects, and the names of judges joining our Panel of Experts.

If you have applied to the Net Zero Challenge – and wonder if you have been shortlisted – we will be in touch with you soon.

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James is the Development Manager at Open Knowledge Foundation. James is passionate about developing innovative projects that deliver measurable positive impact in the world. Get in touch if you want to talk about your ideas ! @the_robot_james